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Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.
THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”
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Author: Kenneth G. Bennett
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller (pre-apocalypse)
Release date: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.
Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.
What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.
With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.
Hello and thank you for having me and my newest book, EXODUS 2022 featured at your blog.
Please summarise Exodus 2022 in 20 words or less.
A young man suffering from severe hallucinations comes to realize that the vision destroying his mind contains clues to a looming global calamity.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
I’d been reading about ecological catastrophe and then stumbled on some articles about animal intelligence and the surprising cognitive abilities of non-human species. The two topics came together to form the underlying concept of the book.
Did you do any research for your book? What resources did you use?
EXODUS 2022 has passages concerning Orca Whales, sonar, the FBI, the U.S. Navy, ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). I did a lot of reading on all of those topics and also interviewed experts in the different areas.
What inspired you to write?
I’ve always enjoyed telling stories and writing them down, since I was a young child.
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration or a favourite activity?
Being in the wilderness inspires me. In Western Washington State, where I live, there are three spectacular national parks within 100 miles of my home. I visit those places a lot, to backpack, hike and ski. And think.
Who designed your book cover?
Artist Kathleen Grebe http://www.kathleengrebe.com/ designed the cover for EXODUS 2022. We talked about the themes in the book and then she went away and worked and came back with ten fantastic cover options. It was difficult to choose but I love the one we settled on.
How do your characters come into existence? Do they have a bio?
My characters all begin flat and un-featured and develop as I develop the story. No bios.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I don’t like outlining or plotting. I like to start with a killer concept, a “big idea” and develop the story organically from there.
What are you working on now?
A book called THE HEALER, about a man who discovers later in life that he possesses a unique healing ability that could change the world.
Which authors have influenced your writing?
Stephen King, Lee Child, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. LeGuin, George Luis Borges, Carlos Ruiz Zafron, Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, Edgar Allen Poe, Louis L’Amour
Do you have a favourite book? Why? What is it about that book?
The Hobbit. That book transported me to another realm when I was ten years old and it does the same for me now, as an adult.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?
Speaking of the Hobbit—it’s by far my least favorite film adaptation. I loved the Lord of the Rings movies but it seems to me that the producers/director sold out when they got to the Hobbit. The Hobbit movies are a travesty. On another note—I thought The Lovely Bones was a great book AND a great movie (another film directed by Peter Jackson, coincidentally)
What are you reading now? Opinion?
I’m almost finished with THE TWELVE; Justin Cronin’s sequel to THE PASSAGE. Both novels are fabulous.
Have you done any creative writing/writing courses that you would recommend to others?
If you live in the Seattle area the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference held every summer (late July, early August) is phenomenal.
Who is your target audience?
Adults interested in thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries.
What tips do you have for other aspiring writers?
Read Stephen King’s ON WRITING and Elmore Leonard’s TEN RULES OF WRITING. Read as many great novels as you can. Read all the time. Once you start work on a book, don’t stop.
Thanks Kenneth. The Hobbit (book) did the same for me. My OH fell asleep during the first Hobbit movie …
tour wide giveaway
1 Kindle Fire
15 signed paperbacks