BR Kingsolver - When You Mix Magik and Technology
BR Kingsolver, author of Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction, grew up surrounded by writers, artists, myths, and folklore in Santa Fe, The City Different, in the Land of Enchantment. After living all over the US and exploring the world--from Amsterdam to the Romanian Alps, and Russia to the Rocky Mountains--Kingsolver trades time between Baltimore and Albuquerque. With an education in nursing and biology and a Master's degree in business, Kingsolver has done everything from construction to newspaper editor and jewelry to computers. Kingsolver, a passionate lifetime skier, currently spends time writing and enjoying the view in Albuquerque. As our Author of the Day, Kingsolver tells us all about Magitek, an urban fantasy/dystopian sci-fi.
Please give us a short introduction to what Magitek is about.
Magitek is an urban fantasy/dystopian science fiction novel set after a series of pandemics and nuclear wars. As a result of one disease, the survivors' offspring developed psychokinetic powers -- magik. As a result of an ill-advised experiment, the world broke and creatures from other dimensions invaded our world. The magicians warred against them and won, but established a magiocracy.
What inspired you to create a story in which the wealthy conspire with demons in human trafficking?
There are rivalries between wealthy magikal families. Some decide to ally themselves with the demons to overcome their adversaries. For the demons, human slaves have a number of purposes, mostly as food -- either physical or emotional sustenance.
Tell us more about Danica James. What makes her tick?
Dani is a cop, a true do-gooder, and a magitek. Her magikal talent is the ability to manipulate electrical and mechanical machines. He mother is a half-elf with no interest in wealth, while her father's family is only interested in wealth and power.
This is book 1 from a series. Can it be read as a standalone? How do the other books in the series tie in with this one?
The book is essentially a mystery-thriller. One mystery is solved, so there is a conclusion. But the larger plot issues will continue into the next books.
Do any of your characters ever take off on their own tangent, refusing to do what you had planned for them?
All of my characters seem to do that at one point or another.
Does writing about surreal worlds and enigmatic scenes present any particular problems?
The need to build a world and communicate it to my readers is very important. Keeping that world consistent and believable within itself is difficult sometimes. Describing things that aren't real and making them seem real is challenging.
Is there an underlying message you wish to relay about basic human nature through your characters?
I have written about human trafficking before, in my Telepathic Clans series. It's a real-world problem, a historic problem and one that is still with us. Man's inhumanity to man.
What are you working on right now?
I'm starting work on the continuation book in the series, War Song.
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
All of my books in electronic format are available on Amazon, and this is my 21st novel. All of the books are also available in print in most online bookstores, and two series are available widely in audio. People can also find out more about my books on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/brkingsolver/ , on my website, https://brkingsolver.com/ , and by signing up for my newsletter.