My Confab today is with author William Rayst. He’s an up and coming author I’ve had the pleasure to know for the last few years. With that in mind, I’m going to ask him some questions, not all of which he’ll enjoy. Of course, a good confab consists of those types of questions, don’t they? I think so. More so because he’s not firing questions back at me.
William is the author of the science fiction/fantasy novel, Kings Forge and the Quick Read Zombie Talk. He’s also a poet, though I’ll leave questions about poetry up to people far more intelligent than myself. Without further ado, let’s get down to it, shall we?
Chris: I’ve not had the opportunity to read Kings Forge yet as my “to be read list” is longer than my mini-van. So, tell readers what to expect when they dig in…
William Rayst: Kings Forge is the beginning of an epic saga about medieval superheroes. It’s a mix of alternative history and science fiction with just a touch of amateur sleuthing from those Hardy Boys mysteries that I loved as a kid. I chose the 15th Century as a setting for the book because it was a period of time where many new ideas and innovations were being introduced in Europe. Caldor Heets fits right in as our boy genius. Like many of his friends, he is a refugee from one of the fantastical worlds we’ll discover in the series all connected by a turbulent time-space vortex called The Void. Caldor and the unique heroes that he’ll meet in his adventures possess extraordinary physical and mental abilities but have yet to embrace them in the world ruled by superstition. At its core, the series is a coming-of-age story about Caldor Heets and his search for his true purpose in the world.
Chris: You’ve published science fiction/fantasy and horror now. Which of the two do you prefer more? Also, is there another genre you prefer more than one of those? Can we maybe expect to see a mystery or a thriller in the future?
William Rayst: No matter how far I wander into other genres, like horror or fantasy, I always come back to science fiction. It’s in my blood. I used to sit up late with my dad and watch old sci-fi movies on television. In my spare time, I’m working on three other sci-fi novels: Stronghold Raiders, The Last Pilot, and Crimebitters. (Watch out Chris – Crimebitters has vampires!)
Chris: Both Kings Forge and Zombie Talk are only available in ebook format. Do you have something against killing trees like the rest of us? Or can we expect to see your books in print at some point in the future?
William Rayst: Yes, I am a tree-hugger. And, as a result, I have no bookshelves. When I found out that I could take my entire library of books with me on a plane—all neatly organized in my Kindle—I was sold.