Next up in the Black Speculative Fiction Author Interviews will feature Kyoko M!
Which author inspired you the most to write your own stories? Why?
Jim Butcher. I love the way he weaves a story and creates characters that really resonate with me, make me laugh, make me cry, and make me want to spend time with them no matter what they’re doing.
Do you think we need a black speculative fiction month? Why or why not?
Yes. It’s always good to cast the spotlight on those who could use a turn in the daylight instead of hustling in the dark.
As a reader, what would you like to see more of from black speculative fiction authors?
I love seeing people of color in the urban fantasy realm because all too often, the popular stories are copy/pasted and nearly identical to each other.
Do you remember the first time you encountered your first black character in a work of speculative fiction? How old were you? How did it affect you?
I was in college when I was put in contact with Geoff Thorne, who is a novelist and comic book writer who went to high school with my Dad, and they’re still friends online. It was extremely cool to see another black author/nerd doing his thing and making a living out of the fine arts. I still look up to him to this day.
Kyoko M is an author, a fangirl, and an avid book reader. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia, which gave her every valid excuse to devour book after book with a concentration in Greek mythology and Christian mythology. When not working feverishly on a manuscript (or two), she can be found buried under her Dashboard on Tumblr, or chatting with fellow nerds on Twitter, or curled up with a good Harry Dresden novel on a warm central Florida night. Like any author, she wants nothing more than to contribute something great to the best profession in the world, no matter how small.
You can find more info about Kyoko at http://shewhowritesmonsters.com/about-the-author/
The Black Parade
Jordan Amador. 21. New Yorker. Waitress. Mild alcoholic. Murderer.
Jordan accidentally shot and killed a Seer: a person who can communicate with ghosts, angels, and demons. Worse still, she did so on the eve of her own awakening, making her the last Seer on Earth with no one to guide her. As penance, God gives her two years to help one hundred souls with unfinished business cross over from Earth to the afterlife or she will go to Hell. Just as she approaches the deadline, Jordan finds her hundredth soul: a smart-mouthed poltergeist named Michael whose ability to physically touch things makes him distinct from her usual encounters with the dead. However, the deeper she delves solving his sudden death, the more she realizes something sinister is on the horizon.
With time running short, Jordan stumbles across a plot that may unravel the fragile balance among Heaven, Hell, and Earth. Her life is plunged into chaos as she is hunted by demons that want to use her valuable Seer blood to bring about the end of the world and discovers that these creatures have a frightening connection to her family bloodline. Plus, the budding romance between Jordan and Michael makes it harder for them to let go of each other so he can become part of the eternal black parade.
If you don’t want to wait for the results of the giveaway, you can purchase <<The Black Parade Here>>