Paul B Kohler is the author of the highly acclaimed novel, Linear Shift, and the remarkable novel series, The Borrowed Souls. Aside from his longer works, a number of his short stories have been included in various anthologies. His latest short, “Rememorations,” has been included in The Immortality Chronicles – a Top 5 SF Anthology and Hot New Releases. “Rememorations” was also nominated for a Best American Science Fiction award.
Paul was kind enough to join me for a short interview regarding his process, stories, and the future.
Paul knew he wanted to write shortly after his daughter was born. He started writing in a journal around the time of her birth, wanting to capture the feelings running through him as his life continued changing by the minute. Four or five months after he began journaling (1997), Paul wrote his first short story. However, it wasn’t until he met successful self-published author of Wool,Hugh Howey, in 2013 that he realized that he could also become an author. “His ever-inspiring personality was it took. I published my first novella in September of 2013.” Paul would go on to publish three full-length novels as well as many short stories featured in various anthologies. When he isn’t reading or writing, Paul is living life. He spends time with family and works a day job. He dreams about the day when he can pursue travel and write for a living.
I asked Paul about his involvement in The Future Chronicles anthology series created and curated by Samuel Peralta. The Future Chronicles have released more than ten unique speculative fiction anthologies that have successfully stay at the top of Amazon’s best seller lists. Both new and experienced authors on the rise in the science fiction and indie book communities contribute to these unique anthologies. Paul became involved with The Future Chronicles when several friends nominated him as a possible author. When The Immortality Chronicles was announced, he decided to submit a story. After working on three or four ideas, he submitted “Rememorations,”and was accepted as one of the authors.
Paul prefers writing full-length novels, which allow him to develop his characters with more depth. However, he still enjoys writing a short story about every other month.
He has a few bits of advice for aspiring authors and about his writing style in general. As an aspiring author myself, I enjoy reading this section of the interview!
“Never give up–never surrender. Oh wait, that’s a line from a movie. I suppose the advice I’d give is to stop dreaming and start doing. I’ve dreamed about writing for so long, I just wish I’d started a lot sooner. I have a [ton] of stories in my mind, and I can’t imagine ever getting to a fraction of them in my lifetime.”
Paul’s process when he writes: “When I started writing, I was a total pantster. I soon realized, after countless dead-end stories that I needed to plan at least a little if I ever wanted to finish something. Slowly, I changed my spots, so to speak, and only write from an outline. It’s a rough one-page thingy, so my daily writing still has a chance to wander. It’s more like a road map, and it has waypoints marked to keep me on track. Today, I can’t write without it.”
Paul tends to add a little bit of himself to most of his main characters which gives them a certain relatable aspect while he writes. “Hell, I think I include a bit of myself in the antagonists as well.”
Another question I enjoy asking authors is what scientific achievement is right around the corner. Paul thinks that we are all about to live a lot longer than we do today.
“I think the advancement in gene manipulation is going to really get rolling. [The] cures for cancer and other life threatening disease are close. Once that happens, I can imagine the average life expectancy will be beyond 100 years old. I think the only thing holding us back right now are the medical and pharmaceutical fields, as they stand to lost the most. Let’s face it–the drug companies thrive on our illnesses.”
Author Paul Kohler new book, The Hunted Assassin, was released on June 28th, 2016. The novel is a Spi-Fi/Thriller, a genre which Paul describes as a mix of Science Fiction and Espionage or “Jason Bourne in space.” If you act quickly, The Hunted Assassin is on sale for $0.99 through the end of June before leveling out at $3.99! Buy The Hunted Assassin here!
Synopsis: His name is an alias. His pretense is a disguise. His very existence on Taloo Station is no accident. Martin Wheeler—AKA Jaxon Rasner, is hiding from his past. After nearly a decade of living in obscurity, a team of killers is sent to end his life. Making matters worse, his estranged daughter is brutally abducted. Marked for death, he must return to the life he left behind as he races for survival throughout the Outer Ring, where he has no choice but to embrace the killer within.
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