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This week, find out more about the book FREE WILL ODYSSEY in an interview with its author.
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About the Book
Peter Tesla, a prodigious young inventor, develops an electronic device to enhance the user’s free will. A major application is drug detoxification. Peter’s star client is the U.S. president. Along the way, Peter is tried for the mysterious death of a girlfriend and struggles with the machinations of a secretive industrialist.
Paperback: 194 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: FutureBooks.info (October 2, 2017)
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I resisted the idea of writing in prep school and college, but they kept telling me I was a good writer. I saved some of my old themes and articles and now see that I really was a pretty good writer. But I didn’t want to devote considerable time to it until I set aside savings from engineering and company-building.
What genres do you prefer to write in?
Nonfiction in current science and engineering, and fiction based on near future scientific developments.
Are there any authors you prefer to read and why?
I prefer the classics and storytellers. I like, for example, Homer, Shakespeare, Boris Pasternak, Lewis Carroll, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I like poetry, among others, by Kipling, Robert Service, Kahlil Gibran, T.S. Eliot, and Shelley.
How did you make the move into being a published author?
It’s something I wanted to do after I retired. Fortuitously, about then along came Amazon books.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
It’s a discipline to formulate and present my ideas. It’s fascinating to see how my ideas and writing are reflected back by readers and reviewers.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Avoiding the passive voice.
Do you have any tips for writers who find themselves experiencing writer’s block?
No, I don’t have any tips for getting out of writer’s block. I’ve never experienced the problem.
What advice would you give to people that want to enter the field?
Focus on your universe of ideas and how to express them. Interact with helpful people in your genre. Forget about making money (it may come, but don’t count on it).
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Stories, accounts, ideas and so forth that will in some way help them in their lives.
Is there anything else about you that you think readers might find interesting?
I’m fascinated with free will – how, when, and it what forms it separated mankind from other species, and in the future how it will separate mankind from computers and AI.
About the Author
Larry Kilham has traveled extensively overseas for over twenty years. He worked in several large international companies and started and sold two high-tech ventures. He received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in management from MIT. Larry has written books about creativity and invention, artificial intelligence and digital media, travel overseas, and three novels with an AI theme.