Series: Dominion Chronicles
Author: K. S. Fish
Release Date: 15th August 2012
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When twelve-year old Tyler Hudgens wakes up in the courtyard, he's buried up to his neck with twenty other screaming, terrified kids. Welcome to Frazier's compound, a place where Tyler and a chosen few will unlock powers in themselves that they could only dream about. Frazier has a plan to turn them into gods, and the only price is the death of 2.5 million people. When a schism occurs in their group, they're all flung into a battle that will test their loyalties and ultimately decide the fate of the world.
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Title: Battle For Earth
Series: Dominion Chronicles
Author: K.S. Fish
Release Date: 18th December 2013
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Disaster has come to the Earth. As the planet struggles to adapt to the new existence Corey has forced on it, the children from Frazier's compound have grown up and been scattered to the corners of the world. Unwilling leaders, they are cast into a war that will push them to the end of endurance, and ultimately decide the fate of the world.
He concentrated on the door and nothing happened. The cell was so small that the smells of old piss and body odor assaulted him, it was as if the whole space had been soaked in sweat and urine. More disturbing yet, a pulse began to beat in his brain. It sent small stabs of pain into the back of his eyes.
It was a warning.
He ignored it and tried again. His eyes began to water. His brain sent a dagger up this time, and he groaned as it tore through his soft tissue. He wanted to puke. This was so not good.
The room began to spin and he lay down on the cold concrete floor. The smell of piss was stronger here and he retched as quietly as he was able. He was glad – not for the first time – that they had put him in a cell by himself. He curled into the fetal position and stuffed his nose into his armpit but the smell there was almost worse: Spent adrenaline…and fear.
It had been so long since he’d felt fear that when he recognized its stench on him, his immediate response had been a hatred that flared brightly through his entire being.
Those motherfuckers, how dare they? He rolled towards the door and focused on it again, feeding off the hate like a steam engine pulls power from a furnace.
He felt that familiar flexing inside of him, like a muscle contracting in his brain. The daggers were still there but he didn’t give a shit.
The air shimmered and for a second he could see every atom of every element in the room. They were his to control. He ground his teeth, converging his whole being on the door.
The steel vibrated, then began to bow.
His concentration was so fierce that at first he didn’t feel the blood pouring from his nose. It felt like he had swallowed about a quart of it and now he did puke. Suddenly the atoms in the air disappeared and all that was left were black spots. They chased each other down a murky tunnel and he followed them into the darkness.
Then, all went black.
My name is Ken, however on my books I just use the initials KS Fish. (It just sounds better) I was born in San Diego, California, and currently live in Georgia.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I've always written, as far back as I can remember, but I was lazy. I didn't develop the discipline to be a writer till later. Now I realize it's what I was born to do.
When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
After Conception was in print. Then I thought, "What if it's a fluke?" When Battle for Earth (Book 2) came out and everybody loved it, that's when it hit home. I'm a writer.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Chronologically, Turtle Soup, my kid's book would be the latest. Awesome. And fun. Both to read and write.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Lol, that depends on the book. Somewhere between a year and two. Battle for Earth took about a year and a half, but it's almost 700 pages... so.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
You can expect a lifetime's worth of stories.
I hate the word genre. Maybe it's because I don't exactly fit into one. I write the stories that come to me. Sometimes it feels like they write themselves and I just take notes of what I see and try to form it into some organized flow.
Sometimes that's Horrific, sometimes Romantic, or Fantastic or Thrilling...I don't think I answered the question.
The answer is: Yes.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series, and what genre would you place them in?
I'm working on a new one now about an old crime boss telling his story. It's very good, but different than The Dominion Chronicles. Of course, Ascension, the conclusion to The Dominion Chronicles is knocking at the door too. It's gonna be a busy year.
Do you have a favourite out of the books you have written? If so why is it your favourite?
My favorite, (and everyone else's so far) is Battle for Earth. The characters that we all meet in Conception really grow. They must face themselves in this new world they all blame themselves for. They fall in love. Very relatable stuff.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? and why are they your favourite?
That's a tough one. I love all my characters in their own way, they're all family. But if I had a gun to my head I guess I would say Sarah. She speaks to animals and is so antisocial. She doesn't care what ANYBODY says about anything.
Where do you get your book plot ideas from?What/Who is your inspiration?
That is always the question. I don't know is the only answer I can give. The stories come to me whole and I'm as surprised as anyone else how they turn out. Thank God they've been good. :-)
Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them?ie. Your partner, children, friends, reviewers you know?
Yes. There is a pretty extensive gauntlet I try to push them through. These guys have no problem telling me if something sucks. lol. So far so good...
Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
Yup. If that's what they would like.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes I do. Opinions are like... well, you know, but it's still good to hear feedback.
Would you ever ask a reviewer to change their review if it was not all positive about your book/books?
No. If they think it sucks I want to know why. I may or may not agree, but I still want to hear what they have to say on it. Luckily the ego is still in check. lol
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I just start writing. Eventually it tells me its name.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Definitely after. I don't actually decide that. The characters reveal themselves to me as the story rolls out. I know there are writers out there who outline everything down to the last detail. That ain't me. lol
What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?
As writers, at least FICTION writers, our first responsibility is clarity. Our very next is to tell a story that carries the reader away. As Jean-luc Picard might say, our "prime directive" is to kidnap you with words. It's real life magic. Most bestsellers have that.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I think there is always a moral. These are snatches of life we're writing and reading about. Eventually the lines between fact and fiction get blurred. True on some stories it's a greater reach, but everything's relatable on some level.
Is there a certain Author that influenced you in writing?
Several. Stephen King and Pat Conroy probably leading the pack.
What is your favourite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
My favorite book is The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. It's my favorite because it moves me. It is that magic I was speaking of earlier, and this book takes me away like a raging river.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favourite/worst book to movie transfer?
Yes they do, if they were written well. Its the same deal. If we've painted the picture clear enough in the directors mind, and hopefully he's a GOOD director, you get a good outcome: The Shawshank Redemption.
Or, if he's not: (:'() The Prince of Tides.
Do you think ebooks will ever totally replace printed books?
No. There's a good feeling in holding a fat book in your hand. All that potential.
What do you think about book trailers?
I think they're great. In fact, come watch mine! lol http://ksfish.wordpress.com/book-trailers/
What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
The same advice Stephen King gave me in his book On Writing: a writer writes. If you're gonna be a writer you gotta keep that pen (or computer) to the paper.
Where can readers follow you?
Your Website? http://ksfish.wordpress.com
Your Facebook Page? https://facebook.com/thedominionchronicles?refid=48&ref=bookmark
Your Goodreads Author Page? https://www.goodreads.com/ksfish
Your Twitter Details? @ksfish2