Jolt: The Paranormal and Dystopian by K.D. McLean

Katie lives in Canada near Lake Ontario with her partner Desmond. They are living the life that they’ve always dreamed about--writing, editing and collaborating on books. Both are alumni of Queen’s University in Kingston and are frequent visitors to the Tyendinaga reservation, where the novel JOLT is set. She has published a series of adult romance books as well as a romantic comedy, recently released – Funny Business.

For relaxation (what is that?) she and Desmond enjoy walking their neurotic pug, trying different recipes together (Des cooks, Katie helps) and watching HBO movies, followed by immersion in their hot tub. There’s almost nothing better than star gazing in the frigid air while being toasty warm…Well maybe skiing at Mont St. Anne is a close second.

In taking on an epic of the scale of JOLT, Katie has been inspired by the words of Goethe.

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

What if it cost you NOTHING to put gas in your car? What if you paid nothing to heat your home or cool it in summer? What if your electric bill was only for new light bulbs? How would that change your life? A real pipe dream, right?

Joel Heath, PhD has dedicated his career to making this pipe dream a reality. He’s obsessed with unlocking the secret of cold fusion energy. He’s come so close, but the final piece of the puzzle eludes him.

Which is a good thing, for Joel actually. You see, Phil Devlin’s energy conglomerate earns billions in profits with things just the way they are. He’s been keeping tabs on Joel. Phil was ruthless in attaining his stature of wealth and influence, and he’d protect his position with ferocity. He can crush Professor Joel Heath with a text message.

Neither man knows the planet is 90 days away from global slaughter, triggered by an oil war. One man does know. He has been cursed with prescient visions. These visions have shattered his life, plummeting him from an established career to begging on the street.

Joel’s simple gesture of compassion to this homeless derelict is rewarded with a dazzling insight. He has the key! This jolt of clarity begins with a touch, a touch that can send the world spinning out of control.

Because Phil Devlin sends that text message.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
People are more afraid and less secure today than they’ve ever been in history. Good paying jobs that you could raise a family on are harder to get, energy costs are outpacing inflation by a country mile, and life is just plain HARDER now than just 20 years ago. I looked at what I considered to be the biggest contributors to that sort of world mind set, and JOLT was born.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
About a year. There was so much research that had to be done! The scope of the book- Native American mysticism, Wall Street and political deal making as well as looking at the science of alternative energy… there was a lot of stuff I had to learn in order to bring the book together.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I get to create worlds and populate them with people of my own design. It’s a lot of fun until those characters don’t do what I thought they were going to when I sat down and begun. They really do take on a life of their own, and watching them do it in my mind’s eye can be fascinating.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Letting go of the book and moving on to the next project. When I’m working on a book I become immersed. And when I type ‘The End’ of the final, last revision… it’s a little… bittersweet.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Wow… I puzzled over this question for a while. There are so many people I admire in the world and I only get to pick one! Ack! It would have to be Oprah Winfrey. Her biography and talent is extraordinary.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I just checked my fridge. And the answer is I don’t know. I mean… it’s OLD… but no way am I opening that container of blue fur. Nope. I think it growled at me when I picked it up…

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
The second half of Jolt is just about done, so there’s that. I haven’t decided if I’m going to have the story continue or not. I’m just started a ghost story that has me excited. It’s my first crack at one, and I’m having so much fun that I’m kicking myself for not doing one sooner!

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