Wednesday, April 23, 2014

EXODUS 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett


Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.

THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”

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Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.

Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.

What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.

With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
My son and I do a lot of backpacking and skiing together and we talk about all kinds of things on those trips. During one discussion (on a hike deep inside Olympic National Park) we were talking about animal intelligence and wondering if genius ever occurs in animals. That “wondering” led to a lot of reading and research after I returned home, and gradually a story began to take shape.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
About two years from start to finish.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I love the feeling of being “in the zone” while writing. That mental state when ideas are flowing and you know in your bones that you’re working on a cool story. It’s not always easy to find that zone, but it’s wonderful when you get there.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
Honestly, I like every aspect of it, from brainstorming the initial idea to final edit and proofreading. The whole process is a blast.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Assuming it could be someone from history I’d say Teddy Roosevelt. Just read a biography about T.R. and the guy was one of the most amazing, resilient, resourceful human beings who has ever lived. He overcame enormous personal challenges through sheer willpower, determination and a positive attitude. And he was a great president. An amazing guy.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Old Rasputin Beer. One of my favorite beers.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m in the midst of research for a new novel called THE HEALER about a man who discovers later in life that he has a special gift for healing. I’m super excited about the story and hope to have the book completed in about a year. 

Thanks so much for your questions and for featuring EXODUS 2022 on your site!

Kenneth G. Bennett

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2 comments:

Kenneth G. Bennett said...

Dear Pembroke, thank you for the beautiful post! It's an honor to have EXODUS 2022 featured on your site.

Best wishes,

Kenneth G. Bennett

Christina Boyd said...

Terrific feature! Thanks for sharing.