As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.
A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.
With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy.
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Which character would you like to be in this book?
With so many of my characters experiencing rather challenging situations, I think that I would prefer to be Captain Tristanidad Luciano. His character has a relatively stable life – happily married, kids, career, and no serious emotional baggage.
Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
I generally feel like I’m missing something if I leave the house for too long without my phone and backpack. The backpack always has a book or my iPad. Although I have to admit that I prefer quiet when I am reading or writing, so many places that I visit are neither, and not much gets done.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I’ve always been a fan of redemption characters, so I guess that I’d have to say the ‘good one’ who starts off bad. I love complicated characters who struggle, even if their internal struggles aren’t revealed until later in the story. I’ll admit to really enjoying the paths of Jaime Lannister in The Game of Thrones and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
For reading, I’ve reached a point in life where I primarily read what I enjoy. If that means reading a series, then I’ll read it happily. My first real book loves as a young teenager were The Lord of The Rings and the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. However, at the same time, I fell in love with James Clavell’s Shogun. Perhaps variety is the spice of life and reading?
My writing career is relatively young right now. My first published book is the first in a series, with the second coming in September 2019. At the same time, I started writing short horror stories, which I love as they are discrete, quick, and fun, plus, I have two standalone horror books already underway.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I really need it to be quiet when I read. My favorite places to read are in bed, in my loft above my office, and at a campsite either kicked back in my inflatable chair or inside my teardrop trailer. Regardless of where I am reading, in the morning I’ll be drinking coffee and then switch to herbal teas in the mid-afternoon.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Often, I can be found someplace alone in the wilderness. I am a fanatic hiker and love to wander away from civilization.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
I can walk by a bookstore, but only if I’m focused on another task. Otherwise, I’ll be inside seeing what’s new. We have a couple of excellent used bookstores nearby that are always fun to browse.
What are you most proud of?
My two sons, Michael and Brandon, are the pride of my life. They are both amazing young men, and it’s an honor to be their father.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
The sensation is almost indescribable. So much time, emotion, and love goes into writing a book that it’s almost overwhelming in terms of satisfaction, but at the same time, it’s a huge relief. Shortly after that, a bit of panic sets in, hoping that others will enjoy it.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
As cliche as it sounds, write and then write some more. That’s the most important thing. The second most important thing is, don’t get hung up by “professional advice.” For almost anything in writing, and in life in general, some expert will say this is how it’s done, another expert will give absolutely contrary advice, and dozens more will fall on the spectrum in-between. Work on being comfortable in your own skin, which often comes from doing what feels uncomfortable for a while, and then write some more.
Why did you create a galaxy in The Transprophetic series with only humans and no aliens?
As a kid growing up on Star Wars and Star Trek, I certainly love the concept of alien life forms. However, in literature and film, there is a tendency to categorize each “species” with specific human characteristics – Wookies are gentle but strong, Vulcans are logical, while Hutts and Ferengi are greedy.
I wanted to weave complex characters. Humans are terribly complicated and emotional creatures, and prone to doing the unexpected while still maintaining their core values and personalities. I thought that creating a world with multiple species would become confusing. Additionally, while my writing is meant to be entertaining, I also want my readers to question their thoughts, assumptions, believes, and how they treat others. A galaxy with humans is the best way to achieve all of that.
Do you prefer to read/write from a single perspective or multiple?
For writing longer works, I’ve only written in multiple perspectives. I like the challenge of figuring out what’s happening where and with who, and then bringing those things into focus. As my first books are a series, I want lots of characters moving throughout the galaxy and crossing paths in unexpected ways. However, for shorter stories, I’ve only written from a single perspective. There is probably some point where a story can be told from multiple POVs, but I haven’t discovered what that secret formula is. For me, I start with an idea and then write. If it makes sense to me that I need to switch points of view, then I do.
Thank you, Shea Oliver.
About the author
Shea Oliver is a science fiction and horror writer with a passion for telling stories that challenge readers’ assumptions and stereotypes. His first published novel, The Betrayal of Ka, features an antagonist’s decision to sell drugs to a young boy results in the death of the child.
Shea enjoys taking readers them on deeply emotional journeys to explore his characters motivations, mindset, and decisions. While his stories are written to be entertaining tales, they also are designed to be works that prompt readers to explore their own thoughts, behaviors, and treatment of others.
During a difficult personal period, Shea solo-climbed and sat alone atop a high mountain peak in Rocky Mountain National Park to assess his life. As he mediated in that beautiful setting, his long-dormant dream of becoming a novelist reemerged, and the next day, he began writing his first novel.
Shea’s professional career spans numerous industries with significant experience in enterprise software sales and digital marketing. His has founded multiple companies, coached other entrepreneurs, and taught public speaking at Colorado State University.
Shea will happily declare that his greatest achievement in life is being the father to two amazing sons. He is also an ardent nature lover, teardrop trailer enthusiast, and photographer. When not pounding on his keyboard, Shea can often be found in the wilderness, hiking alone, and enjoying life.
Discover more about Shea on his website at SheaOliver.com.
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