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Interview with author of Amish Vampires in Space, Giveaway & Book Tour

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If your like me your thinking Amish Vampires in Space is a strange and different title, so I asked about it.  Read the interview and learn about the book, it looks very interesting.  I also asked some novice writer questions, so if your thinking of writing or do check out these answers!

I’d have never thought to combine the Amish and Vampires let alone outer-space, what inspired you to make this combination?

The short answer is that there was this joke title that my publisher had been talking about for years at writers’ conferences: Amish Vampires in Space.

Some people might not know this, but the Amish romance genre is extremely popular. So popular, in fact, that there are publishing houses that only want Amish fiction. And of course, everyone knows how popular the vampire genre is.

My publisher only published speculative fiction, though, so he would tell writers that he wasn’t interested in Amish fiction, unless it was something like Amish Vampires in Space. He even went so far as to design a mock cover.

Somewhere along the way I told him that someone should write that book. I didn’t think it was me, because it sounded campy, and I typically write hard science fiction. I also had other projects that I was working on. So the idea gestated for a few years.

Then a couple summers ago, I started thinking about how such a situation might actually occur—how the Amish might get to space and become vampires. I challenged myself to write a straight sci-fi story that could mash up all three genres and still have some depth.

It is a matter of opinion as to whether I succeeded or not. But I think I did. I’m proud of it, in fact.

Have you ever experienced writers block and if so what helps you?

Thankfully, I’ve never had long periods where I couldn’t think of anything to write. I always have an idea I’m intrigued by. Something that keeps me pressing forward.

I do have days, though, where the words are a real struggle. The best thing for that is to just press through it. Even if you don’t get everything you want out of the writing session, at least get something.

Usually I’ll find that the days I struggled the worst were also the days I wrote best.

What do you wish you’d known before you started writing and what is the best tip you could give a young writer.

I don’t think any writer, starting out, realizes how difficult it is to market your books. Even if it is the best thing ever written, getting someone to spend their hard-earned money on it is hard. And probably it should be! But is easy to get discouraged by the sales numbers, or the seeming lack of interest. You need to keep things in perspective. Most books don’t sell that well. Very few are bestsellers. Tell the story you want to tell and hope for the best.

The biggest tip I give young writers—and it goes along with what I’ve just said—is persevere. It took me four years of writing before my first book was published, and another six years until my first novel. It can take a long time. Hang in there.

Do you write the story all at once or in bits and pieces?

A little piece each day, with rarely any planning. I usually have a general idea of where the story is going, and some themes and characters in mind, but otherwise it is a faith walk. I start out writing with the expectation of arriving somewhere, even if it isn’t where I originally intended.

Are you working on any books right now?

I am! A sequel actually. Though Amish Vampires in Space has a definite ending (no cliffhangers) there are some characters and situations I’d like to explore more. I’m far enough in now—70,000+ words— that it is starting to seem like a real book. Not sure how it will all end up yet, but I’m excited about it.

Having fun. Persevering. J


Amish-Vampires-in-SpaceTitle: Amish Vampires in Space

Author: Kerry Nietz

Word Count: 137,000

Genre: Science Fiction

Content Warning: Minor Violence/Gore

Recommended Age: 13+

~ Synopsis ~

Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space.

The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars.

But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive…or used to be.

Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older. Available on Amazon.

~ About the Author ~

Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. He has one non-fiction book, a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software. Amish Vampires in Space is his fifth novel.

~ Excerpt ~

Jebediah had a secret.
It was a weight, really. Something the songs of church service couldn’t lighten. Even daily prayers and scripture reading were no help. It was always present.

Always hidden. “It is Gelassenheit,” his father had said. “Surrendering yourself for others.” So Jeb bore the weight. It was God’s will. Like Abraham tying Isaac to the altar.

We hold the knife with the faith that God will stop us from using it. With a groan, Jebediah pushed his way out of bed. Beside him, Sarah sighed and rolled his direction. Even with the passage of decades, she still appeared as beautiful to him as when they married. A day twenty years ago now. Her in a simple white dress and kapp. He in his best black suit. Family and friends, similarly attired. A simpler time. A happier time. An early spring.

Before the secret had passed to him. “Is it morning so soon?” she whispered. Jeb smiled. “Ya, it is.” She made to get out of bed, but Jeb frowned and held out a hand. “Stay in,” he said. “At forty, you’ve earned a few more minutes.” She put the back of her hand over her mouth and yawned. “So much to do today. The Troyers need breakfast. And Eli will need help with that baby. And the garden.”

Jeb glanced out the bedroom window. The sun had not yet begun to rise. And neither moon. Only a few distant stars and the mass of what was commonly called the Morning Nebbit. Still very dark. That was a comfort, at least.

~ Giveaway ~

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