Publish Date: November 1, 2012
Synopsis: LUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.
Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.
Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depend on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.
Rogue Hunter Series: Inquest (1), Death Moon (2), Alliance (3)
Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
A. My latest release is a science fiction novel entitled Rogue Hunter: Inquest. Inquest is an epic space opera novel that focuses on the life of a female bounty hunter from the future named Zyra Zanr. Inquest will be published at all major online retailers beginning on November 1, 2012.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
A. There were other Rogue Hunter books before Inquest. However, I made the decision to reboot the series due to a change in vision. When I first envisioned Rogue Hunter, it was a space opera written in the vein of Star Wars. But as I worked on the series, it lost much of its Star Wars-ness and became an entirely different animal. I found that Rogue Hunter called for a grittier, darker exploration of Zyra’s universe and to pull no punches in telling her tale. Of course, this meant that Zyra herself would have to be updated as well.
Inquest appeals to a slightly different readership than the older books. Like its predecessors, Inquest is an action novel. But it is more dramatic in scope. In fact, I like to joke that Inquest is more soap opera than space opera! In some ways, Inquest reads like an urban fantasy tale that has traded in its urban environment for bolts and starships. Similarly, where Inquest differs from standard space opera fare is in the thematic exploration of the main character Zyra who is a tough-as-nails bounty hunter from the future who has always played by her own rules. But in Inquest, she is at a crossroads. Forced to face her inner demons, she has to decide what kind of person she wants to be. Is she going to be a ruthless killer? Or will she regain her humanity by shedding her skin in favor of living a normal life? Overall, I think readers will find Inquest a refreshing tale.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?
A. I’m an author who writes concept novels. In layman’s terms, it simply means my novels tend to be based around a unique subject that has no direct comparison. In the case of Inquest, it’s basically “Battle of the Sexes in Space.” Zyra’s story, however personal, is set against the backdrop of a conflict between rival governments and their attempt to use a peaceful world as their pawn. This jostling for power culminates in pitting the dueling philosophies of the most extreme forms of Feminism and male chauvinism against each other. I was drawn to this story because I got a chance to explore some of the issues behind what makes men and women tick. This has more significance to me when I consider how women are treated in some parts of the world like the Middle-East and the continuing evolution of the roles of men and women in an increasingly technological society.
The question I asked myself when writing Inquest was: What if women revolted against the men who abused them and began a campaign of gendercide? What if Zyra found herself caught up in the middle of a war between men and women and became the final arbiter in that war? What would be the ramifications for her when further complicated by her own moral code and personal baggage? Inquest offered me the opportunity to perform a literary sociological experiment that I think readers will find very intriguing. The fact that Zyra gets to kick butt and make stuff blow up in the process makes this all even cooler.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
A. I’m not sure there is anything I would change other than to include additional scenes that would allow me to delve into some parts of the story that I had to ignore. For starters, I would have enjoyed seeing flashbacks of Zyra when she was younger before she became the hardened bounty hunter she is now. There were some steamy romantic scenes and some really cool action scenes that got left on the table because I couldn’t get them to fit into the timeline of events in the book without spoiling the balance. Who knows? If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll get a chance to include them in a future book.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A. Containing my excitement and not being able to share Inquest with any readers until the story took final form. That was really a test of my willpower.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
A. I would certainly say that there were songs that I listened to during the course of writing Inquest that helped shape the narrative. That music ranged from symphonic music to heavy metal. But as it goes, I’m actually in the process of creating a soundtrack based off of Inquest. I’ve hired a team of very talented composers to bring my story to life in musical form. This isn’t the first time I’ve had music created based off of my books. What’s different this time around is that the soundtrack for Inquest is being created for the express purpose of supplementing the reading experience. As far as I can tell, no other indie author has ever done anything like this before. If that’s true, then I’m proud to be the first. The soundtrack for Rogue Hunter: inquest will be available at Amazon early next year in 2013. But I’ll be making music from the soundtrack available to the public before the end of October on my website at www.kevishendrickson.weebly.com. It’s really good stuff. So I hope everyone will come to check it out!
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
A. If you had asked me 10 years ago, I would say that my strangest quirk when writing a book was that I always listened to music before or as I wrote my stories. 5 years ago, I would say that much of my writing was fueled by Hemingwayish-inspired bouts of consuming copious amounts of libations. Now my most interesting writing quirk is that I don’t ever write my books until I’ve fleshed them out fully in my head. It’s not an easy feat, especially when the muse is begging you to just get it down on paper. But I find that I can tell a much better story when I know how it all goes before I sit down to type a single word.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
A. I sure do. The sequel to Rogue Hunter: Inquest is scheduled for a March 2013 release date.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A. I want to thank all of my supporters out there who endured the drought of new Rogue Hunter books over the past few years. I promise you the wait will be worth it! The Rogue Hunter series is about to explode with the reintroduction of Zyra Zanr, bounty hunter extraordinaire. Look for Rogue Hunter: Inquest, the first installment of the rebooted Rogue Hunter series, at your favorite online ebook store on November 1, 2012.