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An Interview with Larry Kilham: Author of Free Will Odyssey

Larry KilhamLarry Kilham is an award-winning author who has traveled extensively overseas for over twenty years. He worked in several large international companies and started and sold two high-tech ventures. He received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado and a M.S. in management from MIT. Larry has written books about creativity and invention, artificial intelligence and digital media, travel overseas, and four novels with an AI theme. He and his wife Betsy live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tell us about your book.

Peter Tesla, a prodigious young inventor, develops an electronic device to enhance the user’s free will. A major application is drug detoxification. Peter’s star client is the U.S. president. Along the way, Peter is tried for the mysterious death of a girlfriend and struggles with the schemes of a secretive industrialist.

Why did you want to write a book?

I want to explore and improve my thoughts about interesting themes or subjects. Then I seek to write them in a form to reach the most readers.

Why did you choose to self-publish?

I self-publish so I am not beholden to gatekeepers and tastemakers. Also, I want the book to never be put out of print.

Would you self-publish again?

Yes, at my stage in life (I’m 76) and only a few years into a new career as an author, I don’t have time to trudge through the halls of publishing wating to be anointed.

Free Will Odyssey by Larry KilhamWhat tips can you give other authors looking to self-publish?

Publish a book in steps. Start with a draft sent as a pdf to friends. Revise and then do a simple ebook on Kindle. Review the responses and do a paperback such as on CreateSpace. If all is going well, consider investing in a professional narrator to do an audio version of the book.

As a writer, what is your schedule? How do you get the job done?

I write in the morning when I’m most alert and imaginative. In the afternoon, I work on book promotion and non-book business.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I regroup and wait for more story to enter my mind.

Tell us about the genre you wrote in, and why you chose to write this sort of book.

I wrote in speculative science fiction in the first person. I wanted to tell a story about the near future based on my own life experiences and as a high-tech entrepreneur.

How do your friends and family get involved with your writing? What do they think of your book?

My wife is my first pass editor. The rest of my friends and family provide moral support.

Who are your biggest writing inspirations and why?

I like Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, and Gabriel García Márquez because they write vividly about the human condition during changing times.

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