Keith Pascal writing juvenile fiction? A fantasy, no less!
I thought Keith Pascal was a martial arts author, focusing on practical self-defense.
Doesn’t Keith (Kip) work with Lee Asher and other famous magicians, and hasn’t he written a magic, how-to book?
[headline_arial_small_left color=”#000000″]For the back story on The Cloud King: Thunder Nuggets and Fog, read the following interview:[/headline_arial_small_left]
Keith: The one and only. (Actually, there are several people with my name, but I do write for the magic community and also for people into safety, self-defense, and advanced martial arts.
JFR: Is this your first piece of fiction?
Keith: Actually, I have written several parables — one about becoming a better magician, one about improving one’s punches, and even one about making more money. This is my first juvenile fantasy.
JFR: What qualifies you to write this book?
Keith: I’m not sure qualified is the correct term for this children’s book, but if I understand what you’re asking, then let’s see … the book takes place on the Oregon Coast; I lived there for seven years, and my wife (of 19 years) is from the coast. As for being a fantasy writer, I have read hundreds and hundreds of fantasy and sci-fi books over the years. My family even owned a bookstore that had an awesome fantasy section.
JFR: This ebook is about clouds and cloud magic, right?
Keith: Yes, it is … with a little self-defense against some bad bullies thrown in. And a shipwreck that might have treasure, and …
JFR: What about clouds?
Keith: What about them? I’m an Oregonian; it rains a lot, here. Plus, my wife, Kate, took a climatology class at the University of Oregon; does that count? 😉
JFR: So, you know about the weather.
Keith: More important, I know about weather folklore.
JFR: For example?
Keith: For example, I know which flowers droop in anticipation of a good rainfall. With little clues like that, and other indicators, it’s possible to predict the weather.
JFR: Wow. Will readers be able to get actual weather predictors, too?
Keith: Of course. Anyone who reads Cloud King will be able to predict the weather better than before reading the fantasy.
JFR: Hmm. The weather magic is from folklore. So, there isn’t any REAL fantasy-magic in the story?
Keith: Did I say that? Actually, there is some fun “weather magic” in the story, and even more folklore in book #2.
JFR: There’s a Cloud King #2?
Keith: Almost. I’m just finishing up the first draft, now. Then on to a second draft, and then it will need to be edited. But soon, very soon. Right now, though, I’m excited about Cloud King #1 … Thunder Nuggets and Fog.
JFR: Where can we read Cloud King?