Thursday, April 27, 2023

Interview With Sci-Fi Author Kenneth Phillip Odom (a/k/a) K. P. Odom (a/k/a) Phil Odom



1.      What inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration came when I started doing colonial reenactments in 2010.   That research on how folks lived during that time led me to write a short story involving time travel which is the epilogue in my book.


 2.      What exactly is it about and who is it written for?

This story is an adventure through time which is laced with historical places, people, and various sciences.  It is a young adult historical science fiction story.


3.      What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

To be entertained, educated, and enlightened.


4.      How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

The title, well that just came to me, 1768 A Place in Time just had a ring to it and the picture on the cover is a painting I commissioned from a local artist of the dirt road I live on.


 5.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?  

Learn how to use the Chicago Style of Manuscript.


 6.      What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? 

As a first-time author, I haven't a clue as to where the publishing industry is headed.


 7.      Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?

Oh, yes, I got decades of my personal life experience in this story.


8.      How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

Writing style?  hmmm, a beginner influenced by Frank Yerby, Janisse Ray, and Kieran Kramer.  I have written technical papers for decades, telling the story.  This is my first time writing as a creative writer where you show the story.


 9.      What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?

The toughest choice was what to include in the story and what to leave out.  Achieving a balance in the story to keep the reading intrigued.


10.   If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?  

Take a trip through life before the present time.  More to come in the Future. This story is the first of three.  The other two are 1769: A Walk Through Time and  1770: Travelers Through Time.  I'm a little over halfway through book two and book three is about third completed.  It’s fun being a functional adult with attention deficit disorder.   Always doing more than one thing at a time.

About the Author: Born in 1951 as a coastal Georgia human being.  Son of public school educators.  Public school in the 50's and 60's, college in the early 70's, class of 73.  I've had a Forrest Gump career from 1968 to 2012.  A decade of building Interstate Highways, two decades in the petroleum industry, and a decade as a commercial fisherman.  Have held a driver's license to operate trucks since 1970 as a professional commodities relocator.  Civic leader in my community, Vice Chairman of the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, Treasurer of Liberty County Historical Society, Vice President Midway Colonial Museum, Vice President, Friend of Revolutionary War Fort Morris.  Oh and I am a great-grandparent, twice.  That's enough of me tooting my horn.


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