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Author Interview: Steampunk Author Kin S. Law

City Owl Press is excited to announce our newest author: Kin S. Law! Signed in a two-book deal by Acquisitions Editor, Heather McCorkle, for his amazing steampunk works, Kin brings a unique perspective and a stellar voice to the team.

1. Tell our readers a little about yourself and your work.
Hi! This is usually a hard question for me. Am I a child of two worlds? Yes. Do I call both New York and Hong Kong home? Yes, and that has pushed me into writing anachronistic work like steampunk. Am I a food writer, a trained chef, and a motorbike enthusiast? All yes. But they say the acorn is pulled into being by the oak tree it is going to be, and I was always going to be a novelist first and foremost. I grew up reading Douglas Adams and Madeline L'engle and Roald Dahl, and they were my friends when I moved around too much to have any. My wife and I basically live in a library.

2. What genres do you write or want to write in the future?
I'm working on a ray gun series at the moment where I crash noir, Gothic, and western against a scifi backdrop. I adore fantasy. Ultimately, I want to push out of genre completely and go into lit fiction, but that judgement is up to the reader to make. Steampunk will always have a sweet spot with me.

3. What attracted you to City Owl Press?
I have always been critical of traditional publishing as an insider's industry. I think I have matured enough to say it is not from personal failure or resentment. As an Asian American I feel the publishing routes available to me are limited and my point of view is not…welcome in certain circles. This is why indie publishing is so appealing, and City Owl presented a professional and encouraging environment from other author's testimony. I like the sustainable publishing model as well as the push for both romance and speculative fiction. Also, it is always exciting to get in on the ground floor of any industry.

4. What has your experience been like working with City Owl Press?
Very professional and empowering! Edits will come soon enough, but the signing process is pleasant. The staff are quite kind and helpful.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Enjoying some nice scotch. Hopefully, as I churn out more books. I am hoping to have the time to care for my wife and possible family by being a full-time author. I am hoping my Motorbike customizing game will be up there...my ducati yearns to become a cafe racer. Neither here nor there but fun.

6. Tell our readers why they should pick up your book.
My wife and few fans say this better than I do. They tell me I don't write weak female characters, and that I offer a voice to the voiceless. They say the writing is like a fine merlot and that the balance of action to hilarity is refreshing. Personally, I think the reason to pick up my books is the same reason you would give for following a stranger into a bar. You might not like it, but at least you will never regret it.

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