On a perfect life: An interview

I had the privilege of participating in Tim Ward’s and John Dodd’s very thoughtful interview on the subject of A Thousand Perfect Things. Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Why I chose an alternate history fantasy after ten science fiction novels.
  • AISFPMy main character’s dilemma between love and ambition – and what it says about women’s lives today.
  • The dichotomy between the two worlds: of machine and science and magic and sensualism – and the device of the “portal” getting from one to the other.
  • A discussion of the passage, “Shall I be pleased with myself for so little reason?” The classic question of finding peace in the world.

Check it out at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing, one of the best podcasts around, and leave a comment to let Tim and John know someone is listening!

For three days only, A Thousand Perfect things will be offered as a $2.99 eBook on Amazon, Nook and Apple. Offered through end of day Monday, September 30.

If you like the book, I would love to have a review from you on Amazon!




4 Responses

  1. Kimberly L. Robinson says:

    Dear Ms. Kenyon,

    I just heard your interview on “Adventures in Sci-fi Publishing”.

    It almost broke my heart when I heard you say, “Well, I’ll never be Connie Willis.”

    With all due respect to that author, I’d take a *grocery list* written by you over anything by her any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    She’s a good writer. Your words have life.

    I remember one day at the bookstore when I went right to the “K” section and the books there by you were all ones I had read before.

    I shook my fist at the heavens. “Write faster!”

    “The Braided World” is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read — and I’ve been reading the genre since the 6th grade. Years later and I still think about it.

    That book was *important* to me. It meant a lot to me.

    It’s good to be humble in life, but please don’t underestimate your impact on people as a writer, please.

    I think Ms. Willis may be off in a corner, weeping and biting her thumb that she’s not as good as *you*.

    I’m in the middle of “A Thousand Perfect Things” now, but I’m reading it slowly, so it will last. I really love it.

    Thank you!


  2. Kay says:

    Kimberly, that is a very touching tribute. Thank you, most sincerely. I do think that Connie Willis strikes a deeper chord in the SFF community, as is testified to by her extraordinary following and awards. That is what I meant, that she has a wider following. In truth, I’m thankful for the stories that have been given to me and been published. They are what I wanted to say, even if they were were for a smaller audience. I have been privileged to share these stories, and have never regretted the life that I have. Most people allow themselves a small (or great) extra measure of ambition. I admit I have mine. But your comments have really touched me. Thank you.

  3. Tiare Dutcher says:

    Kay, you are one of my very favorite writers. I LOVE The Entire and The Rose, and I long for another volume in that series. Any possibility? I just don’t want to say goodbye to those characters. Aloha from Hawai`i, Tiare

  4. Kay says:

    Hi Tiare – Well, I don’t have any plans at this time to do more in The Entire and The Rose – but I don’t rule it out. Right now, I’m very focused on some fantasy projects. There is never enough time to fully explore all the worlds I’ve apparently been compelled to create. But thanks for asking!

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