Our guest this week, Tom King, a former CIA Counterterrorism operations officer, discusses life fighting on the front lines post 9/11, and his life now as a husband, father, and full-time author. We discuss the strong themes in his novel A ONCE CROWDED SKY about war, avoiding a world full of violence, and the pull between being a hero and being a husband. Tom discusses how he still doesn’t know if he made the right decision to leave the CIA, and how his novel illustrates the lack of cut and dry answers in life that are also the hardest to live with. For the superheroes in his novel who lose their powers, they go from living the dream, to having everything taken away, and having to deal with their new, unglamorous lives. PenUltimate, the only superhero who didn’t give up his powers, is hated, and doesn’t want to leave his wife to help save the day. As the enemy returns, that decision becomes more difficult, and his story really touches the heart.
I went to my first major con a few weeks ago, driving up by myself to Chicago on Saturday to visit the World Science Fiction Convention, this year known as ChiCon 7. I wrote a blog post over at New Authors Fellowship, sharing the wonderful and not so wonderful experiences I had. Nothing great comes without sacrifice, so I’m fine, and so thankful that I went. I am sad that I only got to stay for Saturday, and therefore missed the Hugo Awards, so I’m putting together my own Hugo Awards based on people I met or sat as audience for in panels. Big congrats to all the winners of the real awards, and my silly fake ones.
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