Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Brady Koch with his book, Guns, Gods & Robots.
Brady Koch lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife and children. Feel free to read over Brady’s shoulder if you see him working on a new novel or short story at the coffee shop, library, or commuter train into NYC.
Despite his penchant for crime, horror, and the unusual in his writing, he’s actually a nice guy and welcomes your feedback. Brady Koch’s first collection of short works, Guns, Gods & Robots, is now available.
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About the Book
Guns: A girl’s birthday wish comes true when she gets to spend an afternoon on manhunt with her lawman father.
Gods: An old man discovers his crops aren’t the only dead things on his farm.
Robots: A heartless machine built for compassion malfunctions, leading its engineer on a hunt to fix the corruption before it spreads.
In Guns, Gods & Robots, Brady Koch, mixes and remixes three themes across this collection of stories and novellas that spans the range of science fiction and horror. The stories, collected here for the first time, range from the uplifting to the horrifying. Sure to spark your imagination, the seven stories in Guns, Gods & Robots will also keep you up at night.
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Keep reading for an interview with the author:
What genres do you write?
Sci-fi, a little horror, some crime. Based on the outlines ahead of me it looks like I’ll be setting into crime for at least the next year. I’ll have to scratch my sci-fi itch with flash fiction for a while.
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
Cory Doctorow. Of course for his great books, but mainly (for me) for his persistent content creation. I’t love to pick his brain on how he finds balance between blogging, editing, writing his own stories and his family.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
My first download of one of my novelettes from a free site that wasn’t one of my friends or family.
What are your goals as an author? Where do you see yourself in five years?
I simply want to challenge myself to write one novel or collection of stories each year. And write simply to please myself. See what I am motivated by my own interests rather than to interest a publisher.
It would be a blast in five years to have five published books to my name.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author?
I like it when people tell me that a story of mine gave them a nightmare. This sounds sadistic, but at it’s core it means that someone still has a part of my story in their mind that won’t let go and that’s a great thing.
I think this is interesting because I don’t consider myself a horror writer. I would say that my fears drive most of my stories. I do my best to try and have my characters overcome their own fears and in doing so hope that I can do the same.
The latest nightmare story a reader emailed me about was “Fighting Weight” from my new collection.
What is the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
“You need to not have this character be a single mother or else you’ll never get homeschool parents to read your books.”
I wrote a chapter book last year and I had a publisher tell me this. It still sticks with not because I have a particular single mother agenda I’m pushing (whatever that is) but because he was attempting to change my story simply as a means to attract a larger audience. I’ll take story notes all day as long as they serve the story itself.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only have five books with you, what would they be?
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennnedy Toole
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time strategy guide
The Stand by Stephen King
How many books do you have on your “to read” list? What are some of them?
My wife consumes books, and I will never catch up. In 2016 I do want to at least get to Gulp by Mary Roach, At Home by Bill Bryson and Sage by Brian K. Vaughn.
What fears do you have about writing and being an indie author? How do you cope with your fears?
Typos and grammar errors in published drafts. This drives me crazy because I attempt to keep my writing direct, pulpy and conversational and in doing so I steamroll over many of the niceties of the English Language.
Because of this I had a six month waiting period between finishing Guns, Gods & Robots and revisiting it for editing and proofing. I am able to catch many more errors this way and I feel that I’m giving better drafts for my volunteer proofers to work with.
What’s great about e-publishing my books is that I can always make fixes and upload a revised manuscript.
How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you find it difficult?
Titles are always my favorite parts of the book process. I’ll often times give my proofers title-less manuscripts so I can brainstorm titles with them. I’m always on the hunt for a double entendre as a gold standard for a story title and prefer that the title itself not be lifted from the actual story. I consider the title to be a storytelling device in and of itself.
My favorite title from the new collection is “Popular Mechanics for Young Widows.” It’s directly related to the content of the story, yet mysterious enough to (hopefully) intrigue a curious reader.
Match each of the stories in your new collection with a dog breed.
Numbers 16:32 – Chinese Crested
Timothy – Collie
Popular Mechanics for Young Widows – Cocker Spaniel
Sangrimal – Pitbull
X-mas for a Half-Life – Mutt
Fighting Weight – St. Bernard
3rd Flight – Greyhound