R.K.Gold is a poet and writer from Buffalo, here to talk a little bit about his novella ‘Just Under The Sky’. We’ll dive right into the interview then have a look at the book itself I think.
Toni: Welcome RK -Let’s start off with a little bit about you; you’re from Buffalo NY and you published poetry before writing your novella ‘Just Under the Sky’. What inspired you to move from poetry to prose?
R.K: Prose has always been my passion. I’ve been affected by prose authors more than poets and they have helped shape my life. I do have a lot of respect for poets though. They are able to do some amazing things with language.
Toni: It’s not just type’s of writing you’ve been inspired by either, your novella deals in ‘harsh political turmoil’, what got you interested in such a difficult topic?
R.K: I like to challenge myself when I write. My top priority is making sure the story on the page is entertaining all on its own. But I guess I started getting into politics around 2012. It was the first election I could legally vote in, so I studied all the candidates and reviewed their policies. At first it was fun, but once I started studying economics, mostly self teaching through works academic journals by Stiglitz and books by Reich, I discovered a lot of selfish manipulation of the economy by our leaders in order to secure a financial future in the private sector. It made me furious to see individuals we trust with our lives only interested in bettering their own. So I guess that’s why I slip the occasional commentary into my work.
Toni: I think that’s something everyone can identify with. So tell us a bit about your two protagonists, they’re journalists, so is it a case of them uncovering corruption as they go?
R.K: They disrupt the oligarchy with very minor subversive conversation and after a night of heavy drinking to drown their sorrows they wake up disoriented in the neighboring forest where they are forced to realize what is real and what is folklore- the worst rumor being anyone who wanders through the forest has only 3 days to get out before the forest sucks the like out of them.
Toni: I didn’t realize there was such a heavy fantasy element. What folklore did you take inspiration from? For example which cultures folklore did you find most interesting?
R.K: There was no story in particular. As far as folklore is concerned I’ve always been a fan of Aesop’s Fables but as for direct inspiration I just sort of wrote and the right words went on the page. I was living in Montana when I wrote the book, surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests. I think that was the primary inspiration for ‘Just Under the Sky’.
Toni: So we can expect a lot of breath taking scenery descriptions I hope. How about we talk a little more about the characters themselves, what are they like? Are they quite adaptable to the situation around them? How is their relationship with each other?
R.K: They have been best friends since before the book begins. One of them was born into social privilege but hates his father and is a bit of a hot head. The protagonist, Jasper, is more lucky than talented but isn’t afraid to admit that he doesn’t know everything and is eager to learn. Jasper is able to adapt to his surroundings as long as he has a guide. McMichaels is a bit more stubborn, but no matter how much they fight they never lose sight of their friendship.
Toni: How about support characters? Any favorites? Or any who you would hate to meet?
R.K: It depends. I have a few characters in manuscripts that are still being edited who I think are the coolest of all time. Also in my next novella, Brinwood, one of the antagonists is the craziest individual I have ever created. She’s just walking chaos.
Toni: That sounds like a lot of fun, so how about a little more info on your next release, what’s it about? When is it coming out?
R.K: It’s coming out in the Spring this year. My publisher has not given an exact date but I handed them the final product a couple of weeks ago. It’s about a protagonist’s return to his home town to rescue his sister from a religious cult. In the opening scene Casper discovers his brother was killed and vows to not allow the same thing to happen to his sister.
Toni: Sounds interesting. I’m going to wrap up the interview now but is there anything else you want to let your readers know before we sign off?
R.K: I would like to thank my publisher Weasel Press and my editor Poor Man’s Mocha. I would also like to thank all of my readers for their continued support, it really means the world to me. Also thank you Brain Rapp and Nature Boi for this lovely song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFhUxUvq9mw It helped me through many long nights of editing.
So let’s have a look at ‘Just Under The Sky’, the cover makes me think of Zen Gardens.
Just Under The Sky:
You are invited on a ride you’ll surely not forget. R.K. Gold brings us Just Under the Sky, a novella commenting on harsh political turmoil. Jasper and McMichaels work as journalists trying to cover up the looming food shortage happening in their village secluded in the mountains. One day, Jasper wakes up in the uncertain forest lingering by his home and from there has to find his way back through the ever changing landscape. Two friends trudge through this mystical place as they are forced to confront of the importance of their village.
RK Gold is an internationally published poet. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Literature. His work has been published in 3 countries and over a dozen literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. His collection of short stories, The Little Black Book, reached as high as #7 on Kindle for short reads.
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I’ve actually got a copy to read myself so check back in a few weeks for a review!
You can check out what else R.K is up to by checking his Twitter, https://twitter.com/RKGold91
or his website: http://www.rkgoldcreations.com/