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Author Barry K. Nelson

Barry K. Nelson


: interviews Barry K. Nelson, author of the military science fiction novel, The McKenzie Files.

MilSciFi: "Welcome. Please tell us a little something about your novel."

Nelson: "The McKenzie Files is the first book in a series. The first book introduces the United protectorate. A collection of colony worlds that the Human race established in a distant sector of space after a viral outbreak forces them to abandon Earth hundreds of years ago. And after a while the Protectorate draws the attention of a hostile alien race called the Brelac. And then war breaks out. The Brelac are secretly working with a separatist organization within the Protectorate called Vendetta to create genetically engineered bio weapons called Reploids. Reploids are clones of Humans that have been given destructive psychic based powers. My main characters, Colin McKenzie, diane Christy, and Kelly Lytton are Reploids who start out as evil. Then they're captured and reprogrammed to serve the Humans. I like to think of the story as X-Men meet Star Wars."

MilSciFi: "Is this part of a large series or universe?"

Nelson: "Yes. I have several other stories planned for the series."

MilSciFi: "What inspired you to write this story?"

Nelson: "I've always been a science fiction fan; as well as a comic collector."

MilSciFi: "Does science and technology play an important role in this story (or in your work in general), or is it secondary to the story telling and characterization?"

Nelson: "Science does play a major part of the story. Technology is the source of the Reploids powers, through implants within their brains that augment psychic activity to destructive levels."

MilSciFi: "Do you have plans to expand upon, or write other works based on this novel?"

Nelson: "I will expand on the McKenzie Files story line as I introduce several new characters, as well as delve into Colin, Diane, and Kelly's past before they were reprogrammed. I also plan to do a prequel story that tells what happened on Earth after the unaffected Humans fled from the virus."

MilSciFi: "Most authors we encounter write novellas/novels, do you write short stories, and if so do you find it a challenge?"

Nelson: "I do find short stories to be both fun and challenging. Right now I'm working on a short story collection called Dark Corners that I also hope to get published. I already have four stories completed. I want to have six more before the project is completed."

MilSciFi: "Since time is of the essence for getting a read up to speed in a short story, do you have a strategy, or preferred method for doing this?"

Nelson: "I like to do my short stories in brief scenes that time wise take place over the space of a few hours."

MilSciFi: "What advice would you give the aspiring military science fiction writer?"

Nelson: "Have a good imagination, keep writing, and don't get discouraged by rejections."

MilSciFi: "Who is your single-most influence in science fiction and what impact have they had on our own work?"

Nelson: "George Lucus and his Star Wars universe had a great influence on me."

MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking for?"

Nelson: "I already mentioned my short story collection, Dark Corners. I've also started a WW-2 Horror story called Dogs of War, that I plan to resume work on early next year. I also have a horror story called Virus, that I plan to do some re-work on before I try to get it published. I'm going to be very busy."

MilSciFi: "Please tell us about your publisher, and how did you came to chose them?"

Nelson: "Penumbra Publishing is a very good company that deals in several genre's of books. I simply submitted my manuscript to them, as I've done with several other publishers, then waited to see their reaction to my work. Fortunately their reaction was highly positive."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any other projects in the works?"

"I've already completed the second book in the McKenzie Files series. McKenzie Files-2. Assassination Anxiety. Where my Reploid characters, Colin, Diane , and Kelly face their evil counter parts, The Enforcers."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any upcoming author events?"

Nelson: "Right now I have an upcoming radio interview on the program, That Sci Fi Show. It can be heard on station WWNN 1470 AM. The show airs on Friday's 10 to 11:00 P.M."

MilSciFi: "Do you have a website?"

Nelson: "I'm currently working on a website. But I can be found on Facebook. My publisher's website can be found at And you can find me on books Author Central page. McKenzie Files can be purchased from the publisher. And from books. And Barnes and Noble. E-book version sells for $2.99. Paperback version is $10.99."

MilSciFi: "Thank you, for your time."

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