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Friday, September 20, 2013

Interview with Nick Kelly


Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I’m a big sci-fi and comic book guy. My first published work was a comic back in 2001 (which actually became the prequel to the novel I just released). I’m also a lifelong musician, so readers will see that in my work.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

“Catwalk: Messiah” is my first sci-fi novel. Leon “Catwalk” Caliber is a former cop and a cybernetic experiment who moves to Nitro City (formerly Los Angeles) to do a few dirty jobs and stay off the radar. When a madman begins making cybernetic superhuman versions of the Four Horsemen, Cat’s the only one who can stop them and save the city.

Are you a parent?

I am a proud Dad. My son, Brandon, is nine years old. He has my sense of humor, and thankfully, his mom’s super intelligence!

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

I love these questions. Yes. Stacia (my blushing bride and writing partner) and I typically get started once he’s in bed. That works because she has a goddess-like ability to still get up and be organized in the morning.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Many of the smaller characters in my writing are named after or based on people I’ve met in real life. The characters that meet with the really brutal, violent deaths are definitely based on real life people. They’re usually someone who said or did something stupid to my family or me.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m an ambassador for Enough is Enough, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping parents and teachers educated, and to keeping children safe online. I teach Internet Safety and Cyberbullying prevention.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Book Two (which I actually wrote first) is titled “Catwalk: Lineage” and it will be out in 2014. There are five so far, each in different stages of completion. With the origin story finished, I can go anywhere I want starting in Book Two, and I think it’s a bit scarier than the first. A few new villains make their appearance in Book Two, and I think readers will enjoy them.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Stacia and I are writing a supernatural urban fantasy together. “Ichi” is the first in the Samurai Sisters series. Her heroine is a 1,000 year old Samurai who hunts demons. My male lead is a DC homicide cop who needs to see everything in black and white. He loves driving his Impala and listening to classic rock. His whole world changes when he starts seeing the demons she hunts. “Ichi” will be released in October.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished Brian Pinkerton’s “Rough Cut” and I really enjoyed it. I’m reading a wide variety of books right now from local authors, including “Hope Amid Hardship” by Linda Johnston, about 19th century life in the Kansas territory, and “Did I Say That Out Loud?” by Kelly McDermitt. That book should be its own sitcom already.

What books are in your to read pile?

I’m eager for the next book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Tee Morris and Phillipa Ballentine. Also, Claudia Lefeve is launching a new series. I’m excited to check that out. I really liked her Travelers series.


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Catwalk: Messiah
Leon “Catwalk” Caliber Series
Book One
Nick Kelly

Genre: Sci-Fi

ISBN: 978-0-9852837-5-9

Number of pages: 249
Word Count: 70,266

Cover Artist: Heidi Sutherlin


Book Description: 

Nitro City, 2033.

Leon "Catwalk" Caliber left his cop job in DC behind, heading to the City of Angels to earn a living off the grid. He took a few odd jobs that called for his particular skill set – extortion, espionage, and the occasional hit – and managed to carve out a niche for himself among the Downtown dwellers.

All the changed when a new breed of MetaHuman cyborg appeared on the streets with explosive violence. Cat’s quiet existence is sent into turmoil when he finds himself right in the crosshairs. He must evade the assassin squads sent by a vengeful pimp, uncover the origin of these mysterious new mechs, and keep the cops off of his tail. Simple enough, except that the cybernetic technology that powers his body threatens to sever his humanity at any moment. Can the killer with a conscience find a cure, solve the case, get the girl, and live to see another day?


About the Author:

Nick grew up on sci-fi, horror flicks, Dungeons and Dragons, good music, and recycled comic books. He has been published internationally as a comic book author and musician. He’s spent over half his life on stage from New York to Las Vegas. He is outspoken, supportive, and willing to take a good kick to the ribs for the right cause. When not touring the world, Nick lives at home with his blushing bride (and co-author), Dr. Stacia Kelly, their son, and a rotating roster of cats and dogs.


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