Monday, January 28, 2013

Keira Michelle Telford Doesn't Follow the Rules

KAREN:We have Keira Michelle Telford in the house. This rule breaking author gives us sneak peek at her world building and how she came up with the idea for her fascinating Science Fiction series: THE SILVER SERIES.  Let's give Keira a warm welcome.

To win an ebook copy of the first book in the series, SILVER : Acheron (River of Pain). All you need to do is ask Keira a question or leave a comment. CONTEST ENDS FEB. 2ND for this contest.

This is not all. Two readers will win a print copy of this book. Just enter the Rafflecopter. Contest ends on March 30th.

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The Unrepenting Rebel by Kiera Michelle TelfordWhy do I write dystopian science fiction? Because I don’t like rules.

That is, I don’t like your rules. We live in a world where apples grow on trees (money, unfortunately, doesn’t), water is necessary for life, and you can’t expose yourself in public without getting arrested. We live in a world of rules.

The rules are dictated by the environment we live in, our governments, and (in some cases) our conscience. I didn’t murder my husband last week when he left his dirty socks on the bedroom floor instead of putting them in the laundry basket. Why? Because if I did, I’d go to prison.

Necessary, but boring.

If most of the world was destroyed, and humans were very nearly extinct, how would we repopulate the planet? I imagine that birth control might be made illegal for married couples. Pairing would be encouraged, and we might see people marrying at an earlier age. Of course, the legal age of majority would then be lowered, to compensate for this.

I love world-building. I love making up new rules, then watching them play out. I love playing god, I guess, and that’s probably a control freak thing. World-building is fascinating to me. It’s intricate and detail-oriented, and the more anally retentive you are, the better. Your world has to be believable and livable and, above all, it has to make sense.

Every single decision you make has repercussions.

Sometimes the research involved in this is tedious. Other times, it’s thrilling. I just spent three days immersed in British politics. It was dull and confusing, but it was absolutely vital. I’m currently having an interesting conversation with one of my editors over whether or not the British government would hold a ‘debate’ or a ‘summit’ in the Palace of Westminster. It seems ridiculous, but if you need the British government to hold a summit, and you also need to blow up that government in the Palace of Westminster, those two things somehow need to mesh. And it’s not good enough to answer the problem of “They don’t hold summits in the House of Commons” by saying “They do now”—that’s just lazy.

Don’t get lazy.

Don’t let your dragons snort smarties.

Research, research, research.

You’ll write a better book because of it.

Title: SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain
Series: The SILVER Series #1
Author: Keira Michelle Telford
Genre: Dystopian SF
Publisher: Venatic Press (author's imprint)
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: 40,000 words

Purchase: Amazon | Book Description:


2342 CE

Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate--death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests--they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner.

SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella 'Silver' Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera--genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.

***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***

About the Author:

Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.

GIVEAWAY: 2 print copies of SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) (International)
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Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for being a guest here at KMN Books. Your world building sounds fascinating. Good pointers on how to make a convincing new world believable.

I wish you the very best with your series!!

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Interesting post. It sounds like world building is a lot of work.

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Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips


I've always enjoyed world-building for my contemporary novels: creating just the right setting and background characters. I can't even imagine taking on creating an entirely new world. I'm guessing you have journals and journals full of notes!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

The book sounds intriguing.


KM Telford said... Best Blogger Tips


Thank you so much for hosting me :)