Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to R. L. King and The Alastair Stone Chronicles series!
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R. L. King is an award-winning author and game freelancer for Catalyst Game Labs, publisher of the popular roleplaying game Shadowrun. She has contributed fiction and game material to numerous sourcebooks, as well as one full-length adventure, “On the Run,” included as part of the 2012 Origins-Award-winning “Runners’ Toolkit.”
Her first novel in the Shadowrun universe, Borrowed Time, was published in May 2015.
When not doing her best to make life difficult for her characters, King is a software technical writer for a large Silicon Valley database company. In her spare time (hah!) she enjoys hanging out with her very understanding spouse and her small herd of cats, watching way too much Doctor Who, and attending conventions when she can. She is an Active member of the Horror Writers’ Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.
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I asked R. L. King, “How did you get your start in writing and what fuels you to continue?” and here is the response.
Thanks very much for having me on your blog!
Fun question! I don’t even remember when I got my start in writing, honestly. I’ve been making up stories since I was a very small child, and writing them down as soon as I learned to write. I started out thinking I’d be a cartoonist, but soon came to the conclusion that my writing was a lot better than my drawing, so I switched to fiction. I wrote Star Trek fan fiction in high school, along with some really bad stories about some original characters. These latter stories lasted until I got out of college (though I’d hope they got better by then!) and discovered the pen-and-paper roleplaying game Shadowrun. I fell in love with the game, started writing stories about my characters, and those turned into five fan fiction novels I posted on my web site. They were well received, and I worked them into a freelance job with the company that produced the game.
A lot of things fuel me to continue. Probably the biggest is that I can’t not write. I can take breaks for a while to recharge, but eventually I always come back to needing to write up all the ideas that bombard me. That, and my main character, Dr. Alastair Stone, won’t shut up and leave me alone! 🙂 I’ve always been an introvert, so the idea of being in the spotlight personally doesn’t appeal to me—but I love putting my work out there to share with people. In addition to my free fan stuff, I’ve written five novels in my original urban fantasy series (two published so far, three coming soon, and more in the works) and had another novel published by the game company I freelance for. Every time I hear from someone that they liked my work, that they want to see more, that my stories made them happy, that gives me a huge rush. The idea that something that I dreamed up in my head and wrote down makes other people happy makes me happy. And the idea that they’d actually pay to read my work—that still amazes and delights me. Big thanks to everyone who’s read and enjoyed my books!
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Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor, powerful mage, and snarky British expat now based in Palo Alto, California, does his best to keep his academic and social lives separate from his increasingly frequent brushes with various malevolent forces from the supernatural side of the street. A little horror, a little humor, but mostly straight-up urban fantasy.
Stone and a Hard Place
Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped in the basement of a wealthy old woman’s massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it for their own ends.
Debut novel of the Alastair Stone Chronicles.
Dr. Alastair Stone is back, this time teaming up with Jason Thayer, a young man hunting for his missing sister. Embroiled in a web of odd homeless people, a growing conspiracy, and deadly danger, they soon realize that even if they find Jason’s sister, they might not be able to help her.
What do you do when you discover an extradimensional plot that threatens the safety of the entire world, but you can’t tell anyone about it because literally anyone on Earth could be part of it?
Book Two of the Alastair Stone Chronicles.
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“All right. When I say the word, we’re going to run for it.” The mage’s tone was tight and flat—he sounded like a frightened air-traffic controller trying to talk down an 8-year-old piloting a jumbo jet. “Ready now?”
“Ready.” Ohgodohgodohgod they’re right here—
“Go!” Stone’s voice boomed out, echoing from one side of the tunnel to the other. Jason felt the mage’s shoulder tense as he flung himself forward. Jason barely gave him a one-step head start before he was at his heels. He dared a glance behind him and wished he hadn’t—there were more of the things now, milling around in great agitation. As the two of them began to run, the things seemed to catch their scent.
“Run! Run! Run!” Jason yelled. Younger and faster than Stone, fueled by a panic that he couldn’t begin to articulate, he was soon overtaking the mage. He grabbed Stone’s arm in a death grip and pulled him forward, his eyes fixed on the ever-growing, ever-shifting portal up ahead.
The things were all around them now. Stone waved a hand and a shimmering shield formed to enclose them. A couple of the dark shapes dived for them, but bounced off it. The places where they hit flared bright, while the overall brightness of the shield dimmed correspondingly. Jason was pretty sure it wouldn’t take more than a couple of hits. The portal was just ahead. Desperate now and running on animal flight-instinct, he grabbed Stone bodily and just about threw him through the glowing space, then flung himself through behind him. Just before he went through, one of the things cruised up next to him and he got a good, close look at it, but then he was through the electric waterfall and sailing forward, his momentum crashing him hard into a gray stone wall.
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R. L. King, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤