New interview with writer Larry Kilham

I’d like to
welcome writer
Larry Kilham back at
Reviews and Interviews. Larry was here in July and talked about
The
Digital Rabbit Hole
.
Today we’re talking about his new work of literary
fiction and near-future technology,
Free
Will Odyssey.
Bio:
Larry Kilham
has traveled extensively overseas for over twenty years. He worked in several
large international companies and started and sold two high-tech ventures. He
received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in management from MIT. Larry has
written books about creativity and invention, artificial intelligence and
digital media, travel overseas, and four novels with an AI theme. His book
website is www.larrykilham.net and he
looks forward to hearing from readers at lkilham@gmail.com.
Welcome back to Reviews and Interviews.
Thank
you, Lisa. I’m excited to tell you about my new book.
Yes! Let’s get right to it. What’s it
about?
The story is
told by Peter Tesla, a prodigious young
inventor who develops an electronic device called Electra to enhance the user’s
free will. His sister died from drug overdose, and Peter especially hopes his
invention can be used for drug detoxification. Electra works well for test
patients so Peter is referred to the most important patient of all—the U.S.
president. You’ll have to read the book to see what happens next. Along the way, Peter is tried for the mysterious death of
a girlfriend and struggles with the machinations of a secretive industrialist.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to
write a novel based on the product development experience of my grandfather,
father, and me. We all received patents and built businesses. I also became
fascinated with applying free will and virtual reality to real problems. I came
up with alcohol detoxification as a major application that is also potential
tool for a current crisis.
What’s the next writing project?
I would like
to explore mental freedom in the age of AI, digital media, and robots. This
would include free will, critical thinking, focusing on the truth. Will the
next generations become essentially robots or will new mental serendipity
flower? This might be a nonfiction work with poetry.
What is your biggest challenge when writing
a new book? (or the biggest challenge with this book)
Trying to
figure out how to best package my message to appeal to the public.
If your novels require research – please
talk about the process. Do you do the research first and then write, while you’re
writing, after the novel is complete and you need to fill in the gaps?
I do most of
my research while writing. As topics come up, I dive into the Internet and
explore everything it has to say about the area of inquiry. I save into my
computer’s book files the key reference works I turn up.
What’s your writing space like? Do you
have a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us
about it.
I have a
spacious office with a view across a dry riverbed to the desert pine trees on
the other side. I’m surrounded by all kinds of books for reference and getting
ideas.
What authors do you enjoy reading within
or outside of your genre?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, James Lovelock, Jared Diamond,
Lewis Carroll
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers today?
Don’t
put off treating addiction!
Thank you for coming back to Reviews and
Interviews!


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One thought on “New interview with writer Larry Kilham

  1. Larry Kilham says:

    Thanks Lisa! It's been nice talking to you. I look forward to seeing your readers' comments and answering their questions.

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