The Project Files
Genre: Contemporary SF
Publisher: Smedge Press
Date of Publication: July 18, 2016
Number of pages: 297
Word Count: approx. 80,000
Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Designs, Inc
Dr. Dean Frey is a man of science. His lifelong desire to create a better future for mankind has led him to the prestigious, and highly mysterious, Wilderness Institute of Scientific Research & Technology, as the head of their Robotics Engineering department. Building on the research and designs of others before him, Dean’s own genius culminates in the successful creation of Anthony—the first fully-automated, free-thinking android prototype. And now Wilderness wants to sell Anthony to the military.
Unwilling to allow his achievement to become weaponized, Dean reaches out to a former Wilderness employee with the resources to help him steal Anthony and relocate them both to safety. He’s put into contact with the very secretive Nick and Olivia, who ask for one simple thing in return: trust us, no matter what you see or hear. Blind trust isn’t in Dean’s cautious nature, but he has no other choice.
For telekinetic Olivia, rescuing a fellow Psion from a life of imprisonment and experimentation is one of her favorite things. Being paid is nice, but she’ll do the job for free, if it means giving Wilderness the finger. When Olivia’s reclusive mentor solicits her and her telepathic partner Nick’s help in smuggling a very special Project out of Wilderness, they jump at the chance to infiltrate their former home and do some internal damage to the institute that created them.
With their combined knowledge of the facility, breaking Anthony out of Wilderness should have been easy—but Olivia learned a long time ago to never underestimate her enemies, or the lengths they’ll go to retrieve what’s theirs. And this time, the price for stealing the Project may be more than she’s willing to pay.
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Three Days to Dead, the first book in her Dreg City urban fantasy series, follows Evangeline Stone, a paranormal hunter who is resurrected into the body of a stranger and has only three days to solve her own murder and stop a war between the city's goblins and vampires. Additional books in the series, As Lie the Dead, Another Kind of Dead, and Wrong Side of Dead, are available in both digital format and mass market paperback from Bantam. Books five and six, Requiem for the Dead and The Night Before Dead, are published in digital and paperback by Smedge Press.
Beginning with Trance, Kelly's MetaWars series tells the story of the grown-up children of the world's slaughtered superheroes who receive their superpowers back after a mysterious fifteen-year absence, and who now face not only a fearful public, but also a vengeful villain who wants all of them dead. Trance and Changeling are available now in both digital format and mass market paperback from Pocket Books. Tempest and Chimera are available in digital format only via Pocket Star. All four books can also be purchased as a digital bundle.
Writing as Kelly Meade, her paranormal romance trilogy with Berkley Intermix features three shifter brothers and the women they come to love, starting with Black Rook, and continuing with Gray Bishop and White Knight.
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From everything. I’ve often said that the world is the fuel of the imagination, and every experience influences a writer in some way or another. It doesn’t matter if it’s a book I read, an interview on TV, even something as simple as an insurance commercial. Take it all in, let it tumble around for a while, and at some point, an idea will fall out and go “write me!”
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
Yes and no. Yes, in that I originally wrote the first drafts of Oracle about ten years ago. Back then, I was coming off of doing a lot of Yahoo Group-based RPG’s, and casting your character was pretty common. So I did cast this book, only the actors I originally cast are kind of too old to play the roles anymore.
No, in that I haven’t really sat down and pondered a new, updated cast for the book. I’d love it if readers told me who they would cast.
Although I do think Karen Gillian would be a kick-ass Olivia.
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
By not believing in it. Do I get frustrated? Yes. Do I put a project down and work on something else? Yes. Do I blame writer’s block? No. Writer’s block isn’t some nefarious entity that sits down in our lap and stops us from writing, so blaming that on why I’m not making words seems silly. We stop writing for a lot of reasons, so identifying those reasons makes it easier to overcome and get back to writing.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
A lot of different things came together at once to inspire different parts of this book. I’d recently watched a little-known movie called “Prototype” that was a kind of Dr. Frankenstein-esque story about a (wait for it) android prototype and its creator. The movie intrigued me. The first “X-Men” movie had just come out, and the idea of a group of people with unique powers got stuck in my head and wouldn’t let go. I wanted to write about a team like that, and everything that eventually became this book spiraled from there.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
For me? Publishing. Writing is easy. Writing is fun and exciting and a challenge. Publishing is terrifying. It’s watching a book you slaved over fail to find readers. It’s seeing a publisher sit back and do nothing to promote you. It’s facing rejections all over the place. It’s also finding the strength to get up, day after day, and say screw it, the next book will do better. The hardest thing, in the end, is not giving up.