Interview with Frank Kennedy, Author of Red Dust (Gods & Assassins Book 1)

02 Aug 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Red Dust (Gods & Assassins Book 1)?

I have basically watched the first-person protagonist of this series grow up! He began as a teenage runaway turned terrorist in a series of short stories which helped form the basis of my nine-book series “Beyond the Impossible.” In that series, we see Ryllen Jee (aka Royal) morph into a vengeful assassin, a soldier, a psychopath, a lover, an immortal, and ultimately, a god. As in the omnipotent variety (though only for a short while). He’s charming and menacing in equal doses. He was also the only character to appear in every book of the series. His fate, along with that of his partner Moon, was established in the series climax. That story is now being told in “Gods & Assassins.” Fortunately, the reader doesn’t have to know his backstory before starting “Red Dust.” But be warned: You’re going to be living inside the mind of a narcissistic manipulator with a healthy dose of snark, a demonstrably bad attitude about humans, yet equipped with masterful diction.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Science fiction is the genre most beneficial because it keeps me grounded as a writer. But I find fiction doesn’t intrigue as much since I spent so much of my day writing it. Thus, I prefer to read non-fiction (including great long-form journalism.)

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

It’s all stuck on my iPad. In no particular order: Space opera titles chosen from Kindle Unlimited and a presidential biography.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Royal uses five shot glasses to manipulate a cantina owner in his efforts to take over the town of Desperido. You had to be there.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I fill my Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) thermal mug full of ice-cold water before starting up at 8 a.m. each day.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Live to learn, and you’ll learn to live.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Other than that there are five books in the series and that they arrive every three weeks? I’d say, “You have no idea what’s going to happen next.”


Frank Kennedy is the author of the new book Red Dust (Gods & Assassins Book 1)

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