Author interview 144 – Raymond F. Klein


When the frantic communication from the Prison Transfer vehicle 964 came into the Interstellar Police Force headquarters on the planet Ashlar, they knew that Prodor Moffit was making his break. By the time they got to the last known position of the transfer vehicle, Moffit and the other prisoners on board the commandeered 964 were long gone into that black vacuum of space.

The search went on for months until they stumbled upon their destination. A little-known world called Earth.

The mission to recapture the prisoners was by no means a simple one. The two IPF agents given this task must travel to the distant world and land unbeknownst to the humans. And being that they are alien in appearance, they have to replicate themselves to appear human, so they can blend in. The commander’s replication succeeds, but due to a computer glitch his partner is replicated into a Doberman Pinscher.

With help from a young Earth girl who unwittingly discovers their true identities, the mission to re-capture Prodor Moffit and the other prisoners is on.

Romelia: WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?

Raymond F. Klein: Taking chapter one, editing it down and making it chapter two. And then writing a prologue.

Romelia: WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?

Raymond F. Klein: Not many.

Romelia: WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?

Raymond F. Klein: The idea for the story came to me in a song that was on the radio as I was driving home one day.

Romelia: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?

Raymond F. Klein: Someone who is a fan of Douglas Adams and the short lived TV show Firefly.

Romelia: HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?

Raymond F. Klein: Very little. I did research some of the space science though.

Romelia: HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?

Raymond F. Klein: It was very important especially for me since this is my first attempt at a novel.

Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?

Raymond F. Klein: The shootout scene after the antique store heist. I re-wrote that a couple of times. I really wanted to get the pacing down correctly.

Romelia: WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

Raymond F. Klein: I think the only similarity to me is the humor I gave me characters.

Romelia: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

Raymond F. Klein: Well, I started it around 2007 but I would write for about two months then put it down for six months. Then write for three months put it down for two. That went on for a while then in 2016 worked on it full time. Well, in between my regular job of course.

Romelia: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?

Raymond F. Klein: It’s the name of the police agency my characters work for.

Romelia: WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?

Raymond F. Klein: Of course we would! He has a talking Doberman.

Romelia: IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?

Raymond F. Klein: Great job guys!”

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?

Raymond F. Klein: I guess more of a plotter. I had a lot of the plot down before I started putting all the pieces together.

Romelia: WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?

Raymond F. Klein: Music in the background.

Romelia: IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?

Raymond F. Klein: Eugene Mitchell the undercover narcotics detective.

Romelia: IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Raymond F. Klein: Dean Koontz. Just love the way that guy puts a story together.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?

Raymond F. Klein: I usually write when the inspiration hits me.

Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Raymond F. Klein: Nope!

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?

Raymond F. Klein: A cold beer.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?

Raymond F. Klein: I actually didn’t. I was just so pleased with myself for completing it that I just sat there thinking, “I did this.”

Romelia: WHAT RISKS HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOUR WRITING THAT HAVE PAID OFF?

Raymond F. Klein: None at the moment.

Romelia: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU FIND?

Raymond F. Klein: I found a doctor with my name. Then scrolled wayyyyy down and found me and my books Amazon page.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?

Raymond F. Klein: I did have a little writers block. But got over it.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Raymond F. Klein: Too numerous to list. I’m a pretty humorous guy! Well, I think I am. Friends usually just roll their eyes when I say goofy things.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Raymond F. Klein: Well, I live in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Which is about thirty minutes north of Tampa. I presently work for the ABC TV affiliate in Tampa, WFTS. I’ve been in the television industry now for about twenty years. There are a lot of things that I hate about the world. But, I guess the big thing would be the stupidity of the human race

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