What I loved: Just Under the Sky is unlike anything I've read before, while also incorporating some elements from other notable works of fiction that I love.
This novella is utterly enchanting and will keep you reading until you have finished the book in its entirety. R.K. is absolutely a break-out author and is very talented.
The unique and refreshing plot is accompanied by equally as original characters. Jasper, McMichaels and Bingo the squirrel, bring the riveting story to life.
At parts, there were some undertones that reminded me of Hunger Games and Divergent, but by no means was any specific character or event duplicated.
Once you start this journey, you will be dying to see how it all ends up.
What I didn't: Here's my problem... When I read a book, I need to know everything about everything. I want to breathe in the characters so deeply, I know every little detail there is to know about them. While Just Under the Sky is the third novella I've ever read, I've learned just how frustrating novellas are for me. I need more information about the characters. I want more history of who everyone is and where they come from. I just want more.
I truly believe Just Under the Sky needs a sequel and/or a prequel because I need to know more about this enchanting alternate universe where Jasper and McMichaels reside.
About the Author: I have to admit, I took extra special interest in this book because its author is from the same area as me, Buffalo, New York.
Here are some questions I posed to R.K. to learn more about him and his writing craft...
Q: How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer and was there an event that triggered your dream?
A: I've always been interested in writing and my grandma reminds me that I used to write every day after school at her house, but I never gave it much thought until my senior year of college (2014). I was heavily involved in music, but for some reason it just didn't generate the passion that I was looking for so I started sending poetry off to various journals. After I got published a couple of times I began pursuing writing full time.
Q: Do you have any schooling or writing training, where did you go to college?
A: I earned an English degree from the university of Maryland and took a few creative writing classes, but I learned most of what I know about publishing from Google and I learned most of what I know about writing from trial and error as well as a daily reading routine.
Q: How/where do you find inspiration for your writing?
A: To be honest I'm not sure where I get my inspiration from. I write 1,200-3,000 words a day and the words just come. I don't stress about what I'm typing until I start editing. I often joke that when I'm working I never write bullshit; I write fertilizer so something can actually grow.
Q: When did you start writing Just Under the Sky?
A: I started writing Just Under the Sky when I was working part time at Barnes and Noble in Montana. If I knew I had a day off I would stay up until 4 in the morning knocking out the first draft.
Q: What did you do when you found out it was going to be published?
A:To celebrate my first book deal I went to south Buffalo, a major Irish neighborhood, with some friends who treated me for the night. To celebrate my second book deal I bought a signed George Rodrigue lithograph in New Orleans. I prefer the latter.
Q: Do you have any upcoming projects?
A: I just signed a new deal with Void Press for my coming of age novel Lost Boys, which comes out March 3rd 2016.
Q: Who is your favorite author OR what is your favorite book and why?
A: What a difficult question to answer. I mean how can I choose just one? I love reading the new YA books like Hunger Games because I can knock them out in an afternoon. Vonnegut always knows how to make me laugh, Rowling was the corner stone of my childhood and King is who I want to base my career after.