Friday, February 27, 2015

The Speculative Fiction Cantina with Alan Keith Parker and P.M. Griffin

Today on the Speculative Fiction Cantina we are proud to welcome Alan Keith Parker /Jack Parker and P.M. Griffin

Keith Parker / Jack Parker

Keith Parker
Keith Parker was born, raised, and lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where his family has lurked for generations behind tree stumps while watching for revenuers. At times he is transmogrified into an elephant, but those instances are rare.

For 20+ years he has pursued writing in the form of short stories, essays, and novels, none of which have made him rich, wealthy, or comfortably well-off. 

Fire Always Burns Uphill (2000) was his first published novel and, true to form, was caught up in a bizarre series of marketing fiascos that ultimately led to ... nothing. It is a story of love, adventure, and hay fever now available as a Kindle eBook (2011).

His second book, Entangled with Other Stories, is a collection of short stories/essays originally published by small presses in the 1990s. 

His third novel, Madness Rising, is a Young Adult/New Adult science fiction novel that he coauthored with Jack E. Parker. It will be available in 2015.

Parker keeps one foot in the arena of computer modeling, which keeps junk food in the fridge; his other foot is planted in the same neighborhood where authors such as Asimov, Bradbury, Gaiman, King, Niven, Sawyer, Scalzi, Simmons, Stephenson, Oates and Vonnegut lurk.

Jack Parker
Jack Parker tells jokes for his own entertainment, writes stories to stay out of trouble, writes poems because no one is listening, and writes music because he takes showers. He got a degree in English because he didn't know what to do next, a diploma in Russian because the Army told him to, and a degree in math and physics because he needed a job.

Jack is a music director and minister at his church, and an occasional missionary to Ukraine. To pay his wife's and children's bills, the former NASA engineer works as an engineer for the US Missile Defense Agency.

Unlike his co-author, Jack has not recently transmogrified into an elephant. 

Keith and Jack's books:

Keith and Jack's links:

P.M. Griffin

P.M. Griffin
P. M. "Pauline" Griffin has been writing since her early childhood.  She enjoys telling a good tale, and since she always works with characters and situations deeply interesting to her, she finds the research as rewarding as the scribbling/keying.

Griffin’s Irish love of story telling coupled with her passion for history, the natural world, and the above-mentioned research have to date resulted in twenty novels and twelve short stories, a number of award winners among them, all in the challenging realms of science fiction and fantasy.  She has also written several nonfiction articles, primarily for the Brooklyn Aquarium Society’s publication AQUATICA, several of which have won the Editors Choice for Excellence Award.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her cats Nickolette, Jinx, and Katie and three tropical fish aquariums.

Pauline's books:
Coming Soon

Fell Conquest (Kindle, Nook, KoboSmashwords)

Survivor (Kindle, Nook, Kobo)

Stand at Cornith (Kindle, Nook, Smashwords

From today's show: Metal Munching Microbes.

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