Friday 31 January 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway - Rising Storm (Volume I of Fading Empires) by Ian Kane

Rising Storm (Volume I of Fading Empires) 

Genre: Apocalyptic/Survival Horror
Author: Ian Kane
Publisher: Farther Books (imprint of Assent Publishing)
Pages: 298
Language: English
Format: Paperback and eBook

Established empires are fading and altered realities embrace a sinister future. Fading Empires is a time and place where unlikely heroes, scheming villains, monstrous entities, and ruthless super-gangs clash for dominance.

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About the author Ian Kane

Ian Kane is an author, freelance writer, and filmmaker. After high school, he joined the military and received numerous awards and commendations for his exceptional service. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, he worked as a writer for online and print publications, as a journalist and as a health & fitness expert, culminating in owning his own successful business. Ian has also worked as a military consultant for film productions.

Traveling to many places in the world, in both his civilian and military lives, has given him unique insights, and he infuses this international perspective into both his writing and filmmaking.

A storyteller at heart, Ian has recently made the transition over to doing what he loves most: Creating stories of people whom others can identify with, and hopefully be entertained by along the way as well. He recently signed with Assent Publishing, and just released his debut novel— Rising Storm: Fading Empires Volume I:—in November 2013. This is the first of twelve epic novels.

1. What inspired you to want to become a writer?

My mother used to read books, such as Grimm's Fairy Tales, to me as far back as I can remember. Being a naturally curious person I would read the dictionary several times per year as a child. Factors such as these, as well as my father being a writer, spurred me on to develop my writing skills. I also used to play pen and paper role-playing games, where often I’d be the game master and as such, would create whole worlds for players to engross themselves in. 

2. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Probably the look on my mother’s face when I pulled the first copy of Rising Storm out of the shipping box and handed it to her after signing it. She was very instrumental in helping me through the creative process of writing my first novel.

3. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

I really enjoyed Prey, by Michael Crichton. “Thank you Mr. Crichton, science fiction horror/thrillers such as these has really left an indelible mark upon my psyche, and inspired my creativity.”

4. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

My superpower would be very unique indeed…the ability to look good while wearing corduroy pants!

5. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

If one is interested in the slightest bit about what’s going on around us and wants a glimpse of a possible future world that might just happen, Fading Empires draws many parallels from today’s tumultuous events; Egregious corruption, a disappearing middle class, encroaching police state, environmental degradation, suppression of common human rights and dignities, etc., this is an opportunity to escape this new universe and live vicariously through one or more of the characters whom you identify with. 

6. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I’m currently writing the fourth novel in the Fading Empires series as well as developing the outline of a contemporary horror novel. My publisher and I, Assent Publishing, are also planning and plotting out video game and film adaptations of Fading Empires.  I am now also working on the first screenplay which should be finished very soon. The future is bright!

7. Do you write as you go or do you have the book planned before you start the first draft?

I have an overall plan for all twelve of the Fading Empire novels. I first developed rough scaffolding around each book, and then fleshed them out with major events and plot details. Every time something comes to me that would fit a certain part of the narrative, I just insert it where I want to, as long as it makes sense and I think that it would be entertaining. 

8. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

The new Robocop comes out February 12th, and I’m interested in seeing where Hollywood goes with it. The original 1987 version was a dystopian masterpiece so hopefully the remake will do it justice. Not holding my breath though; the current state of the creatively bankrupt film industry is quite disconcerting.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Somewhere warm where I can live not far from my family.

10. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

An ex-girlfriend commented that I seemed like Leonard Kilbane, one of Fading Empire’s pivotal characters. She said that after reading his description in the beginning of Rising Storm. Not sure how accurate she is about that though [snicker].

Rising Storm (Fading Empires, Volume I) Book Trailer

Rising Storm (Volume I of Fading Empires) eBook Giveaway

Ends 20/02/14

Open to United States, Europe and Asia.


  1. Ian,

    Great interview. Looking forward to all your future endeavors with Fading Empires. Plus, what a great name for one of your key characters, Leonard Kilbane. Sounds like a video game character to me!


  2. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share this treat with us today :)