Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Independent Voice Celebrates Michael Kingswood

Tell us about you
Michael Kingswood grew up in Maryland, in the Washington, DC suburbs. He graduated from Boston University in May 1997, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Astronomy). Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and has served as a submariner ever since. He has since earned a masters degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Michael has always been a voracious reader. Though he prefers reading science fiction and fantasy for entertainment, he will sample just about any genre. Except paranormal romance. For education and personal development purposes, he enjoys reading about economics, history, physics, astronomy, sports, current events, and business. His hobbies include reading (obviously), running, bicycling, computer games, martial arts, sailing, skiing, flying, and debating politics. He began writing fiction in late 2010, after thinking about doing so for a few years.

He is married to a lovely lady from Maine. They have three children, and live wherever the Navy deems to send them.

Tell us 5 Random Things about you the person, not the author:
1) When I get really tired, my left pinky toe feels as though it's in a shoe that's too tight. This stinks, because it makes it really hard to fall asleep with my foot so uncomfortable. *sigh* It's a vicious cycle.

2) I enjoy good cigars. My favorite is La Gloria Cubana Serie R, No 7

3) We used to have a dog until my mother-in-law stole her. No really. The dog was a Malamute/Akita mix. She did great in the snow when we lived in Maine. But when we moved to South Carolina, she did NOT like the summer at all. My mother-in-law came to visit and gave me a sob story about how Chloe would be so much better off going back with her and her husband back to their farm in Maine for the summer. I knew it would be a bad idea, but I agreed. Then, come November, she called and said, ever so sweetly, that the only thing she wanted for her birthday is to keep Chloe as her own. And I'm supposed to say no how? Grrrr....

4) I firmly believe that the only good cat is General Tso's Chicken. :P

5) I met my wife on

Favorite Authors
Robert Jordan, J R R Tolkien, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C Clark, Carl Sagan, Timothy Zahn, Raymond Feist, David Eddings, R A Salvatore, Tom Clancy, George R R Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfus, Edmund Morris, Terry Brooks 

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Tell us about your book
Name : Masters of the Sun
Genre: : Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
Length: : 75,600 words, 303 pages
Formats Available: : All ebook formats. Trade paperback coming soon 

Ten years after the Troubles that ended civilization as we currently know it, isolated settlements of survivors have resumed trade and are beginning to rebuild. In the small settlement of Glennville, Jack Simmons lives as a hunter and trapper with his friend and mentor. Haunted by and unable to move beyond the lingering pain from his losses during the Troubles, he nevertheless has found a measure of contentment. But when the trade caravan brings word of a mysterious and mystical threat in the west, he finds himself thrust on an unwanted journey with a man he doesn't trust to discover the source of this threat. He finds more than he bargained for when he encounters the Order of the Sun and their leader, a former physicist who left the profession to pursue his theory of how to reclaim man's lost capacity to work magic. When Jack learns the dark secrets that lie at the Order's core, he is forced to flee in the dead of night and evade the Order's pursuers in order to bring those secrets back, where they can hopefully be used to set up a defense against the Order's expansion.

Fast paced and action-packed, Masters of the Sun is the story of one man's perseverance in the face of adversity and of the rebirth of magic into a crippled world.

Where to buy:
Amazon US
Amazon UK