Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kass from David Pennington's Peer Through Time

We’re thrilled to be talking to Kass from David Pennington’s Peer Through Time. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Kass. How old are you and what do you do for a living?

Thank you. I’m an adult, but I haven’t existed for very long, so I’m not quite sure how old I am. I make my living as a psychotherapist.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I’m a synthetic human. Some people call me a robot, but I don’t think that word encompasses everything I am. I may not be biological, but I am human.

What would I love the most about you?

I have a genuine interest in the well-being of others—including you, even though we met only moments ago. People seem to appreciate that about me.

What would I hate the most about you?

I would hope nothing, but I’ve found that some people hate me simply because I was designed rather than born. Without attempting to get to know me, they assume I am unworthy of existence.

What is your most treasured possession?

That’s an easy one. My acoustic guitar.

What is your greatest fear?

Amnesia. Total memory loss has been known to spontaneously happen to synthetic humans, and I imagine it would be the equivalent of death. What am I without my memories?

What is your idea of a perfect day?

For my first day outside, my friend Della and I played on a swing and splashed each other with water. Later, I spent some time alone in nature, playing my guitar. That was a perfect day—until the cops showed up and arrested me for suspicion of murder. But I digress. In summary, my idea of a perfect day is one spent with friends, followed by some solitude.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

I’ve heard of grocery stores. That’s where people went to buy their food, before they could print it out themselves from the building blocks of nutrients. Hm. I’d say three essentials would have been money, a cart, and a smile for those who don’t really want to be there.

Do you have children?

No. By not having children, I know I’m missing out on something fundamental about the human condition, which makes me a little sad sometimes—a little wistful.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I had no childhood, per se—I was created as an adult psychotherapist—but when I grow up, I want to be a rock and roll star. If not that, I’d be happy being a session guitarist.  

About the Author:

David T. Pennington grew up in a small northern California town called Paradise, but his home is in San Francisco. While his associate's degree in computer programming has helped pay the bills, his bachelor's degree in psychology has informed his writing. His love of fiction--mainly mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers--is balanced by his fascination with books on futurism, theoretical physics, and cosmology. Peer Through Time is his debut novel.

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About the Book:

In 2079, a time travel experiment sends physicist Carmela Akronfleck further back in time than she’d intended. Though she’s still in her small northern California town, the year is 1936 and she must learn to live without the technology she’s come to rely on. Her neurological implants should be dormant, but she receives a cryptic message, periodically accompanied by an audio transmission from the future. It’s the voice of her former psychotherapist, an android named Kass, stating his innocence in a series of murders occurring in 2079.

When Carmela deciphers the code as a hit list, she’s shocked to discover her mother and sister are among the intended targets. Further evidence reveals the killer’s true identity, but the inoperative time portal prevents her from returning to save her family and vindicate Kass.

She considers another option: hunt down the killer’s ancestors and avert his existence without radically changing history. She devises a plan to protect her family, haunted by doubts that she’s becoming the kind of person she’s always loathed—one willing to take another’s life.

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  • Peer Through Time is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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