Friday, January 27, 2017

Character Interview: Mike Stone of 'Kracken: Dawn of Destiny'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Mike Stone from Ray Ellis’, KRACKEN: Dawn of Destiny. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character! 

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

Hi there, thanks for having me. I’m 33 years old what I used to do before all this happened is design—rather, engineer planets for human habitation.

What would I love the most about you? 

I guess that, what you see is what you get. I’m not a very complex man, but at the same time I am very passionate.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

People. Life. Over confident people—people who think they have the whole thing figured out, now, that makes me laugh.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My Bible and my blaster. My wife gave me the Bible, it was the only thing I had left from her after Ted Waters attacked my family and destroyed our home.
What is your greatest fear? 

Oh, that’s easy. Insignificance. The idea of living my entire life and not having mattered in the larger scheme of things…that scares me.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Ahhh, yeah, he’s funny like that. I think he put just a little bit of himself in me. I guess you’ll have to be the final judge of that.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal? 

Anything someone is willing to cook for me…I’m a lousy cook.

Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that? 

When you have a woman like mine, you can care less what else is out there. I’m sure its flattering, but with Mary in my corner, I’m just not interested.

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

King of the world. That’ where my problems kind of started.

Do you like to cook? If so, what is your favorite thing to cook? 

I love to cook, but like I said, the process doesn’t really like me. You’re looking at a guy who really appreciates CPMs, computer prepared meals.

About the Author

Ray was ordained into the ministry in March of 1989 and was sworn in as a uniformed police officer in April of that same year. He began writing in the fall of 1991, although like many before him, it had been his lifelong dream to be a writer. He completed his first manuscript, a science fantasy, in late 1999, but it was his fifth book published.

His first three books published was an inspirational mystery series, Nate Richards Mysteries, which was followed by a paranormal short story called “I”. Ray drew from his almost 30 years experience working in law enforcement to create the world of his mystery thrillers and from the same three decades in ministry to integrate the principals and truths of the Christian Gospel throughout all his stories . In his career, he worked as a jail deputy in a maximum-security facility in Orange County, California before being transferred to street patrol. While working in Orange County he also served as the captain of the department’s Martial Arts stunt and demonstration team.

In June of 1997, Ray transferred to Idaho, where he continued to work as a police officer, serving in patrol, then as a sex-crime investigator, and finally as a SRO, School Resource Officer. Being a pastor and a police officer, Ray offers a unique view of the human experience, binding the two worlds to tell his stories from his own distinctive perspective.

Since releasing his first book, Ray has been selected as Top 50 Author for the state of Idaho, a Top 10 Author and the ACFW Author of the Year for the State of Idaho. He has also served as the president of the IWL: Idaho Writer’s League from 2001-2003, and as president of Idahope, a Christian Author’s Writers Group.

He is currently working on the second installment of the Dawn of Destiny Series: Shadow of the Serpent, the follow up to KRACKEN.


About the Book:

Author: Ray Ellis
Publisher: NCC Publishing LLC
Pages: 367
Genre: Inspirational Science Fiction

The year is 135 New Reckoning. A Godless world is rebuilding itself.

When a stranger from Mike Stone’s past appears on his doorstep, his ordinary life is suddenly and violently destroyed. Mike’s past has come back to haunt him. Now with his family attacked and his home destroyed, Mike finds himself running for his life through a jungle-planet filled with terrors and a monster known only as the Kracken.

In the midst of the chaos, Ted Waters launches his plan for domination. In a post-apocalyptic world, Waters sets himself up as the sole leader of the emerging world government. Using children as slaves, he mines a new narcotic used to subdue the people’s will.

Kracken, the story of two men, two opinions and two bases of power set on a collision path. When the two collide, Mike finds himself confronted by the God he thought he left behind.

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