Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:
A short biography
Randy Dutton parlays his varied experiences into entertaining and thought-proving stories. As a retired Navy officer, an inventor, former high-tech company VP, and business consultant, he has a lot of experience upon which to draw inspiration. His passion is identifying problems and arriving at workable solutions, often using evolving technology, or just plain common sense.
Working from their large timbered property in the Olympic Peninsula rainforest, he and his science journalist wife write about new technology – she for trade magazines, him for fun. He’s been Scoutmaster for his sons, now both Eagles, college students, and serving in the Air National Guard.
Kev: What is The Carbon Cross about?
To solve global warming, two carbon-trapping plagues have been unleashed and a third is pending. While most of the world applauds the CO2-consuming species, environmentalists claimed will end the global warming threat.
Newlyweds Anna Picard and Pete Heyward, fear these designer life-forms are only the beginning of an ecological calamity. Exceeding their original design to control global carbon dioxide, these genetically modified species were created by Sven Johansson, a rogue Snath Corp geneticist she hired ten years earlier. Having tried to stop the plundering by the Agenda-21 cabal that increasingly controls the world resources, Anna is in a crisis of conscious for what she didn’t stop – Sven’s hidden agenda. But what can she and Pete do?
She just destroyed the very hacking center she created to plunder global financial markets, the couple are now running from her vindictive former boss, billionaire Alexis Swanson, and Gabriel, the ex-CIA operations agent who trained her as a lethal assassin. And what of the Russians that nearly caught her in Vegas after she switched the hacking targets? Pete wants nothing more than a normal life with Anna, the woman of his dreams. But Anna’s not sure that’s possible as her guilt grows as rapidly as the CO2-consuming species around her. Atoning for her mistakes by helping Alaska free itself from Russian domination, and working with an industrialist group planning for a CO2 deficient world, isn’t enough. The key to her survival may lie in finding Sven and stopping his next move.
The Carbon Cross is Book 2 of The Carbon Series
Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?
Of all possible doomsday scenarios, one very real possibility has never been told…until now. If Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide drops below about 150 ppm, nearly all plants will perish. Back 540 million years ago, when terrestrial animals first emerged, the global CO2 level was about 7,000 ppm, and plants were lush. Fast forward to two hundred years ago, just before the Industrial Revolution, CO2 had dropped to 280 ppm. While CO2 levels have fluctuated, the long-term trend has been downward such that a straight-line projection would have put Earth’s biosphere at 150 ppm in another ten million years. Today mankind has boosted levels to 400 ppm. But while humans may have added another ten million years to our biosphere, that can all be undone with some simple tweaks of the genetic code.
Kev: Did you do any specialised research for your story?
A lot! For years I’ve been researching global warming issues and posturing what works and what doesn’t. That my wife writes for a genetic engineering magazine made discussing the technological possibilities even more fun.
Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?
My tendency to keep tweaking the plot kept delaying the publication.
Kev: Who is the protagonist?
The beautiful and talented Anna Picard was a ‘fixer’ for the world’s richest man, but because of a moral crisis, she’s gone into hiding. She’s got near perfect recall and a method of coping with all most bad memories by compartmentalizing chapters of her life into ‘boxes’. The result is conflict from a lot of emotional spill-over.
Kev: What would you say is the protagonist’s greatest weakness or obstacle and why?
Anna has a situational moral compass and an inability to trust people. It’s left her without a network of people willing to help her, that is, except the Heywards.
Kev: Who is the main Antagonist?
Alexis Swanson is the world’s richest man and a major Agenda-21 participant. Using his fortune he’s been manipulating governments, currencies, and global policies for decades. His most recent gambits were to profit wildly on the just approved UN Carbon Law that puts all carbon emission regulations under UN control, and in brokering the sale of Alaska back to Russia.
Kev: What would you say is the main antagonist’s greatest strength?
Swanson’s single-minded goal is to dominate society. His corporate tentacles reach into governments, the media, and academia to manipulate society’s perceptions, knowledge, and responses.
Kev: Could you provide a short passage from your book to give us a taster?
Thank God. Now you’ll know I’m still alive and make the call…. Your hand, it’s wearing a glove. Why? There’s something about you – quiet, methodical, cautious….
His eyebrows made a barely perceptible furrow as a whiff of citrus, rose and jasmine drifted through the broken window. His breathing increased and his heart pounded.
I recognize your scent…Chanel!
A warm breath brushed his ear. The feminine voice had a hard but emotional edge to it. “Damn you Jared for killing my dogs!”
The last thing he felt was the glove over his nose and mouth.
Kev: Favourite author’s book… What lured you to it?
Jurassic Park. I love Michael Crichton’s ability to develop a plausible story from advance technology gone wrong.
Kev: When you write, do write off-the-cuff or do you use some kind of formula?
Kev: How do you deal with writers-block?
When I’m blocked, it’s usually on a part of a story. So I’ll jump to another part and tweak it while my subconscious figures out how to unblock.
Kev: Preference for writing: Day or Night?
Late evening. My mornings are usually spent reading technological news releases.
Kev: What is your process for editing your work?
Reading and re-reading until its ready to pass to my wife. Then she redlines all my mistakes.
Kev: How do you come up with your book covers?
In layers. For The Carbon Series, I wanted a standard background of intermeshed carbon rings, which represent a very stable form of carbon that becomes inaccessible to nature. Then comes the Earth which has shows its changes over the carbon stages and lastly, a human element superimposed over Earth.
Kev: Do you think the book cover is important?
Absolutely. Most readers are visually cued.
Kev: Which publishing platform do you prefer and why?
I prefer the ebook format because the pricing makes the story much more accessible to readers. And I’ve had more success with the Kindle than others.
Kev: Do you face any daunting obstacles during the publishing process?
Marketing is my greatest obstacle.
Kev: What methods do you use to promote your work?
I post comments on discussion groups, on our publishing website http://www.rainforestpress.com, on my blog. Because of the carbon dioxide topic, I’ve also contact political and technological groups that oppose the ‘Mankind is the Biggest Contributor to Global Warming’ mantra. I’ve always felt storytelling is another way to promote their position.
Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write about what you enjoy and start marketing your work before you publish.
Kev: Which social media platforms do you use the most?
LinkedIn is my favourite. Of particular note is the Writers750 group of which I’ve been a member for three years. Their monthly contests have inspired many of my stories.
Kev: Do you have a blog or dedicated website for your books?
Facebook Rainforest Press:
Kev: Is there anything else you would like to add?
LinkedIn Love: A Social Media Connection is a favourite short story www.amazon.dp.com/B00JTHNWDC
I’m a contributor to several Professor Limn anthology books
Randy Dutton, Everyone!