Meet Kerry Nietz (and win a book!)

This month Havok hosted Kerry Nietz–author and former Bill Gates minion. Since Kerry’s been working with computer language since the dinosaurs (or just the ’80s) we figured he’d be able to write a pretty good story. Let us know what you think by checking out Havok and getting to know Kerry. Careful, he’s not a great pet person and might use technology to his utmost advantage. Like to giveaway books if you enter at the end of this post.

Inquiring minds want to know–just how much did you love dinosaurs as a kid?

Quite a bit. I had dinosaur toys and books that I cherished long after the dog chewed them or the pages started to fall out. Saturday morning kids’ shows fed that obsession, with shows like “Land of the Lost” and “Valley of the Dinosaurs.” Any old movie that had dinosaurs in it was on my must watch list too, like “King Kong”, “The Land that Time Forgot”, and “One Million Years B.C.”.

Then over time that fascination was superseded by other speculative loves like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”, but it never really went away.

Case in point: My youngest son has a first name that starts with “T” and a middle name of “Rex”.

In addition to all things prehistoric, what other fantasy/sci-fi/fairytale creatures do you enjoy writing about?

All of them, but the ones I’m most known for are robots, vampires, zombies, and cybernetically-enhanced humans.

In real life, are you a cat or a dog person? Or can you barely handle a fish?

Generally, I’m a dog person, but since starting a family the only pets we’ve had are cats and fish. The demands of three young children sort of necessitated more independent animals. In fact, there were times we almost forgot we had our last cat. Thankfully, she didn’t seem to mind. We managed to keep her alive for a long time…so that’s something.

What influences your writing the most?

Technological advances and world events.

I tend toward the harder edge of science fiction, so when I write about, say, Amish vampires, I like to have some idea how they might realistically come about. That’s where technology comes in. It is grist for the “how”.

World events are grist for the “what” and the “why” of my stories. For instance, the plot of Mask involves a system where everything, including people, can be voted on. Everything is kept or discarded based solely on its popularity and perceived value. That idea comes straight from the headlines.

Tell us about your current project.

I’m currently writing two stories. One is a sequel to Frayed, which released last year. It features cybernetically-enhanced humans, robots, and despotic leaders in a dystopian future.

The other project is a sequel to Rhats!. Rhats! a novella I wrote using the vast palette of the Takamo Universe, which is an upcoming Massive Multiplayer Online game. That story follows this rat-like alien named Frohic in his many adventures. Sort of a “Firefly” meets “The Hobbit” with a dash of “Star Wars” thing.

Sounds like something no diehard fan of gaming, sci fi, or dinosaurs wants to miss. Sort of like the latest issue of Havok Magazine, where you can get Kerry’s flash fiction and even more great dinosaur theories.

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Meet the Author

Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits, first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates’s minions at Microsoft. He is a husband, a father, a technophile and a movie buff. He is the author of several award-winning novels, including A Star Curiously Singing, Freeheads, and Amish Vampires in Space.

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18 comments on “Meet Kerry Nietz (and win a book!)
  1. I’d probably write about aliens, like I do now, and maybe the occasional werewolf. (I don’t see much Christian Werewolf fiction out there.)

  2. Kerry Nietz says:

    Tis true, Jessi. There aren’t many. Maybe you can start the trend?
    (Thanks for stopping by.)

  3. Mark Hudson says:

    You seem like an interesting writer. Your book “Frayed” (is it?)
    the one with the discombobulated robot? seems the most interesting.
    I was reading in a writer’s magazine The saying “YOu can’t judge
    a book by it’s cover” is not true when it comes to books, people
    do really judge by covers. A discombobulated robot apealed to me,
    but Amish vampires in space? A little bit silly, although it probably
    is like something I’d come up with. question: Bill gates minion?
    Did you know him? Question two: way to get a “paperback other than e-book?

    • Kerry Nietz says:

      Hi Mark! Thanks for stopping by. Amish Vampires in Space is a joke title played straight. My attempt to answer: How would the Amish become vampires, in space? So it is straight up science fiction.

      I worked for MSFT for seven years, and came to be there because the company I worked for (Fox Software) was purchased by them. At the time, it was Microsoft’s largest purchase. Our first week there Bill Gates did come to greet us, but it was me and 30-40 of my Fox coworkers. That’s about as close as I ever got, though I had friends who occasionally met with him. I was a coder, and normally it wasn’t the coders that had meetings with him. It was the program designers and leads.

      I’d be open to giving a paperback, but I don’t have the ability to do that with all the books. (Some aren’t even in paper form yet.) If you win, we’ll talk. 🙂

  4. Aaron says:

    How much convincing did it take to get your wife to agree to that name?

  5. julie dick says:

    I’d probably write fantasy of some kind, maybe authorized Doctor Who stuff if I got really lucky

  6. I write anyway, even with my two day jobs. But I would definitely write more. I have a vast otherrealm I’ve been developing for over a decade now, and I have multitudinous stories I desperately want to tell from it.

  7. Bokerah says:

    My “day job” consists of mom-ing and farming. I write in-between life. If I could spend all day writing, I would likely write scifi, fantasy, and about farming families in space.

  8. Sara James says:

    Since I did quit my day job, or it quit me, I’m not sure, I write about vampires, dragons, or whatever fantastical idea comes to me.
    Love your work!

  9. Angela Pratt says:

    I would write fantasy or science fiction.

  10. Kerry Nietz says:

    I could see that. You should give it a shot!

    Thanks, Angela.

  11. Travis Perry says:

    Hi Kerry. Would Rhatts be the type of story that easily could be converted to LitRPG? (Just curious on your thoughts about that.)

    • Kerry Nietz says:

      Interesting question, Travis. It certainly has a gaming world, but lacks the explicit “leveling up” that a litRPG would have. Could that be added easily? Probably. Every character has goals. 🙂 (Or should have.)

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