Featured Interview With Ivy Keating
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in New York and grew up on Long Island. I moved to Connecticut in my twenties. I love the New England landscape. It feels like there’s mystery in the forests and the lakes. It inspired me to write. I love animals and my first book was written with a passion for the environment and all the creatures in it.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I graduated the Columbia School of Social Work and worked as a counselor for several years. I would not say a fascination with books prompted me to write, although I love the older science fiction/fantasies like ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’. I started my novel when I had the need to tell a story. I kept looking into the forests around my home and wondered what’s out there that we haven’t discovered. And than I thought about what we would do if we found something extraordinary. The thoughts would not leave me, and I began my first book.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love science fiction and fantasy. My favorite book is Bram Stoker’s, ‘Dracula’. I love how he created the character Count Dracula. The way the story came together in such a gripping ending inspired me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
‘Camouflage’ is about a newly appointed police chief on a missing person case. The investigation leads him and his team deep into Quarry Head Park, a local scenic preserve. There is no sign of the missing man, but what he does find terrifies him to the core. From the depths of the park, a deadly prehistoric looking creature emerges. It attacks swiftly and silently, leaving devastation in its wake. In the chaos which follows, it is up to the chief and a team of scientists to fight for balance by ensuring the safety of his town and preserving this remarkable discovery. He will risk his career, his reputation and even his own life to stand by what he believes in. The book explores the question; can science and sentiment win over fear and determination to destroy?
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