Kenneth Mark Hoover

At the Center of the World, fiction, Issue 16, September 1, 2011

Birthdate? 11/12/59

When did you start writing? I began writing professionally back in 1986. I wrote my very first story, however, when I was in eighth grade. As far back as I can remember I've never wanted to be anything but a writer.

When and what and where did you first get published? I sold my first story entitled "Lucy, Lucy, Wherefore Art Thou?" to a small magazine called Alpha Adventures in the late 1980s.

What themes do you like to write about? I enjoy exploring stories of human redemption and honor and how they conflict with emotion.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? I grew up with Ian Fleming, H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Adam Hall and Donald Hamilton. I was a big fan of science fiction and escapism as a teenager.

Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Again, I think some of these stories have at their core expressions of courage, honor, and conflict. These are all themes I like to bring to the fore in many of my stories.

Kenneth Mark Hoover has sold over 50 short stories and articles and his first novel, Fevreblau, was published by Five Star Press in 2005. He is a member of SFWA and HWA and is currently working on a dark fantasy western series set in the mythical town of Haxan, New Mexico, and a U.S. Marshal who may, or may not, be human. Mr. Hoover lives and writes in Dallas, TX.