1132 Leaving Ashwood, author Cynthia Kraack takes future with her! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Cynthia Kraack, speculative fiction author, Ashwood trilogy: Ashwood, Harvesting Ashwood and Leaving Ashwood.

 

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with speculative fiction novelist Cynthia Kraack, author of the Ashwood trilogy: Ashwood, Harvesting Ashwood and Leaving Ashwood, by clicking on the video player above!

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of NSA spooks who have highlighted and dog-eared the pages of each book in the Ashwood trilogy and say a prayer each night to thank Cynthia Kraack for all the insight… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

Leaving Ashwood, speculative fiction by Cynthia Kraack, Mr. Media Interviews

Order ‘Leaving Ashwood,’ the final installment of speculative fiction in the “Ashwood” trilogy by Cynthia Kraack, available in print or e-book from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

I miss Anne Hartford already.

This is not a spoiler for Leaving Ashwood, Cynthia Kraack’s third and final book in the “Ashwood” futuristic fiction trilogy. I’m just sad to see it come to an end.

CYNTHIA KRAACK podcast excerpt: “Anne Hartford came to me when I was doing my MFA program. I started writing a story about a young woman standing with all of her earthly possessions in front of this big, forbidding residence. It took six months after that to understand who she was and what was going on.”

I still remember reading the first book, Ashwood, and finding it a little bit of a slow starter. But about 50 pages in – the point at which I’ll often put a book down and move on – the narrative caught fire, the characters grabbed me by the collar, and I couldn’t put it down.

Harvesting Ashwood, speculative fiction by Cynthia Kraack, Mr. Media Interviews

Order ‘Harvesting Ashwood,’ the second installment of speculative fiction in the “Ashwood” trilogy by Cynthia Kraack, available in print or e-book from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

Harvesting Ashwood was more of the same. Kraack created a world sometime in the future of the United States of America when a Second Great Depression has beaten down its citizens, reduced freedom of movement, discussion, and even thought to an illusion, and corporations have a death grip on the Constitution itself.

CYNTHIA KRAACK podcast excerpt: “A part of ‘Leaving Ashwood’ is about large multinational corporations becoming more powerful than the national governments. The 10 largest corporations in the world are now like half the largest economies in the world if you were to compare GDP with revenues. It’s like, whoa! We’re already part-way there.”

Pardon my French but it’s some scary shit.

In the third and final novel, Leaving Ashwood, Kraack doesn’t disappoint. She takes her main and supporting characters in some surprising yet natural directions. More details about their era and the world around them is revealed. The politics are ugly. But Anne Hartford never loses the essence of what makes her so compelling.

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Watch! Cynthia Kraack talked to Mr. Media about Harvesting Ashwood! (2012)

Watch! Cynthia Kraack talked to Mr. Media about Ashwood! (2011)

Cynthia Kraack, speculative fiction author, Ashwood, Mr. Media Interviews

Order ‘Ashwood,’ the first installment of speculative fiction in the “Ashwood” trilogy by Cynthia Kraack, available in print or e-book from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

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About Mr. Media® Interviews-Bob Andelman

Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).