Should it Really be The Number of Woman?
- Title: The Number of Man: The Beginning (Book 1 in The Number of Man series)
- Author: Linda Kennedy
- Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
- Genres: science fiction, political fiction, young adult
- Page number: 246
- Release date: June 15, 2020
I wrote a review of the book back on August 9. You can check it out here http://mcflysbookbliss.com/the-number-of-man
Books description by the author
My book centers around the character of Natalie Combs whom upon the death of her parents discovers she was adopted. This shocking news leads her into a search for her true birth parents that leads her into a deep realm of cloning and microchip technologies that had been developed prior to being made known to the general population. Her identity is shaken as well as is her love interest when she discovers that he seems not be totally forthcoming. The plot unfolds as certain entities use the science of cloning and technology combined to form a new world for the future of humanity, or as I put it for mankind. In her confusion she does find someone she will trust and well, maybe even have a future with. My book ends in a cliffhanger of sorts. But Natalie’s saga continues in the sequel Number of Man: The Mission. I hope to start working with the publisher, Gatekeepers Press, on the developmental editing for this sequel soon. And book 3? Well, is entitled Number of Man: The New Way and is in progress, not just in writing of it, but I feel I am witnessing it in many ways unfold in real life. If you like science fiction or science faction and good read, a bit of romance, suspense, etc., well, pick up your copy today and enjoy. I really would like to hear from my readers so don’t be shy in contacting me through my website.
Interview with Linda Kennedy
1. What genre is your book?
Most consider my book’s genre to be Science Fiction though I refer to it more as a science faction novel in that it is a fictional story line that contains lots of science facts. In book 2, Number of Man: The Mission, I go into more science faction and how it has led us to what we are currently seeing in today’s world. All of it of course, to me, seems to be fulfilling Biblical End of Age Prophecies. So, I was inspired to start a new video series to a YouTube Channel entitled We Are Here…Biblical Prophecy Unfolding Before Our Eyes at Inside View with Author Linda Kennedy
2. Exactly, what formats is your book available in?
Currently Number of Man: The Beginning is available in paperback and kindle (eBook) formats available on all online book selling venues. I am currently working on getting an audio book format completed, which will be made available upon request through my website and/or social medias once complete. I have been encouraged to narrate the audio book myself, so… well, I am taking this advice. I will be placing a notice on my website and social media once the audio book is available.
3. When did you start writing?
When young, I was prone to write songs and poems. I never at that time envisioned writing a novel. However, being a bookworm myself, the thought would come to mind every now and again. It was later that this story’s idea came to mind and would be through many personal trials of disability that forced me to reinvent myself. It was in my deepest depression that I wrote the rough draft only to have it sit on the shelf for 7+ years. All I can say is, But God, because somehow as I sought Him, He led me to finish the novel and the means to self-publish it.
4. Why do you write?
I guess I feel compelled to in many ways. Plus, I do enjoy writing, as seen below, it can be therapeutic, but it also can be a way to reveal things in a fictional way that are happening in our reality and the physical and spiritual implications.
5. Do you see writing as a kind of spiritual or therapeutic practice?
I wrote early in life songs and poems for therapeutic purposes, though they always had a hint of spirituality in them. I don’t believe we can really separate the spiritual from the physical, though God knows we try.
6. What do you absolutely need while you write?
A cup of chocolate flavored coffee topped with whipped cream…lol.
7. What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing I am either deep divining into scripture, researching and keeping up to date on technology and science in all the wonders of it that I feel validate God’s magnificence, putting together my YouTube videos, and part time working at Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) as Office Assistant. And yes, I have to do it all at the pass my body allows.
8. What do you feel is the significance of your book? What do you hope readers will feel when they have read it?
First, I feel it is timely and relevant today. I was surprised just in talking with people how many even in 2018 had no idea that human implants existed, let alone what was taking place now in the world of cloning. So, I guess I hope it will show just how fast advancements in science and technology are being made as well as the pitfalls they can bring when placed in human hands. It seems to me that Medicine and Science have become God rather than the God who with infinite wisdom, knowledge and full understanding created it all. Readers will probably take away many different things, but I have had wonderful feedback from my readers who keep reminding me they are waiting for the next book.
9. What inspired the idea for your book?
When I was about 30 stores started converting to the barcode system with scanners. But it wasn’t til I read the article about the first cloned animal, Dolly, that full idea of the story hit me. But even that would not have completed my story if I hadn’t been taught by my dad (a Pastor, Teacher and Missionary) the prophecy in Revelation 13. I didn’t know if I would ever write the story at that time, but, well, God knew. And here we are… Number of Man series that will pull technology, cloning and other aspects of the world of science together as it gets further along in the series.
10. What came first – the plot or the characters?
Definitely the plot. Having said that the characters seemed to develop naturally as I wrote out the plot. I didn’t know where to begin, so I just started writing from beginning to end. I have tried using outlines, but that just doesn’t seem to work for me.
11. What part of the book was the hardest to write?
The kidnapping and rescue scene…lol. I went through many developmental editing on this one area to enhance the scene and did a lot of research on real kidnapping and ways of escaping online. Though I have watched my share of Criminal Minds, and Special Victims Unit on TV, writing this portion I found the most challenging.
12. What part of the book was the most fun to write?
Boy that is a tough question. I have to say I had 2 favorite scenes I had fun writing. The first is Natalie’s encounter with The Professor from the University. The second, the first encounter Natalie had with Gary Venson (one of the Twin Scientists that created her). It was overall fun, challenging and exasperating at the same time. I really felt I was reading and writing at the same time, experiencing what she experienced in her searching for who she really was. And have to admit, was surprised myself as the story line unfolded. I still experience this as I continue to write because suddenly the story is typed on the page as I seem to be on auto pilot and I halt my fingers and say out loud, “Really? Is that what is going to happen next?”
13. Which of the characters do you relate to the most and why?
Humm, not sure. I really haven’t given this any thought. However, I would have to say Natalie, only because at one point in my life I could have sworn I was adopted, but my mother assured me I was not. And in further thought, I think I have suffered from identity crises and would say all of us have or do. But God found me and gave me my true identity through Jesus Christ, and I accepted full heartedly and now my identity in Him is very secure, which makes me smile.
14. Are any of the characters in your book similar to you or to people you know?
Actually, no. And those that know me well catch only one thing that I gave my main character that is all me… she likes the same hot chocolate coffee drink I like. And the way she makes it in the book is exactly how I make mine.
15. Would you and your main character get along?
Yes, I think Natalie and I would get along quite well.
16. What was your path to publication?
That was a tough road of learning. I researched traditional publishing, getting a literary agent, and then learned about self-publishing. The idea of being rejected by a traditional publisher was not why I choose to go with a respected self-publisher as I knew many well-known authors have had their share of rejection letters from J.K. Rowling’s to Stephen King. And no, my book is nothing like there’s. But I really didn’t want a traditional publisher to steer my novel in a direction that they felt would be more sellable, if that makes sense. Hence, I chose the self-publishing route. Since I wanted a quality book, I did pay more for deep line and developmental editing services, and I don’t regret it at all. There are some down sides in being self-published; however, and I am trying to navigate all the different ways to create awareness of my book.
17. What’s your favorite and least favorite part of publishing?
The least favorite part is waiting for your first editing remarks. The most favorite part also lies in receiving the editing remarks and allowing them to enhance your imagination and develop areas that you didn’t see initially.
18. I know you’re planning a sequel; can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?
The sequel has been written but I am still saving funds to pay for the publishing aspect…namely, the editing and the cover. But I am close to my goal and hope to start this process soon. To give an idea of the sequel, Natalie’s adventure continues after a 2-year period of solace and love with her new husband as well as becoming an expectant mother to boot. However, the same nemesis in book 1 come back into her life in ways that well… don’t want to give too much away yet. However, suffice it to say, newer technologies and cloning will be also strewn throughout the novel as well as plenty of adventure and some deep heartaches that kind of wrote themselves in.
19. What books do you enjoy reading now?
I enjoy mostly mysteries myself…murder mysteries. But my love for scripture reading has also become a large part of my daily life.
2o. What books did you grow up reading?
I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I grew up reading Harlequin Romance novels. And I didn’t read much else til much later in life when I read a novel by James Patterson and his series with Alex Cross.
21. Name an under appreciated novel that you love.
Hmm. I don’t know how under appreciated he is, but I have to say, I love C. S. Lewis books. They are rich indeed. Whether it is a good read from Chronicles of Narnia to a more spiritual read like Screwtape Letters, I find his writing very insightful.
22. If you could be a character in one of your favorite books, who would you be?
I don’t think I want to be any of the characters in any of the books I’ve enjoyed. I am happy being just me.
23. Do you prefer eBooks, printed books or audiobooks (when given the choice)?
I understand many have gravitated to eBooks and audiobooks, but I have to have that printed paperback book in my little hands.
24. Would anyone in your family disapprove of what you’ve written?
No. My mom, who has now gone on to be with the LORD, was my biggest fan. She read the rough draft, the completed version after editing as well as read the sequel’s draft prior to her passing. All my family members that have read my book have really like it and keep telling me to keep writing.
25. Has anyone in your family read your book?
Those in my family that have read my book include my mom, dad, brother (Tim), sister (Catherine), my niece (Amanda), and my nephew (Andrew). I have more family members, but the above are the only ones I know for sure have read and commented on the book to me.
26. Add anything else here you feel is pertinent to your book.
My only other comment is that even if you are not prone to like Science Fiction novels, try this one. It is a tab bit different and I have had many that don’t generally read this type of genre, but went ahead and read my book and enjoyed it.
Linda Kennedy was born one of five children to missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. She has enjoyed writing poetry and songs since an early age. But now has completed her debut novel, Number of Man: The Beginning, the first in a planned Trilogy. She lives in Missouri with her 2 fur babies, Kia and Ashton.
You can find her online on the following places:
- Website: https://www.wakeupfromslumber.com/works
- Blog: https://www.wakeupfromslumber.com/blog
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lkennedy63/?ref=page_internal
- YouTube Channel: Inside View with Author Linda Kennedy
- Twitter and Instagram have not been very active, but they can be accessed through clicking icons from my website.