Amish Vampires in Space by Kerry Nietz JGBS Tour

~ About the Book ~

Title: Amish Vampires in Space
Author: Kerry Nietz
Published: January 14th, 2014
Word Count: 137,000
Genre: Science Fiction
Content Warning: Minor Violence/Gore
Recommended Age: 13+

~ Synopsis ~

Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space.
The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars.
But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive…or used to be.
Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older.

~ About 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 has one non-fiction book, a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software. Amish Vampires in Space is his fifth novel.
Author Interview

What was the inspiration for your story?

Amish Vampires in Space was an intriguing mental challenge for me. It was like grabbing three seemingly unrelated ideas out of a hat and trying to find a way to connect them.

The inspiration came from a joke title my former publisher (who has since sold the company) used to throw around at writers’ conferences. Since his was a speculative fiction house, he used to say that the only Amish fiction he was interested in was something on the order of Amish Vampires in Space. He even sent his authors a mock cover of the idea. At some point I told him someone should write that book. I didn’t think it was me, because it seemed campy and that’s not what I typically do.

Then I got some ideas about how it all might work and not be campy. I started writing. When I reached the 30,000 word mark I let him know what I was doing. He encouraged me to continue—with no guarantees of it being published, of course. When I finished writing, over 100,000 words later, I sent the manuscript to him. He liked what he read, and here we are.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Perseverance. It is the primary advice I give starting writers: You have to persevere. There are few aspects of a writer’s life that don’t require unrelenting consistency. With the writing itself you need to have that time when you write every day (or every weekday) and the goal you’re looking to achieve and you need to do it. Every time.

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

Though there are many important characters in this story, it is primarily about Jebediah. It is his journey. He’s a product of his culture, yet he’s faced with a situation where to survive and protect those he loves, he may need to forsake certain aspects of that culture. So it is not only a physical struggle, but a mental and spiritual one, as well.

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

I think so, yes. Though there is a fair amount of closure at the end of the book, there are still some unanswered questions. Plus, the characters intrigue me. I want to know what happens to them next. I’m over 70,000 words into a sequel now. I’m hopeful it will turn into some good.

How has this story touched your life?

It has certainly brought more attention than anything I’ve ever written. It has been mentioned on Twitter nearly every day since it was first published, now ten months ago. There have been lots of interviews, multiple mentions in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, an article in the Washington Post, a mention on Dave Barry’s blog, and a mention on the Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon.

Most importantly, though, it has allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people and make a bunch of new friends. That’s always a good thing.

What motivated you to start writing?

It is something I’ve always wanted to do. I was a big reader as a kid and often tried my hand at writing even then. My mother still finds scraps of things I wrote. Little abandoned reveries.

The final push came on a plane trip over fifteen years ago now. I happened to sit beside an elderly gentleman who identified himself as a writer. “And I’m one of those most uncommon creatures,” he said. “I’m a published writer!”

When I told him that I’d always wanted to write, he said “Well, start early. You might get published before you die.” Shortly thereafter I bought a laptop and started actively writing. My first book was published in 2003.

~ Excerpt ~

Jebediah had a secret.
It was a weight, really. Something the songs of church service couldn’t lighten. Even daily prayers and scripture reading were no help. It was always present. Always hidden.
“It is Gelassenheit,” his father had said. “Surrendering yourself for others.”
So Jeb bore the weight. It was God’s will. Like Abraham tying Isaac to the altar. We hold the knife with the faith that God will stop us from using it.
With a groan, Jebediah pushed his way out of bed. Beside him, Sarah sighed and rolled his direction. Even with the passage of decades, she still appeared as beautiful to him as when they married. A day twenty years ago now. Her in a simple white dress and kapp. He in his best black suit. Family and friends, similarly attired. A simpler time. A happier time. An early spring.
Before the secret had passed to him.
“Is it morning so soon?” she whispered.
Jeb smiled. “Ya, it is.”
She made to get out of bed, but Jeb frowned and held out a hand. “Stay in,” he said. “At forty, you’ve earned a few more minutes.”
She put the back of her hand over her mouth and yawned. “So much to do today. The Troyers need breakfast. And Eli will need help with that baby. And the garden.”
Jeb glanced out the bedroom window. The sun had not yet begun to rise. And neither moon. Only a few distant stars and the mass of what was commonly called the Morning Nebbit.
Still very dark. That was a comfort, at least.

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