My name is Kurt D. Springs. I am presently an adjunct professor of anthropology and archaeology in New Hampshire. I hold a PhD. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a Master of Literature in archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Master of Liberal Arts in anthropology and archaeology from the Harvard University Extension School. My main area of interest is megalithic landscapes in prehistoric Ireland.
I started writing the Dreamscape Warrior novels as an act of desperation and as therapy. The idea for the first book, Price of Vengeance, started while I was doing my master of literature in at NUI Galway. It was the idea of a warrior being betrayed during a battle and trapped outside the city. The summer 2004, before I began my PhD. at SUNY Buffalo, I even began some preliminary plotting. Then my graduate classes began, and I had other things to do. I finally graduated in 2010 with my PhD. The job pickings were very slim at that point. I sent out my vitas, but without much success until 2012 when I landed a job as an adjunct professor. A few months after graduating I began writing Price of Vengeance.
I began submitting price of Price of Vengeance to publishers in the Fall of 2013. I wasn’t ready to go the self-publishing route. I was rejected twice before I was accepted by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC.
As the title implies, Price of Vengeance is about the price a person pays in a quest for revenge. Liam was orphaned at a young age when his parents were killed by giant, carnivorous insects called chitin. He is taken in by High Counsellor Marcus and his wife Lidia and raised with their own son Randolf. Liam is not a native of the planet but belongs to a group of genetically engineered humans called Finnian, who were created to be warriors. He joins the military of the last city on the planet where he finds a place outside his family where he can belong. During a fierce attack on the city’s perimeter, Liam’s position is overrun, and he is cut off from the city. He finds that there is an intelligence behind the chitin, and a traitor who is responsible for his birth parents’ murders, has betrayed the city and let the chitin in. When Liam finally gets back into the city, he discovers that the traitor has murdered his beloved foster parents. He vows revenge on the traitor and seeks to stop the intelligence for complete overrunning the city.
I enjoy landscape photography, particularly panoramas. I also review science fiction for the blog Invincible Love of Reading, under Kurt’s Frontier.
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What is it with us anthropology and archeology buffs writing sci fi or fantasy? Got to be related. Great interview and very best of luck, Kurt.
Anthropology and archaeology both deal with types of myth, and what is SF/F but another type of myth?
Ooh, another giant insect story, but unfortunately another one where the insects are evil (at least it sounds that way). Just the same, your books sound interesting. I also write on occasion about the “price a person pays in a quest for revenge.” And I write about giant intelligent extraterrestrial termites, first as a first-contact story in The Termite Queen, where the protagonist is a linguistic anthropologist , and later in a retelling of mythology (mostly Greek with some medieval legends thrown in) in the series The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head. I’ll keep your books in mind!
Sounds like a interesting read.-Dana Poirier
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Love this blog and great interview Kurt! I started your book and got severely sidetracked with work and although this is a new genre for me, I am quite enjoying it and now very curious to see who the traitor is. 🙂
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