Q&A with Author Ken Altabef

Spring 2014
  1. Can you tell us a little what your story, "In the Blood," is about? How did you come up with the idea?

    In an old magazine article I came across mention of the fact that in the 1800's traveling carnivals sometimes featured a math whiz as part of the sideshow. It was a different time.  What would it be like for a math genius to be considered a sideshow freak?  And what could that tell us about the nature of freaks in general?

  2. What is your inspiration for writing as a whole?

    Ray Bradbury. I read "Dandelion Wine" and "The Hobbit" in the same month when I was twelve. I've never looked back.

  3. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

    I'm a retired physician turned full-time writer. An active member of SFWA, I live in New York with my lovely wife and two kids.

  4. Where can listeners find more of your work?

    My current novel series is called "Way of the Shaman," an arctic fantasy from Blueberry Lane Books.

  5. (Just for Juli's curiosity): What are you reading now?

    Just finished "Storm of Swords"
    Just started "Mary Reilly"