Today I share the final author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival. I am sure you will agree that there have been some terrific books in this round and that we have all learned from the insights of the many authors that have been featured.
This week, Kelli Otting, the author of two books in the Liberty Dying Series, is here to answer our interview questions and to offer both of her books as a giveaway.
Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
An Interview with Kelli Otting
The books are about how a small town, fictitious Briar, Missouri, responds to an egregious overreach of federal powers requiring everyone to wear an implanted RFID chip. The local inhabitants try their best to protect their families and friends. Some people crack under the pressure, some people decide to spy on their friends, and others just try to survive.
Then there are the few who decide to fight back.
What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?
I researched the population forward growth curve and food production forecasts. Throw in the seed manipulators with GMO crops and I’ll spin the big wheel for a million, Chuck.
What I found troubling was finding credible research about the worldwide oil reserves, both undeveloped and developed and the extent of likely deposits. The reading was either completely comfortable for the next hundred years of growth or doomsday predictions of peak oil already ‘over the peak’.
There are plenty of examples of Executive overreach, Supreme Court Judges with blatant conflict of interests, and many many examples that our government has gone ‘off the rails’.
The research reads like its own horror story.
How long did they take to write?
The first book, JOC took about two years of serious effort. I learned a lot both writing and researching.
The second book, NSN took about a year. It was harder for me because so many things were happening. I had to focus to make sure all the characters introduced in JOC had continuity. I’m working on the third and probably final book in the series. The more I write the third book, the more fun it becomes. Everything is falling into place, just as I planned.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading the Liberty Dying Series?
The sorry fact is that the people reading these books are already aware that everything is not under control and wonderful. What I wish, is that people would share, not only my books, but also the books of others, Joe Nobody, John Grit, and A. American, for example. The more people preparing the better. We write fiction but it’s a glimpse into a world that, given a tiny paradigm shift, could be falling on our heads.
Another point that gets made time and time again is that everyone needs to contribute in our society today. We all have strengths to offer to help others. When everyone is doing a little bit, the burden is easier to carry. A few people trying to do it all won’t work. Everyone needs to work.
Many times in my books, people think they can handle something alone only to be weighted down by it until it affects the others in a domino effect. Working together, they overcome. Today many people are far too focused on themselves. It takes community to survive. We need build it up, not burn it down.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I’m a 47-year-old Grandmother. My son is an officer in the Army. He’s served a tour in Iraq, which impacted our family hard. We’re in the process of leaving Illinois. When you’ve dug-in for over 20 years, it takes more than a few days to get everything ready.
Our business is finally going up for auction on October 25th. One major step forward! We’ve contacted several builders and hope to break ground on the new house later this year, maybe it’s getting too late, but I am still holding out some hope.
I’m an eternal optimist. The new house is going up in Far Southern Missouri, off-grid.
As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?
We’re already experiencing inflation in food costs. I believe the perfect storm is brewing with the corruption, inflation, debt, population growth, and GMO foods. Too many people don’t care. They walk around in this haze of handouts while screaming illiterately that they’re disenfranchised.
The US is in such deep debt that paying it off is unrealistic. Yet, congress keeps spending. We (the US) send billions to other countries but we are drowning in debt. I could go on and on about the corruption in politics from the county board to Washington. It’s becoming status quo to accept that politicians are simply corrupt.
Look at the historical conditions of countries with high corruption. The US education ranking continues to slide along with abject poverty levels. The US refuses to close her southern border and enforce laws already written.
Our great country continues to be eaten up from the inside out. I prepare for the inevitable correction.
Do you have plans for another book?
I’m writing the third book of the Liberty Dying Series. I’m also working on another book unrelated to the Liberty Dying series. The, as yet untitled, third book of the Liberty Dying series is a little behind schedule. I had hoped to launch it at the end of summer but I’m running a month or so behind.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I want to thank everyone that read my books. Please accept my humble gratitude. Those that took a few minutes to write a review, I especially want to thank. That feedback helps me become a better writer. I’ve also received vitriolic personal responses. Those are helping me grow a thicker skin. Everyone who takes a few minutes to respond gives me something and I want to thank you all.
The Book Giveaway
A copy of both Jingling Our Change and Nanny State Nightmare have been reserved for one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. There are a two options to enter including a “free for everyone” option that requires just a single click. Easy peasy!
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter widget in this article. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
Anyone who is distraught by the direction our country is headed is going to enjoy the books in the Liberty Dying Series. As Kelli writes” “There aren’t enough people left paying taxes to support the free lifestyle the politicians advertised and promised”.
I encourage you to enter the giveaway to win your own copy of Kelli’s two books!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Items: Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
For over 40 years, Bloom’s been kicked around by the hard knocks of life.
Events cascade into chaos as she tries to help her friends survive the infrastructure collapse. Polite society experiences a massive correction. Struggling through violent clashes and heartbreaking decisions, the small group grow strong bonds as they work together to hold on to their food, guns, and property as the government reaches in to take what they want by granting themselves ever-increasing authority. Individuals quickly reprioritize their loyalties, as the political elite focus on micromanaging the population.
While some people look toward liberty for the future, others decide to take full advantage of the anarchy by feeding off people’s adversity. Either way, only the strong can survive. There are no handouts left.
The United States is paying the piper for years of meddling in sovereign nation’s affairs, absurd monetary policy, and self-serving corporate cronyism. The bloated government bureaucracy is slow and unresponsive. Political infighting and old-school tactics derail any attempt at reform. Old worn-out attitudes and methods aren’t helping the American people deal with the runaway inflation and unprecedented joblessness.
There aren’t enough people left paying taxes to support the free lifestyle politicians advertised and promised. Bloom, Carl and their friends from Briar, Missouri see the writing on the wall and work to ensure a future of Liberty and Freedom, even as the government uses fear and intimidation to control the mindless masses.
It’s a dangerous time to be a Constitutional Patriot in America.
Bargain Bin: Today is all about books. Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.
Note: If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle. Prices start at $119 although a basic kindle is only $69. And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.
Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction
Day After Disaster
Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2)
The Shadow Patriots
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
299 Days: The War
Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)
Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness
The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness
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