I first met Logan when she was the senior editor for the Oddville Press. Logan actually recruited me onto the team. I first worked closely with her when she asked me to read a collection of short stories she'd written. Since that time, Logan's career has really taken off. Over the last few years, she's been involved in an astounding number of projects.
J. Matthew McKern — Greetings, Logan. I'm so happy for the opportunity to reconnect and get an update on everything going on in your career. First, I'm wondering if you have any recollections of Oddville Press that you'd like to share? How did you come to be involved? How did the experience help you grow as a writer?
Logan Keys — First of all, thank you so much for doing this and yes so much nostalgia! Oddville was one of my first instances on the OTHER side of the table. Reading the fabulous stories submitted was so inspiring, I’m sure you would agree. It had/has such talent running through it.
I came to be involved when Mike posted about it on a forum asking if anyone would be interested. He actually had a small group before that a “hot house” for publishing that I was a part of. Before I ever got into publishing he read a story of mine and told me “Some agent is out there waiting to get your manuscript.” That meant so much to me and still does!
I ended up not getting an agent but self publishing has been awfully good to me. But, it took a lot of rejection and failure to get there.
The experience MADE me the author I am today. Truly.
JMM — You've been quoted as describing yourself as a 'soothsayer.' Many of your titles are post-apocalyptic. I take it your outlook for civilization isn't exactly rosy...
LK — I joke about that but isn’t it the truth? We are fascinated with the end. I really enjoy post apoc because it gives me an outlet for what if in the biggest way. But also, it rolls up a bunch of the things I love into one. Humanity pressurized and emotions high, as well as action.
JMM — The premise of your latest work, Sky Fall, involves a devastating solar event—a "coronal mass ejection". I've found these to be actual phenomena. All science fiction should involve a sense of the real, that these events could actually occur.
LK — I totally agree. The truth in a lie is what makes it scary!
JMM — When we worked together, I recall your work being very character driven. Tell us a little about Clive Bowman, if you would. Is he a natural survivor? or does he have to evolve to cope with this reality you've placed him in.
LK — That’s a good question and remains to be seen as the series continues. I would say that he’s not a natural survivor, no. I would say he has to evolve but also, that he will find he’s not exactly capable of doing it solo or without help. I mean, he was unprepared. He’s your average joe. I love writing those types of stories.
I see a number of your titles involve a second author. What has this experience been like for you? How did you come to find yourself in this situation?
LK — I find that because I like to do MANY projects, having someone to work with keeps me going on a series that may get put on the backburner otherwise. I also find that together we can make something even better with two heads and tons of talent mixed. For example, I don’t always know a ton about lore, but my coauthor on my Fae story does, and she provides me with so much information my brain explodes with ideas!
JMM — Where do you see yourself going in the next few years as a writer?
LK — Very good question. I want to drop a pen name this year for fantasy/romance/young adult. I hope to launch that and make it as big as my post apoc/dystopian/horror and science fiction side as Logan Keys now mostly has. Logan Delayne will be yet another adventure and I cannot wait! Under that name there will be first Beware the Fallen, a young adult mythology story with tons of Greek myth. Very excited about it. Hoping to sell that in the summer.
Bestselling horror author Logan Keys is currently working on both her new disaster post-apocalyptic series The Long Fall while also embarking on a romantic fantasy journey into Greek mythology.
Logan says she's not so much a writer as she is a soothsayer and preparer for those who are still blissfully unaware. Her stories aren't dystopian but rather a warning for the next generation. When she's not writing disasters, zombies, vampires, superheroes, and robots, she's fighting against government over-reach and oligarchy using military tactics mixed with a little bit of poetry.
Logan's currently stationed in Kansas with her husband, two kids, and furbaby while starting her voyage into fantasy, but she's still "keeping it real" and writing futuristic sci-fi on the daily.