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Original Essays | August 21, 2014 1 comment
Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
Kyle MillsDescribe your latest project.
My latest book, Darkness Falls, deals with an ecoterrorist trying to destroy the world's oil supply.
I was interested in the topic of the world's dependence on oil and, more specifically, what would happen if availability was suddenly cut off. How would I feed myself? Keep my house warm? Get to the doctor?
It also presented a real challenge: How do you wipe out something that's been around for millions of years and is spread out all over the globe? Right up my alley, since my favorite part of writing thrillers is figuring out how to pull off ridiculously difficult crimes.
I hate to be obvious, but I love the beginning of Camus' The Stranger: "Mama died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know."
It makes you want to keep reading on almost too many levels to count.
How do you relax?
What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
One day, I received a letter from a guy who said he hoped I wouldn't be mad and then went on to list my mistakes page by page missing only one obscure error relating to the construction of crack pipes. Not only was I not mad, I immediately printed off a copy of the book I was working on and mailed it to him with a note saying, "See what you can do with this one."
On a clear and cold day, do you typically get outside into the sunshine or stay inside where it's warm?
Talk about your vision of the ideal life.
In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
My latest novel deals with environmentalism and a faltering oil supply, so I did a fair amount of research in those areas. Here's a mix of interesting books that cover the entire ideological spectrum.
The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg: This book punches holes in the environmental conventional wisdom and got a fairly nasty reception when it was released. One of my characters is very loosely based on Lomborg.
Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility by Shellenberger/Nordhaus: Recently released, this book focuses on the policy side of the equation and the ineffectiveness of the current approach.
The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg: This is an absorbing, if somewhat hysterical, vision of the world after the oil runs out.
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore: The looming disaster straight from the mouth of a guy who personally uses more energy than a mini-mall.
The Ultimate Resource 2 by Julian Simon: A book as thick as the Bible and nearly as engrossing, written by the quintessential cornucopian economist.
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Kyle Mills is the New York Times-bestselling author of eight books, including his award-winning The Second Horseman. Growing up in Oregon as a Bureau Kid, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount of information about the FBI, which he incorporates into his novels. He and his wife live in Wyoming and enjoy rock climbing.