Part 2 of my interview with Gray Rinehart

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The second part of my interview with Gray is now live on his site. Here's a brief excerpt from the interview:

What was the biggest surprise you got out of working on The Winds of Khalakovo? Is there anything in particular you hope your readers get out of it?
I suppose the biggest surprise is just how much of our world made it into the book. I was getting into politics just when I was getting into the thick of this book, and some of it crept in. The struggles in the Middle East certainly show up. And that was a surprise in a way. But on the other hand, how can it not? The events of our time affect me — they affect us all — so in some ways I imagine it's impossible to keep those things out (assuming you're writing a sweeping story with a lot of political implications).