Ken Scholes has been garnering accolades for many years for his short fiction including being a finalist for the Endeavor award for his short story collection Long Walks, Last Flights, & Other Strange Journeys. Only this year did his debut novel Lamentation release to start The Psalms of Isaak series, which just came out in mass market last month. This month saw the publication of volume two Canticle. Lamentation had been hanging around my to-read shelf since its release and when I heard the second book was about to come out I thought it was high time I got to it. After reading both volumes back-to-back it would be an understatement to say this series will be anything other than memorable for years to come. The characters are well done and the plotting is unbelievably deep.
SCHOLES: Sure. I grew up in a small logging town near Mount Rainier in rural Washington State. I spent some time in both the Navy and the Army and have a degree in History.
I've worked in a variety of fields including some good stretches in the nonprofit sector, the ministry and in local government. I spent about a decade writing short stories before I tackled my first novel. I'm a winner of the Writers of the Future contest—a program I heartily support for new writers trying to break in.
I live in Saint Helens, Oregon, with my wife Jen West Scholes and our brand-new twin daughters, Rachel and Lizzy.
MH: For those who haven’t read Lamentation, what would you say perspective readers to whet their appetite?
SCHOLES: The scholarly city of Windwir and its Androfrancine Order, after two thousand years of digging knowledge and relics from the ruins of civilization, has been utterly destroyed. Its sole survivor—a steam-powered metal man that once worked in its Great Library—claims to be responsible. But as alliances shift and armies come together around the Desolation, it's quickly apparent that there is more to it than meets the eye and the world is changing once again....