In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at J. Robert Kane and his story “God is a Rabbit.”
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
My girlfriend Rebecca inspired my story. She has some truly fascinating stories about her graduate and post-graduate work in the field of Neuropharmacology.
Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?
I did have to do some research, as I have no experience with operating room procedure. Becky served as a source in that regard, and I thank her!
Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?
Rebecca Foster is a grad student confronting her mortality. Conflicting feelings regarding the use of animals in her research may or may not play a role in her psychosis (if, indeed, it is a psychosis!) The rabbits represent the vast majority of Rebecca’s experience, to date, with death.
Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.
For “God is a Rabbit,” the story insisted upon its setting. Other than perhaps a surgical hospital for animals, I can’t imagine another effectiveor believable setting.
Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?
If television has taught her anything, he’s probably speaking into a handheld digital recording device. Likely a sleek, silver one, the sort rich folks order from catalogs with exotic-sounding names.
If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be?
God Is A Rabbit, And We’re All Going To Die!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
To date, I’d say the best money I’ve spent as a writerwould be my subscription to Grammarly.com. It serves as a great last-sweep before presenting a final draft.
If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?
My favorite writer is Stephen King, but my answer would have to be Isaac Asimov’s collection of short stories, I Robot. The deceptively simple stories therein are deeply profound reflections upon what it means to be human.
When did you decide to take writing seriously?
I started taking my writing seriously three years and five months ago when I got sober.
If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want to fly because, well—who doesn’t dream of flying?
J. Robert Kane is a writer of horror and science-fiction.
Mr. Kane attended SUNY Empire State College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in American History. He received the Joseph L. Mancino Scholarshipand enjoyed volunteering part-time at the campus writing lab.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, J. Robert Kane lives with his longtime love Rebecca.