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Interview & a Recipe: Keira Michelle Telford (#giveaway)

A Cabin Goddess Exclusive Interview with

Kiera Michelle Telford

Keira is no stranger to Cabin Goddess! Those of you interested in the book before grabbing it should also go read her Fourth-Wall Friday piece, it is wonderful and she ended up in The Fringe with Silver for the piece! I have her today on the blog for an interview and tomorrow I will be reviewing the book! There is also a giveaway at the bottom so enjoy! So sit back and learn a bit more than perhaps you wanted to about Kiera… she likes coke! *facepalm* but she is a hot writer so I think I can forgive her!

CG -Tweet the book: You are challenged to tweet a synopsis of the book to include your tweet handle, GO! 

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In a dystopian city on the verge of collapse, Silver is a banished bounty hunter with a grudge #scifi #indie @mylostanddamned 

CG – Introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you. (As in tell us something NOT in your bio, give us a dirty little secret not having or having to do with your writing)

Confession: I sometimes have erotic fantasies involving author Pavarti K. Tyler (author of Two Moons of Sera; Shadow on the Wall). Wait. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit that…

(CG- no but I am closer… *calling the moose* be there in a couple weeks, Pavarti, meet me, we will tag team her!)

CG – Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into? 

I’m pretty comfortable in my science fiction worlds. If I were going to try something different, it might be historical romance … but even then, I would probably create an alternate history version of my chosen time period so that I could world-build something completely new.

CG – When it comes to the genre you do write in, what are a few of the books or writers that have influenced you and your own writing (yes I can actually ask a serious question?)

My biggest influences and inspirations aren’t really in the same genre I write in. First and foremost, I love Edgar Allan Poe. I grew up reading his work and I blame him entirely for making me so morbid and dark, but I also credit him for teaching me believe in eternal love. ‘Cause behind all the melancholy in his work was the undying love he had for a beautiful woman—and that’s the real truth behind what I write as well. Sure, the world Silver lives in is depressing and vulgar and violent, but the love she has for Alex is a universal constant. No matter what happens to her (or to him), the love they share remains untarnished.

CG – If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?

underworld-awakening-kate-beckinsale-001In an ideal world, Rhona Mitra would play Silver. I’ve loved her since I was a kid, watching her host a crappy British pop music program called The Pepsi Chart Show. Since then, she’s progressed to movies like Underworld and Doomsday. She’s kickass, and she’s a fellow Brit. How could I not love her? For the other characters … I’ve always thought of Luka as a kind of Jude Law looking guy. (I swear, I’m not picking Brits on purpose!).

For Silver, the line I’d pick would be: “Don’t buy food from anybody with more bodily fluids on the outside than they have left on the inside.”

Luka and Silver

Luka and Silver — Sliver hunting Chimera artwork by Kitt Lapeña

CG – What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?

I’d panic, because that would mean I’d slipped into an alternate reality.

CG – Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing (as in what candy / snack food / drink / 80’s hair band you break out in song too when you just cannot figure out the next line to write and that bitch of a muse is off on her own hunt)?

Diet Dr. Pepper is my life support, Netflix is my tool of procrastination, and my MP3 player (The main offenders being: Nightwish, Emilie Autumn, Two Steps From Hell, Rob Zombie, Theatre of Tragedy, and Within Temptation) reins in my muse when she’s off cavorting with one (or more) of my characters. She does that a lot. She’s a total slut.

CG – What do you do when you’re not writing? (ie: What festive things do you do for fun? What things do you do when you make yourself have fun, and what is on the top of your list to do when you actually take two days for you (and family)

Wait, there’s supposed to be a time when I’m NOT writing? Crap. No-one told me that.

CG – If your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine? 

Carne para cuatro, servida poco hecha, en el r...Well, my mom recently went out to restaurant and had steak. She couldn’t finish it all, so she took the rest back with her to the hotel, during which time, it leaked out of the container and all over a copy of one of my SILVER books (The Lost & Damned) that she happened to have in her purse. Consequently, many of the pages became soaked with blood. After much laughter, we concluded that a blood-soaked book was highly appropriate, given Silver’s career and her penchant for killing.

So, I reckon if SILVER: Acheron were a meal, it would be a massive steak dinner. The steak would be rare, with blood oozing all over the place. Honestly, just kill a cow, slice off a nice T-bone steak, sear both sides quickly and slap it on a plate. I want to see the mashed potatoes turn pink with blood running off from the fresh meat.

CG– Figure out a drink and a dish (with or without booze or meat) representing your book in name an ingredients (this could be a renamed established drink)

A reservoir glass filled with a naturally colo...

Absinthe. Without a doubt. We don’t need any elaborate cocktails in fancy glasses with little umbrellas and cute names like ‘sex on the beach’. Oh, no. Absinthe, pure and simple. I don’t even want to rename it. It’s highly alcoholic, iconic, and psychoactive. It’s a balls-to-the-wall kind of drink, and Silver would be all over that.

Fried rats’ feet. They’re called ‘crispies’. I reckon you’d dip them in breadcrumbs and flash fry them like you do with calamari. Mmm, yummy. (I tried to play along and think of a proper dish that someone might actually want to eat in real life, but … well, the truth is, there’s no nice food in Silver’s world. It’s all pretty grotesque. And honestly, in some parts of our world, fried bugs and sheep eyeballs are considered delicacies, so … I think rats’ feet fits right in there!).

How to Cook Rats

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photos from Weird Rats Recipes
  • Fresh rats
  • Fresh herbs
  • Cooking oil
  • Chilli peppers
  • Butter
  • Peanuts


  • Blow the rat skin with a blowtorch.
  • Leave rats to cool down.
  • When they are cool enough, clean the rest of the skin with a steel wool.
  • Eviscerate the rats and split them.
  • Put all the good rat parts in a jar, with the fresh peppers, herbs and oil.
  • Leave this for half an hour in the fridge.
  • Deep-fry until brown in a mixture of butter and peanut oil.
  • Serve hot with some crunchy peanuts.

 CG- This is a better recipe than the “roast” choices; ” Human or chimera, what’l it be? Wrist please…

 Fast & Furious

  • Herbs or Tylenol? Sledgehammer (CG – but that would make your pretty face all messed up… here, have a Jello-shot!)
  • Coke or Pepsi? Coke
  • Cats or Dogs? Guinea pigsWhinger
  • Paperback or ereader? Paperback
  • House of Mirrors or House of Horrors? What’s the difference?
  • New Doctor or Old Doctor? (As in who) New (David Tennant = hot)
  • skinny dip or bra and panties? For me, or for you? (CG-*BLUSH*)
  • Blackbird lie or Humble Pie (snickering) blackbird pie lol
    I bet blackbird pie would taste good, actually. Pigeon pie tastes good, apparently!
  • Buffy or Angel? Buffy

CG – Anything you would like to add… appearances, upcoming releases, where I can find someone to adjust the algorithms for my time machine?

Magistrate final

(Cover artwork by Kitt Lapeña.)

I can’t help you with the broken time machine, but I might make you feel as though you’ve gone back in time to Victorian England with a book I’m releasing this May. It’s called The Magistrate, and it’s the first book in a new trilogy: The Prisonworld Trilogy. Set in a neo-Victorian future version of London, this dystopian, steampunk-esque romp through the streets of London’s East End centers on the complicated relationship between two women who desperately want to be with one another, even though homosexuality is strictly outlawed. To find out more about this new trilogy as details are released, visit:


SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)

 SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) (The SILVER Series)

SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella ‘Silver’ Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera—genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.

In this book, we meet Silver in the year 2342 CE …

Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division’s invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate—death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn’t realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests—they need someone to pull the trigger.

They need an executioner.

This and the series so far available on Amazon


Keria Michelle Telford

Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.



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  1. Sooo excited for Magistrate!

  2. This looks great! I’m really enjoying the series so far! 🙂

  3. These look like interesting books.

    Interesting note: did you know they took down the “like” buttons from Amazon? Yup. Can’t “like” via FB on Amazon anymore last I checked (which was two days ago).

    Also… you did NOT just put up a recipe for rat! I happen to like rats! They’re cute and make great pets. I certainly wouldn’t want to EAT one… 🙂

  4. Thanks, Kriss!!! 😀

    I’m gonna be the jam in a Kriss and Pavarti sandwich.
    I’m gonna make you both sticky.
    You’ve been warned.

    Much love!

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