In an alternate reality, set in the 22ndCentury, the most significant historical events have culminated in a post-apocalyptic world wherein worldwide political wars have divergent outcomes. Psychic powers reside side by side with “norms”, and the gifted are known as “Bloods”, and a battle rages between madmen and monsters with the Bloods fighting to keep them under control.
From the Chaos forms the FAC (Free America Civil Militia) and a heroine emerges…becoming one of the FAC elite Blood fighters. Kai and her brave companions help stand against political dissidents, while also hunting down dangerous mutant monsters all while refining their Blood abilities. During all this, Kai also heads the FAC Survival Training School, using skills adjusted from her mixed heritages of Native American and Celtic backgrounds to form a finely tuned platoon of Hunters ready to answer the call for help without hesitation. When not on hunts, or teaching, she operates as a bounty hunter on the side…continuing her late father’s work using his far-flung network of contacts and secret entrances/exits out of enemy territory.
Three books in Kai’s saga area already in print on Amazon. Blood Hunt: Rolling Thunder is the first, followed by Blood Hunt: Alpha and Omega, then Blood Hunt: Howlers Dilemma. I am working on the 4th book in the series right now.
Tell me about you. What’s a day in your life like? I am 1st Lieutenant Kele-de Ann McMahon of the FAC (Free America Civil Militia), which is a mouthful so most of the time people address me as Kai. (pronounced Kay). I am half Osage and half Irish and am of the Tzi Shu Osage clan, living in South Missouri on our rather expansive reservation. A typical day for me starts at dawn….as is the case for all the clan, at that time we do the Dawn Prayers. Then I eat a little breakfast, generally while going over the paperwork with my assistant at the survival school. Orders are given, timetables are looked over, there is also the scheduling or updates on the next classes to be given. I then check in with the FAC Headquarters to make sure there are no orders or calls for help, and I check in with the Hunters Guild…plus log in to my private account for bounty jobs which might be waiting for me. There are times, however, when visions knock me to my butt and off I go on Blood Hunts. Trust me those particular hunts are not for the faint hearted, but my platoon is always at the ready.
Which song sums up your life and why? I recently heard something from my great great grandmother’s musical collection in her library….it is called Thunderstruck. It appealed to me and seems an adequate summation of my life so far. Why? I am a Millennium Blood, who is considered a Wild Blood because my abilities are not fully known or predictable…I’m also a Hunter in the Hunters Guild and am a bounty hunter on the side, plus I am an FAC soldier who heads the FAC Survival School. Considering I hunt mutant monsters and go on assignments to retrieve defectors and fulfill duties on assignments in enemy territory (which are highly classified) …. the song seems rather appropriate. Don’t you think?
Do you like yourself? Why would I not like myself? That would be counterproductive to my well-being. I am, however, not vain and do know I have several faults. But in general, I am quite satisfied with myself.
What motivates you? Protecting the innocent, and at one time my main motivator was hunting down the one responsible for my father’s death…revenge and evening the score plus honor had huge factors in that one. Now my motivation is, as I said, protecting the innocent and helping keep the peace.
What is your most treasure possession? My great-great grandmother’s Scottish dirk, which I carry in my right moccasin at all times. It has saved my life on many occasions.
Tell me about your first kiss. I do not think that would be an honorable thing to do, if the kisser were not also here to tell their side of the story as well. I did not know how to kiss before that particular person came into my life, and he had to teach me the various kisses and what they meant. My first kiss was…satisfactory.
What items are in your pockets / purse? I do not carry a purse, but would a backpack count? My pockets are equipped with survival items…paracord, Firestarter (even though I can do that one all by myself) …extra knife, homemade jerky, fishing supplies, small first aid kit, multi tool, pocket handgun etc. And some secret items, which would probably send my commanding officer into a fit if he knew about them.
Do you like your author? Yes, I do. After all she is my great great grandmother, and while she has a most irritating habit of not listening to me all the time, she is an intelligent person with a lot on her plate. So, I cut her some slack whenever possible.
How do you measure success? When the job is thoroughly dealt with, and the balance is restored.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Also, what’s it filled with? It is full. I am an avid coffee drinker, so woe to the fool who sips from my cup.
For the Author...
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
Without all of you to read, and follow, Kai’s adventures the telling of her life would not be as complete, and rewarding, as it is. I never know what direction Kai is going to go off on, so y’all are as surprised as I am. I promise there are many MANY more adventures to come. I actually have a special file in my computer filled with story ideas, some of which she tells me about ahead of time. But those plot twists she suddenly throws in can, at times, make me pause and stare at the paper in surprise. (Yes…I write it all out on my trusty yellow writing pad first….and second yes…there is always an outline plotted but Kai tends to toss surprises at me.)
Where can your readers stalk you? They can find me on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/VENDLA-BRAMBLE/e/B07ZQSHBBX/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1
Someday I will, hopefully, be wide read enough that they can stalk me in bookstores and a personalized website (as soon as I can figure out how to do that). I am also on Facebook under Vendla Bramble.
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
I tend to get most of my writing done in the afternoon, once homeschooling is finished for the day for my 8-year-old cousin. I’ll grab a cup of coffee, sit with my feet up for half an hour and review what is on my personal agenda. Since I have returned to college to work on my 2ndMasters degree the studying for that is also plotted out. I live with one of my cousins, who is grandmother to the 8-year-old (trust me the family lineage is complicated), and she used to tease me about all the lists I made. But she finally caught on and was sweet enough to buy me a Rocketbook, so I could plot my tasks out. Trust me if you don’t have one…GET ONE! They are a lifesaver!
Read my books! Please! LOL. Spread the word! I like to think my mother, who used to encourage me to always write, and taught me how to plot the ideas using an outline, would be thrilled beyond measure that I am publishing. She told me to believe in myself…and after all these years…I am!
As for Kai….I like to think there’s a little of her in me. I know I can be mighty feisty and stubborn about things….and really…I think she’s in every woman who just wants to break out and show the world how tough she can be. Maybe my great great granddaughter will be an inspiration for some woman who needs that bit of help in making herself heard or breaking free to be whomever she wants to be.
About the Author...
Vendla Bramble currently lives in a concrete jungle somewhere in the wilds of Ohio, while, amazingly, not losing her farm girl roots. She is an avid writer, equally avid reader, and a college student at SNHU, where she recently received her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and is now working on another Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. When asked why, Vendla merely smiled mysteriously and pointed at the heroine of her books.