As the publishing landscape continues to change due to the emergence of e-books, more and more professional writers are taking advantage of the new opportunities—including visionary writer Minister Faust, whose prior books The Coyote Kings of the Space-Aged Bachelor Pad and From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain were published by Del Rey. Faust is taking charge of his own future by taking on the release of his major new novel The Alchemists of Kush himself, debuting on Kindle this week.
The Alchemists of Kush is the story of two Sudanese "lost boys." Both lost fathers to civil war and mothers along the path of escape. Both boys were hunted and fell into violence to survive. Both came under the guardianship of mystic madmen who promised to transform them. One lives in Edmonton in the present-day. The other lived 7,000 years ago in the Savage Lands of the Lower Nile. In praising The Alchemists of Kush, Ishmael Reed called it “possibly the first hip hop epic.”
I caught up with Minister Faust recently to talk about the novel and his experience entering the Kindle world...
Amazon.com: Can you tell readers a little about your career path as a writer with your first two novels, both published by Del Rey?
Minister Faust: Del Rey did a terrific job pushing my first novel, The Coyote Kings. I think that the Herculean task of getting my first novel noticed was mostly the genius of Colleen Lindsay who’s since gone indie herself. I got reviews across the U.S. including in the NYT Review of Books and other major venues. I was also gratified by the response: an outpouring of praise for each book. Coyote Kings ended up on five top-ten lists and was shortlisted for three awards; Doctor Brain was the Philip K. Dick Award runner-up and the Kindred Award winner.