#YourNextBeachRead is a way to introduce you to a new author and their works in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.
Today’s featured author is Louis Kicha, author of The Baikal Incident.
What’s your name (or pen name) and where are you from?
Louis P Kicha, Malabar, FL
How long have you been writing? How did you start?
Many years, only got serious about 7 years ago.
Who are some of your influences?
Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein.
What is your book about?
In 1970, a spy plane carrying a deadly secret weapon is lost over the Soviet Union; its location unknown. Forty years later, it is discovered deep in Russia’s Lake Baikal. The race is on to recover the terrible weapon before it falls into enemy hands!
Where did you get the idea?
I’ve been fascinated by Lake Baikal for years and the idea just flowed from there.
How long did it take you to finish it?
About a year.
Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?
It’s my second, I’m also working on another and is being edited for publication.
We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?
This one had no particular inspirations, just went with the characters.
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
When the unknown aircraft is identified as the lost plane.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?
WRITE! Doesn’t matter if it’s good, just write!
What’s the worst?
Haven’t had any bad advice…yet.
Where can we buy your book?
Louis P Kicha is a retired dentist, married to Fern and lives in Malabar, FL with his dog and five cats. He received a BA in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Montclair State University in New Jersey in 1976. He earned his DDS from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1982 and his Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1988. For years, he worked for the State of Florida as Dental Director of St Johns County in St Augustine. He owned private practices in Indialantic and Melbourne and finished his career as a civilian dentist for the US Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington. His hobbies include writing, scuba diving, underwater photography, traveling and gardening. He is a member of Scribblers of Brevard and the Florida Writers Association. He published his first novel, “The Deadly Ocean,” in May 2016 and his second, “The Baikal Incident” in March 2019.