Author Interview With R. Kyle Hannah


Today I have the pleasure of interviewing a friend and special guest R. Kyle Hannah. Today R. Kyle Hannah author of To Aid and Protect, releases his second book Time Assassins an alternate history book. I find the whole idea of alternate history intriguing! So without further ado I give you . . . R. Kyle Hannah.


Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

TIME ASSASSINS is an alternate history story with a twist…you already know how it ends. What makes this story unusual is that the alternate timeline is changed by the Assassin’s Guild into our current history. It took a lot of research to get it right, but what you find is a story that compels you to ask, “How does he get from there to here…”

I had a lot of fun researching JFK, Lincoln, the French Revolution, and a dozen other events in World History…and I learned a lot. The hard part was taking all of that and making it into a narrative that wasn’t a history text…from the initial reviews, I think I did it!


What is your favorite part of being an author? What is your least favorite part?


I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I must be honest; having someone tell me they enjoyed my book is the best part. I started out writing for me…now I write for the fans.
My least favorite part is trying to find the time to write…I just don’t have that much time between work and family.


When writing do you adhere to a strict outline or do you allow your characters to take detours?


I start out with an outline…but somewhere along the way that gets trumped by the characters. When I was writing TIME ASSASSINS I had an idea of what I wanted to happen, but when I got into the details-especially with my rogue assassin Rick Brewer-I found that his devious mind had other ideas. It was amazing how everything just fit together—especially when writing his exploits through history.


Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?


Generally no…I write strictly for the entertainment value of the story. But, in the case of TIME ASSASSINS, I wanted to write something that might teach a little history along the way. A lot of people think history is rather boring and have never really learned it. I wanted to write something that might teach at least a few facts about history while being entertaining. What evolved was a great story with a lot of history…and sci-fi…and time travel…and explosions…and good entertainment.


Do you have a special playlist you listened while writing this book? If so how do you think it influenced you/ your writing?


Nothing specific, just listening to music in general. I cannot sit in a quiet room, I MUST have background noise. I spent over a year writing the rough draft (told you I didn’t have a lot of time) so my music choices ranged from Journey, to Night Ranger, to Halestorm, to Theory of a Deadman, to on and on and on.


What are three things not very many people know about you.


Oh, you had to go there, didn’t you? Well, lets see. I started writing in Jr. High school as a way to conquer boredom. I still have those stories and let me tell you…they are absolutely horrible! I’m glad I’ve gotten at least a little better.


I wanted to be an musician for a long time. I’ve written the lyrics for about twenty songs. What stopped me, you ask? I never learned to play an instrument. LOL


I want to write screenplays. I see scenes in my head, that’s where my stories come from; they are really a series of scenes in a movie. So, now I’m working on a screenplay adaptation for TIME ASSASSINS…I think it could be a really good TV series. There is a lot of history that could be “tweaked”!


What is something you love but are embarrassed to share with others?


Nothing to be embarrassed about, although it does raise some eyebrows—when I tell people I’m an author. I love the look on their face when I give them my card. You always get that question, “You wrote a book?” Now I can tell them I’ve written two! It does make me a little sub-conscious, but not embarrassed.


If you were a superhero who would you be, and what power would you have?


Oh, another tough one. So many superheroes out there and so many powers to have. Hmmm. I like Batman and all of the gadgets, but I think I’d go with Superman so I could just fly around whenever I wanted.


Like all authors, I love feedback from the fans! Please feel free to leave a review of my work on amazon, barnesandnoble, smashwords…wherever!


And feel free to contact me via email at or on facebook at

Fans can also follow me on twitter @rkhannah and

Thanks Danielle for the opportunity to say hello to your fans!!


 More about Time Assassins
History has always been written by the victor, but in the shadows, history has been manipulated by a an ancient Guild of Time Assassins. Until now. Rick Brewer, assassin’s apprentice, is sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. He escapes to a distant past and, stranded in time, seeks revenge against the Guild by creating instability in the time-line by choosing powerful targets – The Presidents of the United States of America. Reginald Mayweather is a ruthless business tycoon and not one to accept no as an answer, but when a business prospect fails, he demands the help of the Assassin’s Guild to eradicate the competition by killing his competitor’s ancestors. If successful, it could prove disastrous to the time-line on a global scale. Jason Lassiter joined the Assassin’s Guild because he wanted to experience history first hand. Little does he know that his future, and the future of the Guild, rests in his hands.


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