Friday, June 29, 2012

Coffee Talk with Kira from Open Minds

Alex:  Alright, Kira, since this is coffee talk let’s start out with what’s your coffee drink of choice?

Kira:  Just straight black, but usually I don’t drink coffee. I don’t like anything that might interfere with my mindjacking mental processes– I have enough problems with that as it is.

Alex: Okay, now onto the questions. This session I actually some requests on what to ask you. The first one being what is it like to be a ‘keeper’ mindjacker? I thought I had issues with dating an alien, but that sounds even crazier!

Kira:  Being a keeper means that I can “keep” my thoughts – in other words, other mindjackers can’t jack into my head, although I can jack into theirs. (Not that they particularly like this.) They say my head is really “hard” because jacking is like a physical thing – I reach out and plunge into other people’s brains. Ew, right? This revolutionary jacker named Julian says that it’s the interference of our mind fields that causes the sensation. To me, it just feels like plunging my hand into a bowl of goo. My brain barrier is so hard that no one can get through, so being a keeper means I can’t be controlled by other jackers, at least mentally. They don’t seem to hesitate trying to kill me in other ways, though.

Alex:  Since I’m in to politics and with all the political pressures in jacking, what do you see the future being like for mindjackers and readers alike?

Kira:  I wish that mindjackers and mindreaders could just get along, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Mindreaders seem to think every mindjacker is some kind of sociopath that would control them into doing horrible things. Most of us just want to be left alone and able to lead normal lives. But politicians like Senator Vellus are bent on stirring up the hatred, playing on people’s worst fears. I really hate that guy. I mean, seriously hate him. I’d probably poison his coffee, if I could. Just sayin …

Alex:  Whoa, heavy stuff. With all that said, what do you think is the scariest mindjacking ability and why?

Kira:  The creepiest jacking skill I’ve come across is Sasha’s ability to scribe people. He can literally rewrite your entire mind in a minute, erasing memories, changing habits, rewriting your entire personality. He can make you into a completely different person. It’s like you’re dead, only you’re not – you’re someone else. *shudder* Just thinking about it gives me the creeps.

Alex:  Ack! Not to be nosey, but how does that affect your relationships? Romantic and otherwise? How does your other half feel about all this?

Kira:  My boyfriend Raf is awesome – he’s a mindreader, but he knows that jackers aren’t all evil. He loves me, after all, and I’m one of the weirder ones. It’s true that I could jack him and he couldn’t do anything about it – but I would never do that. I don’t even link into his head and share thoughts unless I know he wants me to. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you will, or that you want to, you know? I mean, I could take this coffee and throw it in your face, right? But I don’t because, well, that would be insane, and really not very nice. Jacking is like that – just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you have to go around, being crazy all the time. Most mindreaders don’t understand that, but Raf does.

Alex:  I promise I’ve totally been paying attention to you, but I noticed the giant Mike Tyson like tattoo on your face. Does that come off? No offense or anything, just not used to seeing facial tattoos here in Winnebago.

Kira:  *laughs* Yeah, well, distraction is kind of the point. I was pretty famous there for a while, and some people weren’t too keen on me telling the world that mindjackers exist. So, I’ve been keeping a low profile, trying to disguise the face that got plastered all over the tru-casts 24/7 for like weeks. But yeah, it will fade eventually. It’s just a synth-tattoo – they only last about 3-4 months. Then I’ll have to get a new one. Or, if I’m really lucky, I won’t have to hide anymore.

Alex:  Okay, I understand all the privacy and the political repercussions of the mind jacker stuff, but one last question.  If you could go back to the beginning and take all of your abilities back, would you do it and why?

Kira:  If I could have stayed a zero – just someone who couldn’t read minds or be read by others – I would totally do that. This mindjacking thing … it’s been nothing but trouble, ever since it started. I don’t want to be able to control other people; it’s just the way I was born.

Alex:  Thank you for joining me today for Coffee Talk and please don’t jack my mind when you leave!

Kira:  Thanks so much for having me, Alex. And don’t worry, your mind is safe with me! But if you ever have someone bugging you, just let me know. I’ll take care of it for you. J


When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

See the Mindjack Trilogy website ( for more information.
Mind Games (prequel short story to Open Minds)Open Minds (Book One)Closed Hearts (Book Two


  1. Thanks so much for having Kira over for Coffee Chat! She doesn't get a chance to get out much ...

  2. This was great! I love the books and this post gave more insight into what Kira thinks on current issues and mindjacking! Thanks, guys! :)


You should leave me a comment. It would probably make me smile and then I will probably comment back. Unless you are a spambot. Then I will probably just ignore you.