All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Kay Walker

September 22, 2014


To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.


Hi there! I’m Kay Walker, and I’m very thrilled to be here to discuss an anthology I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. A group of writers via Bru Baker on Twitter decided to go with the theme of ‘workplace’ and write short stories to create an anthology. We all went our own separate ways to write a variety of unique shorts based on that theme, and lucky for us Dreamspinner liked what we came up with! All in a Day’s Work is anthology, and below is a little bit about my own story called Unmasked, as well as the inspiration for my own setting and characters.

Unmasked pic

Unmasked blurb:

In the near future, the line between the poor and the Uppers—the cruel and greedy rich—is sharper than ever. Raven’s work as a spy is to maintain the public persona of a member of high society while teaming up with his tech handler, codename Glitch, to electronically steal from the rich and redirect resources to the poor. They’ve set their sights on avaricious Upper Jakinda Diaz, who Raven has been studying for months. After a close call on the mission, Raven returns to their safe house full of restless energy. Both Raven and Glitch need to relieve the stress of their dangerous careers in espionage and they find that with each other.


Inspiration for Unmasked:

My story is a bit of a combination of a setting and a trope that I love – dystopian worlds and spies!

I love dystopian stories because of the world building that goes into it. Whether it be The Hunger Games or Hugh Howey’s Wool series, the setting can always add a fascinating element to a story. While Unmasked is not nearly as extreme of a dystopian world as those, it was a chance for me to try to build one that could be well on its way. The setting is what drives certain differences between Raven and Glitch, but also brings them together.

As fun as it was to build a world, I needed to stick to the theme of the story for the anthology, which was ‘workplace.’ I wanted to do something a little different, and recent entertainment viewing was what inspired the profession of spies.

Bond pic

As I was starting to work on an idea for the story, I was undoubtedly influenced by a recent movie I had just seen about one of the most famous fictional spies, James Bond. This time, he had an adorable, brilliant techie helping him out too.


One other spy influence has been the CW’s recent reboot of Nikita. One of my favourite characters on the show was Seymour Birkhoff, the genius/hacker/technician of the show.  This is where the idea for Glitch came from, though I would definitely say they have different characteristics and personalities.

Basically, I just really liked the idea of playing with the dynamic of the spy and the tech genius behind the scenes that helps them complete their missions. Setting it in a nearly-dystopian future also lent to being able to come up with creative technology, while having the spies take on a Robin Hood-esque sort of roll. I had a blast writing it!


Kay Walker’s Bio: Kay Walker was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. Growing up in a small, rural town, books not only helped to pass the time but also became a beloved form of entertainment. Reading opened up the world in ways Kay could only dream about. And dream she did! Kay now loves trying to create characters, plots, and entire worlds of her own in hopes to entertain others.

In addition to reading and writing, Kay likes watching movies and television shows— especially anything supernatural, sci-fi, LGBTQA, or with strong female characters. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and tries to be buddies with the elliptical. (They don’t always get along.)

Twitter: @KayWalkerWrites




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2 Responses to “All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Kay Walker”

  1. Susan says:

    I just finished a spy novel and had forgotten how much fun they can be. Combine it with sci-fi elements and that sounds unbeatable!

  2. alex says:

    This anthology sounds terrific. Congrats!

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