This week, our exclusive interview is with multi-published sci-fi/fantasy author,
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, David Baldacci, Blake Crouch, and Michael Crichton.
What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
I’ve had an interest in writing ever since I was a child. Taking English classes in college and reading Michael Crichton during those years really motivated me to write. It wasn’t until a few years ago, though, that I committed to making a career out of it.
What 3 words describe you as a person?
Giving, impatient, nature-loving
What 3 words describe you as a writer?
Impatient, passionate, simple
When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
Reading, meditation, music, movies, and playing with my son. I guess my hobby now is making book trailers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. I can’t remember the title, but it was an Isaac Asimov book that I read in my youth. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to write a science fiction novel. I guess you can say my sci-fi novella, Shifting Alliances, is a direct result of my experience.
Describe your desk.
It’s the definition of simple. It’s literally just a laptop on top of a TV tray/table.
Who is the main character?
What is his story?
He’s tired of the council’s decisions (a committee that oversees the city of Vargrom) and is forced into exile for his actions. His only way back is to complete a mission.
Where/when does the story take place?
On the planet Oabrora, which is where my fantasy novella, The Fire King, takes place. It’s a sort of prequel/spin-off from the book.
How did the story come to you? And why?
I loved the character when I introduced him in the second half of The Fire King. I felt he needed a background story, so I wrote this to flesh out his character a little more.
Who is your target audience?
Anyone who likes a good story (adult or otherwise). I feel like my greatest strength rests in my storytelling ability.
What makes your book different from other similar ones?
I think the simplicity of it. So many of today’s fantasy books have become a challenge to read because of their complexity and long list of characters. This book is very straight forward and has a little bit of everything, including humor, action, and drama.
What do your fans mean to you?
They make it all worthwhile. Though I write for myself first and foremost, it’s the encouragement I get from my readers that really keeps me going.
Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
From my environment. There are so many things in life that stimulate me; it’s hard to pinpoint one thing. Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest and most unexpected places.
Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
DON’T GIVE UP! It’s very cliché but true. There was a time when I was close to giving up. However, an opportunity presented itself when I least expected, and now I’ve published over a dozen books/stories in a variety of markets. Also, try to write as often as you can. You hone your skills through practice. Staying active keeps you engaged and sharp.
Thank you, Kevin, for taking the time out of your busy schedule.
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