Where I Am
About Kevin Rau
I'm the author of the H.E.R.O. series of novels in the SciFi/Superhero genre. I also do character art (as seen on the rest of the page here).
I've launched the Author Interview pages to promote my fellow authors, and hopefully create some cross-links back to their websites or social networks within the interview.
Interview Date: 7/9/2012
Born a Navy baby in Nova Scotia Canada, Kimberly learned quickly to crave change. No consistency has entered her life with the exception of change. An introvert though you would not
know was completely gifted of change when her recently deceased father in law that writing would heal. He did not lie. He still holds a critical part in being her greatest influence.
As a recovering drug addict of many heroin and cocaine years now sees the gifts that rise through our challenges and pain. Kimberly's obsession is held in her love of writing, and her
greatest fear and insecurity is in writing. Having no education, she fears to fall short of being read yet her imagination is so strong, she has no choice but be inspired to write.
Kimberly writes from the heart of pure truth and emotion in attempts to touch a reader that can relate, and needs to be touched. She is also a poet of many categories and enjoys the
flow of the serenity it does bring her.
I have spent the better part of 25 years in Advertising working on global accounts as a broadcast producer and account supervisor. I secretly would write, scared to show anyone in fear of not being worthy to write. Seven years ago I took the plunge and began writing for different sites. I have never been able to not write. I have won editor choice awards and poet of the year, and while exhausting am so rewarded by the self-publishing 3 books recently. Two poetry and one novel as the latest both in ebook and softcover. I often laugh when I look at my wall here and read my homemade poster 'I have no job, and keep odd hours. Both personally and professionally I am very fortunate.
When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?
I wrote a poem at the age of 14 about anger. Inspired by my frustration of my parents divorce and the mean things that transpired between them that I witnessed. It relieved some
pain, healing my fears and decreasing my anger. I knew then, that writing was healing for me.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably powerful.)
My superpower would be to read minds, as a result of loving people and helping them knowing their thoughts.
Kev's response: Hmm. But some of us know our thoughts quite well, what we can't figure out is the emotional side!
Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?
Not from novels, comics or movies, but someone in my life, my stepfather who just died. He truly was my superpower. Always being there for me and never giving up on me.
Kev's response: Aw, I want to give you a hug right now. :(
Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?
Oddly enough inspired by pain. That coupled with the romantic part of me and the down to earth girl who is out there everyday on those streets.
Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?
I have always been a writer of the moment, never planned or pre-structured. At the same time my thoughts pour out of me sometimes for a very long time and is exhausting, or nothing. Nothing in-between
Do you write only when inspired, or do you have a set schedule where you sit down to write?
Firstly I write every day, not knowing for whom or what will come of it. I juggle novels and the variety is enjoyable. Structured would be very frustrating especially given I have severe ADD.
Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?
I am not a reader so I can speak of what I enjoy writing. I write poetry, constantly, and I have never understood why. My excitement and passion lives in non-fiction. Real stories, events and experiences being shared in hopes of touching someone. This passion was the driving force behind my current novel, namely ‘my life as a white, female drug dealer'
What do you enjoy the most about writing?
Releasing emotions I struggle to cope with in a medium I control. Also having an overactive imagination, I can be or create anything from my mind. Magical.
Kev's response: Hmm, I've never considered writing as a means to release emotions. I write to build worlds, and "living" people within them. It's never for me. Nice to hear about someone with a different view at it! :)
Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?
Unable to stop obsessing which keeps up many a night.
Can you tell me something odd about yourself?
I am a champion pillow fighter and enjoy chewing on thumbtacks when I work.
Kev's response: Okay, the thumbtack thing is a little disturbing, but you've got me really intrigued about the pillow fighting. >;)
Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?
Several and juggling with writing sites as well.
I'm looking to advertise for evil minions for my plot to take over the world, any suggestions?
Keep posting, I have published a list of free sites-many many if you need and don’t ever pay for advertising, pour all your energy into PR.
Kev's response: I believe I'm horrible at the PR side of the book business, so I pour most of my energy into the next book. Chug chug chug. (That's a train, not drinking!)
Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?
I believe despite the enormous growth in the eBook industry, it will soon fad and both will be equal. I see this in very busy bookstores but sympathize with publishers right now.
What are your current projects?
New novel - “my life as a white, female drug dealer"
2 poetry books; book one “unnecessarypoetry”
book two; "moreunnecessarypoetry"
all in eBooks, softcover and video promos with audiobooks
video link- http://yt.cl.nr/1mELEISzXj0
cover designs of three published books below.
Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?
You must be prepared to promote your work consistently and I myself reached a burn-out stage and exhaustion.
Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?
Kevin, I have so many, do you want links?
stanford’s who who listings
Kev's response: Kimberly, of the enigmatic missing last name, thank you for joining me! I wish you good fortune on your books, and wish you the best!comments powered by Disqus