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: 5/7/2012
I was born and raised in a very small town and with not much else to do, I turned to reading. I loved the escape that I found in the pages of the stories that I read. At around the age of twelve I started to write down some of my own to read to my brother and sister before bed. I have recently started to wonder if any of these crazy stories that I have roaming in my head all the time would be of intrest to anyone else. I blog about books, fashion and more.
When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?
I started writing at about age nine. There was no one event that prompted it. My childhood was what you could call, less than ideal and I created my own escapes in the form of crazy outlandish stories.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably "powerful.")
I would want to be able to teleport anywhere I wanted. That way when I got bored with where I was, I could just be somewhere else in the blink of and eye. No planes trains or automobiles needed.
Kev's response: Teleportation would ROCK.
Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies? Yes! My favorite has always been rogue from X-men because even though she was not alone in the fact that she was a mutant, her powers scared even those of her kind. I always felt that she was still an outcast no matter how many people she tried to save.
Kev's response: I always loved Rogue. At least back in the 90's (after she absorbed Ms. Marvel). I'm not a fan of what they did to her in the last decade, but I've not read any of the X-Men comics in a while.
Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you? I get my inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. I can see a flyer on a wall and a story will form from it. I can walk down the street and see an interesting tree and stories will come to me. I guess the most important motivation that I have always had was the desire to grow beyond my roots and prove to everyone that just because you never had the same opportunities as others doesn't mean that you cant succeed just as well as they did.
Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?
I am definitely a by the seat of the pants kind of writer. Probably why I am an Indie Writer. Publishers just want perfectly laid out plans for a book. I sit down in front of the computer and write what the characters want me to write. There's no way for me to plan something that I really have no control over. I sit, zone out and then a couple hours later read what I wrote. Most of the time I don’t even remember what I wrote while in the zone.
Kev's response: Drugs will do that! I've had similar things happen, however, hmm....
Do you write only when inspired, or do you have a set schedule where you sit down to write?
I am always inspired one way or another it seems. I do not have a set schedule to write. Sometimes I wake up at two in the morning and have to go write or I won't be able to go back to sleep. It's like the character woke me up screaming, “ Hey lady! You gotta put this part in right now! “
Kev's response: My inner Freud says, "and what else do the voices tell you to do?" >:)
Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?
I don’t write in a specific Genre. I have written Historical books as well as Paranormal. I love to read mystery. The more questions to answer the better. Being that those are the types of books I read, All my writing is filled with questions to find the answers for.
What do you enjoy the most about writing?
The feeling that I get when I read something that I wrote when I zoned out and immediately I know that I just did something awesome.
Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?
Yes. The editing process. I hate it. I am always re writing over and over when I try to edit an format. It never seems like I get anywhere because I realize that maybe I could have described that sunrise better or something. Next thing I know, I’ve added three pages. I would like it better if I could just pay someone else to do that. Being that I am never happy with the book.
Can you tell me something odd about yourself?
I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Mine represents itself in the fact that I always have this innate need for perfection. Not in myself but in stupid things like the cleanliness of my house. If i'm not up at two in the morning because a character has woken me up, I am up because I realized that there was a pair of shoes by the front door and I cant sleep until they are put away. I constantly have to be cleaning. If I go to someone else es house I will start to straighten pictures, dust their tables. I just have to explain that I am not being rude, I cant help it. My brain will not function unless there is total cleanliness around me.
Kev's response: Can I invite you over for tea? Coffee? Beer? Soda? Whatever you need to swing by and, ah, be in the mood ... to clean! :)
Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?
I have several at a time. Like I said, I am always getting inspiration from the stupidest things, so when a storyline pops in my head I have to write it down. I currently have four going at the same time. I do try to finish in the order that they started though.
Kev's response: Freud's back. He'd like to discuss focus. :) That's pretty alien to me, as I'm obsessive over finishing something, for the most part. I lock onto a story and MUST finish it. I can put notes down for another story, but dislike writing them.
I'm looking to advertise for evil minions for my plot to take over the world, any suggestions?
Pick small unassuming really smart people. Others tend to overlook what they don’t see as a threat. Have them hiding in plain sight.
Kev's response: Eggs-cellent! Thank you!
Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?
I can see that e-books will continue to get bigger and bigger. They make sense. You can take them anywhere, they are cheaper to make and buy. But I can also say that it saddens me. There is nothing in the world like the smell and feel of a new book in your hands.
What are your current projects?
I am currently working an the second installment of my first novel. "Legacy Forgotten." I also have a few others that are far from less important but each is completely different from the other. Like I said before, I don’t read all the same genre and I don’t write the same either. My mom used to tell me that the writer in my head must have split personalities because none of my stories could every be classified as the same genera.
Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?
Never give up. I almost did quite a few times. I thought I was not a traditional writer in the since that I cannot plan. It would kill my creativity to plan. So I thought I would never know the feeling of others reading my words. There are always others out there to read what you write. Utilize the heck out of social media! Especially if you are like me and can not pay for advertizing. Social media like Twitter and facebook is great for linking up with like minded individuals that can help you get your word out.
Kev's response: Ugh. I've paid for advertising (Google, Facebook, for example). Doesn't pan out.
Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?
Facebook author page :http://www.facebook.com/nicolehillauthor
Amazon page for Legacy Forgotten:http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Forgotten-ebook/dp/B005WL8EAA
Amazon page for A Gentleman's Luck :http://www.amazon.com/A-Gentlemans-Luck-ebook/dp/B006IWUA3Q
Goodreads Author page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762295.Nicole_Hill
Smashwords Author page:https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nicolefaithhill
Twitter Screen name : @nicolehill17Kev's response: Nicole, thank you (and you and you) for joining me! Good luck on your books, and I welcome you at the house any time you feel the need to clean! :) comments powered by Disqus