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: 5/10/2012
An avid reader since I was a child, I never found a book I disliked. Mostly, you could find me lost in Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, or Ernest Hemingway, and
my most favorite, Ancient Greek literature. Taking my love of books, I started writing poetry, short stories, and even helped with screen writes for my drama club.
By the time I was in my teens, my older sister introduced me to my first romance novel, The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley. The moment I fell into the world of love, I was hooked, and my addiction for more grew until I found myself delving deeper into the erotic.
After being convinced that I had the skills to try my hand at writing, I went to work on my first story Down the Yellow Brick Road: Finding Home. And since being published, I've not looked back.
Now, as a busy mom of three, that homeschools, drives to activities, and manages to find time to just cuddle with my husband of ten years, I have to say, I love being naughty when I get the chance. It's freeing and I wouldn't want it any other way!
When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?
A: I've been writing since elementary school. My first poem, that I read out loud for a contest, was when I was in third grade. By high school, I was writing short stories for my creative writing course. I would have to say my love of writing came from my love of reading.
On the other end, my education was geared toward Human Sexuality and because I love sex so much, I figured, why not write it and include others in my wild ways? Remember, sharing is caring.
Kev's response: I love it! Remember, reach out and touch someone today! >:) (Err, I suppose I should say touch someone willing....)
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably "powerful.")
A: I've always believed I have an odd connection to nature and animals. So I would want the power of nature, all aspects of it.
Kev's response: Druidic in nature. I suppose I may be your nemesis then. I have a black thumb, and I have an odd affinity to technology, almost a kind of technomage.
Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?
A: I love the Dawn comic series. Of course Dawn being my favorite character. I strive to be as sinful, beautiful, and mysterious as she is.
Kev's response: You had me at sinful.
Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?
A: A lot of my inspiration comes from what's happening around me. My dreams have played a part in some of my books, and even my children. Seeing handsome men doesn't hurt either!
Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?
A: The only thing I plan is a title. For some reason, I am unable to write a story without one. Other than that, I'm definitely a by-the-seat-of-the-pants kind of author.
Do you write only when inspired, or do you have a set schedule where you sit down to write?
A: I don't work well on a schedule. I'm trying to organize better, but it doesn't sit with me. Organized chaos is the way I go and when the inspiration comes, I can't ignore it.
Kev's response: Law within Chaos. Chaos within Order. Can't escape from them.
Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?
A: So far I've written in Fantasy and Paranormal. I have a futuristic in the works and a homo erotic one as well. I'm pretty open to almost all genres when writing and reading.
What do you enjoy the most about writing?
A: Freedom. I lose myself when I start writing, I can let go all of the stress that comes with my basic day. Plus, the way my mind works, it's best that I get it down on paper than talking about it out loud. I don't know many people who can handle the dark and twisted thoughts.
Kev's response: Depending on what you mean by "dark" here, if you mean "naughty," then I wrote some chapters in my first novel like that. I pulled them out when I decided I wanted to gear my books more toward a 15-45 audience in age. If you mean "dark" as in ominous, I can see that being easier to write about than talk as well. My mind often runs down both paths, but I haven't done much writing in either due to my "world" I'm building.
Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?
A: Editing. It's my worse nightmare so finding someone to do it for me is always helpful.
Can you tell me something odd about yourself?
A: I tend to fall asleep when getting tattoos or prepped for body piercings. At the moment, I'm having a full back tattoo done and always get a much needed nap when I get work done on it. I love the buzz of the needles and the company is awesome.
Kev's response: Interesting. I don't have any tattoos, but I always had the impression that they are painful to get, due to the needles. Unless pain puts you to sleep....
Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?
A: Several of my author friends have told me to try and do one story at a time, which I did for this last book, but I think I'm going to go back to working where my muse takes me. I feel more comfortable doing that.
In my evil plot to take over the world, do you advise I use highly intelligent, self-motivated minions, or simple ones, and why?
A: Oh tough question. On one hand, the intelligent ones will get your job done, but will start to want to think for themselves and take you down. While the simple ones, while great followers, will probably mess things up. It would be a risk to either way and since I'm one who likes a good challenge, I'll go with the intelligent ones and try my luck!
Kev's response: Yeah, I'm looking for some new intelligent ones. I wiped out my last batch on some earlier advice. Ah well, that's how evil rolls.
Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?
A: As of right now, all my books, published and free, are digitA: Believe in yourself and your work. I didn't know if I was good enough to do it, but with the confidence from my editor, beta readers, and friends, I did it. It has been the most amazing experience I've ever done in my writing career.
And don't stop yourself from writing the dirtiest scenes possible. No matter what those closest to you might think.
Kev's response: Heh, as I mentioned above, I had some pretty naughty stuff, but pulled it. The ladies I let read it loved it, but again, I couldn't see leaving it in and still hit the teen market.
Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?Readers can visit my blog where my books are listed, contests, guest blogs, and more at: to have it done soon to hand into my publisher. Titled Down the Yellow Brick Road http://welcome-to-the-island-of-dxluc.blogspot.com/ comments powered by Disqus Kev's response: D.X., thanks for joining me! I feel better knowing that some are on the naughty side. :) I wish you much luck!