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: 6/16/2012
MG WELLS is an artist, produced playwright and writer,
who strives to inspire and empower others. MG grew up
with eight siblings and has been writing since childhood.
LIGHTMASTERS: Number 13 is MG's debut novel, mainly geared for young adults, middle graders as well as children of all ages. MG is presently working on a sequel, LIGHTMASTERS: The Gate.
MG loves reading, films, humor, music, nature and painting.
When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?
I started writing Poetry in my early teens. I wanted to be a songwriter then. I was an avid reader and film lover and decided to be a writer.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably "powerful.")
Oh, just one? Well, I’d love to transport myself anywhere with the blink of an eye!
Kev's response: Well, I hope you never get something stuck in your eye at a critical moment, then!
Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?
Yes. I love comics. Some of my favorites are Wonder Woman, Spawn, Superman and Swamp Thing.
Kev's response: I've read all of those regularly at one time, apart from Swamp Thing (but I saw the movie, and have read some of the comic). But really, naming any of my heroes xxx Thing seems odd to me. On the other hand, I have a guy named Muckman. Okay, argument invalidated, moving on....
Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?
Books, Art, Films, News, TV, observing people and mostly from my dreams.
Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?
I do both, depending on my mood. Some stories flow easier than others.
Do you write only when inspired, or do you have a set schedule where you sit down to write?
I write something every day. Some days are more productive than others.
Kev's response: Well, if every day were perfectly equal in productivity, I'd have to call you a robot. But not Roomba, unless you vacuum too. In that case, swing on by.
Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?
I enjoy most genres, especially action-adventure, fantasy, horror and thrillers.
What do you enjoy the most about writing?
I love the entire process, especially completion.
Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?
Editing. It can be tedious and boring, especially after your tenth draft.
Can you tell me something odd about yourself?
I drink everything through a straw.
Kev's response: There are benefits to that! Carbonated and acidic beverages don't have as much of a chance of eroding your teeth, for example.
Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at once?
I'm usually juggling several projects going at once.
Are you for, or against, evil plots to take over the world? (Not saying I'm doing that, but thought I'd ask, just in case....)
I believe we’re living in this scenario, which is why so many authors write about it. Look at the big corporations, religion, government, politics and the media. Seems like they want to brainwash and take over the world most of the time.
Kev's response: Oh, I'm pretty sure they want to brainwash everyone ALL the time!
Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?
Digital eBooks have certainly challenged the traditional market. I also believe there are folks who enjoy paper books. I prefer reading paperbacks. I suppose it depends on the reader.
What are your current projects?
Presently, I’m working on sequel to LIGHTMASTERS and two screenplays.
Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?
Hire a talented editor before posting your work. I checked out all the companies and found CreateSpace.com to be the best since it is affiliated with AMAZON. The folks at CreateSpace were very helpful to me, and I will most likely use them again. Be prepared to market yourself via Twitter, FaceBook and GoodReads or any other social media website where you can get free exposure.
Kev's response: So ... you're suggesting that any time I can freely expose myself, I'd best be prepared? I use CreateSpace as well for printed versions of my books, their system is well built. (Considering that CreateSpace is owned by Amazon, I think it's in poor taste for them to charge authors 20% of the retail price just to show it on Amazon.com, however.)
Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?
Yes, readers can discover more about me at:
Artist/Author Website: http://MGWELLS.net
Lightmasters Website: http://LightMasters13.com
Kev's response: M.G., thanks for joining me. I wish you the best on Lightmasters, and the forthcoming sequel! (By the way, I debated on using your actual pic, but figured you have this strange affinity for trees, and used your "official" picture instead. Now people will think you're a treant.)comments powered by Disqus