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: 4/16/2012
Hi my name is Rosemary Lynch (Rose). I was born on 14th August 1970 in Merton. I grew up in Surrey where I went to Abbotsbury Primary, Chaucer Middle, Morden Farm Middle and Willows High School. I spent a lot of my holidays on my aunt's farm near guildford, which has been a big inspiration for my third book, The Wizard and the Witch. I met my husband Paul in 1987 whilst working for Currys the electrical. We married in 1991 and have three lovely children, Charlotte, Melissa and Jake. We have spent time living in Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Aberdeenshire where my son was born. We now live in Wiltshire, England.I work part-time but spend as much as time allows writing. I am currenly writing the sequel to Kainan called, Beyond the Boundary, The Dragon's Awake and have just finished a final draft of my book entitled, the Wizard and the Witch.
When did you start writing, and was there a significant event that prompted you to do so?
I started writing my first book 'Kainan' in May 2009 after an accident at work left me at home for two weeks. Having recently moved I found a box with a chapter that I had written a few years before and then never did anything with it. When I read it I thought, hey that's not too bad! So that's how it started and it has not stopped since!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (Assuming said power would be reasonably "powerful.")
Magic would be my ultimate power. I would love to be able to perform the kind of magic my heroine Arweyn does in my book.
Kev's response: I'd love a multi-use power as well, like the ability to invent anything, magic in general, weather control, etc.
Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?
I don't really have a favourite superhero although when I was younger I used to love wonderwoman and her amazing belt of truth.
Kev's response: Belt? I thought she had a lasso of truth? Hmmm.
Where do you get your inspiration for writing? What motivates you?
A lot of my inspiration comes to me in dreams; it can be like someone downloading a memory stick into my brain and then I view it like a movie. Or it could be a piece of music that sets my imagination going and I can visulise a whole new chapter. My third book, The Wizard and the Witch has a lot of memories from my childhood with a very big helping of fantasy! I draw a lot on personal experience.
Kev's response: I'm similar - when I write, I'm really just recording what I'm watching in my vision.
Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?
I don't plan my stories I write it as it comes. Sometimes I can write a piece that has not bearing on my story at all until a few months later and suddenly it just fits in! My last three books I have written the ending before I have written the beginning.
Kev's response: So ... you've had an out of order writing experience!
Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?
My favourite genre is Fantasy, with a romantic twist lots of new creatures, magic and preferably some dragons.
Kev's response: Mmmm, sounds like home.
What do you enjoy the most about writing?
I just love the whole experience of writing. Of being able to completely immerse yourself into another world (and quite often not wanting to come back out!) Feeling the pain, love and anguish of your characters.
Is there any part of writing that you don't enjoy?
What I don't like about writing is selling myself. It doesn't come naturally to me.. It took me months of my friends and colleagues at work naggy at me before I would let anyone read the first book!
Kev's response: Aye, marketing seems to be tough for many of us.
Can you tell me something odd about yourself?
Something strange about me? Well I am sensitive to paranormal experiences and have had a few encounters in my life time. Hence why I am thinking of writing a paranormal story.
Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?
I have several stories on the go at the same time and switch from one to the other. I have also written some short stories.
Where do you see the future as far as paper books versus digital e-books?
Ebooks for me has been an easier option as I do not yet have an agent. It was either this way or the book just sat at home gathering dust. I do have 100 paperbacks of 'Kainan' which I had podprinted myself as I wanted to see it, hold and read it as a proper book. Unfortunately I am unable to sell as a paperback through Amazon as the cost was too high for me. Amazon would give me less per book than it cost to print.
Kev's response: Go to www.createspace.com (or www.lulu.com), it's free to setup a POD book to allow any of your readers who want print the option to order it that way!
What are your current projects?
My current projects are finalising book 2 of The Deragan Sword Prophecy, Beyond the Boundary, The Dragons Awake; which I hope to have out on kindle by July 2012 and also The Wizard and the Witch, The Star of Elmrock is at the final proof reading stage. After that it is work on book two of the Wizard and the Witch. And I am thinking about at book three to the Deragan Sword Prophecy and as I said a paranormal story. I have also just finished a 20,000 word short story which I like so much I may expand it into a full book.
Kev's response: Nice! Lots going on!
Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?
Advice for Self-publishing. Be careful and read up on some of these
sites. I nearly got conned out of £1200 but thankfully through a link
I read some very bad stories about this company before I handed over
Amazon Kindle is free to upload too so that was my best option and the paperbacks I have for sale via my website. Don't be afraid to ask for help, I had ten proof books printed which I sent out and about for people to proof read and give me feedback on. The alternative was a £6,000 editing bill which was impossible for me to afford.
Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?
Kev's response: Rosemary, thank you so much for joining me. Good fortune on your novels!comments powered by Disqus