Saturday, September 28, 2013

GUEST INTERVIEW - Author K. R. Cox

Where are you from?
Sunny Alberta Canada!

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

The King of Atlantis.  After I found it of course.  I would have had my wizards raise it from the ocean floor into the sky and then we would use flying cars to go visit other places.  But, that didn’t happen.  I’m not the King of Atlantis.  Maybe one day the dream of childhood will come true.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Bounce a ball against the wall or go for a walk.

What is your favorite food?
Super Unagi-don or a nice and spicy lamb vindaloo. Delicious!

Tell us your latest news?
I got into an argument with the owner of a grocery store. Yikes!

What are your current projects?

Working on Shadow Creek, book 3 of The Lost Father Chronicles. It’s a great fantasy series that is built upon an upside down pyramid view of the world. The main character, Orryk Dain, starts at the peak, only knowing a few things, but his perspective of the world with each novel gets larger and more complicated to fill the space. Hence, an upside down pyramid.

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I enjoy talking with people of different cultures. And I love travel. I think these really inspired me to write. Along with a book called The Adventures Ulyssess by Bernard Evslin. I think this is why I write, as I  njoy the journey.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
Medical research. I have a great imagination, but I’m not an educated medical professional or a scientist. I’m just an author. But my books are good. And with each new readers, each sale, I can accumulate enough money to really give to the people who work hard every day developing vaccines and cures for the diseases that people suffer from. I launched a Crush Cancer campaign two years ago that didn’t do as well as I would have liked, but still believe that donating to various well deserving areas is important.

What is the hardest part of writing?

For myself, sitting down in front of the computer can be a challenge.  I’m easily distracted and find my mind chasing this idea or that all over my brain, and the focus required to involved myself in my story can be tough. Once I get into though, good luck reaching me again, as I’m lost to the world I’m creating.

How long have you been writing?

Oh, looking at my watch here, I started writing about... Wow! It’s been that long? Time can really fly!
 
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Practice.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Grabbing the attention of the reader. And in a nice way. Not just writing the words “GIANT BLACK COCK” on the first page. Well, unless you’re writing some sort of homosexual erotica, or bored housewife x novel, you should probably find a clever way of opening your story.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

Spending time with my family. I have been very fortunate and saw my daughters first steps, and heard her first words, all because I get to work from home. Some days I’m so busy in my office I don’t have time to be there for them, but I never complain when they want my attention. I try to be available for them. It’s a privilege I don’t
want to lse.

Any recent appearances that you would like to share with us about/any
upcoming ones?

Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo invited me as a guest creator, and I’ll be appearing there Sept 28-29. Drop by. Say hi. I always love meeting my current fans and new ones!

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first novel when I was 21. It was terrible. It now lives in a trashcan somewhere.

Which is your favorite of the books you have written?
They were all a lot of fun to write. Each had a different skew and premise, so I can’t really compare.

Do you see writing as a career?
Being a novelist IS my career. I feed my family and pay my mortgage with my novels. It’s my job. It’s not a hobby. It’s my job. And like any business where you’re the captain, it demands most of my time. The romance of being a writer is nice, the staying at home, the taking time off when you want it, those are good things. But behind the scenes, it is work. It can be tedious. It can be mind numbingly boring. And then there is the revision. Going through a 60,000 word novel, again and again and again, line by line, to make sure it’s the best you can do, is. Well, sometimes shoveling shit would be preferable.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Absolutely. Buy a K. R. Cox novel today, tell your friends, family, magic card group, world of warcraft partners - heck anyone that likes to read fantasy, sci-fi, or humor.. It’s about the readers. It’s not about me. And the more people I can entertain, give a thrill too, the better things are for everyone. That’s a real win-win.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Well, just between you and me, Lacy K, Hunter, and Bull will be back in Shadow Creek as main characters. It’s going to be very exciting, and shocking, how they interact. I really think people are going to like the direction the story is going.

How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?
The Lost Father Chronicles titles each are one of the places Orryk Dain has to visit. Middle On, Prairie Grass, Shadow Creek, The Valley, and Longwalk. Not particularly original, or shocking, but, what’reyougonnado?

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The premise of The Lost Father Chronicles, book one Middle On until book five Longwalk, is about pushing through the difficult times. It’s about dealing with emotional and physical pain and getting through it, so that you can look back and be proud of yourself and say, “I did that. That was me. I did that!”

What new author has grasped your interest?
I read a book by Markus Sakey. Not bad. Quite enjoyed it actually.

Do you think Americans are reading less than they have before?  Why or why not?
Definitely more. With the introduction of eReaders: Kindle or Kobo,  people don’t have to lug around twenty pounds of books anymore. It’s small, in your hand, and can store thousands of books in a tiny location. How awesome is that?

Guttenberg would be proud. (Or maybe he’d be angry, because no one uses his invention anymore. I don’t know. He’s dead. Who knows how he react?)

What books have most influenced your life most?

Sammy the Seal, The Adventures of Ulysses by Evslin, Riverwind the Plainsman, The Lord of the Flies by Goldberg, White Fang by London, Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, The Lost World by Doyle, to name a few.



Interviewed by Sue Owen


Website - www.krcoxbooks.com
Twitter - @OrrykDain
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/krcoxbooks 

Amazon Author Page - http://www.amazon.com/K.-R.-Cox/e/B004LGH7SM
Kobo Books - http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/Search?query=K.%20R.%20Cox&fcsearchfield=Author
Amazon Link - http://www.amazon.com/Middle-Lost-Father-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B004LB4UO6




 

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