Some time has elapsed since my last blog and there have been many new developments. Amongst other things, I am taking part in an extended writing course that comes in nine parts with editor par excellence Gina Casto (KillingItWrite.com) whom I dedicated the last blog and interview to and I will tell you more about it at a later date.
For now, I would love to concentrate on my second “victim” (don’t worry, we had great fun talking), Kevin A. Kuhn who is a bestselling author that has won several awards for both of his books he has thus far published:
I will not write more about all the amazing things Kevin can much better share with you himself. Watch the interview here and let me know and, as always, don’t be shy to contact me with questions, suggestions or any other comments. If you have questions for Kevin, I am happy to pass them along or you can contact him directly via his social media links.
But now, the interview in which Kevin tells us how he dethroned Stephen King from first place on Amazon and so much more interesting, educational, funny and surprising. Enjoy!
Multiple award-winning author Kevin (BigKuhna) lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife Melinda, three children, and two fierce schnoodles. He is a technology executive who enjoys sipping cheap bourbon, avoiding yardwork, and living vicariously through his children’s sports. While Kevin has no musical skill whatsoever, he appreciates a broad spectrum of artists from Pink Floyd to Prince and Radiohead to the Rolling Stones. His golf game is horrific with flashes of mediocrity.
His first book is a novel called "Do You Realize" and has received multiple awards. His second book is called “Ten Tales of A Dark Tomorrow.” Kevin talks about how he, as a technology executive turned to writing, how he came up with the idea for his stories and characters and gives some valuable insights on being a writer.
MORE VALUABLE INFORMATION BOOK AWARDS “ DO YOU REALISE?”
“Do You Realize?” has received five literary awards:
Gold Medal - eLit Book Awards for Fantasy/Science Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist for Inspirational Fiction
Readers' Favorite International Book Awards - Bronze Medal - Visionary Fiction
National Indie Excellence Awards - Finalist - Visionary Fiction
IAN - Book of the Year Awards -Finalist - Science Fiction
BOOK LINKS “DO YOU REALISE?”
Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VX1QQHX
BOOK AWARDS “TEN TALES OF A DARK TOMORROW”
“Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow” has received two literary awards:
Gold Medal – Foreword Indie Book of the Year – Short Stories
National Indie Excellence Awards - Finalist – Short Stories
BOOK LINKS “TEN TALES OF A DARK TOMORROW”
Currently, exclusively on Amazon / Kindle Unlimited
Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YQ818SZ
HOW TO ENGAGE A READER
A reader needs to experience the story in their head.
Show, don’t tell.
Avoid anything that reminds the reader it’s not real or takes them out of the experience.
Name everything, people, places, slang, etc.
Create possibilities. Let the reader’s imagination run. Find a way to create mystery and intrigue.
Make the reader work – allow them to infer, construe and deduce. Every time they make a connection, they become more invested.
KEVIN’S BEST ADVICE
Read your dialogue out loud, then fix it
Don’t be boring (Insights! Conflict! Action! Emotion!)
Watch out for Tropes!
a. Main Character is perfect b. Character describes self in a mirror c. Ex Machina – magical device resolves the plot
4. Write first draft for yourself, edit & rewrite for everyone else
I also invite you to follow Kevin by subscribing to her website and following him on all social media.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Website – https://kevkuhn45.wixsite.com/bigkuhna
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/KevinAKuhn/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Big_Kuhna
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/big_kuhna/
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/kevinkuhn