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Author Interview: Kevin Buckner!

Updated: Dec 26, 2021

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When I was a teenager.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I work my Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00 job and write on Tuesday evenings.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I work parts of my own personal philosophies into the dialogue when I write.

What does your family think of your writing? My wife supports me in finishing writing projects, but my family hasn’t read anything that I’ve written, which is frustrating for me.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I don’t hear from them much, but when I do, they say that I’m very good at writing and they enjoy the stories and characters.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be a paleontologist.

What is the first book that made you cry? Les Miserables

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I try to be more original.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? I know Sarah Alva, but we don’t really talk about writing. I’m on friendly terms with Anna del C. Dye, and she has given me advice from time to time regarding story structure and who to hire as an editor.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? I’d tell myself to be more confident and not to give up on writing projects early in the story.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Buying Scrivener. It’s a great program for writing books.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? Contest by Matthew Reilly. I say this because he’s listed as a New York Times bestselling author, but most people I know have never heard of him or Contest.

What are you working on now? I’m currently working on the second book in my series. The series is called The Cudomerie; it starts with The Advent of Zon and the second book is called The Descent of Rogen.

What do you have coming soon? The Descent of Rogen

Is there anything else you'd like to share? I graduated high school with a diploma of merit in English and Science. I got A’s in my creative writing class and I passed the AP English Language examination. I also got good grades in the English and writing classes I took in college. This is all to say that I have a personal history of educators telling me that I write well. I think this is important for readers to know because there’s always the fear when deciding whether to give an unknown, self-published author a chance that it won’t be any good. Those who have read my book know how well-written it is. I can assure potential readers that it is every bit as well-written as a lot of traditionally-published books, and more well-written than some traditionally-published books I have read.

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