I had the privilege to interview David Lee Summers. I met him at Phoenix Comicon and asked for his help in promoting my Kickstarter and since then have emailed each other several times. He is one of many writers I respect and look up to, hoping to one day match his level of success.
David has broke the mold of traditional writers by writing outside his genre and being quite successful at it. He is known for his Vampire tales and is currently doing a Steampunk western-era story. Join me in welcoming David and hearing the great advice he has to offer.
Today we meet Gerimi Burleigh, who is both a self-publish artist and writer. You though writing a story was tough, imagine how much more of a challenge it is to do both.
Gerimi was a delight to chat with, and we ended up having such a long conversation that I had to break it up into 3 videos. I do apologize for the delay of this, but there were initial technical difficulties that I had to counteract post production.
Today I get to interview Kimberly Daniels. And by today, I mean I did it several days ago and now displaying it for all to see. Kimberly, who is a self-proclaimed boring person who is anything but boring. She has a great sense of humor and lot to offer for anyone interested in becoming an author. She was also a lot of fun to chat with.
Kimberly has published 2 novels for the Valkyrie Series, with a new book to be released very soon.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in a town south of Boston, Massachusetts. I like to consider myself a poet aside from being an author and writer. I enjoy writing because it is my way to create and expand my mind and put my thoughts onto paper or a screen. I am a friendly and outgoing person, I enjoy sports and am always willing to try new things as long as they aren’t too crazy. I am not a big reader though I definitely read a lot more now that I am an author. I enjoy meeting new people, I don’t like big changes and I get my inspiration from just about anything, either it pops into my head or from what I take in and see or hear around me.
2. Do you consider yourself a character driven writer, or a plot driven writer?
Plot driven, only because since I also write poetry I don’t tend to create or write about characters within my poems. Don’t get me wrong I can write a good character just like the rest of them but I focus more on the plot, the storyline as a whole. I see the plot as it is which is the foundation of the whole story and after I detail and make that as strong as I feel it needs to be I then work on my characters. A lot of people say they their characters start writing themselves I would say this happens to me every one in a long while but not a lot as again probably because of my focus more on the plot rather than the characters. My 2nd book was really the first time where I focused as much on my characters as I did for the plot.
3. What is your favorite sport and team?
My favorite sport is football and my favorite team is the New England Patriots, Go Pats!
4. Where were you born, where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
I was born in, grew up in and still currently live in a town south of Boston known as Attleboro. Not much to say about it or do around here but I make it work the best I can until I can one day get out of here.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Well given in my last response I clearly noted that I don’t wish to be here anymore I would say anywhere! Lol. In all seriousness I would say Chicago or California. Chicago because I have found that they have great places to eat and it’s a very active town which I need to be a part of. California because it’s beautiful there, it’s big and it’s a good change or scenery and I’d love to be there.
6. What writers inspire you?
Edgar Allan Poe, Rod Serling, William Shakespeare and Stephen King.
7. What is your favorite food, color, and ice cream flavor?
I have a few favorite foods which are Hot Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Parmesan and Steak and Cheese. My favorite color is Green and my favorite ice cream flavor is Red Velvet Cake.
8. When you write, what is your drink of choice?
Well I’m drinking a Pepsi right now but I usually drink Mountain Dew Code Red.
9. Tell us about your current books and future releases?
My first book is a book of horror poetry called, The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore. It is a book of 50 poems in 5 chapters each of a different element of horror.
My second book is a Western Horror called, A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West. It is a book about a small bordering Mississippi/Alabama fictional town and their battle against a Mexican outlaw who is trying to takeover.
My third book is my most recent which is another book of poetry called, Like A box of Chocolates. It is a book of mixed poetry throughout many different genres. Genres such as Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, Bizarro, Mystery/Suspense and many more
10. How much control do you feel you have on the outcome of your story? Do you have complete control or are you along for the ride?
I would say I have complete control. Everything that I write usually comes from my own my which are my own thoughts so I would say that counts as me having complete control. Of course this could probably mean what I said earlier with Characters writing themselves after a while but as I stated earlier I keep to the writing and my characters do what they are told so I have complete control.
I had the great privilege of doing an interview with Natasha Duncan-Drake & Sophie Duncan. They are a great delight and while the interview was about writing, we managed to throw in computers, Star Trek, and other geeky things. I recommend watching it from the beginning to the end.
Together, they have published over 30 books from a wide range of genres, though have done many things individually. The are a great inspiration and fantastic role model for many beginner writers, but also great reminder that a career in writing can be a cruel mistress. Despite that, they couldn’t see themselves doing anything else.
I recently got the opportunity to interview Adam Santo. I, like many others on Twitter, know him for his retweeting of our posts, but he has a few books on the market worth noting.
This is my first time doing this, so I apologize for some of the technical difficulties, and I hope to improve in the future. The format of this is two fold, I will do an informal video interview, and a formal text interview. Adam was kind enough to do both. So enjoy the video and check out his further responses below.