Thanks for stopping in! Today Mike Kearby has been generous enough to answer some questions about his process and other oddities, while we introduce you to his new book Kavachi’s Rise: The Devouring, Book 1.This is a long tour packed with reviews, interviews, excerpts and guest posts – see it all by clicking on the banner above or here at the Tour Schedule So, let’s get started shall we?
Book Description: A Dark Secret. Thomas Morehart and his sister, Kara are vampyre, not the undead, but creatures evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to mimic their prey, man. Then – rescued from a Nazi Prison Camp, Thomas and Kara are brought to the U.S. and forced to work inside government-owned mortuaries. Now -betrayed by the government sixty-seven years later, Thomas and Kara are in a race against time to transform back to their feral states or risk exsanguination by government sanctioned hit squads.
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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, I promise they shan’t be difficult, and hopefully won’t bore you to death. First: Tell us a little about yourself, where you live, relationship status, what color are your socks? I am an ex-high school reading teacher. I live in the small central Texas town of Lometa. (Pop. 901) I have been married for 40 years. Most important, my wife and I still love doing things together: reading, traveling, and of course enjoying great food. Oh, and my socks are white.
Can you tell me a little bit about this book?
The Devouring is based on my premise that vampire are not the undead, but an animal species evolved over millions of years to harvest a specific amino acid chain in human blood. I make the distinction by calling my characters vampyre in the book. After WWII, vampyre are domesticated by the U.S. government. The domestication is achieved by allowing the vampyre to run government owned mortuaries where they have an unlimited supply of blood. That’s the storyline. The plot, of course, is much more involved.
I won’t ask you the all too typical when did you know you wanted to be a writer, but I am curious as to what was your earliest interest – was it a teacher or particular book, parent or a character or situation that just wouldn’t go away until you told the story? I have to credit Ray Bradbury’s, Something Wicked Comes This Way with turning me into not only a reader, but a writer as well.
Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later? The idea for The Devouring came while sitting at a red light in Lampasas, Texas. Glancing around, I saw a funeral home on the corner of the intersection and was immediately struck by the thought – if I were vampire, that’s where I’d hang out. I’m sure every writer in the writing world can relate to the fact that once an idea invades your mind, it will not leave until you write the story. So, The Devouring was born. Plus, I felt it was time to “evolve” the vampire story from the undead to living creatures that were an apex predator.
If you had the opportunity to do anything else in the world BUT write, would you trade in the writing to do it? What might tempt you? I rather doubt it. You have to do things in your life that make you happy and stimulate your mind. Writing does both for me.
What is the first book you remember reading? A Superman comic book. I was probably five.
What is the last book you read? SecondWorld by Jeremy Robinson.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs, but it’s strange, for right now I don’t have a dog, but do have five cats.
Ebooks or traditionalpaper books? eBooks.
Do you have a character that keeps returning for their spotlight? No,however, in The Devouring, the main character’s sister, Tetanya, kept hijacking the storyline and demanding more reader time.
Best advice you have ever been given about writing? Do not try to write and edit in the same session. Both functions use different parts of the brain and need to be done at separate times during the day.
What does your writing day look like? Are you able to set a daily goal of X number of words, or do you just concentrate and write for X number of hours? What about editing? Do you clean up and make adjustments to yesterday’s work before starting today – or just get it all out and then start at the beginning again? I am a morning person, so my writing day begins at 5:30 a.m. I typically write for sixty to ninety minutes; until my mind tires. I edit in the afternoon, (3-4)
How long does it take you to craft a story that you feel is ready to be released (not counting final edits and the like – just the writing ) I typically churn out a 60,000 word story in six months.
Do you have a favourite chair or corner that always seems to keep you inspired? I have a great office that is filled on three sides, floor-to-ceiling, with books. That seems to do it for me.
What is your favorite sound? The clack of a train on tracks accompanied by a long horn blast.
Least favorite? A ticking clock.
You can only keep one: Thesaurus or Dictionary Thesaurus.
Which character have you created would you take out for a night of Karaoke? Definitely, Tetanya from The Devouring. What about out for a meal? DeOtis Williams from my story, Men of Color.
About the Author:
From Wikipedia: Mike Kearby (born 1952) is an American novelist and inventor. Since 2005, Kearby has published ten novels, one graphic novel, and written two screenplays: (2011) Boston Nightly, with fellow writer Paul Bright and (2012) The Devouring. Boston Nightly is scheduled for filming in the spring of 2013.
Kearby was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, and received a B.S. from NorthTexasStateUniversity (now the University of North Texas) in 1972. He taught high school English and reading for 10 years and created “”The Collaborative Novella Project”” The project allows future authors to go through the novel writing process from idea to published work. Kearby began novel writing in 2005 and has completed eight novels, one graphic novel, and written the afterword to the TCU Press 2010 release of western novelist’s, Elmer Kelton, “”The Far Away Canyon””.
“”Ambush at MustangCanyon”” was a finalist for the 2008 Spur Awards. “”A Hundred Miles to Water”” was awarded the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best Adult Fiction. “Texas Tales Illustrated” was awarded the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Best YA Non-Fiction.