Featured Friday! Scott Kimak
Scott Kimak is a history teacher and Kung Fu master. He came up with the story “I call him – HIM” when he was a teenager but failed miserably to put pen to paper. It took nearly forty years for him to make a second attempt. This time the words flowed unrestrained. Mr. Kimak lives in Harlingen Texas with the love of his life Diana.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Seeing how people react to my writing. I pour my heart and soul into my writing, reaching a point where I become the character. This can really pull on my emotions and I want to see if others feel the same way that I do.
What made you start writing?
I actually came up with the story for “I call him HIM” almost forty years ago. I brought the first few pages to a person that I admired and they laughed at it. This broke my heart and I never picked up the pen again until two years ago. I’m a school teacher so I have a lot of time off in the summer. One day, I was being lazy, sitting on my couch, trying to find something to watch on the television. Nothing interesting caught my eye, and that’s when it came to me. I should try to write that story I created when I was a kid. I picked up my laptop and started typing. I typed all day until my fingers were numb. The words wouldn’t stop coming and they still won’t. I already finished book number two and I’m working on the third book of the trilogy.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
The first author I ever read was Edgar Rice Burroughs so I would have to say that he was my inspiration. But I also love R.A. Salvatore, Stephen King, and Tom Clancy.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Learn about marketing. You can be the greatest author in the world but if you don’t know how to market then no one will read it.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I’m pretty diverse. My books are Dystopian but I love Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and political thrillers.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
This is difficult. In many ways the characters in my book are based off of real people that I know. “HIM” is really the dark side of myself so I don’t think I want to spend a lot of time with him. That already happens when I write and it takes me to a very dark place. I have to take on his persona and that can be depressing and scary. Bill on the other hand is a mixture of several of my close friends. He really cracks me up, so I guess I would prefer to hang out with him and have a laugh.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
Homeland by R.A. Salvatore. I love all the Drizzt novels. The action scenes are incredible.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I can’t say that I edited anything out of my book. Everything is what I wanted.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Again this is a difficult choice. There are so many amazing books that I’ve read. I’m a big Star Trek geek and I’ve read many of their novels. I guess I would choose one of those so I could jump on the Enterprise and see what other strange worlds are out there.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
R.A. Salvatore. I love the detail he uses in his fighting scenes.
Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?
I don’t know if there is a conflict. I could have wrote a milder PG book that kids would read and reach a much larger audience. But that’s not what I wanted. This story needed to be told in a certain way. I had to show people how horrible evil can really be so they’ll never let our future reach that point. But also to show them the strength of their faith. That they should never give up no matter how bad things may appear.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
I haven’t had a bad review yet, so I can’t say how that will impact me. All of my reviews have been either four or five stars so it gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Extremely hard worker with a no quit attitude
What’s exciting you about your next project?
After the trilogy is finished, I want to dive off and create solo novels with a few of the characters. I’m really looking forward to doing a novel about the early years of the Shaolin Monk Seng Shan. There is another character that I introduce in “The Angel of Death” that is very interesting, but I won’t give that away right now.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
Everyone dies but how many of us truly live?
As always, our thanks to Scott for answering our questions and best of luck to him with the rest of the trilogy!
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