Hello, my little demons! 😈
The second instalment of Author Interviews is here, and today I have an interview from “a new author on the block,” S. D. Reed!
I really enjoyed this interview, S. D. was a pleasure to talk to, and after speaking to him, I’m really interested in his new book that is coming out! Today is the day the cover, title and release date was annonced, and I have to admit, it looks really good (I’m a little jealous!). See more about it below.
We also seem to have a few similarities with ideas when it comes to writing too, especially question 6 in the interview, this is certainly something I have been doing in my upcoming book, “Rose Garden Sanatorium” and I really like this approach, like we both agreed; it benefits the long-term readers.
Kerwall Town (Out 18th October 2020!)
Before we get into the interview, I first want to plug his book a little. It’ll be rude not to – besides doesn’t the cover look fab?
The novel is set in the late 70’s and is centred on a fictitious failed goverment experimental town that has long since been forgotten. That is until one day when two strangers arrive in town and claim to be the new owners and mayor.
Here’s the synopsis S. D. gave me:
After two strangers appear in the dilapidated town of Kerwall, the lives of every resident change. Members of the community are forced together as the number of bodies and secrets increase with every passing moment. With knowledge as their only tool against the world’s deadliest predator, the hunt for power commences. Kerwall’s hope rests on the shoulders of its youngest residents, forcing them into the depths of the earth, questioning everything they’ve ever known.
Inverview with S.D.
Right, now let’s get into the interview!
What inspired you to start writing?
I don’t think one singular thing inspired me, but rather a collection of things, and I also think it’s been brewing inside me, like I was born to write… does that make sense, or is it too cliché? Well, that’s it anyway. I would watch films and read books, and I was totally immersed. I wanted to do the same for others, to give them hope and escapism in the form of a book.
Do you use a pseudonym? If not, have you considered it?
I do, yeah, just because I feel my novels are more interesting than me. I want them to speak for themselves.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Well, without giving too much away about my debut novel, it was a certain death scene. I didn’t want to write it as I grew so attached to the character, but alas, the book needed one final sacrifice.
What does being a successful author look like to you?
Being Happy, and yes, with a capital ‘H’. Isn’t that what life is all about too? It’s not about the race, it’s about the humans, earth and making a difference. Ultimately, I’d like my novels to make a positive difference in someone’s life. That’s the mark of success to me.
Do you Google yourself?
Ha! I did once and Google didn’t know who I was… Nor did Alexa or Siri.
What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I have two, the first is that I’ll often have a character that enjoys making puns and the second is I work in long term story telling. What this means is, you may not get all the answers in one novel, but you may in another, as all my novels are connected in some way, you just gotta look for them…
Do you have any writing blogs you recommend?
I do indeed! There are so many wonderful writing blogs out there, but it would be remiss of me to not recommend and of course, yours too!! (aww, thanks!)
What is your favourite word, and why?
So, so many! Right now, it’s a simple one; fantabulous! I just love how positive it sounds. Another favourite is beatific!
Are there any themes in your work you are trying to portray?
I always try to convey a sense of good and evil, and a strong sense of teamwork too, as that’s how I believe we will all achieve things; together.
Is your book “Kerwall Town” based on a real person?
Nope, all my novels are fictitious. But I do do (hehe) an awful lot of research as I write in a lot of different time periods and countries.
If a film were made of your book, who would you cast in the leading roles?
I would LOVE for Debra Jo Rupp, Catherine O’Hare and Tom Holland to be in the leading roles, but who knows. I’d be happy either way, but they would certainly be very cool. Ideally, I would have loved Robin Williams.
What other projects are in the works?
I’ve just started work on my next novel, based in suburbia and most notably, America, and with Foodnotes Management, it’ll be out next year sometime… as will something else…
Do you prefer writing in silence or to music?
I don’t really mind, as long as the music isn’t club level loud, haha.
What would you advise young writers trying to build a publishing history or an author platform?
Stay connected, stay grounded and most importantly, have fun and just beleive in yourself. Write often too, that is the key. It doesn’t have to be a lot either, just often to keep the practice up.
Thanks, S.D! It’s been a pleasure.
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