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by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

whew -- I've been typing as fast as I could, and I got to most of the questions, but my hour is up. I hope you all found this useful.

I hope to see some of you at the Awards Ceremonies...and on the bestseller lists.

KJA
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Mr. Anderson, In your opinion, what is the best avenue for a writer to break through, and get published :?: By writing and not giving up. These days, I think the novel market may be more open than the short story market, but it's a very different world from when I was breaking in, so my advice may ...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Carl Frederick. wrote:Again, Kevin, nice to see you here.
Unfortunately, since I get up at 5am, I can't stay much longer.
Best.
Carl


thanks, Carl! keep writing
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:07 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Hi Kevin, These are curiosity questions: How much time do you typically spend fleshing out characters or stories in your head before setting them to paper (day, weeks, months, years...)? Do you have characters and plots that have never been set to paper, but are still in that "in my brain and ...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

What gets your attention and draws you in when you’re judging a short story? I want a grabber of an opening, something (action, setting, character) that is instantly intriguing AND NOT CONFUSING. When I'm looking at a big stack of stories to read and I have to wade through five pages where I...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

What process do you use when outlining a short story? And this also answers Laurie's question. I can usually hold a whole short story in my head so I don't have to do a lot of outlining. I usually write a story in only one or two bursts, so it's not so much of an issue. Even though I've published o...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

How does collaborating between authors work? Well, that's kind of like asking "How does a marriage work?" Different people do it different ways. And you really do have to get along with your collaborator because it's VERY tough on the ego. But I've done 29 novels with my wife Rebecca, and...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Mr. Anderson. How many Star Wars novels did you have to read to get the facts straight? I had an easier job than the current crop of SW writers, because I was one of the first to do books in the Expanded Universe. I did read all of Tim Zahn's (the last two in manuscript, because they hadn't been pu...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Kevin, How much reading for pleasure do you get to do while you are working on a novel? CJ Alas, and this is no joke, I can *write* a novel faster than I can read one. I get about half an hour of relaxation reading in the evenings before I go to bed, and I'm a fairly slow reader. But even that gets...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

What do you look for in general in the story arc? Do you have any advice for writing a satisfying story arc? It's important to remember that it IS an "arc" -- you launch at the beginning and shoot up into the sky (i.e., make something happen), build it and build it, make the plot thicken,...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Great to have this opportunity, thanks, Kevin. I don't have many unanswered questions right now (at least not ones I know to ask) but I'll pose one of my largest problems as one. I seem to have a strong tendency to try to imply too much of my stories, be it information, emotion, motivation, opposit...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Re: A. W. Sullivan asks...

There are two areas that I feel I struggle most, preparation/outlining and characterization. I've gotten lots of positive feedback on my writing but I also know that there is always room for improvement. What advice can you give me on these subjects and if you know of any, what workshops do you thi...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

What author(s) were your biggest influences when you started writing? What are some of your favorite authors today? I loved reading Ray Bradbury when I was in high school, and I really enjoyed Frank Herbert's books -- ALL of them -- so it's quite an honor for me to be working with his son and his n...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

Re: Brennan Harvey asks...

What is in your library? I'm interested in what you read, but I'm more interested in what "writing how-to" books you have. Do you reccommend anything specific? Because I spend all my time writing, it seems, I don't have as much time to read as I'd like. For HOW TO writing books, I think t...
by KJA
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: General Questions for Kevin
Replies: 34
Views: 23324

signing in

Hi guys -- I'm here and will start typing away frantically to get as many answers done as possible in an hour.

KJA

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