Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Richard Klu 28
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’ve got 3 dogs, 3 cats, 30 fish, and 1 wife. I went to school for business and worked in sales while writing on the side for years.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released my book, Cabals of Blood, which is a collection of Lovecraftian horror
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Why do I write? Why do you breathe? I don’t think there’s really a good answer for that. It’s just what I do. I wouldn’t know what to do without it. I have been writing off and on since I can remember. I think it started because I had to do journaling in grade school and I liked making up stories instead of writing about reality.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I started trying to find people to read what I’d written to see if it was any good.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A teacher in college, I was watching Spartacus a lot and i wrote a western. Not sure how that one worked out. But getting feedback each week from class helped out a lot. my current works are inspired by the comic horror genre and the fear of the unknown. MY western is still very rough and likely won’t be published.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For Cabals of Blood I wanted to use the word Cabal in some way because I like it and think it’s under used. I almost when with Cults but I wanted something a little more distinct.
A cabal is a group of people united in some close design together, usually to promote their private views or interests in an ideology, state, or other community, often by intrigue, usually unbeknown to persons outside their group.
The book has many religious organizations and pacts that draw blood or result in death.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think everyone has their own style. I would say that mine is very minimalist. I like to leave a lot to the reader’s imagination. Especially what people look like.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My characters are not real, nor are they based on real people. I think to some extent they may subconsciously represent parts of people that I am trying to understand.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. I love travel, it’s very stimulating but I don’t need it to write.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I did with help from my wife.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Nope. I don’t put messages into books intentionally. If I find a message that happened to be in there at the end then I am happy to have it but I never push an agenda. I let the work allow the reader to place their own values on the work and draw conclusions of their own.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
My favorite writer would have to be Clive Barker, I really enjoy how he does horror and how human his humans are (if that makes sense?). As far as newer authors go I enjoy Angel Media and Rafael Hines.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Reaching out to other successful authors has helped a lot.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. End goal is to be fully self sufficient by 2019.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d have put it up for preorder for 60 days and I’d have made a few stories a little longer.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. Marketing can be fun.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
A few unknown actors.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Network, start marketing early, blog.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
If you ever want to talk about books or writing reach out to me on Twitter @richard_klu_
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I still don’t why I ever do either.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Bladerunner, In the Mouth of Madness, House of Cards, Z Nation, Zoo
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Tacos, Blue, The Beatles
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Be a salesmen or work in marketing.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Free books available on my blog, website: www.richardklu.com