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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Author Interview – KP Kollenborn

6:00 AM Posted by James Noel No comments

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? Yes, two. One is a memoir, My Traitor’s Heart: A South African exile returns to face his country, his tribe, and his conscience, by Rian Malan.  Rian is a liberal Afrikaner who comes from a linage of conservative Calvinist during apartheid.  Another is from an indie author, Camp Sunshine, by Ruth Francisco.  It’s historical fiction based on the true story of Camp Gordon Johnston.

This novel is about young men on the brink of war, and a country on the brink of civil rights, a tale of soldiers and officers, daughters and mothers, death and redemption, and a man unyielding in his integrity, compassion, and struggle for justice.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? I would like to give a shout out to other indie authors: Jim Wills, Marilyn Holdsworth, Robin Levin, and  Lilian Gafni.  They are very competent writers and writers of historical fiction.  I’m impressed by their integrity of story telling and want to draw attention to their talent.  Indie authors need all the support we can get! You can read my reviews of their historical fiction books on my blog:

Do you have any advice for writers? Writing is not an easy means to make money. Be determined, because it is a long road of rejections, dismissals, and criticisms. Seek support from other writers.  In the words of my late writing teacher, Leonard Bishop, who states it best: “I believe that if a writer can return to the world more than what the world has given him, then he has earned his keep, not only as a writer, but also as a human being. I also believe that whatever saves my life must be good. I have lived a God-blessed life, and I want to pass it on.”

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers? Education.  Whether it be college or belonging to a writers group, or both, educate yourself with understanding grammar, appreciate writing techniques, and know how to evaluate constructive criticism.  Read.  Read LOTS OF BOOKS.  Observe how the pros develop their stories in content, prose, and character growth.  Don’t imitate their writing, but be aware how they compose their works.   Write.  Write lots of horrible first drafts in order to obtain your voice.  Practice does make perfect, so keep at it.  I also suggest checking out the advice and humor from my late writing teacher, Leonard Bishop.  He had taught many writers, including Anne Rice.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? Do support indie authors.  The best ways you can is by leaving feedback of our books on GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.  And if you’ve enjoyed our books, please recommend us!  If you didn’t like our works, all is fair in love and reading.


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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – R (strong language)

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