Author Spotlight Kevin E. Buckley
Tell our readers briefly about yourself:
Born in the UK but happily dwelling "across the pond", Kevin E. Buckley has traveled far and wide seeking new experiences and delving into interesting cultures. His travels ultimately led him to Canada, where he lives in rugged, beautiful Ontario — the perfect setting for him to freely express his creativity amidst the wonders of the natural world.
What books do you have available? Can you give us a short description of them?
The Secret Sign of the Lizard People is a work of satire with a special emphasis on the American political system and the encroaching challenges that humankind will be facing in the near future, without being too preachy about the whole thing. When two Los Angeles detectives investigate the bizarre killing of a fashion model at an iconic LA landmark, it soon becomes clear that this murder is part of a much larger conspiracy that threatens not only the people of America, but the entire human race. With the help of a Jesus lookalike paranormal-investigator, a prominent fugitive scientist, a streetwise Goth graffiti-artist and a fire-and-brimstone inner city reverend, the detectives and their motley crew of improvised freedom fighters must work quickly to take on the tainted global elite and avert the impending disaster that looms large on the horizon.
Do you stay in one genre when you write or do you find yourself veering toward others?
I stray all over the place. The Secret Sign and its follow-up - my WIP - are multi-genre i.e. sci-fi, police procedural, fantasy, L.A. noir and murder-mystery all wrapped up in a satirical demi-glaze.
Are you a panster, planner, or someone in between?
Great question! My methodology is evolving. With my first manuscript - a historical novel - I was a big-time pantser; but with my second novel - a murder-mystery - some serious planning went into its creation, perhaps overly so. Now, I have a tendency to make notes which contain plot ideas, dialogue and direction, in a document which has over 22,000 words. I find this gives me time to assess the quality of these ideas and allows me to come up with something when I am having a writer's block.
What is your writing routine like?
Patchy. A binge writer. This is partly because I have to make a living and partly because I am ill-disciplined and lazy.
Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve created?
Jerome ‘Leafy’ Green. He’s a homicide detective, a complex personality, a wiseass and a much misunderstood person. I only wish I had his wit and courage.
Where do you get your ideas for world building?
Mainly from CNN! Lol! I just look around in amazement at what goes on in this world and find no real need to create fantasy worlds.
Do you add romance to your writing? Is it steamy or clean?
If you’re looking for romance or erotica, my books will be a severe disappointment, I’m afraid.
What was your favorite scene to create?
The final chapter in my book is entitled Deus ex Machina, where the Judeo-Christian-God arrives with His angels just in the nick of time to mete out divine justice to the tainted human elite. Sound familiar? It was just a bundle of fun to write.
Where do you get character inspiration?
People I’ve met, people in the news and people I imagined.
What genre do you prefer to read?
Philosophy, history, historical novels, satire.
Do you have any specific authors you follow and try to craft your work after?
No. I strive for originality and try to avoid being influenced by other writings. That’s difficult to do, but I try.
Do you have any recurring themes in your book?
Yes. I find them to be a marvelous tool for comic relief. The very act of repetition, if done judiciously, can serve to get a point across very well.
What does your editing process look like?
In one way or another, and to a greater or lesser degree, I edit every time I open up the manuscript. However, a trusted independent editor/proof-reader is a priceless advantage to any writer.
Do you have a preferred drink or snack that you eat/drink while writing?
Sometimes milk and cookies.
When is your favorite time of day to write and why?
The morning. It is filled with the hope and potential that every new day brings! Plus, I am most creatively energetic at the beginning of the day.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Well . . . I really liked Tenerife and the Dominican Republic, but I’d love to revisit the locations in the American southwest that are mentioned in my book.
Marvel or DC? Do you have a favorite character?
For me, Batman and Superman really have all the superhero bases covered.
What hobbies do you have?
Music, nature, biking, hiking and reading.
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