Today’s guest post is an interview with sci-fi author Project Kyle, check out his answers to my questions, below! Enjoy.
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I have always had story ideas since I was a kid, but I decided I wanted to write when I was 18. I started out with a book called “The Forgotten Galaxy,” which was a sci-fi story about a late teenager who discovered an ancient gateway to a world known as Zecarah.
The planet was post-apocalyptic, and he had to solve what had happened to this once thriving world.
Sadly, I was a perfectionist back then, so I never got any further than four chapters.
Q02 – Are there any authors who inspire you?
HG Wells and Jules Vern were my two favorite authors growing up. They were The founders of science fiction, which has been a favorite of mine for as far back as I can remember.
But the author who inspired me the most has to be Rod Sterling, creator of the Twilight Zone. And yes, he wrote books before he did the series, so he counts as an author.
I was always amazed by his plot twists, and the ability to create stories that no one had ever thought of before.
He was a master of playing with his audience heads and delivering an unexpected message that was always powerful at the end.
Although I want my writing to be different than his, just as his writing was different from everyone else’s, I have learned a lot from his approach to crafting a story from an original imagination.
Q03 – What is your dream goal for your writing?
I want to create stories that are original and unique. Suspenseful, yet satisfying at the end.
If I can take my readers on a psychological roller-coaster ride while introducing them to worlds and characters that are new and original, then I would have to say becoming an author was worth it.
Q04 – How long have you been working on your current manuscript?
Eight months, it’s the sequel to Deep Cosmos
Q05 – Do you use any specific writing software when drafting your manuscripts?
I preferred to use Microsoft Word, there are so many little features and details, and the spellcheck is state of the art! I love that program so much, even though it’s commonly used.
Q06 – Do you plan your stories or just leap into the writing?
When I have a story ready to be written, I have an outline that usually isn’t much bigger than a page.
In that outline, I will write down where I want the story to end, The clues and puzzle pieces that need to be answered in the story, and the motive of the lead antagonist.
Besides the outline, I do write character bios, especially for the villains. This is because I want the hidden story within my books to be accurate, and makes sense whenever I make a reveal.
As for how the main story goes, and how I get to my goal in the ending, let’s just say I have to figure it out with my protagonist. That’s the part of the story I make up as I go along.
To put it in simpler terms, the story that my readers read has little to no outline, but the story within the story is thoroughly planned out.
Q07 – Do you have a writing routine?
Don’t need one, I have so much going on in my mind, that I will write something out every day. If I don’t I go crazy, so I’ve never had to get into a routine because no matter what I’m going to practice writing.
Q08 – What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
I think the hardest part for me, and what kept me from finishing a book when I was younger, was that I was always so obsessed with getting my story perfect on the first draft. As a result, I would always get stuck.
Learning to just keep writing and keep going, even if the first draft isn’t very good, has been the hardest thing for me to learn. But I’m glad I did because that’s the only reason I started finishing my books.
Q09 – What are your thoughts on Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing?
I think it depends on the author. I chose the self-publishing route because I want complete control over my work. as I said, the story itself can be edited and changed.
But I’ve worked very carefully to have a solid background story that slowly gets revealed through my books.
If anything were to be edited and changed without my consent, it could actually throw off everything, and In the end, destroy my work.
I also have the time and funds to do the self-publishing route correctly, which is an absolute must if you’re going to survive in the Indie market.
So if any author wants complete control, and is willing to work hard for there book, self-publishing is the way to go. However, if an Author is looking to become famous, to get that professional seal of approval, to make quick money, and not have to pay for editing, and such.
Then traditional publishing is the way to go. I know some writers who don’t want the burden of choosing their cover and don’t mind if their book is changed.
So my feelings on both are that it is nice to have two very different options to pursue a writing career. For me, self-publishing was personally a better fit.
Q10 – What is the single best piece of advice you could give to new writers?
If you get stuck on the first draft, keep writing! Even if you don’t like it at first, you can always go back and change it on the second draft. The key thing is to get the first draft finished from beginning to end.
Q11 – Are there any authors you would love to meet in person?
Sadly, all my inspirations have passed away. But another author that I had not mentioned before, is SA Bodeen, who wrote The Compound and The Fallout.
I always enjoyed her stories, and I appreciate that she was able to tap into the creep factor, while at the same time, adding warmth and heart to the story. If there was any author still alive that I would want to meet, it would be her.
Q12 – Tells us why you love writing
For me, it’s a way to express myself, and satisfy my need to design and create. It’s very satisfying when you can look back on something you have put together with your own mind, and that is a feeling I need to survive.
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About Project Kyle
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a wild and vivid imagination, and had a passion to design and create!
I could envision worlds and characters in my head, and I was able to visualize what it was like to exist in my fictional universe.
To a point where I sometimes felt I was truly living in the reality that I had designed, and this helped me to grow as a poet and writer.
I’ve had a strong attraction to the sci-fi genre, and have put a lot of effort into my Sci-fi mystery series, Deep Cosmos. I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I do.
“Protect your sanity at all costs!”
These were the last words spoken to David, a young survivor of the cosmic 5 tragedy before he found himself fleeing for his life, and seeking refuge in a galaxy filled with danger, mystery, and suspense.
Hiding behind the mask of a nerdy space explorer, David recruits a young warrior woman and a self-obsessed space thug, as crew members to join him on his galactic adventures, hoping to lay low to avoid any unwanted attention.
But after the galaxy is threatened by a criminal mastermind with a lust for human life, David and his team must come out of the shadows, and put an end to this menace, before he can drive humanity to extinction.
Can David and his companions survive the challenges that lie ahead? Or will they crumble into the never-ending void… of the Deep Cosmos?
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Big thanks to Kyle for being this week’s guest poster. I hope you all enjoyed the interview. Do make sure to check out all of Kyle’s links.
If you have any question for Kyle, please leave them in the section below.