Interview with Kit Masters

When did you first start writing?
Writing was something that I loved to do as a kid, in school, and so I did extra bits of writing at home.
I found one story I'd written when I was ten-ish, I had a big loopy "f" I seemed very pleased with, but every off had only one "f"!
I've been writing every since because it's the only thing I can do which puts the energy I feel into a product that I can be pleased with.
What's the story behind your latest book?
You'll have to read it and see.
I was watching a lot of westerns during writing it, so that has some influence, like classic westerns, not Spaghetti westerns.
But I don't guess that you'd notice the western influence without me pointing it out, so don't tell other readers!

Really though "Peilis" and "Ruta" are kind of born out of the same thing, my experiences with teaching and my worries about it.
Although neither of them are biographical, and the opinions of the protagonists are not my own.
I'm taking great pains to make sure the next things I do are drastically different.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt like I wanted to Publish something, but didn't have a good enough book, I had some pictures, but no book.
I started writing and it became a story quite naturally.
Then when I had half of it I stumbled upon authonomy.com, uploaded some writing and was pleased with the feedback people gave me.
Not all of it was positive of course, but all encouraging and kind, I also read a lot of other people who were in the same position as me with their writing, so I could see what I thought that they were doing wrong.

Talking to other people I thought I'd give it a go, it meant that I had an aim, something to finish the book for.
I haven't spent any money, and I've made a bit, so I'm pretty pleased.
I'd recommend it to anyone, if they can take it seriously, be patient and have modest ambitions!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Yet to see the answer to this as my books have only been on Smashwords for a few months.
But I like that it is free, the styles guide was helpful, and I'm pleased with the distribution.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having my work in print and in peoples hands is one thing.
When people read it and give an honest, considered review or feedback is great too.
But I'd also say I find it important to develop the artistic sides of my character.

Oh, and also, you are never bored if you have a pen and a piece of paper!
That's maybe the most important bit.
Published 2013-11-01.
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Books by This Author

Peilis
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,150. Language: British English. Published: February 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Raw and relentless, "Peilis" tells the story of four teenagers who are bound by tragic fate. Kane Pritchard, promising eleven year old, down and out teen, fights for a community’s right to safety. The violent, thieving Smith brothers, rule the school by fear, they won’t stop until there is blood.
Rūta
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You set the price! Words: 12,480. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Rūta delves into the conscience of a secondary school teacher, optimistic and enthusiastic at the start of his career. He falls in love with his tutor group, one of whom, Rūta, a new arrival from Lithuania, seems to him a perfect student. He fixates on what she represents, as the reality of modern schools saps his energy and weakens his resolve.