Interview with K. R. Schultz

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Big surprise here, I love to read, spend time watching Netflix and working on different projects. My favorite projects are ones that challenge me to learn a new skill or absorb new information.
I am a skill and info junkie, for example: The idea of making chain mail caught my attention. A coif was the most challenging piece I could imagine. For the uninitiated, it covers the head. You start with a single ring in the top and work it out in multiples for each row so it fits the head.
Yup, I am that much of a screaming geek. Most of the things I pick up happen the same way. I develop a mania and pursue it till I master it, then I'm on to the next thing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm that may have not been the middle of nowhere but the middle of nowhere was only a few farms away. There was no library and no TV. Books came, magically, in the mail once a month. In those precious deliveries, I could touch the outside world and experience fantastic adventures. I was quite young when I decided that I wanted to do that for people, to help them live outside themselves for a few hours or days.
When did you first start writing?
This is truly bizarre but I was six or seven when I started out telling stories and writing little homemade books. Not any Pulitzer Prize material, just little kid fantasies like talking animals and their adventures. I loved the idea of writing and the sounds of words strung together so I wrote a lot of poetry over the years. Poetry is a quick high for me. A few hours of work and poof, a finished piece. A novel is like a marathon, grueling work. It is still a high but delayed gratification.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans keep me going through tough times.
Those comments: "Hey when is the next book in the series gonna be done so I can read it?" That's water to a thirsty man running a long race. I never intended to publish. I just wanted to write, and didn't care if anyone ever read my stuff, but now I don't want disappoint the fans. Writer and reader are partners on a journey of discovery, together. Every reader interprets what I put on paper differently and the feedback I get is like seeing the scene through new eyes.
What are you working on next?
Many things, more poetry, the second novel in The Songs of Aarda series and renovating my house to name a few.
I also plan to develop a few more character quirks to make myself more literary, maybe piercings or a tattoo... just joking.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien, Tolstoy, Kipling, David Weber, John Ringo, John Scalzi, Robert J. Sawyer, Elizabeth Moon, C.J. Cherryh and the list continues. I have eclectic tastes but draw the line at ChickLit and Vampires, but I do have a soft (some might say decaying) spot for zombies, tolerated only in video formats.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I preview titles and book descriptions that interest me. If the characters grab me, I will read it even if the writing is less than stellar. I can learn from other people's mistakes. "Oh dear God please don't let me make that gaff," is my fervent and frequent prayer.
Describe your desk
Desk? What the heck is a desk? I write from a laptop in my recliner, my truck, sitting in coffee shops, at the mall, on a park bench, etc. There are so many interesting things and people to see and to describe, stuff you'll never see sitting at a desk.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Short answer, people who read my stuff telling me to publish, otherwise it would never have happened. In other words the fans made me do it. I wash my hands of all responsibility in the affair.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Lightning... Mark Twain said the difference between a good word and a perfect word is like the difference between the lightning bug and lightning bolt. I get electrified when I get the lightning bolt (metaphor intended).
Published 2013-09-21.
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Books by This Author

The Song of the Defiler
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 122,900. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The ancient, evil Nethera are working secretly to control Aarda and destroy humanity. The Eniila and Abrhaani are at war, the Sokai hide in the Valley of Abalon. Unfortunately all three races must work together to save Aarda. Can four teens, an exiled heretic and an old woman hope to unite the people of Aarda in time to foil their plot for world conquest before the cult of assassins murders them?