Interview with Kellman Hutson

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I admit that at times it's difficult to get out of bed. Writing can really pound on you. And suffering from depression doesn't help. But knowing there is a novel out there waiting, waiting for you to lengthen your stride in that awesome world of writing is superb. When you discover writing, you discover life; life gets me out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That's easy.. reading! I also sketch and listen to music to help ease the tension that might have built during a day of writing. Writing can be relaxing, especially when ideas just surface. But most of the time I find it heavy on the "brain". Wouldn't trade it for anything though!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm a newbie to ebooks. I think the concept is fantastic and portentous. The writing industry reached it's pinnacle.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was just a few years ago. Two and a half to be exact. Before this my ideas came to me like prompts. Very lengthy prompts that transformed into paragraphs and then pages. But nothing I thought to be serious. Then, I decided to get serious and make the transition into writing. I decided I wanted to become a writer. And I began pursuing those ideas with great tenacity. My first story was 300 pages unrevised. It's title, "February". It's about a fashion designer and an architect. Both have polished careers and both are overcoming obstacles when life introduces them to something new... each other.
What is your writing process?
It's beautiful actually. It's being overly sensitive when i'm in the writing mode. (Basically, it's to "write".) Eventually the writing will begin a type of "interacting" [with you], and you may realize it or you may not. But eventually you'll know and you'll take off running! But write, just write!
Describe your desk
Cluttered!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in communities where you had lower class mixed with middle class. And upper middle class was miles away. I myself came from a middle class household (though my [Caribbean] parents were from a poor background). Existing around the different classes of communities, especially the poor and neglected, made you more conscious, more sympathetic and more fearful. But definitely sympathetic and empathetic. It's those memories that help you tackle the issues which still plague us today. You gain a sense of compassion for your environment. And you acknowledge the changes both good and bad, with a focus on reshaping the community toward the better.
Published 2014-03-05.
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