Interview with Kevin Craig Mortimer

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 2004, back then it was mainly story boards and little concepts that would fit in with RPG campaigns I'd been planning to hold with my players. These then began to morph into actual fully played out stories, when either the campaigns weren't selected by the players or I shelved them.

Those were the first real tentative steps into aiming to publish something.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm busy finishing off the Pallus Trilogy, admittedly not as quickly as I would've liked.

Too me the Pallus Trilogy is a conceptualisation of our tendencies to be focusing on the wrong things in all aspects of our lives. Obviously in a fantasy story this is upthrust to whole new level and made far more visceral, but that was it comes down to.

In the story, they are worried about crossing a barrier for political reasons, when their world is being torn apart. Where as in your home life you might be worried about something trivial, when there are far more important things you should be getting behind and working on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mainly through the support of so many people.

I have a rather vivid imagination, and I've been creating worlds since as far back as I can remember. My worlds are never fleeting and I can spend the greater part of the visualisation process just making sure my world could actually exist, while they might be fantastical they are always grounded in some real world concepts, such as trade, weather patterns, realistic environments as a result of topography or ocean currents.

Writing the story, is then relatively easy for me from there.

I'd written so much content that it seemed the next logical step, share it with people out there, and hopefully they will have the enjoyment through reading it that I had in writing it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I hit what I call my "submersion moments"... when I'm writing, and can forget about the details and completely submerge myself in the world I've created and just write out what I'm seeing, feeling and telling. In those moments, which don't always come easily, I'll write thousands of words in a single sitting.

Its a complete stress reliever and I always experience utter joy doing so.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Why write and put yourself out there is you're not doing it for the enjoyment of others.

When someone I meet has read my work, I love to hear from them what they thought and felt reading the stories. Even the not so great commentary is valuable.

Each work you put out there is another step at improving your art, and all commentary is valuable.

And if I can give someone a bit of enjoyment through my written work; well I think that's something special.
What are you working on next?
After I've finished the Pallus Trilogy, I'm going to return to Depth of Darkness sci-fi world.

The working title for that one is A World of Darkness, and will be set some 50 years after the events of The Depth of Darkness.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The next challenge. Literally, as simple as that.

Each day brings a new challenge, that's what called living.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have so many activities that keep me busy, when I'm not writing.

For example, I'm an avid home brewer, I also make my own cheeses and cured meats. Wood working, hikes and climbs. I would love to continue sky diving training, but my body doesn't seem to enjoy the stresses from sky diving as much as my mind does.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The books I read myself, since becoming a writer, are informational books.

As an example, a book on business strategy, or an e-book on inoculating and propagating yeast. So I simply go and search for what's a good read on the topic through whatever channel that's at hand, either a discussion forum or a search engine.
How do you approach cover design?
I pick the most important reflection of the story itself.

I then sketch something by hand, in pencil on hard yellow paper. This I'll then scan in, and trace over in Adobe Illustrator, and then finish it off in Photoshop, transfer into InDesign and set.

Typography for the cover is a long and tedious process of trying font after font after font until I find something that's clear and suits the mood of the cover; although I have an affinity for tight kerning and sans-serif fonts.

I like my front-cover artwork to extend to the back cover as well, but that's not always possible. (this for printed work)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Brother Odd, Dean Koontz - great pace, fun story, easy reading and humorous
Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan - the series really kicks into high gear in Book 6 and the 394k words fly by
The Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan - the series get dark here in Book 8 and I like dystopian novels
A Feast of Crows, George RR Martin - the real scale of his world becomes apparent here
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest, Stieg Larsson - the final book in the trilogy and in my mind by the best of the three.
Published 2018-03-08.
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Books by This Author

The Keystones
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,060. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Keystones follow the events of The Runes a few months later, as the Pallus Trilogy continues in its second part. Pallus is now fully in the grip of war as the nation of Lestroy brings its entire force into play for revenge on the Betrayers.
The Runes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 150,190. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Mankind should be working together, but the hands of chaos are interfering. War is imminent, while a far greater threat lies lurking; a threat of legends and myth.