Interview with Kurt Chambers

I, author Vickie McKeehan, bring Kurt to Sturtevant Falls, an enchanted section of green hills near L.A.’s San Gabriel Mountains. It isn’t what Charlotte found in Chapel Forest, Kurt, but as close as I can get to making my UK friend feel at home
Thank you so much, Vickie :) It's an honour to be interviewed by such a great author and an awesome friend.
Kurt, we all remember a favorite story from our childhood for its sheer entertainment value. It seems no matter how old we get, that one story sticks with us. What was your favorite story as a boy?
The story that stands out most to me in my aging memory has got to be James and the Giant Peach. When I was in primary school, our teacher read the story out to us over a period of time in the classroom. I was fascinated by such an amazing world only Roald Dahl can create.

I couldn’t even write back then, I was so young, but I loved the story so much I wrote it out in my own words that I could understand, the whole story as I remembered it. You could say it was the first book I have ever written, pushing aside copyright laws. LOL When I was grown up with children of my own, I was helping my mum clear out her house and I found that book I wrote. Excitedly scanning the pages, I soon realised I couldn’t understand a single word I wrote. How funny!
Aw, I loved James and the Giant Peach. What a great memory for you, Kurt. Truth Teller is a children’s fantasy. Why write for children?
Working with children as a volunteer and having children of my own is what inspired me. Anyone who works with children will understand what an inspiration they are. I should also mention here, I have the mentality of a ten-year-old. That’s always helpful. :)

There are so many reasons I could speak about. Kids are funny. I get them! I understand their humour. They know how to have fun, and in their minds, anything is possible! Why would I want to write anything else?
You are married to a woman you’ve known since childhood. I find that fascinating but also incredibly sweet. I have to ask though, and this is such a girlie question, but I have to know. What is your secret to a long, successful, enduring marriage?
What a question! LOL Is there such a thing? I could claim being the greatest bloke in the world has to be the reason, but my wife might read this and then I’m in trouble. I think you just need to be yourself. Trust and friendship are the most important things. And compromise. In layman’s terms, that’s doing as you’re told.
Reading your bio, I discovered you even run a Brownie Troop which you call a Pack. :) How cool is that for a wonderful dad to get involved with his girls? I admit I never joined the Brownies. But the uniforms are so cute. You had girls, right?
Yeah, I had two girls and one boy. It was the most fun time of my life when I helped run the local Brownie pack. I was a proud member of Girl Guiding UK for some years. Once a week I got to be a little kid again. :)
Your main character in Truth Teller is ten-year-old Charlotte. How did Kurt Chambers spend his time as a ten-year-old boy?
That was a very long time ago! It seems such a distant memory now. I was just a typical boy, getting into mischief, breaking bones, and cutting myself. For some reason I was very accident prone. I went through a couple of windows and had over 40 stitches in the back of my leg and 11 stitches in my wrist. I trod on glass in the garden, resulting in more stitches. My big brother threw a homemade javelin at my head. More stitches. LOL I felt like a human teddy bear, and it all happened in a few weeks. Oh, I forgot to mention I fell out a tree and snapped my ankle. That hurt a lot! I also broke my wrist falling from a climbing frame on a day out at a park. As a ten-year-old boy, I spent a lot of time being repaired. LOL
A lot of the action in the book takes place in Chapel Forest with elves and underworld magic, even a druid assassin. What inspired you to go into such vivid detail?
That’s hard to say. I have always been an epic fantasy fan, and I just thought that is the way it’s done. It’s the first thing I have ever written, so I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just sat down and wrote my story. I had a rough idea of how I wanted it to start, a vague middle, and the ending scene in my head. I made the rest up as I went along. It kind of created itself, thanks to my characters.
Truth Teller has been compared as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and the children’s version of Lord of the Rings. What’s your take on that?
I have to take that as great compliment, comparing my story to two great classics like that. I can see a resemblance. The Wizard of Oz is about a young girl thrown into a world of fantasy who struggles to find her way home, which is similar to my book. When I set out writing this, I wanted to write a Lord of the Rings type novel, an epic fantasy that could be enjoyed by children, so for someone to compare my story to this is just great.
What made you want to be a writer?
In honesty, I never grew up with a burning desire to become a writer, like most authors I know. They all have stories about how they knew they would be writers from as soon as they could hold a pen. It happened quite accidentally for me. I just decided to write a book, and I sat down one day and started writing it. I continued for the next two years until I had finished. Not knowing what to do next, I joined a writing forum on advice from a friend, and the rest is history.
When you aren’t writing, where are you happiest? What do you do to unwind and relax?
I lead quite a sad existence, really. I used to have many hobbies. Way too many to amuse myself. I used to be a cool dude in a rock band for about fifteen years on and off. I was convinced I was going to be a rock star. LOL I have spent a few years building a massive telescope called Exit. Way out, man! I designed and built my own rocket launcher and a large variety of different rockets. The Mothership was very impressive! If you search my blog for ‘boy stuff’, you’ll find pictures of all these. These days I spend most of my time doing my garden when I’m not doing writer or dad stuff. I’m slowly creating a mini fruit orchard at the end of my garden. I was hoping to add a walnut tree this year, but it hasn’t panned out so far.
Published 2014-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Favian's Law
Series: Truth Teller. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,830. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Thirty years pass in a flash of elven magic and Charlotte loses all those dear to her. She tries to put things right but is forced to return home, leaving Elderfield to face certain death. She has no way to save him, but worst still, no way to save herself. The discovery that her own world is changed beyond recognition leaves her no choice but to give up her gateway forever.
Unknown Reality
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,400. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Eleven-year-old Chloe gasps in awe at the magical splendour of the theatre performance, but her excitement soon vanishes during an autograph hunt and an encounter with the baddie from the show. His unbelievable claim of a flawed universe freaks her out. This starts a chain of unexplainable events that threaten to destroy the only reality Chloe has ever known. Then, one night, they come for her.
The Wrath of Siren
Series: Truth Teller, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,320. Language: British English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning the Truth Teller to a life she can never escape.
Truth Teller
Series: Truth Teller, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 37,850. Language: British English. Published: January 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
How could a modern day girl like Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? Even with her own vivid imagination, the place for other realms belonged in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thought, until she stumbled across a hidden curio shop. The strange shopkeeper gives her a gift, but this is no ordinary snow globe. The world Charlotte always knew disappears into a mystical land.