Interview with Paul Kemp

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I feel like I have a lot of stories to tell. I tried to go through the established method of contacting an agent, but of the hundred or so emails I sent out, I received only four replies and they were all negative. Next, I tried "self publishing" and discovered that I didn't have enough money to pursue it. My book languished for the last couple of years and recently I started running into all sorts of information on becoming an indie author. I had nothing to lose and a ton of material waiting to be published, so I said, "Why Not?"
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is the act of creation. A lot of times, I think I know what's going to happen in a story and I find that new situations come up independent of what I thought was going to happen. This occurs quite a bit during the rewrites when I think I've already got A, B and C, only to find out that a lot more happens and B becomes E and everything gets pushed back and changed as a result. It's like playing music live - anything can happen and usually does up until the time it gets "frozen" in its final form by being published.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans and welcome their feedback. I genuinely hope they feel the same about my stories as I do.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to The Daddy Diaries is just beginning the publication process, so there's a lot going on with that. I also have a series of adventure/fantasy books that I'm trying to get published, and a couple of unrelated novels that are in the works, as well as continuing on with the blogs that may make up a future Daddy Diaries book.
Who are your favorite authors?
It's like asking who's your favorite guitarist. I like a wide variety of authors. My two favorites are Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Rex Stout. Next on the list, in no particular order, would be Herman Melville, Alexandre Dumas, John Sandford, Charles Dickens, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov and Stephen R. Donaldson.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I listen to music quite a bit, everything from the Beatles to Muddy Waters, from Norah Jones to Frank Zappa and the Grateful Dead. I also think a lot about what I want to write next, or what I'm currently writing. In between all of that, I relax with my wife or spend time tormenting my teenage sons.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was in the fourth grade and we had to write and then record our stories for Parent's Night. My story was about becoming a world famous author who parlays his royalties into fabulous wealth that allows him to own everything on the planet and then start expanding his holdings throughout the galaxy and universe. I was quiet ambitious for my age.
What is your writing process?
I play a lot of online games while I'm writing. LOL I alternate between writing and playing games. I have a very short attention span, so going back and forth seems to help, although I have to be careful about not getting stuck playing too many games. Usually, I start with one idea and see where it leads me. If there seems to be promise in the story, I continue on with it until it gets to a point where I think it's good enough to show someone.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It depends on my mood and what's going on in my life. I love the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. Even though I've read most of them several times, I love the way they're written and the flow of the stories. If I have a meeting at one of my sons' schools, I tend to bone up on my Hunter S. Thompson - nobody else has that razor sharp way of writing that inspires the sort of bad craziness that strikes fear in the heart of school administrators. Generally, I love classic literature from all periods. If it's well written and makes me want to read more or reread the story, then I like it.
Describe your desk
A mound of paper. Although I write on the computer, I can't function with a clean desk. I need to have bills, tools, pens and anything else I can find piled up around the monitor. Every once in a while my wife makes me clean up the clutter, but it never lasts. I don't function nearly as well unless there's an organized chaos in front and on all sides of me.
Published 2014-02-17.
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Books by This Author

The Daddy Diaries 2 - Stuck in Rush Hour on the Road Less Traveled
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,570. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce & children
The Adventure Continues! Join Paul as he navigates the perils of single fatherhood, learning that his children have as much to teach him as he gives them his knowledge of the world around them. Paul keeps an eye toward the humorous as he relates the ups and downs of raising his two sons, one of whom is autistic.
The Daddy Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Modern American Dad
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 84,530. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce & children
A humorous look at the ups and downs of raising two boys, one of whom is autistic. Raising a special needs child, the death of a close relative and a marriage dissolving into hostility and divorce are the challenges facing a father who tries to balance work and family. Through it all, the author maintains his sense of humor as he relies on the hope of being reunited with his children.