Interview with Kevin McDonald Andrews

When did you first start writing?
I actually first began writing as a child. I would make up my own adventures and my parents would encourage me to turn them into short stories. It was a fun way to kill time whenever the weather was bad and I couldn't go outside.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Renegade force' is the second book in the 'Star Alliance Chronicles' series. The story picks up where the first book 'Crisis on the Rim' leaves off. The protagonist, Stephen St. Claire has returned home following his departure from the Coalition fleet only to find that the Coalition is at war with the Vaari A war which he, himself, may have initiated. He's offered an opportunity to return to duty but, is torn between his love for his family and his devotion to the Coalition.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The love of writing and of creating realities. Through my stories I explore the mamy facets of the human experience. There are times when I'm writing that I can see the characters in my mind. I can sense their emotions and relate to their trials.Becoming an Indie author allows me the flexibility of building my stories and controlling authoring and publishing processes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been wonderful. It is easy to use and most importantly, the service and team has exceeded every expectation.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would say the reviews.They have been balanced and encouraging. It has been very gratifying to see readers pick up on my writing style and provide feedback, even on the things they thought I could improve.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me, and I don't want to let them down. I have to remember to strive to be a great storyteller, and to stay true to story line as they have come to love and expect it.
What are you working on next?
I'm moving steadily on the second book of the 'Star Alliance Chronicles', and hope to release it by November of this year. A third book in the series called 'Temple of the Gods' is already on the drafting board. After that I may take a bit of 'shore leave' from the Chronicles to work on another project I have on the board; then it's back to the chronicles for book four!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorites are C. Arthur Clarke and Issac Asimov.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Almost every day I find a new inspiration to write about. Sometimes the inspiration is directly related to my projects, and sometimes it's about the most mundane of things. In any case, I can't wait to get past the required portions of my day so I can sit down and start expanding on those thoughts by writing about them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love old black and white films; the dialogs, the settings. I espcially love seeing images of cities I have visited shot in the 1930's and 40's. When not doing that you can find me on some highway, music blasting, sunroof wide open with my hair on fire!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly, through word of mouth. The best reccomendations are from readers. I hope someone out there is whispering something good about the 'Star Alliance Chronicles' right now :)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about a boy being haunted by what he believed to be a supernatural entity. I was about eleven when I wrote it and it really freaked out my parents.
What is your writing process?
I create a complete story line, just a few paragraphs. Then I start working on a sort of dossier for each character. This helps me create personalities, motives, even the descriptions. The rest can quickly fall in-line with the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Beleive it or not, I read more human interest that science ficton. I'm fascinated by what makes people tick and how they interact with one another.
Describe your desk
Ha! Any flat surface where I can get electricity, coffee and the internet is my desk!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family is originally from the Virgin Islands, but I grew up in New York City. To most people that made us outsiders, a stigma that stuck for a long time. Like some of my principal characters, as a kid, I was the 'odd man out', which was sometimes painful. I guess I'm still healing by personifying it in my stories.
Do you see yourself as ever becoming a full time writer?
Wow, that would be a milestone indeed! I think it would be best to focus on developing a good reputation by delivering quality work. Should that lead to becoming a full time writer, then so much the better.
Published 2013-11-23.
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Books by This Author

The Star Alliance Chronicles: Crisis on the Rim
By Kevin McDonald Andrews
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,560. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
A cryptic message from a remote sector of the galaxy reveals apocalyptic plans to invade the Coalition of Allied Worlds. All that stands in the way of this powerful invasion force is the crew of the maintenance facility at Base Station DD-109. Can this untested group of officers, and their makeshift fleet confront the enemy and prevent the brutal conquest of the quadrant?