Interview with Kevin Kierstead

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything. Without fans, I'm nothing. I've always cared about "the people," and proved it by joining the USAF at the age of 17 (delayed entry). Ultimately, what I want to do with my fans is have them be able to honestly say, "I did not waste my time reading that book; I was either entertained or really learned something, or both."
Describe your desk
I have no desk. I write when and where I want to. My favorite place to write is in my radio show studio (radio show can be found at the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/TruthOnTapShow and is about truth, in everything), a.k.a. my back porch.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I remember the first book that had an impact on me as a writer: it was Pet Sematary. I remember the creep factor, the descriptive language--I also remember thinking, "I can do BETTER than this man!" I've been trying to do better than him ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover design HAS to make me feel, as a piece of art, the same way the story as a whole feels. It must have congruity with the emotional impact I expect the words to have. When somebody looks at my book cover after they've read the story, with the exception of The Unbitten Onion (humor), they should be saying, "That's the perfect cover for this story." If they aren't, I view that as a failure.
What do you read for pleasure?
Believe it or not, I like to read non-fiction and periodicals. To read fiction, in my view, is to contaminate my own style. Yes, I've read 100 fiction novels or so, which have helped to shape my style, but my style feels unique enough and good enough to me to want to protect it now.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire but frankly, it doesn't matter to me. I still love paperback, when available.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The ones everybody already knows; mostly, relentless posting in author/reader forums. I have not used much formal advertising technique such as commercials.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Southeastern VA, and for whatever reason, now I need to be near the water, so in an odd way, water always finds a way into my stories (especially Addy's Boom and the Blast Frontier).
When did you first start writing?
My first fiction was done by the age of 7. My first editorial appeared in the newspaper when I was 10-years old.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have an issue with authority, but even worse is my issue with publishing houses--they look for "what's hot," while I look to create hot.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped a bunch in the customizability of sales that I cannot do on B&N or Amazon (both of which I use, but neither being as customizable).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
On my scooter, repairing computers, or ghost-hunting.
Published 2014-04-30.
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Books by This Author

The Unbitten Onion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,200. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
If you like The Onion, the world-famous satirical powerhouse of a newspaper, you will love this book!
The Lost Dialogues of Table 18
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,390. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Some people can instantly command the attention in a room, even if they aren't tall and striking. Meet Devon Avoncorte, who debates and ponders half of the world's problems with the author. Nearly 100% dialogue, this book is fun, fast-moving, and guaranteed to make you laugh at least once per chapter or the author promises to smack himself in the face with a full-sized sailboat.
Addy's Boom and the Blast Frontier
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 51,930. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
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Follow an average man on an exciting journey that he is thrown into with no warning, as he meets and adopts a Great Dane after a "natural" disaster. Are the Chinese invading America? Will he be able to keep his dark secret from the others in their fight for survival? This SHTF (shi* hits the fan) scenario is guaranteed to be one of the fastest paced novels you have ever read!
Name of Alt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,400. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
Mankind's worst critic just landed on earth. Fortunately, so did his owner. Written entirely in a "first-alien perspective," Alt and his pet, Khan, tell of earths alien history, of distant and magical worlds, and what his and other species are saying about humans. Loaded with facts, this fiction is both art and education, catering to fans of any genre, not just sci-fi. Meet Alt and Khan.