Interview with K.O.Reuben

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in year 5. It was a complete rip off of The 1970′s ‘Giant Japanese Robot’ genre, an inspired piece of awesome called STARVENGERS. I basically retold the whole story but in the most inconsistent, stodgy way ever. I’m surprised my teacher could mark it at all because my hand writing was worse than my story. On the upside the second story i wrote (by my count) about 4 years later while in secondary school, about a Russian sailor lost at sea traveling round the world to get back to the family he was separated from, was way more epic and more importantly- original. It was the first time i had enjoyed my homework. And my handwriting was actually pretty neat. Thanks mum for pushing me to do my homework lol.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible by God-Because it’s life changing.The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman- because its bold, cocky and hilarious and shows off at every turn with calligraphy-like syntax. Harry Potter and The prisoner of Azkaban series by J K Rowling- Because I see bits of Professor Lupin and Sirius in myself and that’s something myself and Harry admire.

Artemis Fowl and The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer- Because I love time travel story lines, and Artemis gets his suit ruffed up.

Percy Jackson and the Lightening thief by Rick Riordan because i love mythology, they were the epic stories that entertained fiction buffs before Batman and Superman.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone. Less stress, one less application to insure.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
In order not to ramble ,because I’m exceedingly good at that, I’ll just list them in no particular order.
I read my ebooks on 1) Wattpad, 2) Smashwords, 3) Jukepopserials 4)The Google books app on my phone
and that’s about it i think…Sometimes i read via PDF’s people send me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Do i get to ramble? I have to be able to ramble or it isn’t fair! And preferably cross genres too. Oh i’m allowed? Brilliant! Ha! Okay. This is easy. Steven Moffat- current head writer of Dr Who and overall blooming genius! Russell T. Davies-another head writer of Dr who, he came before Moffat. If not for him I genuinely wouldn’t have been introduced to the series at all. And lest I forget, he did that awesome spin-off of- TORCHWOOD. On Wattpad (it’s a social network for writers and readers, think the love child of Facebook and Kindle and you get an idea of what i looks like. It’s pretty awesome) out of the thousands who are on this thing plugging their books, and several more reading, there’s this one author who writes EXTREMELY short chapters about Emma Watson stranded on an island. Yes it is a fan fiction of sorts but its bloody fantastic! The author is called Nzchina and the book is called ‘Food,water,what else do I need?’. I highly recommend it.
Ned Beauman’ is up there with my all time favourites and my reasoning is that i just laughed out loud too much for me to believe i was reading a book. It was a treat. It was like an exotic fruit with its mixed flavours thanks to the genres crossing each other and overlapping. What book of his am I talking about? ‘The Teleportation accident’. It’s more than just a bit risqué but its a rollicking good treat but that’s just my opinion.
Erm, lets see. George Orwell. Hands down. Why? Well I read 1984 and i never looked at the world in the same way again. I didn’t read any of his other books after that. Probably out of being haunted (ha!) but i never forgot what 1984 pointed out. Food for thought.
Carlene Carter Brandon because she wrote a poem called ‘The Little Boy’ and it’s just stuck with me ever since, its beautiful. Carlene is the first author ever to review one of my works and for that I’m exceedingly grateful. Her whole book of poems called ‘From The Heart’ is truly from the heart, its lovely all the way through. Definitely check out her poems!

Eoin Colfer because his work on the Artemis Fowl series was and is genius. His perfect blend of comedy and action shaped a lot as a writer. I have a lot to thank him for. That series was bought within the week of me discovering it, it was that good. I had a horrible wait for the rest of the books to come out.

Rick Riordan filled the gap that was left when I had no Artemis Fowl books to read. Sounds kind of bad but i never compared them exclusively, i was just really happy that i wasn’t craving a good read anymore. His first person narrative really helped me as a writer, really showing me the scope possible and that was what drove me to buy up all the series again within a week. And just like Artemis Fowl, the book covers were capturing. Yeah, tell me about it! Book covers do have to be given attention! It’s worth investing in!

Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is timeless because it’s a story about a protagonist written not by the narrator but by another character which to me is very cool. Taught me a lot about scope.

The ‘My favourite play award’ however goes to Hamlet by Shakespeare. Why? It’s your typical revenge epic but set hundreds of years ago. I can see a-listers on the red carpet talking about how they were so happy to be part of such an epic movie. Ha yeah, it probably was a tad bit similar for the cast at the time in their own way!
Okay Now to comics, I’ll breeze through these quickly because we’ll be here all day otherwise (Ha!) Yeah you’re right, that’s not a bad thing!
okay 1) Whoever wrote The Next Avengers Comic by MARVEL (i think it’s Christopher Yost, I know he wrote the script for the animated feature film)

It’s such a clever story line and the comic answers a lot of questions i had about the main characters who take a less prominent role in a way. It’s clever stuff, and the time travel (spoilers, there’s time travel…sort of) is done really well and takes your head for a bit of a spin. I like non-generic stuff like that, it keeps things fresh.
Dc comics had me kissing their feet when ‘Batman: Court of Owls’ and ‘Night of the Owls’ came out. I was So Impressed. Just exhilarating ALL THE WAY THROUGH. It really put a generic hero through his paces. You’ll either come out a Batman fan or come out an even stronger Batman fan for it. Definitely needs its own film. What did i like about it? I just loved the metaphors, The clever script that went along with the extremely innovative paneling. I studied graphic narrative in university and i only saw that sort of crazy stuff in uni so it was nice to actually see mainstream artists break from the norm and take people for a wild ride they wouldn’t forget. That’s what makes the genre of comics (graphic novels) so different from film and any other, even prose, and i was just really happy to see that this was ill
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m usually cooking. You know how everyone hates Mondays? No, not me! I’m cooking on that day! I cook, Corned beef, Tuna, Rice,Pasta, I’ll do a fry up (an English Breakfast) You don’t know what an English Breakfast is? Google it! It’s awesome, you’re missing out. Mondays are for me to just pig out and relax and if i can’t do it on that day I’ll do it on another day but i reserve a day to chillax and do no writing whatsoever.I babysit my brother who isn’t actually a baby. He’s like 9 now. Yikes, i remember when i was 9, He’s growing up. We play super heroes and i wear my Superman cape round the house. He used to have a Spider-man costume but my mum gave it to charity. You didn’t hear it from me…if he knew he’d through the biggest tantrum of all time. We go to the library, that’s our thing. Yes the girls do too but obviously it’s so much better when it’s just the guys. I tell him about all the books and what ones are better, he has a weird taste in books which i like. I like that he’s really independent like that. He’s quite the reader when he gets going. Most of the time were reading and if we aren’t doing that were looking at comics which is essentially kind of the same thing.
If my bro isn’t around I’m usually just listening to some joke my sister is telling me. She’s hilarious. Actually when i think about it we’re both usually winding up my mum, she easy to take the mick out of, she’s a good sport. And she can give as good as she gets too so yeah lol.
When I’m not doing that I’m at my dad’s chilling talking about football, African food and politics of some kind. we like those sort of conversations.
And when I’m not doing that I’m with my brother from another mother and most of the time were watching movie, playing football on Xbox or jamming with guitar and piano.
I do have a love life but it’s special and private. All i will say is that it is lovely.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God inspires me to get out of bed each day because its Him who wakes me up each day. Sometimes it’s not even on a bed (i fall asleep at computers and on keyboards ALOT).
Next to that I’d say my friends and family because without them it’s a lonely existence.
My writing and my readers are definitely what gets me out of bed after that, because well they just do. It’s so natural to me. I love to write. I love to read. I spend lots of time in book shops and libraries. My dad used to call me sometimes and think i was at a girlfriends house but I’d actually be at the library or in a book shop sussing out the latest books to take my fancy because I’m such a book-worm like that. Yeah i know, i think he thinks to highly of me- I was RUBBISH with the ladies! Like consistently. Not much has changed in reality!
What is your writing process?
I have an idea. I write a short story about it. If the idea is good, it gets expanded upon in to a full-blown shazam. If not, it stays as a short story. That way i never get stuck trying to write a book or trying write something. It’s either you’re a short story or you’re something more-simple.
I listen to a truck load of classical music, being a black man in my mid twenties I’m apparently deviating from the norm but that’s ignorant talk from people who don’t know how inspirational classical music is. That’s why that’s the ‘shizzle’ they use in movies as soundtracks. Yes, i said ‘shizzle’ thought I’d adhere to at least one stereotype LOL, I’m not even African-American! Ha! I mean no offense, i just wanted to illustrate how easy it is to become susceptible to clichés, that’s one thing i try avoiding where i can help it. All biscuits are the same at their base level but they come in different packaging, shapes, sizes, designs, and flavours, with all sorts of elaborate add-ons. In the same way, I try my best to be innovative within the sphere of the cliché and that starts by having a clear voice otherwise I’m just sounding like everybody else and that’s boring. That’s what I’m constantly telling myself whenever i write, these are my processes if i have any at all. Sometimes i look at thing and use those things to start my chapter, or start a sentence. My lecturers at uni called that a starting point or something like that and it really helps start you off.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh i think i told you about George Orwell’s 1984 so I’ll skip that one. HMM.
I remember when i finished the bible. I was like “YES!” and picked up another one to read all over again a few weeks later. I read Shakespeare REALLY easily as a result because the King James translation of the bible is in Shakespearean English so it was really clunky and heavy! Most in class were like “What in the name of grilled toast is going on?” and I’m like “Oh my gosh that’s cold! Game over Hamlet is a don!” HA! So yeah people started coming to me to teach them immediately after class because they just weren’t getting it. So in essence, reading The Bible helped me academically improve in my field of expertise.
How do you approach cover design?
I always think “This is not a book cover, this is a movie cover for the DVD so it has to be awesome, it has to be capturing, it has to be capturing!!! ” Thinking like that really enables me to come up with ideas.
What do you read for pleasure?
Apart from my bible which to be honest is a given because it encourages me all the time, I’d say I read comics for pleasure. I love being transported into a fictional universe that’s been built with visuals of that nature. At the moment however, I’ve been making my way slowly through the complete Sherlock Holmes works by sir Arthur Conan Doyle. After that it’ll be all Shakespeare and perhaps I’ll read Dr Faustus, loved that play.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords. I’ve been able to get a lot of readers on there. Wattpad comes second but they don’t have the option of downloading and selling. It’s helped me really get my work out there on the web.
Published 2013-11-06.
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That Other Disciple
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,650. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
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