Interview with Ken Waters

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started penning the Full Circle Trilogy nearly five years ago, and would put it down for months at a time and re-visit it when I had the time, once I finally finished Part I, I started looking for a publisher. Writing a book is an accomplishment but getting published brings you to a whole other level. I found several publishers showing interest but they all wanted a steep percentage, it was ridiculous the amount of money they wanted to make, needless to say it was their money they would be investing but it still didn't seem fair so I kept passing on the deal, and at the time, I didn't want to self publish so I just kept writing and sat on the content. Now, today, it's no longer suicide to self publish, and is the thing to do. There are people making a nice living by penning and peddling their work on the Internet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to create characters and bring them in any direction I want, plus I make my own hours.
What are you working on next?
I have this comedy that I want to bring to life, it's another screenplay that I'm going in the opposite direction with. I've heard a lot of people claim that comedy is tough, I guess it's because those people just aren't funny. This piece is non-stop, belly laughing fun.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I can't put a finger on just one thing, my eyes open and I'm up. It wasn't always like that, I use to love to sleep in. Back to the question, my life, for the most part isn't that bad. My two dogs are beyond awesome. My girlfriend is always smiling. Food, I love to eat. My resume speaks for itself, and the future - it looks bright.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like I said, my dogs keep me busy, I exercise almost everyday and I'm always looking for my next acting job. That's my real passion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My girlfriend started with the ebooks, I'm old school and still love getting my hands on a nice hard copy then placing it on the shelf. Something to be said about looking at a book-shelf filled with books and saying, "I read all those." Now with the ebook, I can write and publish them online for free and turn a nice profit.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was around 14 years old and wrote a one-page short story for Readers Digest, it was part of a short story contest, and 1st prize was like 50 dollars, but 30 years ago 50 bucks went a lot further than it can today. I liked the story but never actually submitted it. I actually have the story written into Full Circle Part III.
What is your writing process?
I just keep writing, and I don't worry about format, structure, spelling, grammar, that all comes last. The editor helps a lot with that part of the process. Then I go back and read what I wrote again and again, and add to the story a little bit each time I read it until it is where I want it to be. The process of story-telling is never really done, the last time I read Full Circle Part I, I came across a ton of stuff I could have added but you have to get to the point, and finally force yourself to say this piece is ready for people to read. Then in between all that, there's a certain amount of brainstorming and research. I come up with a lot of twists, turns and sayings while I exercise, and when I'm on a bike ride I seem to become very creative - for whatever reason.
Describe your desk
Kinda messy, but I know where everything is. I have 2 laptops and a PC. I'm often working on all three of them at the same time. It's not uncommon that I work on multiple pieces of literary work simultaneously.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's based on a short story that I turned into a screenplay then decided to turn that content into Full Circle. It was intended to be one manuscript and got so lengthy I decided to make it a Trilogy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? Every now and then someone recognises me but I really don't think I'm at that fan following level yet, and I'm not sure if I want to be "that guy" meaning the person that can't leave the house because they have so many fans. The person the paparazzi can't leave alone. I do like the idea of the being the guy that people might say, hey, that's Ken Waters but aren't completely star-struck over. I guess it would be okay to experience that side of it all but once you cross through that door things will never be the same. The road I've been on, having a fan base is all part of it and when I get that break I'm sure I'll love all the fans and do what I can to provide as much advice and encouragement to them as I can. I don't have a crystal ball so only time will tell what the universe truly has in store for me.
Published 2014-10-14.
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Books by This Author

Full Circle an L.A. Trilogy, Part I - Dead or Alive
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 101,140. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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