Interview with Kyle J. Anderson

What made you want to write "Blackout" and how is it different from what is currently on the market?
I've always gravitated toward pure fiction and wanted to venture into that world. I wrote what I knew and mixed with this alternate universe of ideas that I had been carrying around for some time and what transpired is this novel. I think what makes it different is that it's completely original and although there are multiple psychological thrillers out there, there isn't one that feels quite as real as this. You get pulled in, just like the main character, Quentin.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that really gets my ideas flowing and novels that take you to a different world. For example, The Hunger Games. I love a strong female lead and that series is just genius.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a little behind the times, but my old fashioned Kindle. There aren't as many distractions as you can't download apps on that one.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth has been the best. It's slow, but if you truly believe in yourself and your work, you will be patient.
Describe your desk
It's a hand me down from my 12 year old niece. It's small and cramped, but it has just enough room for my laptop and a small flat screen TV. All I need is music and I can write for hours. I'd love a cherry wood corner desk one day, though.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota. Being in that kind of setting, you either sink or swim as there are many closed minded people. I chose to swim, and writing was my escape. It propels me, even today, to be better and do better.
When did you first start writing?
I've always liked to write, but I professionally started self-publishing in 2010.
What's the story behind "Blackout?"
My latest novel didn't start out as a novel or have intentions of becoming one, it started out as the first short story in a collection of short stories but it kind of just grew its own legs and took off. It's the surreal representation of the darkness and how it knocks on your door. If you answer it, you get sucked in and "Blackout" is the name of a fictional city where the darkness lives and breeds. The other main character, Dark Lady, is the queen of this city and lures in Quentin to be the new ruler. It's not purgatory, nor is it necessarily scary, it's just raw and real.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
100% creative control.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
More widespread distribution and to formats that I could not find on my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sinking my teeth into a new storyline and seeing where it goes. I look forward to that block of time that I can just sit down and type away, with no real aim. It really drives me.
Published 2014-01-28.
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Books by This Author

Blackout
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,760. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
"Blackout" is the surreal representation of the darkness, and its enticing nature finds the main character, Quentin, in the grasp of Dark Lady, the queen of the fictional city of Blackout. The lines between real and fantasy blur in this coming of age novel, penned by the rising author Kyle J. Anderson. There is no turning back.