Interview with Z. Casimir Kmiotek

When did you first start writing?
My first stories were about fishing. I used to make them up for my son when he was little. The Golden Worm was his favorite.
The catalyst for Driftless Summer was something I learned about called Shared Psychosis Syndrome. Two or more people can suffer the same delusions and one factor is inappropriate affection as a child.
Ray and Al are the delusional pair--they commit several murders at the behest of the voices.
Crane and Gerhard are the fun loving brothers in law that spend time at Cranes cabin.
Many fun and sordid things happen.
I think young adult and adult males would enjoy reading Driftless Summer a Crane Maddox Adventure
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Inventing characters and letting them develop. When they interact I feel like I'm there with them. They do what I tell them they did.
What do your fans mean to you?
Too soon to say—I would like some though.
What are you working on next?
The characters Ray Olsen and Crane Maddox are connected by a common piece of property. Ray is assigned by the court to be supervised by Crane, they spend time together and find common interests in art and cooking. It will have many good recipes and a martini ceremony. Gerhard doesn't like Ray and is hardly mentioned.
There will be a prequel highlighting Al Bumen's days as a teacher in Kansas City.
I would like to transform the poor quality photos in the children's book, "Whitey Has Two Mom's." I think I can make them look like water color paintings.
Who are your favorite authors?
Twain, Salinger, Voltaire, Vonnegut, Zola
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a lot of stuff to do. The cabin featured in, "Driftless Summer", is getting a facelift. Gerhard and I have added a eight by twenty-eight foot screen porch. I did most of the work and Gerhard helped between biking, golf and jogging.
The outhouse provided some nice evening campfires.
We now have a battery operated, "Flush" toilet.
The next novels need daily notes so I don't forget anything. I did lose a good phrase that made Gerhard laugh, we waited too long and when I got around to it, it was lost.
How do you approach cover design?
I take a photo of the area in question, then have someone do the title layout. I suppose I could do that too, but I need help with the formatting.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading about science innovations.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't read e-books. I probably should start.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
With zero sales, that's hard to answer.
Describe your desk
I have a heavy tiger-eye oak desk with five drawers. I bought it at an antique store along with an oak office desk that rocks. The top has a blotter, a pale green antique candy dish with three feet is in the far right corner. My mother's first brownie camera sits in the left corner and in the center—a small hinged box that my dad made in high school—before he enlisted for WW II. There are several small notebooks, my phone and headphones.
My desk is between the living room and dining room with one of my paintings to my left.
Published 2016-08-12.
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