Interview with Michael Kelso

Published 2017-09-22.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the story of a young man who endures tragedy and has to learn to deal with it for the rest of his life. It's about the choices he makes as he passes into adulthood and how those choices shape him for good or for bad.
It's also a story of retribution upon those who have made terrible choices and devastated the lives of others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The impetus. When I first get that flash of insight that becomes a story. Sometimes it happens all at once and I have to struggle just to get the idea down on paper (or keyboard). Other times I get an idea for a single scene of a story and I build on it from there.
It's also the chance to create. To imagine my own world and see that through to a full-fledged story. When you write fiction, there are no limits. You can do anything and that is a very empowering motivation.
I also love words. When I create that perfect line at the precise moment in a scene that makes it unforgettable, that's sheer joy.
What are you working on next?
The next two sequels to One on One, a book about how I wrote and published One on One, a novel about football, 2 other mystery novels, a sci-fi movie script, among other projects, as time allows.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, Frank Perretti, Timothy Zahn, Mary Shelly, Edgar Allen Poe, Jonathan Maberry, Mike Battaglia, Dave Barry, Gary Larson (not sure if he counts as an author, but I love his work)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. I get up before anyone else just so I can have some alone time to write before I have to go to work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, Family, Photography, trying to market my book on my own.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through Twitter, Goodreads, Wordpress, actually I do more audiobooks than anything since I can listen to them at work.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've written hundreds. I'm not sure which one was the first, but One on One was one of the first. It started out as a short story and then evolved into a novel.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle on my phone.
When did you first start writing?
Around nine years ago for fiction. I was writing songs for a few years before that.
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