Interview with Kelly Kusumoto

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When it comes to social interaction, I am somewhat of a plaid-shirt, polkadot pants guy. So the only time I really feel I can express myself is when I write. It is liberating and frightening and exciting at the same time. The fact I can be myself and write, pretty much, whatever I want is the single greatest joy I get out of writing.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on something. I write for a film production company called Los Yorkers Productions, as well as a web/branding company called Kiltic Studios and I am always pumping out content for them. I try to write as many articles as I can for websites and review sites. I also write music and lyrics for my band Plastik Glasses. So I am always writing something. I am working on a full length novel as well as a full length screenplay and a couple short screenplays too. Now I guess what I should really be working on next is trying to make more money from all this writing!
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, JD Salinger, Albert Camus, George Orwell, Dante Alighieri, Virgil, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Orson Scott Card, HG Wells, Daniel Quinn, Cormac McCarthy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If you need a reason to get out of bed, you might as well just do everyone else a favor and stay there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play ice hockey, drums, guitar, bass, piano. I sing. I try to travel. I take photographs. I do graphic design. I paint. I sketch. I ride my bike when it's not snowing. I play with my dogs. Oh and I read.
What is your writing process?
I'll write something, then read it over as if I were a cynical, author-hating critic. Then I usually throw the draft and the idea that came with it away. For the few that get past the first reading, I do extensive research on the topic or theme or setting or what have you and dive back into the writing and pretty much write it again. Then I'll repeat the process and if the story makes it past those stages, I'll ask one of my few trusted friends to read it and give me their honest opinion. If after all that it still has staying power, then I sleep on it and decide the next morning whether or not to do anything with it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Other than children's books, the first story I read that changed my life was 1984 by George Orwell. I read it when I was 13 and was never the same after.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: If an alien came down and wanted to know everything about human life, I would tell him to read this book.
2. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: If I could see through the eyes of another person, I would see through Vonnegut's.
3. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger: I am Holden Caulfield.
4. The Aeneid by Virgil: Anyone worshipped by Dante is worshipped by me as well.
5. 1984 by George Orwell: Ever have that feeling someone is watching you?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad mini - not too big, not too small.
Describe your desk
Computer, second screen, two 2TB hard drives, a huge Wacom tablet, an M-Audio DAW, Rokit-5 audio monitors, coffee stains and cereal crumbs.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything literary fiction. I am not much into niche genres or topics. I like the classics and books that can eventually be classics. I also like a good non-fiction once in a while. "Escape From Camp 14" or "Shadow Divers" are great non-fiction books I've read recently.
Published 2015-03-15.
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Books by This Author

First Works: A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,120. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Kelly Kusumoto has published five short stories on various websites across the globe. In his first self-published eBook, he brings each of these stories together and also includes three previously unpublished stories from his archive. Check out the early works of this emerging author who grew up in Los Angeles and is now pursuing a full writing career in New York City.