Interview with Steve Kenny

What do your fans mean to you?
What? I didn't know I had any fans.
What are you working on next?
Having been laid off from my job this past Friday, I am now working on getting some of my stuff published here at Smashwords. I have upwards of 100 pieces from which to choose. Currently, I am not writing anything.

I am also looking forward to going back to school for some job retraining.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joseph Campbell, John Muir, Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Cormac McCarthy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Poe, and a few others that I know I'm forgetting here...oh; Dava Sobel, Ross King, Elizabeth Jenkins...there's more, I'm sure.
I am a very, very slow reader.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughters, my fiance, my love of the challenge of each new day; I am a true morning person. I don't care much for staying up late, nor do I care much for sleeping in. I'm usually out of bed by five-thirty or six every morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time thinking of new and cleverer ways of reaching people; you know; there's just not enough meaningful communication between people these days.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I surf, like everyone else, although not nearly as much as I would if I just let myself go and didn't keep my time away from home in check.
Surfing, and reading happens away from home, right?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was fourteen, or twelve, or something. As a matter of fact, I still have it.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to just open up my mind and let it all in, or, perhaps, let it all out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first reading experiences happened in the 1960's, and were very, very memorable events: 12 cent Marvel Comics. Those were the days.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover designs are pretty minimalistic, as you can see. I believe that they stand out because of their simplicity.
But hey; I know that my cover art style ain't for everybody.
Never judge a book by its cover, right?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite 5 books? I could never limit myself to just 5 favorites.
What do you read for pleasure?
What do I read for pleasure? Well, I truly love J. R. R.Tolkien's rhythms, consonance and alliteration, and also, his deep sense of the roots of the words [he was a philologist, you know]; I absolutely love the cadence of Martin Luther King. To my mind, listening to him is like listening to great music.
Describe your desk
My desk? A spiral bound notebook and a fifty cent roller ball pen. Blue ink.
What do readers get when purchasing one of your e-books?
Well, they get a little piece of me. But the cool thing about Smashwords, to my mind, is that the books that readers buy here may be added to, by its authors, at any time. An important feature given here at Smashwords is that once a book is purchased, the reader has access to every version, every revision, every new edition of that book. This is a very important part of the Smashwords experience, to my mind, because, as the initial effort to get all this stuff up begins to slow some, I plan on revising and adding to everything here, so that the book you buy - which may be ten, twenty pages long, whatever, may grow, in every way, over time, in a very good way.
Steve Kenny, thanks for stepping back into our studio for another round of questions.
Thank you.
We've received a few irate calls from anonymous bloggers from over at Open Salon - where you are, in fact, a blogger - that you have lied on a question in your Smashwords Interview.
What question?
The "What inspires you to get out of bed each day" question.
What's wrong with it?
Well, we've been receiving calls from bloggers -more than one - that you do, in fact, stay up later than you said.
What? I don't...let me see that. ...what inspires me to get out of bed each day....hhhmmm...my daughters...my fiance...my love of the challenge of each new day...I am a true morning person and I also I don't care much for staying up late....what's wrong with this?
It's not true.
It's not true? Yes it is.
No it's not.
Yes it is.
No it's not.
Yes it is.
It's, in fact, a lie.
No it's not.
Yes it is.
No, it's not.
It is.
Okay. It is. Is that it?
No,
Then can we at least step out of the cone of silence for a minute?
Why?
Because I have a feeling we are being listened in on.
This is an interview, Mr. Kenny. It is being listened in on.
By who?
We don't know.
Yes you do.
No we don't.
Yes you do.
No, we don't.
Yes you do.
Okay, we do.
Who's listening?
--There will be more with Steve Kenny, author of several highly successful swimwear books, after this.
What? Swimwear books?
Yes. Swimwear books.
Wait...I didn't publish any swimwear books.
Yes you did.
No I didn't
Yes you did.
No, I didn't.
Published 2014-02-21.
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What's A Slave Worth?
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The Rape of the New Sabine/This New Colossus
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Metamorphosis/ In God They Say They Trust While Everyone Gets Carded.
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A few thoughts about 9/11, and the subsequent policies that have given rise to the Surveillance State.
Notes Nailed To A Door, Vol. 6/ MLK Imagined Today
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When Chalk Is More Valuable Than Gold
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The inspiring true story of how Frederick Douglass learned to read and write, in his own words.
Monopoly
Series: Monopoly, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A future where the Corporation rules supreme and the laws and rules -as well as the compassion- of man are swept away in favor of ratings and profits, driven on by the powerful, wildly popular, sensationalistic, no-holds-barred sport known as The Game, where huge cranes vie for position, wielding two four-thousand pound Dice, hell-bent on destruction. Destroy or be destroyed. A must read.
Notes From My Life
Series: Economics 101, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
With this Smashwords release, Steve Kenny takes the reader into the heart of memories and experiences that stretch from 1969 [notes from my life] through to the present [November]. A sometimes sweet and sometimes poignant work, sprinkled with some small didactic observations of the current America, 'notes from my life' gently blends tone and mood timelessly. A must read.
Ink
Series: Ink, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Social-science fiction at its best. The battle for the world begins between two races of alien beings living on Earth. A warm-blooded, human-like species possessing true warm empathy and rechargeable tattoo ink which gives them special abilities, is forced to defend the planet from the other; a cold-blooded human-like species that has finally discovered how to replicate the ink of their enemy.
Weapons That We Can Use Right Now, Part 1.
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An irritable bowl syndrome missile defense satellite system the whole family can take pride in!
Philosophy 101
Series: Economics 101, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 20,530. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature
The second collection in a series, Philosophy 101 paints a picture of life as it is seen from inside the mind, and gives a perspective that will, hopefully, widen the reader's own perspective.
Economics 101
Series: Economics 101, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Essay » Sociology
On The Verge Of Obsolescence, The Bread Winners, What's A Slave Worth?, The House That Greed Built, Words.