Interview with Kevin Gilhooly

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a class assignment in the 7th grade. I wrote about the hamsters that powered my school bus. It was not my finest work, but I think I got an "A" on it.
What is your writing process?
For poetry, I usually have a line pop into my head, and then I write around it to fill in the rest of the piece. For prose, I tend to write blog posts, so something happens that annoys me enough to get out a tablet or my laptop.
How do you approach cover design?
I hadn't really considered cover design, since I'm still working on the book. I would want it to reflect me and the contents, without frightening anyone away!
What do you read for pleasure?
Travel books - I tend to overplan, so I will read any book about a place I may be visiting any time in the next two years. I also read a lot of business books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook, but I usually just use the Nook app on my iPad or my laptop (usually, the iPad.)
Describe your desk
If you look in the dictionary under "clutter", you will see my desk. I usually write on my iPad on the couch, so the desk doesn't matter as much any more.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dallas, but my Mom is from South Texas and grew up on a ranch, so I'm the generation that is a pretend rancher. There are a lot of stories (and poems) that are easily imagined in the Old West, even if it was pretty tame by the time I got there.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was in grade school. The most serious writing started in 2013 with National Poetry Writing Month, since that gave me a target and deadlines. I do NaPoWriMo every year now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm collecting the past twenty years or so of poetry I've written, and blaming them all on Blind John Ellsworth, a starving blues musician who was born in Chicago and grew up in Dallas. Coincidentally, so did I, except for the starving part.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to publish to see what would happen. You can try to be discovered, you can pay to be discovered, or you can have faith in your work, and discover yourself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I couldn't have published without Smashwords. I didn't find another system I liked as much.
Published 2014-04-21.
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