Paul Kirk

Biography

Paul R. Kirk, MA, CRC, CCM, LPC, CEAS, makes his living as an occupational and rehabilitation expert consultant who assists seriously ill or injured professionals in their efforts to return to a productive and fulfilling lifestyle. Master's trained in existential phenomenological psychology and licensed as a professional counselor, Paul Kirk has spent over 28 years assessing the residual life potentials of individuals after a personal devastation, whether mental or physical. In-depth vocational research and isolating residual transferable skills for use in future life activity comes natural and is easily extrapolated into assessing a post apocalyptic world such as in DEVASTATION POINT. Certified as competent in administering intelligence tests and adept at in-depth psychological counseling, he also provides young adults with vocational career assessment services as reflected in his newest fiction novel: PIZZA BONES-The Emergence Of A Killer. This is his second novel and within a completely different genre from his published work in the DEVASTATION POINT post-apocalyptic series. He lives with his lovely wife and three wonderful children in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have a cat, Dexter, who loves everyone in the family but him.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
A solid story appeals to me. The beauty of words and how they shape the world continues to amaze me. Pretty much any story if it is well done and on just about any subject. I love psychology and pursued this dream. And for the past 27 years, my occupation has required me to write concise, descriptive and detailed reports on individuals. To achieve this, I need to know their "story" and be able to describe and create a solid impression for the reader. I enjoy this part of my work. For the novel, Devastation Point, I began imagining what it would be like 5 years after a worldwide plague wiped out civilization. The Post-apocalyptic books I began reading were not enough for me. I felt like I could try and tell such a story. Only without zombies or the super-heavy mindset of survival, or religious cults forming, and maybe with more a locked-in human element.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
An excellent website. The Smashwords Style Guide was simply a great tool to address the daunting task of writing a first novel that people might read some day. The knowledge base of materials and expertise was very helpful. The effort of Smashwords to remain professional and focused on the indie author is impressive. Coker started a cool thing with Smashwords.
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Books

Pizza Bones -Emergence Of A Killer (Book One)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,480. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Brian Hawk grows up too fast in the blue-collar steel town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Surprisingly resilient, he withstands numerous traumatic events in the formative years of his life. Alert and analytical, young Brian responds as a jagged path of emotional and intellectual survival unfolds when a seventeen-year-old becomes suddenly bent on his destruction.
Devastation Point -5 Years Post Viral Apocalypse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 254,310. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When the hyper-aggressive H5N1 plague spread, the world collapsed. Billions around the world died in a few months' time and technology and infrastructure disintegrated. Among the survivors, a rare gene in the human DNA emerged as resistant to the onslaught. Devastation Point takes an in-depth look at some of the key survivors and their response to a world altered by the pandemic destruction.

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