What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
For myself, the most difficult part is just getting started. Ideas tend to jumble and explode around my brainpan. Sitting still is something I have trouble with as well. These days I stand while writing and it helps channel some of that extra energy away, so I can stay focused. Once I’ve decided what types of themes I would like to talk about in the book, I’ll work on characters and settings, and then the problems the protagonist(s) might have to face. After that it’s a lot of writing. And thinking. And revising. Over and over and over again.
What kind of research did you do to write this book?
I visited historical villages, with blacksmiths, cobblers, and the like, to get a feel for what it must have been to live in those days. The old dirt streets were usually lined with boardwalks, as they would get very muddy, and walking through thick mud is a difficult endeavour. Plus, boardwalks are just plain fun. I also looked through images in books of clothing from the period, as well as equipment, and transportation that was used, eg. a horse drawn coach, or other. Previously, I’ve visited many, many museums – small and large – and have a good working knowledge of history from Victorian Europe and Pioneering Days in North America, and crossed these two periods in the world building of The Lost Father Chronicles.
What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future)
eBooks. Love ’em. I’ve been reading a couple paperbacks by Anne Rice recently, and find them clumsy now that I use a dedicated eReader for most of my reading. Plus you can’t tap a word in a paperback for the definition if you’re unfamiliar with it eg. unguent. I still enjoy the smell of paper, especially the older books from the 50s, but if you’re a voracious reader, having a kindle, kobo, or other device dedicated to reading, is probably going to save your back from lugging around ten books on a holiday to the beach, or what-have-you. Another positive point, is eInk. That stuff is fantastic. Tablets, like the iPad, are fun for surfing the net, but backlit units often can strain one’s eyes. eInk uses the ambient light surrounding the reader, and so acts just like a printed paper page, and thus, also lets the battery last a good month. The drawback, of course, is that you don’t need to recharge a paperback, but as stated above, even paper books have bad points too. So, all in all, I think the shift to eBooks is a wonderful literacy technology.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
I really enjoy reading reviews of my work. Good or bad, it gives some insight into the reader, and what they like, or do not like, and I can change my stories to maybe favour a different path. I work for the people who read my books, so-to-speak, and would prefer to give them an excellent reading experience, than waste their time. The money they spend on my work, in my opinion, is far less important than the time they will put into reading it. We all have only so much time, and I’m determined to write ever better books so my fans will want to keep reading K. R. Cox novels for years to come.
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
Even the hardest moments of your life, it is still possible to find hope and a purpose with which to renew yourself and move forward.
Published by Keyboards and Caffeine Publications on Aug 14, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Danger is never far away in Middle On.
It has been thirteen years since Orryk’s father disappeared.
A strange letter is discovered in a journal that starts our hero on an adventure to find the man that abandoned him, his brother, and his mother. The question on everyone’s mind: what really happened to make the man vanish?
A town that always seemed boring and ordinary suddenly becomes alive with threat and enchantment. The search for clues throws Orryk into circumstances that are too unbelievable and too wild for him to handle alone, and makes him wonder how he ever missed all the strange and bizarre things happening in Middle On.
The fight for clues takes our hero through some of the most challenging trials of his life and forces Orryk to decide which morals to bend, or break, to get what he wants.
Set in a time of gaslights, wagons, and stone paved highways, this is a fantasy adventure where people and things, even the most ordinary, are not what they seem.