JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Kevin Buckner
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am a medical laboratory scientist who writes in his free time. I have published one novel, have completed the first draft of another, and am about halfway through the first draft of the second book in my series. I currently live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area with my wife and two children. I enjoy listening to and playing music, playing games with my family, and knitting.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
My writing is inspired by role-playing game campaigns I have run and dreams I have had. I write because I think I have good stories to tell, which other people will find interesting.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?
David Eddings because I like the characters he writes and the way they interact with each other. I also like the creativity he shows in his works, with defining how magic works in his worlds and that he doesn’t rely on the same races most people expect from a fantasy novel (elves, orcs, etc.) Alexandre Dumas because he wrote compelling books that kept (and still keep) the reader engaged, not wanting to put the book down. Edgar Allen Poe because his style was similar to mine. There’s a darkness in his stories and poetry that is also present in my works. In high school, my English and Creative Writing teachers called me a modern-day brooding romantic.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?
Les Misérables because it is a classic work encompassing a wide variety of literary themes and archetypes. I appreciate its complex story and all the different story lines woven throughout the work. The Belgariad (series) by David Eddings because of the wonderful world building and the characters. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings because of their masterful construction. Tolkien can be a little dry at times, but he was a master at painting mental pictures with words. It’s fascinating to me how he built an entire world with unique cultures, languages, and histories in order to create a cohesive fantasy story that has more than held up to the test of time.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?
Drizz’t Do’urden from the Dark Elf Saga by R.A. Salvatore. I like that he was a high-born noble who could have lived in relative luxury, but chose to give it up and live a life of exile because of what remaining in the society he was born in would mean. He rejected the scheming, dishonest, murderous ways of his people to become a good and honest person. He’s an example of someone choosing to be different from what you would expect and he’s very good at what he does. I find that I identify with him in a lot of ways. Jean Valjean because his is a tale of redemption. He dedicates his life to helping others and improving society, in spite of the things he had done in the past. He chose to leave behind a life of crime in the pursuit of being the best person he could be.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?
Never give up. Keep writing. Keep improving. When you ask yourself whether it is worth it, always answer “yes”.
IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?
Henry Cavill as Rogen, Andy Serkis as Zón, Gina Carano as Callista, Natalie Portman as Amilla and I haven’t thought much beyond that. For the soundtrack, I’d probably ask Howard Shore to work with Al Pitrelli and Paul O’neill.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
I’d like everyone to know that I am confident that anyone who likes fantasy will enjoy my series. I think a fair number of people who don’t particularly like fantasy will enjoy it as well. It has been a labor of love for me. It took me a year to write the first book and another five years of editing and rewriting before I felt like it was good enough to publish, and I have been my own worst critic.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?
I am @LordZombitten on twitter and instagram, but haven’t been as active on those platforms as I should be.