Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Kevin Hopson to The Gal. He is full swing into his The Landfill Blog Tour and today he's here for an interview. I must say, interviews are one of my favorite things to do on here, mainly because I get to meet so many amazing people AND I get to learn such interesting things about them. Kevin is no exception. What a great guy. :)
Haven't heard of the Landfill? Here's a little bit of information (and you can read my review here).
Genre: YA, Horror, Short Stories
Publication date: 4.2.2014
Kindle price. $0.99
Amazon link: The Landfill
Summary: Billy, a high school senior, has lost a lot in the past year, including his younger sister, Sara. Billy lacks excitement and purpose in life until his curiosity takes him and his best friend, Connor, to an old, abandoned landfill along the river. Connor would rather forget the experience, but Billy can’t help but feel invigorated by their findings. Taking it upon himself to uncover the mystery, Billy finds his life coming full circle – but is that a good or bad thing?
Hi, Kevin. Welcome to The Gal in the Blue Mask. Let's start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself.
I have been writing in some capacity for about 15 years now. However, it wasn't until 2010 that I finally developed into the fiction market. I've been with MuseItUp Publishing ever since, and I write in several genres, including science fiction, crime fiction, dark fiction, and fantasy.
Tell us 5 random facts very few people know about you.
I have allergies to beef and milk. If you do the math (think about cheese and all the possible dairy products), you'll realize how lame my choices can be when it comes to food. That being said, I live a healthier life as a result of it.
My mother saved my life when I was a kid. I was choking on a hot dog, and she managed to pry it out of my mouth in time. She also suffered permanent kidney damage during my birth and still deals with it to this day. Talk about sacrifice. Thanks, Mom!
I lost my first son to stillbirth on August 28, 2010. He watches over his little brother now.
Prior to my writing career, I managed my own business on three different occasions. I worked as an investment consultant, a personal chef, and a sports scout. My background (college degree) is actually in finance.
I donate all of my book proceeds to charity. St Jude's is a favorite of mine.
What is the first book you remember reading?
I honestly can't remember the title, but it was a book by Isaac Asimov.
What book(s) have most influenced you?
The Stand by Stephen King. I've always had a fascination with post-apocalyptic settings and stories, and The Stand is what started it all for me.
What made you decide to begin writing in the first place?
I've never been content unless I'm creating something with my mind. There's no better outlet for this than writing, which is why I started and never looked back.
What inspires you most?
So many things inspire me - books, movies, art, nature, family, etc. I think the one thing that inspires me most is life in general, because I can draw inspiration from just about anything.
Which of your characters do you think is the most like you?
Billy from The Landfill. We're both the adventurous type and, like him, I've experienced significant losses in my life (my father and son both passed within 16 months of each other).
Where is your favorite place to write?
The third floor of my house. It's away from all of the chaos, and there are a lot of nostalgic items (art, toys, etc) that remind me of my childhood.
Is there anything about writing you find the most challenging?
Being patient. Once I get an idea for a story, millions of things continuously run through my head. As a result, I often find myself rushing to get everything down on paper. Until I can extract everything from my brain, I go through a heightened period of stress.
What do you think makes a good story?
Engaging characters, an element of surprise, and a story that can stand alone regardless of the ending.
What kind of things do you do when you're not writing?
Since I'm a stay-at-home dad, I'm usually taking care of my son. When I get some free time outside of writing, I enjoy reading and watching movies.
What can we expect from you in the future?
My latest story, a sci-fi novella titled Shifting Alliances, will be released by MuseItUp Publishing this fall, so I will be working on this as the year progresses. Furthermore, I have yet to write a full-length novel, which is an ultimate goal of mine, so I hope to accomplish this at some point as well.
Where can we find you?
Thanks, Kevin, for joining us on The Gal today. You are welcome back any time :)
More about KevinPrior to hitting the fiction scene in 2009, Kevin was a freelance writer for several years, covering everything from finance to sports. His debut work, World of Ash, was released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2010. Kevin has released several other books through MuseItUp since then, and he has also been published in various magazines and anthology books. Kevin's writing covers many genres, including dark fiction and horror, science fiction and fantasy, and crime fiction. His blog can be found at http://kevin-hopson.blogspot.com.
Kevin's latest releases are Broken Family (Crime/Mystery) and The Landfill (Young Adult/Dark Fiction). His next book, a sci-fi novella titled Shifting Alliances, will be released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2014.