Ha! I’m ecstatic to author Kev Heritage to Tartlandia! 😀 He contacted me months ago with one of the bestest query letters ever and… then he waited patiently for my spazzy self to arrange our playdate.
Settle in for the silly. (we’re pretty silly.) Oh! Make sure to join us in a quickie and enter his giveaway. ;
The Queen of Tarts
The Book Tart Quickie with Kev Heritage
Me: Kev! Happy late Book Birthday! I have cupcakes and love book birthdays. 😀 Come on in and take a seat on my red couch. It’s comfy! What can I get you with your cupcake? Water, soda, tea, coffee… something stronger? 😛
Kev: Tea please. Milk, no sugar. I’m sure others have said, but you do have a very comfortable couch. And red goes very well with my Spiderman costume. May I also ask that you remove the handcuffs?
*plops onto the couch and passes Kev his drink* How are you handling the release of your debut novel? Blue Into The Rip is running wild at fine retailers everywhere … I hope you did a victory dance on publication… or bought something fun?
Kev: It’s an odd sensation, granted. I’m still processing the whole author thing, so I can’t really tell you how it feels to achieve a life ambition – cos I don’t really know just yet. I have days where I think that it’s ‘sort of good’. But other days I can’t be thinking about it at all.
So to summarise: No author dance yet. Maybe one later next year sometime. Possibly. When I sell the film rights – definitely.
I have to tell you I love Blue. He’s relatable, not perfect… I liked that about him. I liked that he messed up and wasn’t afraid to keep trying. Where did the idea for Blue Into The Rip come from and did you hear Blue and Saturn Squad chatting in your head as you wrote?
Kev: I was flicking through old notebooks for some or any kind of inspiration and came across a perplexing phrase I’d written: ‘Blue Into The Rip’. I’d put an impressive circle around it – but had no recollection about why I’d written it or what it meant. But it looked important and the phrase stuck. Over the next few days, I kept thinking about it. I started to wonder what it could mean. Blue became a character name and The Rip some kind of tear in the fabric of time and space. As Blue was a teenager, the Young Adult genre chose itself.
The story sort of jumped out from there. It’s not the best start, but as my process seems to defy any kind of planning at its beginning, this is usually how things kick off.
Blue is a misfit with a ‘gob on him’ – as we say in Derby (UK) where I’m from originally. He’s a bit arrogant, cocky – a typical mixed up teen. Except that it’s not just his emotions that are mixed up, but also his genetics. He is an artificially created human living in the past with mysterious hippy parents. And nothing is as it seems. He gets ripped forward in time and well… you need to read the story to find out what happens to him.
I had a lot of trouble with Blue – trying to make him something he was not. My mistake was being too cerebral with him. I treated Blue differently because he was the hero. I didn’t let him speak. Once I left him alone to get on with things, Blue came alive. I love his sarcasm and the fact he’s a bit of an idiot. Not sure who that reminds me off…
Me: Whoever could you mean? 😉
Kev: *Quickly sips tea*
All the other characters in the novel arrived organically, I let them guide me. It is a complete waste of time for me to outline any character or plot arc. My characters do and say whatever they please. Some, like Cadet Hermans, evolve and even change sex, others, like Cadet Corvus arrive fully formed from the outset. And none of them are safe!
I write down whatever they want to do, or act like, or say. No constraints. I have no idea who the ‘goodies’ or the ‘baddies’ are until they reveal themselves to me. When I’m about two thirds in, I restructure, work out an ending and fill in the gaps. This gets me to my first draft. The rest is subbing, subbing, subbing.
Me: What are you working on now? How soon till the sequel?! *puppy eyes*
Kev: The ideas for the next Into The Rip novel: Blue Into The Planet are already being haphazardly scribbled onto bits of paper and bus tickets…Very exciting! It will also feature a self-contained story. I’m not keen on novels where you get to a disappointing climax and you have to wait two years for another book that doesn’t get to its conclusion either – so that four years later you finally find out what the thing was about. Blue Into The Rip has its own story arc, plot and nearly everything is resolved. The same will hopefully be true for Blue Into The Planet. Provisional launch date 7th October 2014.
Me: ooooo 😯 I like the titles!!! And like you. I loath waiting for climax. 😉 I appreciated that you wrapped this part of Blue’s adventure up….
Kev: I’m also included in a forthcoming anthology of sci-fi stories from up and coming writers (apparently this includes me) to be released February 2014 – called From the Indie Side. It’s edited by none other than David Gatewood, the editor for Hugh Howey and his spectacular Wool series. Exciting. I’ll certainly send you a review copy…if you’ll have me again. My contribution is a sort of action fantasy set in an old decaying space habitat with the enigmatic title: Gyre~Witchery. I’m obsessed with space habitats and firmly believe humans can’t survive until we leave Earth and move into environments we control…so any excuse to write about them!
Me: Nice! Gyre~ Witchery. *intrigued*
Kev: I will be finalizing Killer~Piccadilly sometime in January. A London based, paranormal, sci-fi, adventure horror comedy thriller…yes all those things. And a little bit racy.
Me: Now you’re just being a tease! A racy, paranormal, sci-fi, adventure horror comedy thriller? gimme!
Kev: I’m also looking to publish the first collection of novellas in the IronScythe Series – a pure swords-and-sandals fantasy in homage to Robert E. Howard the creator of Conan. Three self-contained stories adding up to approx. 60,000 words. It features the disfigured and hooded ‘Cowl’ and his wicked blade of forbidden golds and irons, ‘IronScythe’. Pure fantasy fare with a little bit extra in the mix. Nearly complete.
Me: Meep! You are rather a busy bloke.
Kev: I also write plays and TV screenplays when the mood strikes – my first play Man in a Room, a competition winner, was staged during the Liverpool Write Now Festival 2012.
I have many short stories that I plan to put together in an anthology called The Lady in the Glass for reasons that will come apparent when you read the intro – which I’ve written already. I always do the easy bits first!
So not very much to be getting on with…
Me: mhhhhmmmm I’d hate to see what you consider busy! <g> You need cupcakes! *passes the plate* Eat!
Ok… *noms on cupcake* Because it’s the holidays and I’m a bit (ok a LOT!) behind I am afraid I have to cut this short… but before I do, let’s make time for a quickie. 😉
Me: *snork* Thank you so much Kev for stopping by The Book Tart. Please come back for a longer visit soon… With more of Blue’s story!
Kev: I will, just don’t put me in the box again…
Me: Maybe a timey-wimey BLUE box? 😛
PS. Make sure you enter Kev’s contest! *waves down*