This is part of a blog book launch tour for author Kevin Burgemeestre. I met Kevin recently at a book gig at Bendigo. He has a wicked sense of humour.
Hi Lorraine. Nice to see you again. Thanks for the invitation to visit.
Q. What advice would you have for anyone wanting to write a book in your genre?
A. Get to know your teenage self and don’t be afraid to display some mawkish and embarrassing moment, because events like that ring true with all of us. I’m fond of teenagers because they don’t have as much hard skin to protect them. And because they’re rookies, they make awesome rookie mistakes.
Learn from the writers you love. Read them out to someone you love. Hearing inspiring writing might be the best date you haven’t done yet. (Make sure they like books first!)
Don’t try to solve every problem. My wife Lee is allergic to stories that end with truckloads of money suddenly appearing, or a castle, or magic powers.
Lastly, unless you are the bestest word wizard ever, don’t be afraid of a rewrite. Or another rewrite. Or to write things differently.
Q. Other than writing, what else do you love?
A. I love riding my bike a little faster than it’s wise to do. (Don’t tell mum) I love going to galleries and films with my girl. OMG, I’m totally mad about being near the water, travel, riding horses, fast cars, going in planes, getting a present just right for someone you love, music that gets you right in the chest, laughing with friends till my stomach hurts. Is that a fair start? Oh, and bears are cool. Q. What were you in a past work life (if anything) before you became a writer?
A. I was this weird illustrator-thingo. They are very strange folk. Incredibly self-obsessed. Q. Describe your perfect day.
A. Just the one? Man, so unfair! In our busy lives, time to spend with friends and family and not feel guilty about having to be somewhere else; a great walk or swim; nice food that’s not crazy pretentious; lovely conversation on a deck looking out to sea with the sun going down. And while that’s happening getting a really great idea for a book!
Q. What five words best sum you up?
A.Fun, sympathetic, kind, sharing, mischievous.
Thanks for the interview Kevin and all the best with your book. Be sure to enter the competition. Details below.
As part of the blog tour, we will give away a copy of Kate. To be in the draw, simply comment on the post and send an email of your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Kate competition".
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