Interview: Kevin Peake – Our Write Side
Today, it is our pleasure to introduce you to children’s fantasy author, Kevin Peake.
Name: KEVIN PEAKE
Latest Release: Tridea’s Children
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Kevin Peake was born in London, England and grew up in Margate, England. His debut book Tridea’s Children sets of to create a different role of heroes and villains. A children’s fiction about a world where the human race just do not belong. The story sets of with a group of elves who will set out an a grand adventure to save not just their own species but the human race. He is set out to study Creative Writing at BathSpa and has been busy working on the sequel to Tridea’s Children with a multitude of sides projects on the go.
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- How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for the past thirteen years on and off as a hobby, only over the past two years have I fully focused on my writing career.
- What kind(s) of writing do you do?
I currently am writing a series of fantasy books for the ages of 9 to 12 years and have a side project on the go for YA Fantasy.
- Why did you choose that particular field or genre?
The fantasy adventure has always been my favourite area to read, there is the possibility that anything can happen if I can imagine it. A world only I have explored giving the possibility of my readers t create the world as they read it and build on the history through chat groups and forums.
I couldn’t really say, I will be out and about and suddenly an idea will come to me. I might be at the park with my daughter and she does something which triggers away at my mind. Many things in our world allow me to wonder what could be; what if we had no light? What if the trees were alive? What if magic is only real if we believe in it enough? These are things which might pop up and spark an idea of where a story world can go.
- Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing, etc. come from?
When I was at secondary school, during the summer holidays I would enter in reading competitions at my local library, to pass the time over the summer. These led to a fascination with books for a short amount of time, this did not last as I was ending school. In the end my love for writing first began as a hobby and a way to relief stress but later turned into something I really enjoyed doing.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I fit time to write during lunch breaks and evenings while my daughter is in bed, sometimes I could be up writing till 3am if I feel that I am onto something really good.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I write with the flow, I have a few ideas of what is going to happen during a story. With the ideas in mind I just write with the flow. When I feel there is something need or it has gotten boring I chuck something into the story which turns it away from the original plot.
- How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
After finishing school and college for the first time around, I went on to work in retail and eventually open up my own business within the food industry. The business was running only for a year before I went bankrupt. This led me on to getting ill from the stress and depression of everything which had happened. That was when I started on this new course to pursue my writing career and self-publish my own story I had been working on in the previous years.
- What projects are you working on at the moment?
My main focus I am working on is the sequel to Tridea’s Children, which see a big change coming for the characters and an interesting turn of events to the world of Tridea. My other children’s one is underway and has the involvement of witches and the creatures who live in the darkness. Where as my YA series is a dystopian future only set only 20 years from, now but everything has change to the point that the darkness can kill you.
- What process did you go through to get your work published?
I went through the traditional manner a couple of years ago trying to find an agent with no success, this is where I went on to work further on my story after four more edits add an extra 10000 words to the story I seeked out an editor. Luckly for me I had someone who could do this for me, the next step was to find an illustrator which I did by looking for artists on DeviantArt which is where I came across the user BubbleDriver her artwork really attracted me and I thought would go well for my story. I plan on using her for the rest of my works. Once that was over with and finally finding the perfect format for my typesetting I set out to look for a local printer which led me to 4edge who now print my books ready for the stores.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is not having the time to sit down and do it, especially when you really want to but you know other things need to come first. Apart from this would be what people call writers block, I tend to struggle once a month with certain scenes in the book, but I know after hours of staring, looking through fantasy images in google I will eventually figure out how to move onto the next scene.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Share your favourite work.
The freedom which comes with it, I could be anywhere I want to be, in an unknown world or deep in a jungle on the other side of the planet. That is what writing brings to me. As I have always said: Do not limit yourself to the world you know, but open it up to the world you can imagine.
- What is the biggest thing people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t true?
A lot of people believe that fantasy is always about elves and dragon, which yes fantasy does contain them but fantasy can be anything. This could be humans using magic, Atlantis and El Dorado is fantasy, many things come under fantasy which is what makes it an amazing subject to work in.
- What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they should?
I think people don’t like to read fantasy set on a different world as it has no real connection to the world they live in on a daily basis. Say with books like Harry Potter, you could lose yourself so much in the story as it is set in our realm of reality but with the use of magic, where as a book like The sword of Truth has too much use of the imagination, you have to pull yourself away from the world we are in and not have a full connection to the world you are reading about.
- For those interested in exploring the subject/theme of your work, where should they start?
Many people say to read the hobbit and the lord of the rings series, I have only recently began reading them. My favourite series to read was the InkWorld series by Cornella Funke, this was a series that I believe gives a different spin to any book and has a wonderful way of bringing any piece of work you write to a new life. You as a write can write the story, but afterwards the world we still develop, be it on its own or with the minds of the readers.
- What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract from your writing time?
I have promoted works on many forums, social networking sites and in local newspapers. I find that these can distract me from time to time but it provides a break from working too hard.
- Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing?
My Favourite authors are Cornelia Funke and Phillip Pullman both authors have put a spin on how the story world is effected and what can happen in another world. Their works have led me to aim my writing towards capturing the reader and developing a world which will live on in the readers mind after the story has ended.
- What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?
Not many stories I have come across sees the human race as the enemy, I aim to change how the main characters are good by making them bad, have an unexpected twist in the world of any story I write one that I hope any reader won’t see coming.
- What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading the Hobbit, I figured since there is a lot of hype about the book I would finally read it and I will admit, I find it really interesting how he writes. I plan on reading Terry Brooks’s The Sword of Shannara series next.
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
I believe that at the moment reading has gone downhill in most children with the use of technology, however reading and writing are both things used in daily life. Many of the shows and films people see now days are based from books. Writers are one of the world’s most creative people bringing everyone to a brilliant unexpected world.
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