Jeffrey Kosh is a great writer and an amazing graphic artist. If you haven’t read his books you should! Immediately. His graphic art is bar none. Absolutely incredible work. You must check it out. He is very kind and friendly, a good friend, father, partner and writer. If you don’t know him you are missing out. Please go introduce yourself. I’m pleased to welcome Jeffrey Kosh….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I started writing stories when I was a pre-teen, but I never submitted them. Luckily.
Then, I created hundreds of tales for role-playing sessions (I was a game master for more than twenty years), all for private use, nothing was ever published, but that experience helped me grow my storytelling skills. I started writing in a professional way in 2011.
2. How many books have you written?
At the moment three novels (Feeding the Urge, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and The Haunter of the Moor), some novelettes (Five, Thrill of the Hunt, Road Off), a couple of story collections, and many shorts.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Readers who follow me know that I’m quite versatile. I wrote mainly horror stories, but I also put out a couple of erotica. Now, for example, I’m exploring comedy, but it’s a secret, okay? So, keep it for yourself <laughs>
I won’t write about senseless violence, especially the graphic rape of kids. I’m not against writing stories of this kind – real horror is part of our daily life, and we can’t deny it – but the exploitation of such things, handled in a way that feels sick to me just by thinking about it, it is something you will never get from me. I don’t judge people who like that kind of things. I just don’t like writing, reading, or watching that stuff. Jack Ketchum wrote a terrible story about the rape, mutilation, and abuse of a young girl in the ‘sunny’ fifties. The story is graphic, but you never feel the author’s appreciation for such things. He was just a narrator and handled it in a very elegant way. The psychology of everyone involved is detailed, explained, and leaves you with a bitter taste in your mouth. In a good way.
For the rest, who knows, maybe I’ll write romance someday <laughs>
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m slowly approaching the fifties, sadly. I have been married for almost twenty-five years, then things went downhill. Fortunately, we had no kids. I have a new partner now, who’s also a writer. She has a kid from a previous marriage, and I’m his stepdad. He brought something new into my life and I’m very fond of him.
As you know, my main job is somewhat connected to the written word. I’m a graphic artist, and I do book covers for companies and indies. I also create movie posters and logos.
My preference is for the fantastic, but you will never guess how many images I made for non-fiction and romance books. There are logos around the world that you’ll never think they were made by this horror-loving guy.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
My last one, The Haunter of the Moor. I love every single page of it. In its print form it is more than a story; it’s a work of art. It was born as a short story, then it turned into a novelette, and finally into more than a novel. I’m planning a sequel to it, set after World War One.
6. Who or what inspires your art?
My favorites are the great fantasy artists that made history. Frank Frazetta, Clyde Caldwell, Elmore, and more. I consider Caravaggio one of the first ‘modern’ fantasy artists of all times. His use of light and darkness gives every one of his painting a ‘grim’, but fantastic look, in my opinion. Also, I’m a fanatic of movie posters. All my covers need to sum up the ‘feel’ of the story inside the book, like in a movie poster.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Explore the world with my family. Video games to chill out between a graphic job and another, and dining out.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Absolutely. Every time I finish a story I fill a couple of glasses with whatever spirit is available, and invite whoever is in the room with me – usually my partner – to celebrate the newborn. I know the thing is still wet around the ears and needs to be polished by my editor, but I consider the birth of any one of my stories the moment I type the final full stop.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I write in any room available, but I need quiet. However, there are some times when I really enter ‘The Zone’ and can write even surrounded by pure madness.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I’d love to use a simpler prose, but it’s just not in my chords. I’d like to write more mainstream stuff, stories that sell and are popular at the moment, but it’s not me. I write because I need to put out all the ideas that haunt my brain, to share them with others like the storytellers of old. And I have that kind of voice, so I can’t change it.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Honestly? I don’t care about money and fame. My main job is graphic art and I can’t complain about the success of my young enterprise; it grew from nothing to a real job in less than a year.
However, I’d love to receive more feedback from my readers. I’m an artist, and like all artists – including writers and filmmakers – I live for the public’s cheers of approval, that moment after your performance when people pat your back telling you did a good job.
12. Where do you live?
I consider myself a citizen of world. I was born in Rome, Italy, but then lived in the UK, Arizona, Florida, and Thailand. My partner is French, my stepson English, and whenever we can we try to explore more of this wonderful planet.
I have always had pets; mostly cats. I’m a cat lover, but I like dogs too. At the moment, however, with our nomadic lifestyle, is better to not have pets.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Plotting, creating the universe in which the characters live, and then visualizing them with my art.
Author Website: http://jeffreykosh.wix.com/jeffreykosh
Graphic Art Website: http://jeffreykosh.wix.com/jeffreykoshgraphics
As always, thank you for letting us get to know you! I wish you much success and happiness!