Kealan Patrick Burke is without a doubt an amazing author, cover artist and man. He made the beautiful banner that I use for my blog. He has dozens of book covers for sale on his web site that you will love. Go check them out. His books are filled with creepiness, and horror and will leave you afraid to turn off the lights. He has some incredible hardcover books out with Thunderstorm Books that are signed, numbered and lettered. Highly collectible, and I am proud to say I have a few. If you haven’t read anything by him you must! His love of his recently adopted dog Red will make your heart melt. She even has her own Twitter account you can follow. Kealan is smart, funny and very talented. If you haven’t met him you are definitely missing out so go introduce yourself. Please welcome Kealan Patrick Burke to Roadie Notes….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was—I think—around eight. I can’t remember what the story was, but sometime later I started writing sequels to movies I liked (Ghostbusters 2 before there was one; Aliens 2, etc.) But as far back as I can remember, I was always writing something.
2. How many books have you written?
Five novels, seven collections, about a half-dozen novellas, and four anthologies. So, about 22.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I used to think so, but not anymore. I think anything can be written about as long as it’s handled in the right way.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Just celebrated my 40th birthday. Divorced, but happily taken. I have a stepson who’s currently serving in the military. I design book covers as a sideline, but writing is my full-time job.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That’s always a tough question to answer, because obviously I like something about all of them or I wouldn’t have published them. However, if forced to choose favorites, I would say either my novel KIN, as that’s the first time I felt like I fully accomplished the goals I set for myself, or my novella SOUR CANDY, because it was just 100% fun from start to finish.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My mother was the first person to put a pen and paper before me and encourage me to write. After that, my high school English teacher Mr. Lake, took a major interest in me and pushed me to consider writing as a career. Literary influences include but are not limited to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert, Robert McCammon, Peter Straub, Cormac McCarthy, Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, John Connolly, Michael Marshall Smith, and Dennis Lehane.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Road trips, karaoke, old pubs, play with my dog, watch movies, or play video games.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Nothing romantic or memorable. I usually just take some time off from writing after finishing a big project.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I have a home office, but I write anywhere I happened to have left my laptop. I’m not a writer who can work to music or with the TV on, or with people talking to me. I can handle the sound of the world outside my window because it’s easy to tune out, but nothing else. I need, if not total, then relative quiet to write.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I wish I could write faster. Not ten books a year kind of pace (though if they were good, that’d be fine), but I’d be okay with more than one novel every four years. And obviously, I’d like to write in a way that didn’t leave me forever questioning whether or not it’s any good.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I’d like as many people as possible to read and enjoy my work. If that means fame, then so be it, but my primary concern is entertaining people and to make the kind of living from it that enables me to keep doing it and to pay my bills. I’d also like to see good movies made from my books.
12. Where do you live?
As anyone who follows me on social media is more than aware (thanks to my relentless picture-posting), we recently rescued a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Doberman/Chow/Something Else mix named Red. She was horribly abused as a puppy so she requires a lot of love and attention and patience. Thankfully, given what I do, I’m home more often than not and she gets absolutely spoiled. She’s sleeping at my feet as I write this, and couldn’t be happier.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The spark of a really good idea and the moment in which the story takes on a life of its own and you cease being conscious of the mechanics involved. It’s akin to an out-of-body experience, only instead of observing yourself, you’re watching the people you create interacting before you. There’s nothing quite like it. That, and getting emails from readers who were moved to write you because of how your work affected them.
Also, THE TENT is free to read on Wattpad here:
Kealan, as always thank you for letting us get to know you better. I wish you much happiness and continued success!
Just a few of Kealan Patrick Burkes books