Getting personal with Kevin Wimer

Kevin Wimer is a very kind man. He is always ready to help a fellow author anyway he can. He has also written some good books. My favorite so far is Coma Hell. It really drug me in and then twisted me up and spit me out. That is my kind of story. Kevin works hard making sure his books are amazing from the editing to the writing he has done it all. He has a great sense of humor and always makes me giggle. He is a great friend. If you don’t know him please take time to meet him. Read one of his books and please leave him a review! Please help me welcome Kevin Wimer to Roadie Notes…………

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was in High school when I started writing. Maybe it was junior high . . . It was junior high . . . I think. I was around thirteen or fourteen years old at the time. I had a project due for English. We were to write a short Halloween story. I had a few minutes before class so I sat down and wrote something. It was awful. I mean awful. I didn’t understand how to structure a story at all. The story itself was a horror story. I remember the story earned me an A . . . I don’t know how because it was awful.

2. How many books have you written?

I have enough books that if I released two for the next thirty years I will not have them all released. Most of those will never see the light of day. A few are being re-written. I tend not to go back to something I have written. I like to start fresh. My mind tends to wonder when I am not writing something new.

I have published three books and three short stories. I have a few short stories in various anthologies with more coming as I type this. I find writing shorts to be very difficult. I have only so many words and it is hard to get what I want to say in such a short space of time. I do love writing them. I love the challenge.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

I won’t write Erotica. I know a few authors who do and they are great writers. I could see them branching out and writing something else. It is just not for me.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I am, as of this interview, forty-three years old. I am not married and I do not have kids. One day I hope to be married. I can’t wait to welcome that special someone into my life. I just hope she doesn’t read my work and look at me differently after we are married. Stephen King once said, write something that would shock those around you. I have done that. I shocked myself.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That is a tough one to answer. I have enjoyed writing them all. I think if I had to choose just one it would be Coma Hell. Coma Hell is a book that I think if most people around me (friends and family) read it, it would shock them. It was a book I challenged myself to write. I was used to writing action and not horror. I have found I like writing horror more so now than any other genre. The buildup of the story is what is fun.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I was the kid who stayed home by himself during the summer and would watch scary movies. They scared the day lights out of me but I loved it. I loved how after watching them the house would take on a life of its own. The wind blowing outside and against the house was no longer the wind. A creak in the floor was no longer the house settling. It was a hell-bent killer in a hockey mask . . . Or a man who had been burned alive and now lived in the mind of kids as they slept . . . Maybe it was a man in a Halloween mask who just enjoyed killing. I think I was meant to write horror . . . I don’t know.

I have to say there are a few authors who have inspired me over the years.

Stephen King
Jack Ketcum
Dean Kootnz
Stephen Hunter
Jim Butcher
D.J. Mollies
I.J. Smith
Toney Monchinski
Timothy Long
Garrett Cook
Kindra Souder

The list of authors could go on for days if not years. A lot of great authors out there. I tend to study the authors I read. I’m always inspired to write something new while reading a book. Ideas hit me and sometimes I have to either write them or let them build in mind. The ones that build seem to be the best ones.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I am a big car guy. I love classic cars and muscle cars. I just love cars in general. I enjoy going to movies too. I am a big movie and book junkie. I read a lot of books.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

The only tradition that I have after I finish a book is that I tend to let them sit for a few weeks or a couple of months. I will start writing something new while those books are sitting. I have to keep writing and moving forward. Once I let them sit for a while I do go back and re-read them. It gives me a fresh mind and a new perspective. I either add more to the book only if I feel it needs. If not I send it out for editing.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I used to write with music on but I found that I wasn’t getting the best story I could get out of me with music playing in the background. I now write in quite space. I write in a small office in my house.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

If I could change something . . . It would be writing something that is perfect every time. No mistakes. I know that is not reality. I don’t think there is anything I would change. I want to keep learning the craft. I hope to never feel I have learned it all. No one can learn it all. If I keep writing until the day I die I will still be learning.

Writing to me isn’t work. If it ever starts to feel like a job I will stop writing. I write because it is fun to create.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I think every writer wants to become famous. We want to be a house name author of some big publishing company. It is a sign that we have made it. A lot of authors out there are making a living with their writing and they are not a house hold name. I would be happy (more than just happy) to be among those authors.

12. Where do you live?

I live in a house that is deep in the woods. I have a mine field out front and a pound outback filled with man eating fish. The woods around my house are haunted. Zombies tend to roam the property freely. I’m joking . . . or am I? Of course, I am. I live small city in Virginia. It has been my home for forty-three years. I doubt I ever leave . . . Florida does sound nice in the winter time . . . Australia too.

13. Pets?

I don’t have any pets at this time. I grew up having pets. I like both cats and dogs.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is being creative. I love writing something that is unbelievable and making it believable. I write with hopes of someone else, besides me, will enjoy it.

15. What is coming next for you?

I have a few things on my plate. I have a thriller that is not yet titled. I also have book 2, 3 and 4 of Coma Hell written. I want to dive back into those and see if I want to keep them or re-write them. I think book 2 will be re-written.

I also have a couple of apocalypse ideas. A couple of zombie books too. The apocalyptic books will be fun to write. It will allow me to use what I have learned while writing horror and mix it with action. I want to dive into a character or two and let them develop over time. I think each of those ideas will be a series.

I also have a science fiction novel I want to work on. That has been an idea brewing for years. One day I hope to write that one.

This has been one of the best interviews! I have had a blast. I think interviews scare me more than the horror movies as a kid ever did. This is one I can say I had the most fun in doing. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this.
You can connect with Kevin Wimer here:
Amazon author page –
https://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Wimer/e/B00GZCBFDI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1496880526&sr=1-1

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/KWimerAuthor/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/KWimerAuthor?lang=en

Readers and fans can email me at –
KWimerAuthor@gmail.com

 

Some of Kevin Wimer books:

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