Please welcome Author Kyle Perkins to THE KATY today!
Hey thanks for having me! A little bit about myself. I was born in the middle of nowhere, otherwise known as Xenia, Ohio. I moved to Florida when I was twelve years old and have spent most of my life here. I have traveled a lot in my adult life, but now I have settled down quite a bit to focus on my writing. When I’m not writing, I’m typically gaming or becoming one with the internet. PS: Becoming one with the internet actually means just watching funny cat videos on Youtube.
Funny story actually. I never intended on becoming an author. Never even considered it until a couple years ago. I started a few online communities for text based roleplaying and a lot of people told me that I should probably write a book. I quickly realized just how much I loved writing, and took them up on it.
Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?
I’m self-published, the reason being was the fact that publishers weren’t kicking down my door to get my attention, so I decided that maybe I could get theirs.
Are you a plotter or a panster?
Definitely a panster. Most of my ideas either come as fever dreams, or random thoughts in the bathtub. Seriously. My idea for this book for instance came to me during a bath.
What draws you to writing in the Science Fiction genre?
I love the endless possibilities that go hand in hand with the genre. I love the idea of alternate time lines, far off worlds, alien races, advanced technology, and the unlimited potential for story telling that comes with it. I just love that it pushes you, you have to actually wrap your mind around concepts and ideals that are so alien to us. Then somehow figure out how your characters would behave in these scenarios. I love the challenge.
Where did you find inspiration for your debut novel, “Reddened Wasteland?”
I was sitting in the bath tub wondering about space colonization, as every normal person does, and the idea just came to me. I started thinking about the interactions people would have on Mars, how a government might look once Earth was gone, even what implications such a bottleneck on the human race would cause. Then I decided I should probably dry off and grab a pen.
Do you think we’ll eventually colonize Mars?
Absolutely. They are already planning a mission there in 2026. I believe that one day we will not only harvest the energy from our planet and utilize it to its maximum capacity, but also the energy of our Sun.
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
There is definitely a bit of myself in each of the main protagonists. I would say that my general attitude towards things reminds me of Alerik, but my outward personality is more that of Thorin. The rest of the characters I have pulled from people in my life, and personalities I have come across.
Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?
Interestingly enough, I mainly read non-fiction, though there isn’t really anything I wouldn’t give a shot.
Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?
My main advice to aspiring writers would be to just keep going. So many people are perpetually doing projects and constantly switching gears. You may have loads of talent, but no one is able to see it if you don’t finish something. My mind constantly wandered to other projects all the time, but I forced myself back to this book and I’m glad I did. The feeling you get from creating something that will last forever is unrivaled.
Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
Right now I am working on the second book in the Reddened Wasteland Series, and a Fantasy/Erotica book with another author named Samantha Harrington.