Today’s interview is with Kevin Conlin, author of 5 Voices!
I hope you enjoy it!
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Kevin Conlin. I live in Wilmington, Delaware.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Five Voices – Mystery
3) What is the book about?
Twenty years after a campground mass shooting, a college newspaper reporter named Izzy Buchanan is searching for answers. She wants to find and interview five survivors who have never spoken publicly about what they witnessed. As new information comes to light, Izzy begins to question how important it is for the public to know the truth, or if she needs to reveal her own connection to the massacre.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
In 1997, as a college student, I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Scotland. This was only months after the Dunblane mass shooting. The owner of the B&B was a retired police officer who had known the shooter. He had encountered him only a day before the shooting. As the man told me about the encounter, he explained how he knew there was something wrong with the other man, and how he wished he would have tried to say or do something. He felt it was possible he could have prevented the tragedy. That has always stayed with me, and the story sort of formed around that over the years.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
We had two children during the years I was writing it, so time was sparse. It took me about four years.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Mostly, I learned how precious time is, especially when it comes to pursuing something one loves to do. It turns out the hours between 4:30 and 6:30 A.M. can be very productive.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Write every day, even it’s one paragraph. As an English teacher, my colleagues served as editors, especially my friend, Tom Wayock.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I’ve been really into detective stories (John Sanford, Michael Connely, Lee Child) lately, but I am open to new authors. However, I’m a teacher and school is starting soon, so reading time becomes limited.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy has been my favorite since I was a teenager. It taught me how writing fiction can be magical.