INTERVIEW WITH AN ASPIRING 16 YEAR OLD WRITER
Let's welcome to the blog my guest, Alex Kuhn. He's a young writer bursting with creativity and who displays a talent meshing ideas and words into stories. Alex is currently working on a new project that will become his debut novel. So keep his name in mind for future reading. I hope you enjoy the Q & A session below!
GINA: Alex, can you tell us a little about yourself?
ALEX: I am a 16 year old male. I would call myself a "guy", not an "author" at this point, since I haven't finished a book, yet... I live in the southern Illinois area in a small town about 28 Miles from St. Louis, Missouri. I LOVE to play video games such as: Legend of Zelda, Mario, and my personal favorite, POKEMON!! I have been known as the "Video Game King" to some of my friends! I honestly wouldn't consider that a great thing to be called, seeing as I have over 3000 hours on the Pokemon series since about 2004! I think that's enough time to write a book. Something I absolutely HATE is when people use the word retard – it is a disease that many people laugh at, rather than care about. Also, I usually write with no idea of what I'm going to write about. I just sit there, staring blankly at the screen and eventually something comes to my mind and gets me going!!
GINA: Do you have any links or methods for people to contact you that you'd like to share?
GINA: And I'd like to note that this is a new site recently created, so it's under construction.
GINA: When did you realize you wanted to write a book? Even when you were little, were you making up stories then?
ALEX: I was usually told I was good at either poetry or writing stories since I was little and I don't mean to suck up, but...it was Gina Marie Long that inspired me! I read on the back of her book that she was from the same area as me. I thought,"Hey! If I'm good at writing, maybe I could type up a story and see if it was possibly "publishing" material!" Later, I found that my mother went to school with her, too! That helped me become her friend!
GINA: What genre/category do you write about?
ALEX: I like to write about the supernatural and paranormal. But I keep switching around which story I'm writing because I'm getting so many ideas. It will probably be similar to Gina's books which would fall under the urban fantasy, paranormal, young adult genre.
GINA: Can you give us a little hint on what you're currently writing about?
ALEX: I can't really choose yet what I'm going to focus on. I keep switching between different stories and ideas to see which seems the best. I have typed up notes, brief outlines and even partial chapters on stories with vampires, werewolves and other paranormal subjects.
GINA: Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
ALEX: I'm pretty sure almost everybody has heard of my favorite book series: Harry Potter. I also enjoy the books Gina Long's writing. And I hope to aid Gina in her fight against boring books!!
GINA: Any favorite TV shows?
ALEX: I don't really watch TV much other than the news. But I'd have to say the Full-Metal Alchemist series. It's a pretty interesting show. I'd recommend it to people who may watch shows that use a few cuss words!
GINA: Did you create an outline and notes for the book you're writing or do you just dive in writing, wing it and not have a clue what happens next?
ALEX: I type up a bit of an outline for a chapter or two, write from that outline, then create another outline for the next few chapters and write from there.
GINA: What part of writing DON'T you like?
ALEX: Well, I don't like WRITING but I do like to TYPE the stories! And I really don't like how my computer "suggests" words for me to use. I prefer to do things MY way!
GINA: What's your FAVORITE part of writing?
ALEX: I think I like creating stories because it is a productive way to kill time.
GINA: When reading another author's book, is there anything a writer does that drives you crazy? Or something that might make you completely give up reading a book?
ALEX: The book can't be boring. It's hard for me to explain what I consider to be boring about a book...but I won't really give up on reading a book unless it's my Algebra book! Most books are boring at some point, but as you keep reading, they usually get better.
GINA: When is your best time to write? Day, night, weekdays, weekends?
ALEX: Anytime that is considered my free time.
GINA: What are your thoughts on the e-reader/e-book explosion?
ALEX: I think it's ok to have an e-reader and e-book collection but if you aren't careful with it, you might lose all of your books. I think it's better to have the real books because of what I just mentioned and also the physical books can be reused by giving them away and recycled.~~~~~~~~~~~
GINA: Five Flash QUESTIONS – ALEX, ONLY ANSWER WITH: YES, NO or SOMETIMES for the next 5 questions:
1) Do you read book reviews?
2) Do you think a book's title helps to sell a book?
3) Can a book's cover alone capture your attention enough to make you consider picking it up or seeing what it's about?
4) Do you watch book trailers?
5) Do you or do you know if your friends go to book signings?
GINA: What is your favorite food? Favorite drink? (Gotta have something off-the-wall here!!)
ALEX: Food: Pizza and my favorite drink? I LOVE soda, just about any kind!
And now a big round of applause for Alex Kuhn! [*clapping, cheers!!*] Thanks again Alex for taking the time to be "interrogated" and providing great answers and insight that come from the mind of a young writer. I wish you the very best of luck with your writing adventures!!