Well, our last interview is going live. It’s been a beautiful month and all the authors who freely gave of their time and knowledge have my deepest gratitude.
Last, but certainly not least, is author Michael Kingswood. A Boston University graduate, pilot and scuba diver, Michael somehow manages to find time to write novels and short stories. This is his NaNoWriMo journey…
-Tell us about you:
I’m 36. Married with three kids (oldest turns four next month ). My degree’s in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Astronomy), and I have masters degree in Engineering Management and a Master of Business Administration. I grew up on Tolkien, Eddings, Feist, and Brooks, as well as a heck of a lot of Dungeons and Dragons. During the day, I’m a professional Naval Officer. I’ve been on Active Duty for 14 and a half years, most of it on submarines though now I’m an education and training management specialist. I grew up just outside of DC, so I’m a hardcore Redskins fan (even though they’ve sucked for a while). I went to school in Boston and married a girl from Maine, so I’m also a Red Sox fan. I like dogs, and as far as I’m concerned the only good cat is General Tso’s Chicken. I started playing violin at age three. At 13, I shifted over to the guitar because that was more cool. I’m still proficient at both instruments. I enjoy pretty much all music except rap, though I will admit there are a few rap tunes that I’ve enjoyed over the years. As far as books go, I enjoy reading scifi, fantasy, techno-thrillers, economics, astronomy, history, and military fiction (ala Tom Clancy). My other hobbies include running, cycling, karate, flying airplanes, skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and video games. One of these days I need/want to get back into D&D again. It’s been too long.
-NaNoWriMo is a lot of work, so we all want to know, what inspired you to join the writeathon?:
It’s a challenge. I like challenges. I’ve been writing seriously for a bit less than a year now. I heard about NaNoWriMo and it instantly resonated, just like running a marathon, biking a century, or any of the other things I’ve done just because they’re challenging. It should be fun!
-Do you have a plot idea, how about character description?
The novels I’ve written (or am writing) so far have all been scifi, while a lot of my short stories have been fantasy. For this one I think I’ll roll out a fantasy tale. I’m thinking something along the lines of Seven Samurai in a fantasy setting. We’ll see how it goes.
-If so, how much pre-writeathon work have you done?:
Just thinking about a general plot.
-If not, why not?:
So far I’ve found outlining to be annoying. Plus, I always deviate from the outline anyway, so screw it.
-What do you think your biggest personal challenge will be when it comes to NaNoWriMo?
I know for a fact I can git ‘r done if I’m not distracted. But with a wife and three very little kids, distractions abound. Carving out time and sticking to it will be the biggest difficulty.
-What sort of experience are you bringing to the table?
I’ve been writing seriously for almost a year. I’ve completed one novel, three novelettes, and six short stories. I have another novel about 1/3 done, a third 1/10 done, and either a novelette or novella (not sure how long it’ll really be) that’s in the begging phase still.
-If you’re already a writer, what your the “normal novel” pace?
Given no restrictions on time, how long would you say it takes you to write 50,000 words? I finished my first novel in four months. The second is taking longer. *shrug* Back in July, I challenged myself to crank out words while my wife and kids were away for 10 days. I got out 29,000 words. So I know for a fact I CAN do NaNoWriMo-level writing production. With no distractions.
-Do you plan to keep working on this book/novella/script post-NaNo?:
But of course.