Author Interview: Scott Kimak

Scott W. Kimak

  1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

I am currently working on the third book of the “I call him HIM” trilogy. It’s called the “Sword of God” and I’m about 60 percent finished. I’m really excited about bringing the trilogy to its end.

  1. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

My first book is called “I call him HIM”. In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior and his family are driven underground, fighting for their very survival. 

When they do emerge, the futuristic planet they discover is very different from the one they left behind. Ruled by an evil presence which dominates and controls what is left of mankind, Earth has been reduced to a violent place of darkness, grief and destruction.

I call him HIM follows the journey of this unnamed warrior as he loses both his family and his mind. As he hits rock bottom, all he can think of is his insatiable yearning for revenge until he meets a young girl called Angelica who shows him the true power of faith. Her youth, innocence and strength of character reminds him of everything he has lost and the things which really matter.

But as the armies of the world rise up for the ultimate battle of good versus evil, can Angelica help him regain his sanity and rediscover himself before it is too late?

My second book “The Angel of Death” picks up immediately after the end of book one. Angelica and her companions rise from the ashes of the Battle of Houston, contemplating their next move. After their great victory, they should feel at ease, but Angelica’s newfound powers sense a darkness calling to her from the north. 
An evil awaits the young girl and her friends, ready to test their beliefs. An evil a thousand times more powerful than the Master they had faced. Can they stand against this dark power, and more importantly, who is the lone warrior that follows their steps from beyond?

  1. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

Definitely marketing. It’s way too time consuming and takes away from what I truly love -writing.

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

When I let myself become the character and let him/her tell the story. I can feel their pain, sorrow, and happiness. It’s a very strange feeling when I fall into that zone.

  1. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

R.A. Salvatore’s fighting scenes. They are so intricate that it makes me truly envious and I only hope to reach that point one day.

  1. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

It won’t matter. I’m already dead. My main character “HIM” can’t be compromised with. He’s a killing machine that doesn’t understand pain, fear, or remorse. At least that’s the way he is until he meets Angelica. So, I better pray that he’s already met her. Otherwise, I’m a goner.

  1. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

Lol, I’m reading the Game of Thrones novels and the last chapter I read was about Tyrion. “HIM” and I wouldn’t stand a chance against that smooth-talking trickster. However, if the stakes are truly important then after Tyrion wins “HIM” kills both of us.

  1. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

One of the things that I’ve struggled with is the amount of description that can be used in post-apocalyptic fiction. When everything is dead it limits the amount of colours that can be used. You have to be careful that it doesn’t become to monotonous.

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

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“The Angel of Death” is only available for preorder and launches 5/6/21