Kev’s Author Interviews Presents:
(Pix & Kardz)
Kev: What’s your latest book called and how did you come up with the title?
The Tiger Fierce – it was the title of the blog post which inspired the book. And that title was inspired by the little tiger himself, Timmy.
Kev: Which Genre do you have it listed under and does it cross any other genres?
It is appearing at Amazon.com under cats and photography. It could also be deemed a kids’ book. And animal lovers of all ages enjoy it as well, including seniors.
Kev: Tell us a little bit more about it.
About three-and-a-half years ago, Timmy put his paw to writing a guest post for the first time, and it turned out to be the most popular post at kardzbykris.wordpress.com that year. He hasn’t looked back since.
Most recently he has demonstrated that it actually is possible to teach an old Cat new tricks. He just wrote his first book. This is it. Enjoy!
It is never too late to follow your dreams.
One dollar from each sale of the first hardcopy print was designated for a local animal shelter. It was a small run of 50 books. Going forward, similar plans are in the works for the first 100 ebook sales. 50 cents (Canadian) will be designated for the same local animal shelter. Once 100 books have been sold, this will be revisited and possibly continued. Those details to be included on Timmy’s Facebook page when the time comes.
Future sales from the hardcopy book will help support other charities dear to my heart, such as the education of children in communities where education is not a given right.
Kev: Introduce us to your main character (Looks, attitude, habits, strengths, weaknesses…)
The main character is Timmy, of course, my cat. He is a handsome, charming boy whose looks captured the attention of my camera from the moment he moved in.
Kev: Provide a teaser/short passage from your book.
Comforts of home are far, far away (well not really, but I like to pretend). I miss them not when outdoor adventures abound.
Kev: When you wrote this work, did you write off-the-cuff or use some kind of formula like an outline?
Originally a blog post, this was my first attempt at purretry (cat poetry). It was quite off-the-cuff, and pretty much the way it appeared in the first draft, with only some minor modifications.
Since Timmy is a cat, and they generally define their own rules, I did not use any formal or familiar meter, but did have a general rhyming scheme that alternately ended with a word that rhymes with ‘around’ or ‘roar’.
But it is a very flexible rhyming scheme, and I am sure that some readers may not necessarily recognize it to be a poem.
Kev: Did you research for the backdrop of your story or any other part of it?
Seeing Timmy’s enjoyment of the outdoors inspired the original blog post, and my camera often follows him. So this has provided for detailed photo illustrations. No research otherwise.
Kev: What challenges did this particular work pose for you?
One of the biggest challenges was the choice of photos to go with the text. Many more could have been included. Another challenge was the layout itself. I don’t know how many revisions the book went through before I was happy with the final result.
I suppose that is normal, but I was amazed how much time it took to get the book together. I am working full-time so the blog is just a hobby. The book was another matter altogether. I don’t know how many hundreds of hours went into it – even though the original text was already created in a blog post. But it was lots of fun too, despite all the work.
Kev: What methods are using to promote this work?
The hardcopy of the book was introduced on my blog: https://kardzbykris.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/judging-a-book-by-its-cover/
Timmy also has his very own Facebook Page:
I am pounding the pavement myself, approaching various stores and businesses, and am looking forward to some reviews, which in turn can be posted to Timmy’s Facebook Page.
Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Being a newbie author myself, I feel like I am still at the stage where I am open to advice from experienced authors. But from personal experience, I would say write about something that you yourself enjoy. Don’t just write to be published. If you enjoy it, it will come through, and that will speak to readers.
At the same time, don’t be discouraged by delays and long time frames. Let time be your ally, and if there are some delays, use the extra time to go over your book one more time, and tweak if necessary. And also to make connections and reach out to others so that info on your book gets out.