I had the opportunity to talk to Kim about his fantasy adventure saga, Save the Best For Last, and to find out a little more about him.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
A: No, I don’t think I would change anything even if the chance is offered. I’m well contented with all what was printed.
Q: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A: Yes, when I published a book in high school, I got the feeling and the desire to write more because all the people around me liked to read whatever I wrote.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Combining a full time job, studying, and writing, I really find them a bit challenging, though it’s all about time management.
Q: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: It’s Stephen King. I enjoy his usage of words and he also knows how to keep suspense throbbing.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: To me writing closing chapters of my projects is a bit hard for me because it really shows me that I’m having the last minutes with my characters. As I said before, I studied literature but I knew that I would need it somewhere in future.
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: Four months, just enough to complete everything.
Q: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
A: I write every day regardless of the word count, I write mostly during night hours but I don’t stick to any kind of routine at the moment.
Q: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A: Nothing extraordinary about my writing, it’s similarly normal to that of other writers.
Q: How do books get published?
A: You write the book, submit it to agents and editors who represent you to publishers. I’m not an industry guru, but as an author, a book goes through several stages after signing a contract with the publishing house. It’s tough to get published because for every book printed, there also dozen out there that are rejected. It’s a daunting task, though there are now many channels through which you can have a book published.
Q: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A: They come from everything, any time, and everywhere. I just get them queuing at the back of my head.
Q: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
A: I was eighteen, in 2006 my final year of grade twelve.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A: Acting and meeting with my friends.
Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A: There are more supportive to me. They like all my writing and they just can’t wait to see me more productive in future and they know writing has been part of me for a very long time.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: Creating interesting characters, magic spells, and epic heroes, which my readers have liked emotionally is great fun to me. It’s fascinating to hear when my character turns out to be real and significant to my readers.
Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A: So far I have one book, Save the Best For Last.
Q: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
A: Yes, they appreciate my work very much, some saying I’m inspirational to them as well others telling me that I must be having the similar characters to that of my main character.
For more information, please visit kimhanks.net