An author who is busy at work inviting readers into another dimension, Scott Kimak is also a martial artist and a teacher. His post-apocalyptic adventures are those written by a man with a vivid imagination, but also one of very few words. So, I’ll let him Scott take the floor and tell his story here.
You are an author, but is it your day job? I teach High School Government and Psychology during the day and Kung Fu at night.
Did you always want to be an author? My story of becoming an author is rather unusual. I came up with the idea for my current trilogy almost 40 years ago when I was a teenager. Excitedly, I brought the first few pages to my Kung Fu teacher with great optimism. He took one look at it and started to laugh, destroying all my confidence of becoming a writer. I never picked up the pen again until two years ago. One day out of the blue, I decided to give it a second shot. This time, the words flowed unrestrained.
What is your most recent book and what inspired you to write it? I’m writing a post-apocalyptic trilogy. The first book is called I call him HIM, the second book is The Angel of Death, and the third book is The Sword of God. As far as inspiration, I grew up in a Catholic school, so we heard the tales of good vs. evil almost every day.
How do you hope your book uplifts those who read it? The last couple years have been a crazy time in the world and I hope my stories help people realize to never give up no matter how bleak things look.
What are you most excited about with this book? I’m just excited to finally tell this story that’s been in my head for so many years.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to succeed in your professional industry? Start years in advance on building a fan base and study marketing.
How do you handle setbacks and criticism? You can’t please everyone because we all have different tastes. Most of the reviews I’ve received have been fantastic, but I’ve had a couple bad ones. What upsets me the most is when someone leaves a bad review, but you can tell they never read the book. They make comments that make no sense about the content. This leads me to believe that they just skimmed through the pages and missed the details. I would never leave a review good or bad without reading the entire book.
How do you hold yourself accountable and achieve the goals that you set forth? Writing these books has been a very long process so I don’t push myself. I remain patient and let the story come to me regardless of how long it takes.
How do you structure your day and make time for writing? I’m busy teaching day and night so it’s very difficult to find time to write. I usually sneak it in on the weekends and during lunch breaks.
What do you find most fulfilling in the career that you’ve chosen? Feedback from the readers. It’s great to hear that someone really enjoyed what you created.
What book uplifts you? Homeland by R.A. Salvatore. It has a play on racism and that we shouldn’t judge people by the color of their skin or where they come from.
Anything else you’d like to share with your readers? My second installment of the I call him HIM trilogy is now available for preorder and officially launches May 6th, 2021. I’m currently 60% done with the third book and hope to have it completed by this summer.
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