Steve Kemper interview with David Alan Binder

posted Feb 7, 2016, 8:22 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:34 AM ]

Steve Kemper interview with David Alan Binder

 His website:          www.stevekemper.net

 Amazon:               http://www.amazon.com/Splendid-Savage-Restless-Frederick-Russell/dp/0393239276/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1433958799&sr=1-2&keywords=a+splendid+savage&pebp=1433958808681&perid=B1C3C4DC4A13406F9F3B

 Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=%22steve+kemper%22

 

1.     Where are you currently living?

West Hartford, CT                 

 

2.     Where would you like to live?

I’m fine where I am.                         

 

3.     Why did you start writing?

Because I love to read, and eventually I wanted to be read.

 

4.     What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

Persistence.

 

 

5.     Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?

I’m too uninterested in marketing to self-publish, and I also like the tradition and prestige of being published by a well-known house.

 

a.     Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they?

For the last two books, W. W. Norton in NYC.

 

6.     Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?      

There are no secrets, really. You need a great idea, the talent to explore it and to turn it into compelling prose, and luck.

 

7.     How did you acquire an agent?  Any tips for new writers on getting one?

My first agent found me through a magazine article I wrote. I found my current agent through the recommendation of a fellow writer. As for advice about how to find an agent, follow your nose: in new books that you love, look at the Acknowledgements, where the agent is often thanked. Research those agents to see if any of them sound amenable to new writers and to the subject you have in mind.

 

8.     Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Ideas are everywhere. Finding ones that pay well is what’s hard.

9.     Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers?

Do your best on everything you write, regardless of the fee, for two reasons: your writing will gradually improve and you eventually will have a handful of good clips to get better assignments.

10.                        What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How much work it is to write a good one.

11.                        How many books have you written? 

 

Three.

 

12.                         Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer? 

Write, read good prose, write, revise, revise, revise.

 

13.                        We’ve heard that it is good to provide twists in a good story.  How do you do this?

I’m a journalist, so the twists have to be there already. The point is knowing how to lead up to and away from them.

14.                        What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

The incredible life of its subject, Frederick Russell Burnham.

 

15.                         What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing) and why?

 

I would have switched from articles to books sooner.

 

16.                        What would you like carved onto your tombstone?  Or what saying or mantra do you live by?

The only way out is through.

 

END OF INTERVIEW

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