I’d like to introduce you to Kevin Machin, alias Captain Black, a talented writer whose favourite genres are science fiction and crime/thrillers. Just click on the link to browse Kevin’s blog, which is entitled ‘Cloud Base’.
Kevin doesn’t restrict himself to reading sci-fi and crime/thrillers, though – far from it. He reads pretty much anything, though he does profess to having a few “rules”. He says he tends to avoid literary fiction in favour of direct story-telling and, despite having a Y chromosome, he also read romances, although he does prefer them to have a strong comedy element.
Kevin has always dabbled with writing, but in 2007 he took it up seriously. Well, more seriously anyway. Since then he has written over half a million words, including: two trilogies, three novels, three novellas, two serials and over twenty short stories. He also co-wrote another novel with a friend.
A couple of years ago Kevin radically rethought his strategy for getting published. He came to realise that he didn’t respond well to the kind of frantic pressure that some writers put themselves under. In any case, the publishing world is in a rapid state of flux at present. Kevin relaxes comfortably in his chair as he says:
“Now I’m happy, for the time being, to sit back in the sidelines and work on my “hobby”, racking up material for when I decide to find an agent and/or publisher. With a bit of luck and a lot of hard work, there won’t be tha pressure to produce the dreaded second book, since I’ll already have many in the bag.
So, I’m probably not “the next big thing”, but more like “the next big thing after that”.
In the meantime I shall keep my day job as a freelance/consultant software developer.”
On Tuesday, 18th December Kevin will be joining me for breakfast, when I am proud to be interviewing him as my very first guest blogger on The Write Eye Don’t miss it – you will guaranteed to learn a few interesting facts about Kevin and his writing, and there may even be bacon butties and fresh orange juice to spare!