Today we have author and singer Kevin Cooper in the house! It’s quite the day, between it being Friday, the day after the American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and National Parfait Day (seriously!!). I am running around, making (poetic) parfaits and serving one up to Kevin. You can have one too. Yes, I share.
But what’s even sweeter is the treat of being able to interview Kevin, whose blog KC Books and Music I’ve followed for some time now. It’s full of wonderful poetry, fiction, original music, and more. Yes, Kev has many talents! He recently published the book Caboodle & The Whole Kit and is here to answer questions about the read, songwriting, and publishing.
Here we go:
Hi Kevin! Great to have you here. Let’s start with the question that’s been on my mind for a while. Which came first for you as a writer: short stories, poetry, or songs? Which one was your first love and why?
This is an easy one for me, Christy… definitely songs. I loved singing as a child. My first favourite was, Yellow Submarine, by the Beatles. I was three years old when my dad bought me a huge (well it seemed huge to me) inflatable yellow submarine for Christmas and I used to sit on it holding onto the periscope while singing to the wireless, and long after it was finished. I’m sure my grandmother, with whom I lived was very happy that my dad had bought me that inflatable submarine! Lol. The first thing I wrote after leaving school was a song, and I wrote many songs before I turned my hand to poetry and prose.
Aww, the submarine. Such as charming story. Now, let’s get to the new book, shall we? Please describe Caboodle & The Whole Kit in one sentence as a way to introduce the book to potential readers.
It’s a pocketful of joyful vignettes.
Nice! What led you to write this book, Kevin?
I had several finished short works lying about and a few incomplete ones. So I thought I’d throw them all together and get them out there for folk to enjoy. The problem I had was they were quite a mixture of genre and style. So I grouped them as best I could before putting together the whole work. Not being able to come up with a title that really fit, one day I was musing on what to call it when my muse kicked in with the realisation that what I had here was pretty much the whole kit and caboodle, and that’s how it came to be called, Caboodle & The Whole Kit.
While publishing Caboodle & The Whole Kit, what did you learn?
Decades ago when I first published a few poems and an article while still in uni, the only way to publish was the traditional way, so I had that experience already. All my publishing experience since then has been self-publishing. However, I didn’t want to self-publish Caboodle & The Whole Kit so I went with a small independent publisher instead to broaden my experience. There was a hiccup with the release date being postponed at the last minute which I wasn’t too happy about because I didn’t find out until I made an enquiry when seeing it wasn’t forthcoming. Despite the hiccup, it was a far easier process, and freed up more time for me to focus on other things. So, depending on how well it goes overall (too early to tell yet) I may continue down this route. Publishing is most certainly developing, and more and more people are choosing to go the indie route for various reasons.
Yes, publishing now versus just ten years ago is so different! Looking back on your publishing journey, what is one thing you did that helped your writing career?
I got an editor. Sure, I studied literature and writing in uni, I even aced advanced grammar and I was good with language studies, but nothing can substitute a good editor. Hiring an editor opened up my potential to publish better works.
Great tip! What is your next project, Kev?
That’s a tough one. You see, my muse is somewhat strange… chaotic even. (You folks thought it was just me didn’t you? Yeah, I know!) For example, I might go into my study thinking, ‘Ooh, got a bit of time. I work on my fantasy sequel.’ But, by the time I get from the living room to the spare room (10-15ft) I could get a twitch in my leg to a beat in my head and end up writing something like, The Boogie Song instead. The Boogie Song can be accessed on my YouTube channel btw. So from time to time, I have to tame my muse. That’s harder than trying to tame, Aragorn and Rico… My two adorable cats, when they’re on one. (Psst… Don’t tell them I told you that, they’ve got a rep to keep…. Wink, wink!)
I’m working on several projects. (What else is new, hey? lol) I’m writing my raw (completely unedited) version of Miedo 3: Fragments of Fear. This is the third instalment of my memoir and it focuses exclusively on my nineteen years spent in America. Folks can read it and comment on my blog. I’ve created a submenu page under the Memoir/Drama heading in the main menu where folks can catch up on missed episodes.
Other than my memoir I’ve partially written, Elyysa & The Shyde of Darkness which is the sequel to The Wizard, The Girl and The Unicorn’s Horn. I have several other works partially written, and as a songwriter, I’m working on putting a couple of albums together, one that focuses on love songs/ballads and another that focuses on silly/not so serious songs of various music styles.
Wow, you are so busy! All the more reason for me to thank you again for making time for this interview today, Kevin. It has been wonderful to learn more about Caboodle & The Whole Kit and your future projects, as well as gaining insights into your writing career to date. I wish you much success!
Get your copy of Caboodle & The Whole Kit now to support Kevin and enjoy a read of poetry, songs, and short stories. If you want to connect further with author Kevin Cooper, you can do so at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, SongCast, and SoundCloud.
And thank YOU readers for staying until the end of the interview. I’ll collect the empty parfait cups now 😉