T.K. CHAPIN: THE FIRST SENTENCE IS ALWAYS THE MOST DIFFICULT
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
T.K. Chapin’s first Book of The Chronicles of Kilix debuted two months ago. The third part Solex is scheduled for release on January 12. Our next guest is developing a special rating system for the book’s content, something like motion picture rating system that doesn’t allow kids to watch adult, abusive or ultra-violent movies. We’ve got a chance to hear more about such a great idea. Are you ready for our next interview?
– What are your The Chronicle of Kilix series about?
– The Chronicles of Kilix (Kilix is pronounced Key-lex) is the story of a sixteen-year-old boy that sets out to figure out a way to help his sick mother but ends up setting into motion a chain of events that not only changes the lives of everyone he knows but the entire world.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– One day in a restaurant after finishing my meal I noticed a mother nearby on her cell phone (not talking, but doing what I call “the scroll”). I was sitting at an angle she could not see me from and I watched as her toddler tried to get her attention but was only left ignored. She was unaware of her child’s attempts for attention. Blown away by her actions, or lack thereof, I turned away to find all around me, at almost every table, the majority of adults were staring at their phones.
This obsession we already see with technology was the inspiration for the story. It helped flesh out the world that Kilix lives in.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– The first sentence is always the most difficult for me.
– Tell us something more about your main character Kilix? Is he close to someone from your real life?
– He’s shy and nervous the majority of the time early on but overtime grows and develops through the books into someone who wants to do the right thing for others. He’s a combination of people. The biggest part I took from someone for inspiration was Kilix’s need to vomit before his first day of school because of nerves. My sister had that issue when we she was 12 years of age.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– About a month for each book.
– Unveil something from your other book Christmas Romance: Love Again?
– It’s a short 66 page read to test the waters of romance fiction. I had a blast writing it and have seen a good response from it thus far from readers.
– Who are you?
– I’m Benjamin Chapin. I use the pen name T.K. Chapin for fiction since I tried non-fiction with my real name. The non-fiction isn’t really being worked on or developed any longer.
– What are your writing habits?
– I wake up between 3:30AM and 4:00AM every morning (regardless of weekends) and write until 6:00AM, sometimes 7:00AM. On weekends, I will usually write a bit more (maybe until 10:00AM) and if I’m trying to hit a deadline, I will spend weekends writing all day.
I write in the morning primarily because of my family. I love to spend time with my wife and daughter and writing in the morning allows me to feel accomplished before they even open their eyes.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book?
– I’m pretty happy thus far. I’m trying to break in and I understand these things take time.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– Keep writing and publishing more! Aside from that, I’ve done some bknights on fiverr to help with the first book. If your book is free, he’s the best $5 you’ll ever spend.
– When we will see the third part of The Chronicles of Kilix series and do you have some other projects planed?
– The third installment of The Chronicles Of Kilix Solex will be released on January 12th, 2015. It’s up for pre-order on Amazon.
– You are using a very interesting CC Rating. Would you explain more about it and why it must been introduced in all published books?
– The CC Rating is a system I developed to help parents and those alike find books with clean content. When you are deciding whether or not your child should watch a movie you check the rating and why it’s rated that way, that’s what I’m doing with my books. I hope to expand it out in the future when time allows.
– What are you working and how your job helps you in the writing?
– If you mean what do I do for work, I work for a software development company that handles mortgage documents. The job has helped my writing because they don’t care what I listen to while I work. I have listened to at least a 100 of hours of lectures, advice and podcasts that I would have never heard otherwise.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be? (Don’t forget to answer)
– What’s the best advice you can offer to someone just starting out (That’s just a few steps behind you)?
1. Ignore the haters
2. Get the first draft done (don’t spend 20 minutes on a single sentence)
3. Be ready to think one moment your a genius and then the next thinking you should never write another word
4. look up http://www.writeaboutdragons.com and study the lectures Brandon Sanderson gives (no matter what genre you write in).
Take a look at his books: