Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Writers On Wednesday: M.M. Kin

Welcome back to Writers on Wednesday. This week I am talking with M.M. Kin, author of the Seeds trilogy, a brilliant take on the myth of Hades and Persephone ...



Tell us a bit about yourself …

I've always been an avid reader, since I was little. To me, books were a portal to another world, as cheesy as that may sound. Later on, I realised I wanted to make worlds of my own.

Tell us about your most recently published, or about to be published, book?

I just recently published Seeds Volume 3, the third and final book in my Seeds trilogy. The trilogy itself is a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth, with my own twists and additions to it, there were parts of the original myth that always bothered me, or there were gaps in the story that left things unanswered. I have noticed this with other myths though, and my next book explores various world-myths in the form of short stories., with my own twists to them.

Tell us about the first time you were published?

That was this spring, with the first volume in my trilogy. It was quite exciting and somewhat surreal, to actually be able to call myself a published author, with a real, actual book. It still feels surreal sometimes, because I looked up to authors when I was little and now I am one myself!

As writer, what has been your proudest achievement so far?

Being published, what else can I say? But then, I also feel accomplished knowing that I was able to sit down and write a book, let alone three of them, writing a book is not easy, as any author who takes their profession seriously knows.

What books or writing projects are you currently working on, if anything?

As I mentioned before, I have an upcoming book of short stories. After that I do want to expand my repertoire into other genres, namely science fiction as well as historical fiction and family gothic, and possibly a vampire story. I have plot ideas and outlines for these genres, but I am unable to say which story I will finish first. Myths and history will continue to be part of my writing, as I have always been fascinated by mythology and folklore and the history and culture that goes with them.

Do you have a favourite place to write?

On the couch with a cat or two curled up at my side and a nice cup of green tea, or hot chocolate.

Which do you prefer? eBooks or Paper Books? Why?

Personally, I have always preferred paperback, as there is nothing like the feel of a real book in your hands, or seeing a row of books on a shelf, or even a bookshelf full of books. Of course, I realise that e-books are a better option for some people, so I have my own books available in both formats, I feel that each reader should have a choice in how they consume a book.

Aside from your own books, of course, what is one book that you feel everybody should read?

I have several favourite authors and books, so it's hard to choose just one since everyone has their favourite genre and so on. It's impossible to pick one, so if it's all right with you, I'll recommend a few books... Dune, The Good Earth, Anne of Green Gables, Redwall, and Stranger in a Strange Land.

Finally … is there anything you would like to say to your readers in Adelaide, Australia?

Reading, and writing, should always be fun, never a chore. If you're not enjoying a book, just put it down. If you feel stuck on writing, just step away from the computer and do something else.

Links

My books are available in print and Kindle from Amazon, and in Nook form from Barnes and Noble.
I can be found on Facebook, Goodreads, and I also have a blog.

4 comments:

  1. I would never recommend The Good Earth. To anyone. Ever.

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    1. That's a shame, Andrew. I have The Good Earth on my to-read pile at the moment, as I am interested in doing a series on Pulitzer Prize winning novels and am interested in learning more about pre World War Two China as explored in Literature.

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  2. So you've never read it, then?
    I had to read that book so many times for school that I really can't stand it.

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    1. There's nothing quite as bad as being forced to read a book multiple times for school ... The Good Earth wasn't a part of the curriculum in South Australia while I was at high school in the mid-to-late 1990s. I never encountered it during my tertiary studies (early 2000s) as Australian Literature was very much in vogue at that time.

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