Ask the Author: MK Schultz

What would you like readers to know about you? 

I am a new Published Author as of May 2019. I have a formal education in Architecture and I currently work for a small municipality. My passion is writing fiction and I plan to continue writing more books in whatever spare time I can find. My genres of choice are sci-fi, supernatural, thriller, and suspense. I hope people will find my writing entertaining and thought-provoking enough to join me on an incredible journey that has only just begun. 

 

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

It is about a man named Kassius Kanex. He loves his family but hates his work life and wants a change due to a feeling of non-fulfillment which has plagued him his entire life. After a chance encounter with some strangers, he is drawn into a secret organization with extraordinary power. When his family is threatened, he discovers his true identity. Buckle up for the ride! 

 

What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

I have always loved stories, especially ones where the weak become strong. I wanted to write my idea for a unique take on this theme and one day I just started and it and then I was overcome by it as it took on a life of its own. It started as a bit of an experiment which swiftly morphed into somewhat of an obsession for me. The entire process of putting this book together solidified my passion for writing. 

 

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

My favorite part of the book is when the main character begins his mysterious awakening when he is called upon to enter three mysterious doors through which the very nature of his destiny will be revealed. The doors are shown on the cover of the book (two on the front cover and the third on the back). I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but the experiences he goes through behind the three doors was very fun to write and I hope people will enjoy this part as much as I enjoyed writing it. I also enjoyed writing the development of the main character as he changes throughout the story. The climactic scenes near the ending chapters were also a blast. 

 

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

My desire to write has been building for years but really took off when I just seemed to get it in my head that I finally had the making of a story worthy of the monumental effort I knew it would take to bring it to life.   

My inspiration comes from a lifetime of consuming stories mostly in the form of movies. I am very inspired by writer/director Sam Raimi and how he and two friends back in high school, got it into their heads that they could make a real actual movie and they did it. I wanted to achieve something similar, but with a book instead of a movie (although maybe one day my book can also be made into a movie. Here’s to dreaming). The movie Sam Raimi made was a horror flick called The Evil Dead and I pay homage to it by mentioning it in a line in my book. 

In so far as books are concerned, I enjoy classics like Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby for the literary beauty and descriptive language they possess. I also enjoy reading works by G.K. Chesterton,  C.S. Lewis, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I like Frederick Forsyth and I also quite enjoy and strongly identify with Stephen King. 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

I started the process of writing my first book in my mid-forties, so starting too late shouldn’t be an excuse even if you are much older than your mid-forties I think. Also, I wouldn’t worry too much about how qualified you are to write a book (what does that even mean? I wrote most of this book on a phone with a wireless keyboard!). I know I am no genius writer but I am proud of my book and believe people will find it interesting and enjoyable and I know others won’t. My advice is to not let doubt stop you, but to also be aware that it WILL try to stop you in the form of your own inner voice that will be your worst enemy and will at times turn on you and work tirelessly to convince you to give it up. Don’t listen to that voice. Instead, listen to the other one that says, “Holy Crap, this writing is freakin’ genius man!” And as for publishing, I tried for more than a year to get my book into the hands of traditional publishers, literary agents and the like to no avail. I suppose I could have given up and I know many do, but I am glad that I didn’t. In the end, I self-published and it has been a very exciting and rewarding process with the end result being 100% what I wanted it to be, untainted and changed by no one but me.
 

 

 

Here is a link to my Author Website: 

https://sites.google.com/s/17R_S_GZXatAamH76AiNgtgsCMgfpzNac/p/1yFaIxk6Sge2YdvCDRUGw6VUPhi5678c_/edit  

 

Here is my Twitter Handle: 

@Makemali 

 

My email address is: 

Makemali.1279@gmail.com
 

 

 

My Book KASSIUS KANEX is available at these 6 locations that I am aware of: 

iUniverse: 

https://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=794183 

  

Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks-intl-ship&field-keywords=9781532074431 

 

Chapters Indigo: 

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/search/?keywords=Kassius%20Kanex#internal=1  

 

Barnes & Noble: 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kassius-kanex-mk-schultz/1131653556?ean=9781532074431  

 

Kobo: 

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/search?query=Kassius+Kanex  

 

Books-A-Million: 

https://www.booksamillion.com/search?id=7586533331835&query=Kassius+Kanex&filter= 

 

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