Friday, January 18, 2013

Interview: Drama Queens with Love Scenes by Kevin Klehr

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
At first it had the lackluster working title of ‘Staging Life’ which my assessor hated straight away. So in the back of my writer’s notebook I began jotting down new ideas. Some of the others along the way include –
  • Dramatic Romantics
  • Sex and Subtext
  • Love After Life
  • Lushes of the Limelight
  • Romance and Other Dramas
  • Sex Scenes and Drama Queens
‘Drama Queens with Love Scenes’ was jotted down shortly after that.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
More than anything, I want readers to just have fun with this novel. Leave your mind at the door and enjoy the ride. If you find a message, let me know.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
At one stage my assessor told me that I hint at things in my writing, but never properly explore them on the page. I explained in detail some of the events in real life that lead to certain scenes. She was quick to explain that as an author, I didn’t need to bare my life for everyone to see. I just had to take a pinch here and there and weave it into an engaging story.
So there are events and people that have been heavily shrouded in fiction, with just a trace of the real story buried under the plot.

What books/authors have influenced your life?
I’m not sure if it influenced my life, but George Orwell’s 1984 did make me sit up and take notice. It’s a book I always wanted to read since seeing the movie version made in 1984. I finally did in the past 18 months, and was mesmerised from start to finish by a book that by its nature is quite depressing. Regardless, it’s an amazing read.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m keen to rework the sequel to my current novel, which has the working title of Drama Queens with Adult Themes.
This is a sample from the second draft –
“Wade, I love you.”
“I love you too, babe.”
“Is this what a midlife crisis feels like?”
“I don’t think so, Adam.”
“Why do you say that?”
“We still love each other.”
“Think about it, Adam.”
I gazed out from the passenger side door at the appealing brick house we parked in front of. Someone had spent their hard earned cash to buy it and maybe someone had spent more money renovating it. Perhaps in old-world elegance or as an understated minimalist designer statement. They would have argued under its roof. Possibly committed illegal acts in the shed. Made love with the curtains open. Either way, someone has built up a past in this house, just as we had in our home. There was no chance in hell that I would give it all up.
“You’re right, we’re still madly in love,” I said. “Neither of us is stupid enough to believe that we’ve fallen for Mannix. We’re just going through a phase.”
“True, Adam. Remember Simon and Jean. Now there was a midlife crisis!”
“Oh god, yes! I can see why a trapeze artist would be a good catch to a man with an uptight wife, but at least he could have stopped to think about what he was getting himself into beforehand.”
“Two bratty kids to a second marriage when he should’ve been thinking about retirement,” noted Wade.
“That Oscar and his little peeing problem. A six year old shouldn’t still be wearing nappies when they go visiting friends.”
Wade started the engine.
“They claim it’s a medical condition, Adam.”
“Medical condition, my arse! He wants attention and Simon is past the parenting age. As for that trapeze artist, well, there’s a circus short of a clown.”

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
One author I admire is Jonathan Tropper. An American who writes with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, taking us through tales of grief, family, and possible girlfriends.
His books are easy to read and hard to put down. There’s a lot of humor, while poignant lines sneak up on you, hitting you square in the face when you least expect it. Tropper knows how to entertain with substance.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?
I don’t, but I have a friend who does. So she’s written books that take place in New York and Paris. I should think about following her lead the next time I’m coming up with a book idea.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Start your writing day by re-reading aloud what you last wrote. You will instantly notice spelling mistakes; sentences that could be phrased better; and places you’ve either overwritten or underwritten.
Once you feel your draft is ready, bury it for three months. You need to read it fresh so you can fix up what is wrong with it. And you will find things. How much you find depends on which draft it is. Decide at this point whether these fixes will make it ready for a publisher to read, or if it will need another three months untouched.

Drama Queens with Love Scenes
Drama Queens Series Book One
Kevin Klehr

Genre: Gay Romance, Humour

Publisher: Cambridge Press US (division of Charles River Press)

Paperback ISBN 10: 1-936185-90-3
Paperback ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-90-0
EBook ISBN 10: 1-936185-91-1
EBook ISBN 13: 978-1-936185-91-7

Number of pages: 338
Word Count: 71,329

Cover Artist: Laurie McAdams

Book Trailer:

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Book Description: 

Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They're not crazy about the idea so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel.

They are soon drawn into the world of theatre - Afterlife style, with all the bitchiness, back-stabbing and ego usually associated with the mortal world.

Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro.

Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.

About the Author :

Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia's own 'Emerald City,' Sydney.

He calls himself a bit of a 'media tart,' having worked both professionally and voluntarily in television, radio and online. His longest running passion is a weekly radio program he and his partner, Warren, produce for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander station, Koori Radio. Since 2005 they have been discovering music, both new and old, and interviewing local artists and community leaders. Every Saturday night, the Rhythm Divine is heard across Sydney and via the world wide web.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn't pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, Warren snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn't long before Kevin's active imagination was let loose again.

Kevin is currently at work on the sequel to Drama Queens with Love Scenes.

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Erica Pike said...

Best of luck with it, babes, and congrats on the release ^.^

Erica (don't know if the other message came through).