Interview with Scott Kinkade, author of Aragami
26 Mar 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, Aragami?
It’s the fifth book in my Divine Protector series, but it’s also a prequel. Readers think they know exactly how the previous universe was destroyed, but that’s only part of the story. This time, you’re getting the bigger picture. It differs from the previous books in that there’s a bigger focus on emotions and character development than action.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’ve been writing since junior high (circa 1997). I started with James Bond, Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction before eventually deciding to do my own thing which I could publish (and not have to worry about insane copyright violations!) In 2005-2006, I began my first novel, Mirai, having little idea what I was doing. In the ensuing decade I’ve honed my craft. I’ve always had a desire to tell my own stories and create worlds for readers to visit. Maybe I want them to, in some way, go inside my mind and see what I’m about.
Which books would we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Not many people know I love Emily Dickinson. I think they’d be surprised to find her work on my literal shelves.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
I’d have my favorite author, Stephen King, and ask him about the message in his books. Often times the humans are the real monsters in his stories. Take Cell, for example. Strip us of everything that makes us human, and all we’re left with is psychotic rage. Does Mr. King think we’re monsters deep down inside?
What’s on your writing desk?
My computer, CDs to be burned to iTunes, and miscellaneous documents I need to organize already. Oh, and my Samsung Galaxy S5.
What is a typical day like for you?
It depends on the day and if I have a job or not. I recently quit my job so I have a lot more free time for the time being. I’ve had a lot more time for writing and making YouTube videos. I’ve also joined a gym so you’ll find me there some days.
What scene in Aragami was your favorite to write?
I don’t have any one favorite scene. My faves are the scenes where we explore Serika’s emotions and the forces that drive her to try and kill Martin.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
I think Saliva said it best: “The message of life is turning face in the storm.”
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