Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently?
I have always loved writing since I was a boy. I think it’s a great way to work out those things in your head. You know what I mean; that weirdness that sometimes clutters your brain. Writing is like therapy to me. Sometimes you have to get it all out. I used to play music and write songs so writing books is just an extension of that.
Tell me a little about your books.
My first book, Sadist: The Rise basically comes from my own childhood. Let me say though that it is a horror piece, but the real horror I discuss in the book was being bullied. It’s getting more national press now but back then, kids were bullied a lot and people just watched it happen for the most part. The little boy in the book was bullied but he had a weapon at his disposal. He didn’t necessarily want this weapon, but eventually there came a time when he could use it to his advantage. He starts to fall in love and she gets hurt and he decides he wants to be her protector. The biggest problem here is that the weapon is inside him, and it comes out in his dreams. He has very little control over it, and it has its own agenda. The story also follows a NYC cop who is trying to discover the meaning behind the slew of bodies the Sadist leaves behind. But, because the Sadist does not exist in the flesh, he leaves lots of clues but no traces.
Sadist II: The Duppy King just follows the first book and explains what the Sadist is… and what he wants. There is an end-game and if he is successful he would become even more powerful. That would not be good.
Are there any authors who inspire you?
Yes. Stephen King would top the list. He is unbelievable sometimes. There are many others but I love his writing the most.
How do you write? Do you make yourself write a certain number of words per day?
I don’t really think too much about it. It’s weird; I can sit down and have no direction to go in but then write a few words and off to the races I go. I do have a forty-hour-a-week job but like most authors I would love to do this full time. I guess when you are under a deadline, you find yourself scheduling time and promising a page count per day. I just don’t think that works very well. I went to Montreal promising that my last book would be all done and I got seven pages out… not good when I was hoping for at least fifty.
What goals have you set yourself? Do you want to sell a certain number of books in 2012? Is there some way you measure success, on your own terms?
My idea of success is having someone pick up your book and then tell you they couldn’t put it down. I would guess true financial success would be the same thing, but on a worldwide scale.
How have you marketed your book(s)? Have you used social media (Twitter, Facebook etc)? Have you paid for any advertising (Facebook Ads, Google Ads etc)? And how did it go?
I have used all of the above. I have two Facebook pages, one for each book. I have a Twitter account but I admit I don’t use Twitter as much as Facebook. I also ran a Google Ad-Words campaign for my first book but the second book I decided to use just Facebook. They did get the word out on my book, but you know, some people click the “Like” button and really don’t have the slightest idea what the material is about. Still, I don’t mind those “Likes” so visit often!
Away from Amazon, have you had much luck with other outlets? Do you use Smashwords, Barnes & Noble etc?
My books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other outlets. I like having my book available to as many people as possible. I think Smashwords is a great way for authors to gain exposure. I have not availed myself of them yet, but I definitely won’t rule it out in the future.
Do you worry about Amazon gaining a monopoly in the ebook market?
No, not at all. Electronic media is difficult to monopolize. Anything that can be created in electronic media can be recreated. One format can be the dominant format but then something cooler comes along and that’s it. Really, it’s all about the creativity of the companies that offer e-books and how they can make money in a world that wants everything for nothing.
What’s next? Are you working on anything at the moment? Do you have anything new coming out in 2012?
Yes I am working on a project: This one is a departure from anything else I have done. I used to read books based off of a popular series or movie. So I am trying to do something similar but I won’t jinx it by talking about it. I may not even publish it; I might just offer it for free. I haven’t decided what I want to do with it. Once I am done I have another idea I want to get going soon. Sadly, that won’t be till 2013.
Kel Fulgham’s books are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. You can also visit the websites for Sadist: The Rise and Sadist II: The Duppy King, and you can find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.