Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Kevin Thomas to the blog. He’s the author of Forgotten Truths. He’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about his book. If this book interests you, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.
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IBP – Try to describe your book in one sentence.
Kevin – A high-speed thriller with a staggering climax.
IBP – Tell me a little about yourself
Kevin – I’m a 16 year old male author and I’ve been reading and writing all my life, I study English Literature, Creative Writing and Media Studies. My favourite books are thrillers; my favourite thing to write is everything.
IBP – Did you always had in mind to be a writer or it just happened?
Kevin – I always loved to read and write, but I didn’t think I could ever be a writer; I never thought I had it in me and was afraid people would laugh at me if I even attempted it. One day though I thought I’d just go for it, one thing led to another and without me even realising I had a book out for sale – so it just happened.
IBP – Do you write at a laptop/desktop or do you write freehand?
Kevin – When I’m writing my novels I write then solely on my desktop for organization and because of how much quicker the process is. If I have a sudden idea I’ll write it down free-hand to later type up on my computer, I also use the notes section on my phone to remind myself of parts I need to clean up and edit.
IBP – What is it you love most about writing? What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Kevin – The part I love most is creating and developing my characters, you grow to know them and see their world through their eyes, and you pick everything about them from looks to attitude – it’s the best part of writing for me because its part that takes most of my thought and brings out the height of my creativeness. The hardest part of writing for me is writing about social issues, I voice my opinions through description and things my characters say, sometimes I worry if my opinion will offend anyone in some way. I usually put it in out of gut-instinct anyway.
IBP – Who is your favourite character in your new release?
Kevin – My favourite character in Forgotten Truths is the protagonist Amelia; she literally goes through hell and back. She’s sensible and knows how to cope with bad situations, but is also kind-hearted, likeable and knows how to sympathise with other people. Amelia represents strength, and I like that in a character.
IBP – What is your writing schedule?
Kevin – I come home from college and sit at my computer and tell myself I will write 2,000 words in the night. I’ll split up the words into 500 an hour until I’m done. I don’t usually go past 10pm but sometimes, no matter what time, if there is something that I know needs to go in the book right that moment, I’ll stop what I’m doing to write.
IBP – Where do you get your inspiration?
Kevin – From anywhere I can. I’ll look around at stuff happening around me and will literally be able to shape it into a different idea in my own way. I also take inspiration from many writers; my inspiration for Forgotten Truths was crime writer Chris Carter. He inspired me to research more into the background of criminal mind and activity and begin writing my book.
IBP – What book is currently on your nightstand?
Kevin – Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord. It’s a great little quirky book and unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s simply written but seems to be so captivating, it questions happiness and what the key to living a happy life is. You go on this journey around the world with Hector and you can’t help but wonder what really the key to happiness is. If you have time you should check it out.
IBP – How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
Kevin – In my opinion communication with readers is essential, I’ve got a twitter account which I speak to my readers on and I am able to communicate with them about anything to when my next book is out to why I used a certain word in a certain part of the book. I read any reviews I get and if the reviewer has messaged me I will thank them sincerely because it really is the best thing you can do for a writer. I think communication is so good because after my readers read my book they won’t have any unanswered questions because they can contact me in seconds.
IBP – Do you ever run into someone who says “You write WHAT?”
Kevin – All the time, because I’m so young people don’t expect me to be writing about crime and sensitive issues such as child abuse. I usually just laugh the question off because it would take me forever to explain why I want to write the ‘what’. When it all comes down to it, it doesn’t matter what my age is because if I have a view on something or if a certain topic bothers me, I’ll write about it.
IBP – Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?
Kevin – I’m currently working on my new novel ‘Threes a Crowd’. The novel will be lengthy compared to my first one and it tackles the issue of child abuse, it is told from the view-point of the teenager Simon. It shows how important friendship and how as people we need to stick together through the rough. I’m coming up close to finishing the novel, but there is much work to be done with editing and proof-reading which will then take another few months. I’d expect it to be out in 4-6 months.
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Fear your past … Fear your future. It’s a grey morning in the city of London, a predictable day for all … but one. Amelia Gizzard discovers her twin sister has fallen victim to murder, leaving a daughter behind … the young June Gizzard. Unable to come to terms not only her sister’s death but also the behaviour of others around her, Amelia seeks answers. But when June exceeds the bounds of reason and reveals her true colours, Amelia must escape. Now the subject of a criminal enquiry Amelia must salvage past memories and piece them together. Can she do this while being hunted by the police, and pursued by her family’s evil history? Will she return to her roots to uncover what has been kept from her for so many years, or will she share the same fate as her sister?
Forgotten Truths is available on Amazon
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My name is Kevin Thomas and I am a 16 year old male author living in the UK. Reading and writing have always been a passion of mine since I was around four years old, I always aspired to be an author and ended up writing my debut novel and publishing it when I was 15. I have so far completed two novels and am coming close to finishing my third.
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Shock amplified in her body, heavy rain frizzed her short messy hair. How long had she sat motionless on the ground? “Amelia, speak to me!” Elnora pleaded through the strident storm. A spark of lightning flickered, followed by a roaring thunderclap. Amelia looked to her right – suddenly her worst nightmare had come to physical form. Standing at the gates stood the same men who’d gunned down her artificial father, presenting a barrier with their large piggish bodies. Terror moulding her face she quickly glanced left. “Amelia Gizzard, you are ordered to remain where you are.” A voice echoed through speakers in the hands of a policeman. It was not a pretty sight; three riot vans parked perfectly behind four police cars. They stood together in the centre of the spotlight. The helicopter was doing a repeated circle. No chance of escape, she knew that. “Are those the people, who killed him?” Elnora whispered. She didn’t reply. “I’m sorry, Amelia.” “If only you meant it,” she said bitterly. “I mean it, I am.” “This isn’t the time or place for apologies; you can talk to my sorry ass when it’s in jail.” “That won’t happen, because you’re innocent.” “So, now you think I’m innocent?” “I don’t think, I know.” “You don’t mean that.” Amelia stated bluntly. “Amelia … I want you to listen very carefully to me.” Again she didn’t reply. “Amelia, do you trust me?” “I don’t know.” “Well, you need to, because times running short!” “I … I can’t.” “Do you trust me; do you want to get away from here alive?” Silence. “Amelia!” “Okay. I trust you.” Amelia sighed, she was tired of it all, she just wanted rest. Elnora put a wrinkled hand into her Gucci handbag, but what she took out was totally unexpected. Amelia staggered backwards. Elnora caught her, then twisted her arm very slowly. Her wrinkled hand moved ever so slightly and Amelia’s eyed widened in horror at the touch of a cold object against her neck.