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Interview with Kurt Stevens

Kurt Stevens has begun an interesting experiment, a serial novel on the ‘Net that’s also being published in eBooks of several chapters each and that will eventually be published in the traditional format.  Here’s a link to the first eBook, and here’s a link to the beginning of the serial, which is pretty far advanced by now.

The interview below will tell you a bit more about Stevens and about his novel.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Columbus with my son, Michael. And I guess art really does imitate life, because both of those facts found their way into the novel. I like to spend my mornings working out and clearing my mind to write. Then I put in some hard hours, and reward myself with a beer. Life is good.

2. How long have you been writing?

I started writing in college and haven’t stopped since. I love the escapism it provides, and the release. 

3. How did you come to write Capital Offense?

I wanted to write a story that explored the death penalty without taking a stance on it. When the main character is an executioner, we see all the issues through his eyes. I was also inspired by reading about prisoners. Almost all of the prisoner stories mentioned in the book are based on true events. 

4. Tell us a little about the plot.

Kurt Stevens, the main character, (I guess I secretly want to lead a double life) comes home one night to find his beautiful wife Tonya murdered in the bathtub. As a member of law enforcement, he knows that the husband is the first person the police will suspect. Unfortunately for him, he’s the only one they suspect. So he goes into hiding, and travels all over Columbus, trying to unravel who wanted her dead, and why. But the discoveries he makes come with a price.

5. What writers would you consider your main influences?

Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Tom Clancy. I love writing suspense and continuing the pulp tradition.

6. Why publish the novel on the web in serial form before the hardcover publication? And why publish 3 e-books with parts of the novel before the full book?

I want readers to be tuned in. I’m trying to build suspense so that more people will return each day to see what’s happening next with Kurt. I also want readers to tell their friends so they’ll tune in. Instead of everyone reading a book at a different pace, we’re all on the same chapter, together. And then, if they’ve been entertained, I hope that they will support my work and purchase the book. The eBooks were intended to bring in new readers and get them up to speed. My publisher and I also agree that it’s time for the publishing industry to evolve, and offering this content for free online, and putting the reader first, is a great step.
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