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Kealan Patrick Burke
10-22-2011, 07:11 PM
If you have any questions you'd like to ask me, here's the place!

I'll start us off...

Q. WHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?
A. No idea.

Greenelk
10-22-2011, 11:17 PM
OK.

How about WHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Not?

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-23-2011, 12:37 AM
Because...it just wouldn't be right.

Ben Staad
10-23-2011, 03:16 AM
I"m guessing I could find this elsewhere but quite frankly I'm lazy tonight...so I'm curious when you started to write and what compelled you to write "spooky" stories.

Greenelk
10-23-2011, 08:35 AM
Oh, sensible questions. Why didn't you say.

What do you miss most about Ireland, and do you have plans for futher forays into acting?

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-23-2011, 06:02 PM
I"m guessing I could find this elsewhere but quite frankly I'm lazy tonight...so I'm curious when you started to write and what compelled you to write "spooky" stories.

Great question. I've been writing since I was eight years old. I started submitting (terrible) stories when I was about fourteen, after my mother ( a big Stephen King fan) bought me a typewriter for Christmas (see the dedication in THE HIDES) though we didn't have much of a market in Ireland for horror. I had no idea what the submission process required other than sticking a manuscript into an envelope and sending it to the editor (without proper formatting, etc.), so I was amazed when an editor at one of the biggest publishing houses in Ireland took the time to write me a three page critique of the story with advice on how to proceed from there. Over the years I lost the letter, but last year I sent an email to the same publishing house hoping to track the editor down to thank him for the time he gave some clueless adolescent, and sure enough, he was still working there. It was nice to be able to tell him how much that letter meant, and how much it encouraged me to continue.

After that, my high school English teacher saw my potential and pushed me to write. He once wrote at the bottom of a story I had written for his class that if I didn't end up writing for a living, there was no justice in the world. Once I started getting professionally published, I called him and he was thrilled. He even did a special write up on me for the school magazine, and asked me to come speak to his class whenever I got back home. I made sure he got a copy of every one of my books, and even dedicated VESSELS to him. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago, but I'm glad he got to know how much he contributed to my development as a writer.

I think having a mother who loved horror novels and woke me late on Friday nights to watch movies like THE OMEN, FRIGHT NIGHT, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, HALLOWEEN, SALEM'S LOT, THE FOG etc., contributed greatly to my wanting to write horror. I was reading Poe at an early age, and by the time I graduated to King via PET SEMETARY, I knew I wanted to scare people as much as those books scared me. Hence my decision to write the spooky stuff. Plus, when you grew up around grandparents who told the kind of true ghost stories that had you cringing in the company of shadows, it's somewhat inevitable.

Kealan

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-23-2011, 06:09 PM
Oh, sensible questions. Why didn't you say.

What do you miss most about Ireland, and do you have plans for futher forays into acting?

I miss the people, first and foremost. All my family are still in Ireland, and though we keep in touch a great deal, I miss my mother and brother desperately. As I left home when I was sixteen to cause as much trouble around the country as possible, I never really got to spend much time with my brother, who's six years my junior, and every time I get home, we're inseparable. I also miss the atmosphere, the age of the place, if that makes any sense. The country smells like rain, the towns exude history. It's so old over there, you feel it.

As for acting, if I was asked to be part of a project I found too much fun to pass up, I'd definitely do it, but I'm not seeking them out. I have no delusions of being a movie star, B-movie or otherwise. SLIME CITY MASSACRE was just a lark for me, a means of doing something I'd always wanted to do but didn't think would ever happen. I don't think I belong on film. I think I belong as the voice you hear when you read one of my books, and that's all.

Ben Staad
10-23-2011, 07:12 PM
I was amazed when an editor at one of the biggest publishing houses in Ireland took the time to write me a three page critique of the story with advice on how to proceed from there.

After that, my high school English teacher saw my potential and pushed me to write.
Kealan

Thank you very much for the reply. It's always so interesting to me how relatively small gestures can have huge impacts on an individuals development. I also love the facts about your family. I've been having my children read Poe for the last few years and my daughter absolutely loves The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by SK. Hopefully when they are a bit older I will have them reading some KPB. Keep up the great work.

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-23-2011, 11:55 PM
Cope: I'd be honored to hear that they were.

Ben Staad
10-24-2011, 04:14 AM
Cope: I'd be honored to hear that they were.

You don't have any young adult books do you?

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-24-2011, 04:21 AM
I haven't, but for some reason THE TURTLE BOY keeps getting classified as one.

Ben Staad
10-24-2011, 01:19 PM
I haven't, but for some reason THE TURTLE BOY keeps getting classified as one.

I didn't think you did but since I don't own your entire catalogue I figured I would ask. Thanks for the reply!

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-24-2011, 05:38 PM
Interestingly enough though, Cope, there are about six partially written children's books on my hard drive, so it seems inevitable that I'll write one someday.

Ben Staad
10-24-2011, 05:47 PM
Interestingly enough though, Cope, there are about six partially written children's books on my hard drive, so it seems inevitable that I'll write one someday.

Very interesting. Although you better hurry up (and finish them) because my children are growing up pretty damn fast. :)

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-24-2011, 09:22 PM
A scary story in itself!

Ben Staad
10-25-2011, 12:45 AM
A scary story in itself!

You're not lying! I have one teenager and one on the verge of being one...can you say nightmare?

P.S. I also just found a ebook copy of Turtle Boy. I don't remember downloading this but I will get to reading it right away.

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-25-2011, 08:00 PM
Excellent, I hope you enjoy it!

Martin
10-26-2011, 05:16 AM
I can't argue with Turtle Boy being classified as a Young Adult story. I have a 12 year old that is really getting into early Stephen King novels and I was thinking of having her read Turtle Boy. I think she would love the story.

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-26-2011, 06:27 AM
I can't argue with Turtle Boy being classified as a Young Adult story. I have a 12 year old that is really getting into early Stephen King novels and I was thinking of having her read Turtle Boy. I think she would love the story.

Martin: I would say if she's reading early Stephen King and enjoying it, then she'd definitely be able to handle THE TURTLE BOY. And kudos to you for introducing her to that stuff. I love hearing that! If my mother hadn't shared her love of horror books and movies with me when I was a kid, I doubt I'd be have gone on to become the writer and voracious reader I am today.

Kealan

Greenelk
10-28-2011, 10:58 AM
The day Ed Lee released his young adult story Monster Lake, I think the sound my jaw made hitting the floor was quite loud. I of course got a copy for my kids. I keep his other books away from them just now though.

Thief of Always is another book I made sure they read. All 3 of them love their books now. Eldest does veer towards the Twilight style of book though sadly. Maybe I should let him read some Lee now though. See if I can warp him

peteOcha
10-28-2011, 11:37 AM
Save him from the Dark Side!!! Or, wait no. Push him towards the Dark Side and away from the Sparkly/Glittering Side! :)

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-28-2011, 10:36 PM
The day Ed Lee released his young adult story Monster Lake, I think the sound my jaw made hitting the floor was quite loud. I of course got a copy for my kids. I keep his other books away from them just now though.

Thief of Always is another book I made sure they read. All 3 of them love their books now. Eldest does veer towards the Twilight style of book though sadly. Maybe I should let him read some Lee now though. See if I can warp him

Both of those are great. The mere idea of Ed Lee doing a children's book warranted picking it up. I never thought I'd see it, but it was well worth it.

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-28-2011, 10:36 PM
Save him from the Dark Side!!! Or, wait no. Push him towards the Dark Side and away from the Sparkly/Glittering Side! :)

Exactly!

Greenelk
10-29-2011, 08:15 AM
Ah yes, I can hear the knock of the social workers and police now.

"Excuse me sir, we would like to discuss some of the reading material that you're encouraging your children to read. Especially the one about the rednecks and the corpse.........."

Kealan Patrick Burke
10-30-2011, 08:26 PM
Stories like that drive me nuts. Students suspended for reading Stephen King in class, etc. We should be encouraging reading in all forms, particularly now.

Ben Staad
11-05-2011, 02:59 PM
A quick question about Kin:

Was the scene where Luke was reborn something you came up with early on in the writing of this story?

For whatever reason when I read this scene I had the feeling that many aspects of the story came from this part. Thanks in advance for the reply.

Kealan Patrick Burke
11-05-2011, 06:15 PM
Great question, and in retrospect it certainly does seem as if that scene in particular represents one of the prevalent themes of the novel, but it only came to me when I got to that point in the story. Knowing these characters intimately, I had to come up with a punishment strong enough and deranged enough for it to seem appropriate to Papa-In-Gray, something that fit his warped faith. He fully believed it would have the desired effect, whether because God had willed it, or because the trauma of it couldn't possibly leave any "poison" left in his victim, or some combination of both. It's a pretty twisted scene, but to me it seems perfectly normal for these people. And I have to admit, it's generating quite a response, something I'm very much enjoying.

bookworm 1
11-10-2011, 11:21 PM
Yea that was a holy s##t moment.Still this book makes my top 10 for the year and I've read 170 books this year.Yea its a slow year.

Kealan Patrick Burke
11-11-2011, 05:15 AM
Yea that was a holy s##t moment.Still this book makes my top 10 for the year and I've read 170 books this year.Yea its a slow year.

That's great to hear, bookworm! I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Ben Staad
05-03-2012, 02:39 AM
So now that Nemesis is done what's next for Mr. Burke?

Martin
05-03-2012, 04:46 PM
Who will be publishing Nemesis?

RJK1981
05-03-2012, 05:55 PM
Think that Thunderstorm is publishing Nemesis

Kealan Patrick Burke
05-05-2012, 09:11 AM
So now that Nemesis is done what's next for Mr. Burke?

I haven't decided yet, Tim. There are a number of ideas vying for attention. First off I have to get some short stories and novellas done that I owe to editors. After that, we'll see, but GUESTS, set in a dying hotel, is the current favorite.

Kealan Patrick Burke
05-05-2012, 09:11 AM
Think that Thunderstorm is publishing Nemesis

Yep, you're right!

Ben Staad
07-27-2012, 02:33 AM
I haven't decided yet, Tim. There are a number of ideas vying for attention. First off I have to get some short stories and novellas done that I owe to editors. After that, we'll see, but GUESTS, set in a dying hotel, is the current favorite.

Have you made any progress on "Guests" or is has another idea intruded? Just curious.

Kealan Patrick Burke
07-28-2012, 07:18 PM
Have you made any progress on "Guests" or is has another idea intruded? Just curious.

Hi Tim: There was some progress made on GUESTS, but I had to break away from it to do some design work (book covers). In addition I was, as you so correctly guessed, inundated with other ideas. This always happens, but usually I can ignore them. In this case, I might not, as this idea would be a sequel to KIN.

And then there are the stories due to editors that need to be done before I can fully commit myself to a long project.

My mind is not an organized place.

Martin
07-29-2012, 05:01 PM
A sequel to KIN? That sounds like a great idea!

Ben Staad
07-29-2012, 07:02 PM
Hi Tim: There was some progress made on GUESTS, but I had to break away from it to do some design work (book covers). In addition I was, as you so correctly guessed, inundated with other ideas. This always happens, but usually I can ignore them. In this case, I might not, as this idea would be a sequel to KIN.

And then there are the stories due to editors that need to be done before I can fully commit myself to a long project.

My mind is not an organized place.

Thanks for the update. I would imagine, if all is going well, that an authors mind can get pretty cluttered with ideas. Good luck with putting those thoughts on paper and knocking out some deadlines.

Kealan Patrick Burke
08-02-2012, 08:24 PM
Thanks Tim. Looks like the next book will be the first in a new series, tangentially connected to the Timmy Quinn series. It's called NIGHT FALLS ON MEMORY LANE.

bookworm 1
08-02-2012, 08:36 PM
I agree Kin is one of my favorite books.A second helping would be great.

I was wondering about the Timmy Quinn series.I see that there is an e-book of all the novellas.Any chance that this might see an actual print run?
A sequel to KIN? That sounds like a great idea!

peteOcha
08-03-2012, 01:26 PM
Sequel to KIN!!!!

Yes please!:)

RichardThomas
08-04-2012, 05:59 PM
KPB,

Of all of the books you've written, which is your favorite? Which is most indicative of your style, the one you'd hand to somebody new to your work? I've read many of your short stories, but haven't read one of your novels yet. I grew up on King and Straub, and have read all of Ketchum, as well. Thanks.

Peace,
Richard

Kealan Patrick Burke
08-06-2012, 05:20 PM
Bookworm: Yes indeed. Thunderstorm will be soon be releasing NEMESIS, which is the last book, and STAGE WHISPERS, which collects them all.

Kealan Patrick Burke
08-06-2012, 05:21 PM
Sequel to KIN!!!!

Yes please!:)

Definitely on the schedule, Pete ;-)

Kealan Patrick Burke
08-06-2012, 05:22 PM
Richard: KIN is easily my favorite. I think it's the best written of them all to date and it just worked on every level for me.

bookworm 1
08-06-2012, 09:59 PM
Yes!!!!!:cool:.:cool:
Bookworm: Yes indeed. Thunderstorm will be soon be releasing NEMESIS, which is the last book, and STAGE WHISPERS, which collects them all.