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    Q&A

    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.

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    OK.

    How about WHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Not?
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    Because...it just wouldn't be right.

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    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.

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    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by copefiend2 View Post
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenelk View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kealan Patrick Burke View Post
    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.

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    Cope: I'd be honored to hear that they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kealan Patrick Burke View Post
    Cope: I'd be honored to hear that they were.
    You don't have any young adult books do you?

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    I haven't, but for some reason THE TURTLE BOY keeps getting classified as one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kealan Patrick Burke View Post
    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!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kealan Patrick Burke View Post
    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.

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    A scary story in itself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kealan Patrick Burke View Post
    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.
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    Excellent, I hope you enjoy it!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    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

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    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
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