Terrie Leigh Relf: What types – and forms – of writing do you do?
Kevin James Breaux: I am a multi-genre author. I write in fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, historical fiction, erotic and even some MG. I am most known for my fantasy works, but my first published work was an erotic short story.
Currently, I am writing urban fantasy that is being labeled more of an action-packed paranormal romance. AND. . .Dark Fantasy in the Viking Age.
Terrie Leigh Relf: What is your area(s) of subject matter expertise? How did you discover this niche? What intrigues you about it?
Kevin James Breaux: I like to think I am good with pop culture and trends. Also very good with subject matter that falls into the fantasy genre, you know, since I grew up in that world playing lots of RPGs.
I like to write about flawed characters, ones that are not always likable to start. I also have elements of romance and sex in my stories too…cause it’s hot.
Terrie Leigh Relf: How do you balance your creative and work time?
Kevin James Breaux: Much better than I used to. All I’m saying.
Terrie Leigh Relf: Where do your ideas come from?
Kevin James Breaux: I am a highly creative person. I have been since I was a kid. I always have some sort of fantasy world brewing in my head. And at night, I often enter those worlds I create and see how they play out.
That all being said, I get very inspired from TV and movies. I am a fan of lots of TV shows and enjoy watching things like Lost, Buffy, Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek DS9, The Magicians, 12 Monkeys, Continuum, Man in the High Castle, Lost, etc.
Terrie Leigh Relf: Where have you been published? Upcoming publications?
Kevin James Breaux: I have been published by various small press publishers. Sadly, many of which have since gone out of business. In 2016, I decided to self publish a novel my agent could not sell. I am currently promoting that one. It’s called One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail, and it is book one is a series.
The sequel to that book will be out in early 2017. Before that, I might release another book. A Viking Age Norse Myth book my agent also could not find a big publisher for.
Terrie Leigh Relf: What about awards and other accolades?
Kevin James Breaux: Awards? Oh yes. I find myself often chasing Bram Stoker Awards. . .but I have won some other awards and accolades. Here’s a list:
- One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail (CreateSpace, 4/2016) – Pitch Perfect Pick 6/2016
- The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos “Stevie” Georgiou – Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories Anthology (Dark Moon Press, 11/2012) – 3rd place in the Preditors and Editors poll, 2012
- Dark Water: Beaming Smile (Hellfire Publishing, 10/2011) – 3rd place in the Preditors and Editors poll, 2011
- Soul Born (Dark Quest Books, 11/2010) – 1st place in the Preditors and Editors poll, 2010
- “Ending Summer Nights” (Lucrezia Magazine, 5/2010, defunct in 2012) – 9th place in the Preditors and Editors poll, 2010
- “Bang! Portugal” (Lucrezia Magazine, 2/2009, defunct in 2012) – 3rd place in the Preditors and Editors Poll, 2009
Terrie Leigh Relf: What are you focusing on now?
Kevin James Breaux: Trying to spread the word about One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail, and preparing my Viking Age, Norse Mythology book for publication. I’m always seeking new readers for my work. I’ll probably start writing the second book to follow, One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail (book 3 in that series) soon. Here is a short synopsis of book one:
Sabrina, a lovely fairy has it all: fame, fortune, and beauty—until her boyfriend Cade, a rebel vampire, films their involvement in a crime as well as the passionate lovemaking that follows. But Cade loses his camera and the video is posted online, ruining Sabrina’s life. After a year of nursing her wounds, she resurfaces only to find herself hunted for her wings.
The lives of all unearthly beings are at stake—fairies, windigos, mummies, and elemental spirits, caught up in a frightening flood of events that threaten their discovery. Sabrina and Moselle, a sex-starved mummy and the daughter of a wealthy businessman, find themselves in the middle of the conflict, forced to take drastic action to protect their identities and lives.
In trying to save themselves, can they also prevent the United States from falling into the hands of an evil mind with horrible intentions?
Terrie Leigh Relf: Are you plotter/planner or a discovery writer?
Kevin James Breaux: 100% discovery writer.
Terrie Leigh Relf: Do you currently belong to any professional writers organizations?
Kevin James Breaux: I am a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, which are professional genre groups.
Terrie Leigh Relf: Are you currently, or have you ever, been in a writing group? Your thoughts?
Kevin James Breaux: As far as “meet in person” groups or critique groups. . .I was in a local chapter of the HWA back in Doylestown, PA, when it was lead by Jonathan Maberry. Great group of people. Loved it.
If you are a new writer, and can find a group that is lead by a successful author, a group that will give lots of guidance and support, I suggest you join it.
Terrie Leigh Relf: Your thoughts on having an agent?
Kevin James Breaux: I started searching for agents in the late 1990s. I sent paper queries. Via snail mail. Yes, snail mail queries. . .the kind that took six months to a year before your S.A.S.E. rejection was returned to you. Don’t know what a S.A.S.E. is? Look it up. Ancient-times stuff.
I have had an agent for the last two-plus years. I was super excited when I signed with her, I thought I won the lottery, but she has not been able to sell any of my projects to big publishers, and I provided her with three distinctly different ones. Honestly, I am a little disappointed. I feel agents sometimes spread themselves way-too-thin taking on way-too-many authors and then ones, like me, kinda get thrown to the side.
Terrie Leigh Relf: Your thoughts on self-publishing?
Kevin James Breaux: It’s hard work. You need to accept that.
Terrie Leigh Relf: Anything else you’d like to add?
Kevin James Breaux: Write makes might!