First off, I'm entirely honored to be doing this interview! Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in Southern California, the oldest of two boys; my mom was an accountant and my dad an insurance broker. I have really great memories of my childhood and remember growing up in a fun and loving home. Unfortunately my parents would separate and later divorce after I graduated high school.
What were you like at school?
There were things I really enjoyed about school, but I was a talker and daydreamed a lot. I didn't have a lot of patience with studying and homework so my academic performance was average.
Were you good at English?
It was my best subject. I loved reading (and still do) and creative writing projects. Class discussions were always fun for me too.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I just want to create stories that people can enjoy and be inspired by, but I also very much want to eventually be able to write full time and provide for my family.
Which writers inspire you?
Ted Dekker and Stephen King are my favorite writers. I also love Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis.
So, what have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Coma, California is my only published work. I have a plethora of unpublished poems and a few short stories that I hope to publish soon. I've also done some songwriting but not in a long time!
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Brandon wears a very thick coat of armor in the form of animosity and apathy. He has so many unprocessed emotions from his past that the idea of living a normal life is not even an option for him, leaving him in a deep depression (hence wanting to sleep all the time). He uses it as a weapon of sorts to keep people away and not get close to anyone, but he finds out that the people in the town of Coma are too loving and kind to just leave him in that state.
What are you working on at the minute?
I'm currently working on a suspense/thriller, which I hope to have completed by the end of the year.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I've been writing since I was a little kid-- the first stories I remember writing were about adventures my stuffed animals had when I was six or seven years old. I decided it was what I wanted to do as a career in my early twenties when my girlfriend (now wife) encouraged me to pursue it after reading some of my work.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I tend to write by the seat of my pants, sort of on the fly. I've more recently begun using outlines in my writing process.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Doing it (laughs). Just making the time for it and in consistent fashion. Once you commit though you'd be amazed at what you are able to accomplish.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Again, just making the time to write on a regular basis. Even if you don't have an idea to work with, it's incredible how helpful just writing your thoughts in a journal can be. It's important to just continue stimulating the hunger to write. It doesn't have to be brilliant, it just needs to come from a genuine desire to write and create.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I'm currently part of a launch group for an emerging author named Rodney Coe and his debut novel The Rise of the Prophet.
What is your favorite book and why?
I can only pick one? (laughs) Well if I had to pick one I would say Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It takes place in the summer of the late 1920's and it makes me wish I could have lived as a kid then-- life was so much simpler!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Coma-California-Kyle-D-Garrett-ebook/dp/B017HUU7BW
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.) www.store.bookbaby.com/book/Coma,-California (includes links of everywhere else you can find my novel)
Also, we are looking for a few more people to read and review Kyle's book by joining his street team! If this sounds like something you'd be interested in-send me a message or comment below!