This Halloween, the Afterverse returns!
Your favorite characters and stories from Kyle Robert Shultz are coming back in style on October 31, 2018. All currently-available books in the Afterverse will be relaunched on Kindle Unlimited with updated covers and a fresh round of professional edits—and there will be brand-new stories for you to enjoy as well. Three short stories will be freely available for Kyle’s email subscribers to download, plus an additional Halloween short offered for free on his Patreon page. If you’re new to the Afterverse, this is the perfect time to get on board—and if you’re already a fan, you’ll get to celebrate the books you love and join fellow Kyle Robert Shultz readers for the start of a brand-new era of stories. There are exciting things in store for the Afterverse in 2019, and fans will get the news first!
Welcome back to the Afterverse…where stories never end.
Today, I’m interviewing Kyle Roberts Shultz, author of The Beast of Talesend, which I read and which was very good. It’s the first book in his Beaumont and Beasley series.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi there, I’m Kyle. I’m the author of multiple fantasy series set in a parallel universe where fairy tales, legends, and classic stories are all real and part of history. I’m also a graphic designer and a musician, and I live in beautiful southern Idaho.
What are you currently excited about? (A new book, a movie, a TV show, something else that isn’t your own?)
The Master of Callous, a Doctor Who audio drama coming out in December. The main character is an antihero in the truest sense of the word. The previous release in this series was a lot of fun.
What project are you working on now?
The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley, Book 5 in the Beaumont and Beasley series. It’s a double-feature which includes the novellas The Geppetto Codex (based on the story of Pinocchio) and The Hare and the Hatter (which involves elements of Alice in Wonderland). I’m also gearing up for my NaNoWriMo project, The Thirteenth Knight (the first book in the Blackfire series).
Now, tell us about your favorite project or close second, if you already told us about your favorite.
My favorite so far has been The Janus Elixir, a novella featuring my fan-favorite dragon character Malcolm Blackfire. I think I’m more satisfied with that book than anything else I’ve written. Plus, as always, it was great fun writing from the perspective of a snarky dragon.
How did you get into writing?
As a kid, I was a voracious reader, and I had a penchant for coming up with expansive imaginary worlds in my head. Once I grew up, I set those things aside so I could focus on getting a sensible occupation, but my second childhood struck around age 25, so I decided I would simply turn my love of reading and worldbuilding into a career.
What advice would you give to beginning writers?
That story you’re really excited about writing? The one that you’re putting off until you’re less busy, or until you get some more practice under your belt? Yes, that story; you know the one I mean. Grab it by the throat, drag it kicking and screaming out of your head, and write the snot out of it before it becomes the thing you never get around to doing.
What about experienced writers?
Nothing is more important than actually writing, even the things that people tell you are vital. Brainstorming, outlining, marketing, conferences, writers’ groups, blogging, etc. all have their place, but they’re still not nearly as important as you adding more words to your current draft. Even editing takes second place, because you need to have a finished draft to edit first.
How about some tips for those seeking to self-publish?
The clever tips that you’re sick of hearing about because they’re on every podcast and every author blog are correct, and you need to be implementing them in your author platform. Don’t try to ignore common wisdom so you can reinvent the wheel or wait for your work to go “viral.” Success just doesn’t happen that way. Study hard and work hard, and you’ll see success in the long run.
What are some of your favorite books, authors, movies, and/or TV shows?
Favorite books: The Screwtape Letters, My Lady Jane, The Day of the Doctor (Doctor Who novelization)
Favorite authors: C.S. Lewis, John R. Erickson, H.L. Burke, Janeen Ippolito (and too many more to mention)
Favorite movies: Tangled, Thor Ragnarok, That Darn Cat
TV shows: Doctor Who, Psych, Green Acres, The Bob Newhart Show
Any closing words?
Thanks for reading, everybody, and be sure to mark your calendars for the Afterverse Relaunch on October 31!
Where can we find you?