Kevin Brennan was first featured on Reading Recommendations in March, 2014, then returned with an update in Dec., 2014. I have had the great pleasure of reading everything Kevin has now published, including his most recent novel, Town Father, and I can say, unequivocally, that his writing is excellent, his stories are unique, imaginative and fresh, and he creates characters that are memorable. Kevin is experimental in his exploration of different literary genres and I believe him to be a very talented Author. He’s also been a great support of me and my blogs, and we’ve had terrific offline discussions about writing, reading and literature. And throughout the time since we “met” he has continued to write, write, write! Welcome back, Kevin!
RRR: Since your first promotion on RR, what have you been doing?
KB: Since RR first featured my novel, Yesterday Road, back in early 2014, I’ve published two more novels — Occasional Soulmates, an offbeat chick-litty story that has a little fun with the genre; and Town Father, Or, Where Graceful Girls Abound, a historical, utopian novel about a California village in the 1880s populated only by women (oh, and one man). I’ve been busy writing and revising other work as well, of course, but also managed to move from the San Francisco Bay Area to a small town “in the shadow of the magnificent Sierra Nevada,” as they put it in Town Father. My wife, Susan, and I couldn’t be happier.
RRR: What else have you been doing, outside of the writing?
KB: We are exploring the local peaks and valleys near our new digs, as a matter of fact. Recently we found ourselves on a one-lane logging road way up in the back-country, hiked for miles and miles without seeing another person, and took in panoramic views that must have looked exactly the same two hundred years ago (logging notwithstanding). We’re also shifting gears in our day jobs so we have more time to enjoy the area.
My jazz guitar playing is slowly improving too. Sometimes it’s a tough choice between practicing guitar or getting started on writing a new book!
RRR: Is there one marketing tip or trick you discovered while promoting your own books that worked particularly well and that you’d like to share with other authors?
KB: To be perfectly frank, my best bet with marketing my books is to maintain an online presence in case anyone is watching (agents, take note), and to fall back on EReader News Today when it’s time to run a promo. Nothing else has worked as well, and since I’m on a tight budget I have to be careful how I spend my marketing dollars. I am actively seeking indie bookstores that might be interested in selling the paperback of Town Father, so if any readers have a favorite, I hope they’ll make inquiries for me!
RRR: Please recommend three other authors whose work you have “discovered” or rediscovered this past year whom every reader should consider reading.
KB: I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t had much time for a lot of reading this year, thanks to our move, but I’m interested in books that toy with form and genre in new ways, such as Rachel Cusk’s Outline. I’d like to see more innovation in novels, so her approach is refreshing. I also gave in and read Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice a while back. He’s not new by any means, but he can still bring it. Also, exciting things are being done in the realm of personal essays, and in that vein I discovered a book called Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan that was a real dazzler, and Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan.
Sometimes getting out of the fiction pool is good for perspective and learning new things. I now know more about surfing than I every thought I wanted, or needed!
And Kevin adds this incentive!
Yesterday Road is currently on sale for 99 cents (ebook), and from December 3 through 6, the eBook edition of Occasional Soulmates will also be on sale for 99 cents.
Town Father (eBook) is available for pre-order at $2.99, with instant delivery on December 8. The paperback version (and it’s gorgeous!) is on sale for $9.90.
Purchase links for all of Kevin’s books may be found here.
Thank you, Kevin!