Friday, November 16, 2012

Author Interview with Kurt Chambers

The DMS was lucky enough to interview Kurt Chambers, author of the middle grade novel Truth Teller. Lizzy recently reviewed this magical story, and it was great to share our thoughts about it and hear yours! We are excited to learn a little bit more about the story behind the story. So, without further ado... take it away, Kurt! 


What inspired you to write Truth Teller

For about six years or so, I worked with children as a volunteer. I helped run a Brownie pack at the local church for Girl Guiding UK. It was the most fun time of my life. Working with kids is a real blessing. This is without doubt one of the biggest inspirations for writing children’s books.

How long did it take you to write Truth Teller?


I started writing this series about eight years ago. There are three books in the series so far. On average, it took me about two years to write each novel. But when I started, I knew absolutely nothing about writing. I couldn’t even read very well. So, I had to start from the very bottom and learn how to write properly, then edit my stories to a publishable standard. It was a mighty challenge.


What are some of your favorite books from childhood? Were there any specific authors who inspired you?


My mum introduced me to fantasy stories when I first became interested in reading. I used to struggle to read them though, not being the best reader in the world. But one author really captured my attention, Terry Brooks, with his Sword of Shannara series. I fell in love with fantasy. I would say he was my biggest inspiration.



Where did you come up with the characters Charlotte and Middleton?

That’s an interesting question. My main character, Charlotte, was based on a real life person. With no experience of writing, I thought if I based my character on someone real whom I knew very well, it would be easy to know how they would react and what they would say in any given situation. Middleton is a completely made up character, as are all the other characters in the story.

If you could befriend a character from any of your books, who would you befriend? Why?

Well, I am already friends with my main character, Charlotte, but if I had to choose one of my fictional characters, I think it would have to be Elderfield. He’s a young elf with a sense of morals that you would love to think everyone had in the real world. Any parent would be proud to have him as a son.

Where do you like to write? Do you listen to music while you are writing?

I wrote most of my stories sitting in my car during my tea breaks at work. Just me and my thermos flask of tea (I’m English) and my sandwiches. I work on a building site as a carpenter for my day job. I like solitude and complete silence when I write. I can never get this at home in my crazy household.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

That’s an easy question. I would love to live in Devon, south England. Preferably beside the sea. I fell in love with a town called Teignmouth, the oldest seaside town in England, by all accounts. It’s such a beautiful part of the world.

There is definitely a bad guy or two in Truth Teller. Who is your favorite villain (from a book or movie)?

Would I sound like an egomaniac if I said it was a character from my own series? In Truth Teller, you get to briefly meet a horrid little dwarf called Blaine. He only plays a small part in the first book, but he makes an appearance in all three books. In book two, The Wrath of Siren, he plays a much bigger part. He’s one of my favourite characters in the story. He makes me laugh. I really enjoyed creating him. He’s one of these people you love to hate.


Where can we purchase your books?

Truth Teller in Paperback:

Truth Teller in Kindle: 
Smashwords ☞ Amazon US ☞ Amazon UK ☞ Barnes & Noble 

☞ As Truth Teller is now released in paperback, I’m doing a special promotion to celebrate this and would like to offer all the readers of this post a chance to download a free copy of my story in e-book format.

*To download a free copy, please visit: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/119775
Enter this coupon code for your free copy: QB92W

Connect with this author:
 Author site ☞ Blog ☞ Twitter 




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18 comments:

  1. Only time to write sitting is his car for breaks? That must have been a little uncomfortable.
    Everyone who's a hardcore fan of fantasy likes Terry Brooks. I can't see myself getting into those books though or maybe it was Tamora Pierce... probably both because I've heard that name before.
    Such a sweet way to get into writing (:

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    1. Thanks for reading my interview, Adriana :) I practically live in my car when I'm at work, so I didn't mind lol Scribbling away with my little notepad :)

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  2. I love and look forward to your author interviews!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patty :) You're very kind.

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  3. great interview! and what a cool book cover. Sounds like a great read:)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Thank you so much :) I love my cover. My cover artist, Dawne Dominique, is amazing.

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  4. Wow loved learning how these books came to be....writing at lunch with tea and sandwiches. Very impressive that Kurt persevered to bring us these books!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! It took me a long time as I only have two half hour breaks LOL

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  5. Great interview! I just did my first author interview and it was so much fun! I would love to go to England, that's where my grandmother is from. You are lucky to have gone there!

    Old follower here just stopping by to say "Hello!" and read more of your posts! :) I hope you have a great weekend!

    Leigh Ann
    MaMa's Book Corner

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    1. Thank you, Leigh :) haha!! Oooh, where did your grandmother come from in England? I didn't just go there, I live there LOL

      Congratulations on your first interview :)

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  6. Absolutely love this theme! I may have to try your writing method, Kurt! Reminded me a bit of J.K. Rowling. :) Best of luck with sales.

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    1. Thank you, Cate :) It's a slow process, but I managed to write almost 3 complete novels like this lol The best bit is when you type it up from your notepad, it gets one edit straight away :)

      I hope my sales can match hers LOL or even 5% of them :D

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  7. Working with children is one of the biggest joys in the world. What a lovely interview. Best of luck with Truth Teller, Kurt! The story sounds fun and the cover looks good. (Living by the sea is one of my dreams, too. I shall keep Teignmouth in mind.)

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    1. Thank you so much, Claudine :) I would love to work with kids as a full time job. That would be so awesome! Teignmouth is so lovely! Worth a visit if nothing else. I hope to see you down there on the beach *grin*

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  8. Wonderful interview! This author sounds amazing! When I read your review of Truth Teller, I told Katertot we need to read this book, and now Kurt is offering a free copy! Thank you so much for featuring this author, and thank you to Kurt for the generous copy of his fabulous book!

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    1. haha!! Thank you for your kind words :) I hope you enjoy my story! If you do, please tell all your friends :D I would appreciate your views on Amazon when you've read it. I only have about 4 reviews on there at the moment.

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  9. Terrific interview. Kurt Chambers sounds like a really nice guy. Thanks for the link to the free copy of Truth Teller. By the way, that baby is just too cute for words :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Angela :) That's Charlie, my grandson *beams with pride*

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