Interview with Author Keith Brandon
We are pleased to welcome Keith Brandon on today’s featured interview.
Born in Hungary, our guest decided at the age of 12 that he needed to write his own story. Right after he saw Star Wars. Therefore, it was not a huge surprise when at 30 he fulfilled his dream.
We hope you’ll enjoy the details that Keith shares with us regarding his writing life.Q. When was the first time you were certain that your dream was to be an author?
A. Around 2013 when I was about 23. By this time I gathered enough experience to out it to writing.
Q. Which one is your favorite… Sci-Fi or Fantasy novels? Why?
A. Both. Because in both genre you can expand your imagination limitless.
Q. What sparked the ideas for your books?
A. Mostly, Asimov’s Foundation series and Terry Goodkind’s Sword of the truth series. The story telling was just fabulous and kept me wanting more.
Q. What inspired you to write the book “Lost Universe”?
A. First I wanted to tell my story. My own. Secondly I have a great fascination about aliens/ufos and I decided to write my own story. As I kept writing it I realised that aliens need to be friends and allies as they alway being portrayed invaders.
Q. What inspired you to write the book “Nathan Darak the Last Vampire”?
A. This was a rather funny one. Twilight being so famous, I decided that I can write a vampire story too. So I did.
Q. What was your favorite book when you were growing up? What books have influenced your life the most?
A. For long I have read marvel comics, specially X Men. They were my favourite. They were different.
Q. Do you have a favorite author? If yes, why?
A. Yes, Terry Goodkind. His writings are like real life, never a dull moment and always satisfying ends.
Q. What dreams did you have before deciding that you’ll be an author?
A. I always wanted to be an artist. But for a while I could not decide what field I want to creative at.
Q. What about after?
A. I want to keep on writing and set new dreams and goals and travel a lot.
Q. So… one day you started to write. When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?
A. When I finished my first fantasy, call ‘The wake of Magic’ that never saw the day of light actually, but that was the first attempt to see how I do as a writer.
Q. You are born in Hungary. Did you publish in Hungary, too? If not, are you planning on doing it after translating your books?
A. My first book Lost Universe is in the translations to Hungarian as we speak, then it will be the vampire story, hopefully friends will like it.
Q. If the above answer is “yes”, how do you think the Hungarian readers will receive your books?
A. I guess it will have a good welcome. I don’t wrote the ’same’s as everyone else, I mean I don’t write ‘another’ Harry Potter, so I guess it will be appreciated.
Q. How did you choose the book covers?
A. My publisher made for Lost Universe and I had to approve it. I quite like it. The vampire story was made by a friend.
Q. How did you come up with the title for “Lost Universe”? Why “Lost”?
A. The final title was made by any father as I was trying to find a good sounding title, something with ‘universe’ and out of a sudden he said, how about: Lost Universe. Why ‘Lost’, Well without giving away too much, you will see a galaxy falling into chaos and nearly lost its all civilised forces, so I guess the title resonates it.
Q. How did you come up with the title for “Nathan Darak the Last Vampire”? Why “Last”?
A. Because he is the last vampire. Or is he? 🙂
Q. How is a typical working day for you as a writer?
A. Well, I need to let you in on a little secret. I still have a day to day job so I am using my free time and day offs to write, but I write a lot.
Q. Do you have any other creative projects in the works now? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
A. The sequel of Lost Universe in the works now. After things go back to normal Lost Universe 2 should one out and thinking for a sequel to the vampire story as well and currently working on a different writing project too, but it is in early stages.
Q. Do you have any author bucket-list type goals?
A. Oh, no. Not at all. I use my imagination to come up with a story and take it from there.
Q. What’s one of the hardest things to do as a Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels author?
A. To create the world you will write about. Then since these two genres became so competitive, you need to come with a new and unique story to stand out. I hate to read ‘another’ HP or Shadow hunters, or a ‘redefined’ Star Trek type space opera. Use your imagination.
Q. Do you have any advice for other writers?
A. Keep on writing and creating new worlds. Do not ever give up. Be unique. Make yourself known in any way possible.