Author Spotlight: Scott Kimak (THE ANGEL OF DEATH)
Scott Kimak is the bestselling author of the “I call him HIM trilogy. He is also a history teacher and Kung Fu master. He came up with the story “I call him – HIM” when he was a teenager but failed miserably to put pen to paper. It took nearly forty years for him to make a second attempt. This time the words flowed unrestrained. Mr. Kimak lives in Harlingen Texas with the love of his life Diana and their six annoying pets.
Hi Scott, and welcome back to the Hive!
Tell us about your new novel, The Angel of Death.
Angelica and her companions rise from the ashes of the Battle of Houston, contemplating their next move. After their great victory, they should feel at ease, but Angelica’s newfound powers sense a darkness calling to her from the north.
An evil awaits the young girl and her friends, ready to test their beliefs. An evil a thousand times more powerful than the Master they had faced. Can they stand against this dark power, and more importantly, who is the lone warrior that follows their steps from beyond?
You worked on your novel I Call Him – HIM for quite some time, was it difficult to move on to a new project?
No, not at all. This is part two of the trilogy and I’ve had the skeleton of the entire story in my head for almost 40 years. However, I did add some meat to the bones as I started to write, but that’s the fun part.
As a self-published author, you have to encompass many roles yourself: what aspect of self-publishing do you find the most difficult? Alternatively, which have you enjoyed the most?
I hate marketing and wish I didn’t have to do it. The part I love the most is writing but unfortunately books don’t sell by themselves so I’m stuck trying to figure out the best ways to market my books.
Are there any fellow self-published creators whom you’d love to collaborate with?
There are many, but L.S. Popovich jumps to my mind. He has a vast vocabulary and some really interesting stories.
What is your process for choosing a cover for your book? Do you have a clear idea of how you want it to look, or do you give your cover artist full creative license?
No, I have an idea of what I want the cover to look like. Then I’ll try to find several images online that are similar and send those to the cover artist. I also write up a detailed plan and give it to the artist.
Let’s discuss a bit about editing! We see such varying opinions from authors when it comes to the time of editing their books. How have you found the process? Enjoyable, stressful or satisfying?
I’ve been very satisfied with my editors. The turnaround time and quality have been fantastic.
One of our favourite questions here on the Fantasy Hive: which fantastical creature would you ride into battle and why?
A Dragon of course. What could be more bad-ass?– Armored skin, flight, and can breathe fire. That gives me a huge advantage on the battlefield.
Finally, can you tell us what’s next for Scott Kimak?
The final book of the “I call him HIM” trilogy. It’s called “The Sword of God” and should be finished by the end of this summer.
Thank you so much!