In conversation with Weston Kincade

Weston Kincade is the author of the series A Life of Death. He has taken some time out to chat with us so lets see what he has to say:

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  • What/who inspired you to start writing?

I’d have to give credit for that to a variety of English teachers who had us write poetry and short stories. I think my first short story was called “Leonardo’s Great Balloon Ride,” which was really a fan-fiction piece about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As a first-grader, I didn’t really think about the feasibility of waving swords around in a hot-air balloon. However, I also wrote poetry. Some of my more recent pieces are even available on my author site. But the inspiration for writing novels came from reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and some of Stephen King’s books. I thought to myself, You know… if they can do it, so can I.

  • Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I’m an educator, editor, writer, gamer, husband, and avid outdoorsman. The wife and I normally go camping at least a couple times a year and fishing whenever I can fit it in. I also enjoy movies, quirky phrases, and can be a bit of a smart ass at times. When you’re a friend of mine, I guess it’s something you have to get used to. I might be an acquired taste, but you’d have to ask my friends about that.

  • What is your favourite genre?

Genres… what are those? Just kidding. Really, I write the stories that start kicking around in my head and won’t stop shouting to be written down. Most of what I write is dark and supernatural, but every story fluctuates between horror and fantasy. So far as reading goes, I’m generally a fan of paranormal and straight fantasy.

  • Which is your favourite book?

It’s hard to beat Tolkien, but Jordan came close with his Wheel of Time series. However, another favorite of mine is a classic that has nothing to do with fantasy… Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Come to think of it, I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series too… So, can I have 4 favorites?

  • Who is your favourite author?

I have to pick just one? Man… probably Jordan since his books were a huge part of my youth, but again, I’m tempted to pick those 4 I mentioned.

  • What are your hobbies?

Well in addition to writing, I keep pretty darn busy. In no particular order, I’m a husband, a gamer (D&D and various computer games), a fisherman, a high school English teacher, and an editor (http://www.wakeediting.com).

  • Perfect holiday destination?

Hmmm… I’d have to say Scotland and England. I’ve always been a fan of Shakespeare and exploring my Scottish heritage. I went once in college and loved it. I can’t wait to go back.

  • Describe a perfect writing day.

One where I can find a large bit of time to write and not worry about the other deadlines I place on myself. Normally that’s a weekend. I’ll just put on a little soft rock or classics on Pandora, everything from Otis Redding to Jack Johnson and the Beatles. This is the station I created. Then I pull up my outline on my dual-monitor setup and the document of the book I’m writing on the other screen. From there, I just get sucked into the story and write, losing track of time, hunger, or anything aside from what’s in front of me.

  • Which is the best part of writing a story?

Writing the climax. The story is unfolding in your mind, and those exciting parts go much faster. Sometimes it’s hard for my fingers to keep up. It’s like watching the final gun battle in the Matrix and trying to type and describe it at the same time. Imagine having to rewind the scene over and over to try and get it all fleshed out properly. That’s what it’s like.

  • How much inspiration do you draw on from real life experiences, with respect to plot, characters etc?

A lot of times I draw on past experiences and parts of different people I’ve known for character motivations and characteristics. That makes the characters more realistic and more easily allows the plot to play out. They are people, and certain decisions are within their characters. Sometimes I’ll also find a place or setting I really like and use it as a basis for something within the story. For instance Tranquil Heights, the town Alex Drummond lives and grew up in, I based mostly on Abingdon, Virginia. I lived in the area for four years, and it was both eclectic and beautiful simultaneously.

  • Who among the characters you created do you like the most and why?

That’s a difficult question. I really connect with Alex a lot, but the more his son Jamie becomes involved, the harder it is to choose between the two. I’m writing book 3 in the A Life of Death series right now, and Jamie really has a leading role, so it’s hard to decide. Jamie’s got a bit of Alex in him as his son, but is more witty and exuberant with even more potent powers.

  • How much do you relate to the characters or incidents in your story?

If I’ve done them right, parts of the story can be very touching. I relate to the characters as though they were my friends, or enemies. They are real people in my mind.

  • What kind of impact do your stories have on you?

I know toward the end of writing book 1, I broke down crying after finishing a particular scene. It was difficult. If you’ve read the book, you probably know which scene.

Author Links:

Author Page – http://kincadefiction.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @WestonKincade

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WAKincade

Website: http://www.wakeediting.com

Book Links:

A Life of Death: Book 1

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Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Complete-First-Novel-ebook/dp/B00KLUE8ZW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1403475782&sr=8-2&keywords=a+life+of+death+kincade

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Death-Complete-First-Novel-ebook/dp/B00KLUE8ZW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403536478&sr=8-1&keywords=a+life+of+death+kincade

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-life-of-death-weston-kincade/1119633161?ean=2940045973045

Publisher – http://www.booksofthedeadpress.com/

A Life of Death: Book 2

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Book Review: A Life of Death: The Complete Second Novel by Weston Kincade

About the Book:

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Detective Drummond traces his steps in the years since his childhood, but a mysterious serial killer who evaded the police for over fifteen years is still on the loose, annually performing ritual sacrifices and burning the victims. Alex’s skills at reliving the brutal murders are put to the test when so little is left of the victims.

My Thoughts:
This book proves to be very gripping and more intriguing than the first. Where the first book laid down the basis for a good story, the second takes it to a whole new level. Paranormal fiction juts  gets better with this sequel. This story goes ahead some years in Alex’s life and occurs in the present with a couple of flashbacks to get the story going. All the main characters we have come to love are seen again in this story and they play important roles.
Alex’s relationship with his best friend Jessie is explored when Alex goes to stay over at his place while following a lead in an investigation related to a serial killer. Alex also takes a look into the past to help some people interested in Egyptian history and working on that at the university. He realizes that his gift is needed to help people and also to discover the story of some people so as to put their souls at rest. Jamie, his son also has a gift and that is touched upon t the end of the first book but brought out elaborately at the end of this. Paige’s support and love are shown as the crux to keeping Alex in the right direction as well as his friendship with Jessie.
There are a few important things the author explores in this story that will hold good for anyone in their life, some lessons that need to be understood. The author handles the topic well and the story just flows from one page to the next. It  is a gripping story of Alex’s hunt for a serial killer and the final realization that you are a result of your decisions. A brilliant paranormal fiction this story will keep you reading till the end.

A Life of Death by Weston Kincade

About the Book:

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Alex Drummond is a troubled high school senior with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability. When he touches items that murder victims held in their final moments, Alex relives the events in gruesome detail, seeing what they saw, thinking their thoughts, and even feeling what they felt. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when the murders are so close to home and might reveal skeletons hidden for hundreds of years? Join Alex as he struggles to find his destiny, understand love, solve the mysterious murders within his small home town, and speak for victims who can no longer speak for themselves.

My Thoughts:

I was given the e-book by the author in exchange for an honest review and I must say I was blown away when I read it. This is  wonderful coming of age story with a paranormal angle. Alex is a teenager struggling to deal with his father’s death, his mother’s remarriage to a man who is always drunk and violent and his realisation that he loves his best friend Paige. Through all this he also discovers the ability to relive things that happened to people ultimately resulting in their death when he touches something owned by that person. He stumbles upon this by chance and as he struggles to understand this he realises that he has a chance to help people who have been wronged and make a difference. Alex learns to deal with this new found gift of his and along with Paige’s help he sets out trying to understand the deaths he witnesses and doing something about the information he gets.

Alex also finds out the truth about his step father and tries to protect his step sisters. through all this he learns a lot about family and the importance of being there for the people closest to you. There are some tragedies that occur in this story and they will touch the reader a lot. The author has taken great care in crafting this story and I must say he has done a brilliant job.

This is a believable story with a paranormal angle that will greatly entertain those who like this genre and will definitely ensure the reader is hooked on till the end.