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This issue, Writers4Higher features
Kevin Don Porter
Hi, Kevin. Welcome to the Writers4Higher family!
Tell me a bit about yourself. Your book(s), your life, your inspiration.
I'm a weird, creepy introvert with an endless fascination with people. How they live, how they think, how they act. I love to "people watch" and wonder what lies behind the facades that they/we project. It's fun. That said, writing is an exercise of both introversion and extroversion. You write in solitude, just you and the story. Yet, in order to really reach readers and create a work that resonates with them, you kinda have to put yourself OUT THERE. Go places you may not want to go and talk about things that you would rather not. So, even though I/you may be an introvert, as a writer you're always putting yourself out there! Which is scary and fun!
I like to write without a filter. I don’t water down my characters to make them more palatable. I allow them to be as funny, honest, controversial or as troubled as they need to be. Difficult or controversial material that might be more convenient to eliminate during final edits, I tend to leave in because it’s the raw truth. That rawness is what readers connect with most. They purchased your book to get a glimpse into how you really feel, not necessarily to read only what you think they want to hear.
MISSING is my first published work. It's a humorously creepy (like me) young adult suspense novel about a boy’s obsession with the case of a missing girl, and his own internal search for self-acceptance. The story’s main character, Calvin Crane, is a 10-year-old who is struggling to accept his ethnicity as well as come to grips with his mental illness. After his family embarks upon a cross-country summer road trip from Maryland to California, Calvin has an unusual encounter with a strange man at Yellowstone National Park–a man he later believes is responsible for the disappearance of 5-year-old Gracie Stevens. As the family travels state-by-state, Calvin is convinced that he’s being stalked by the little girl’s kidnapper. He becomes leery of every vehicle, suspicious of every person. He can’t shake those nagging questions: Where is little Gracie? Is his mind playing tricks on him, or does danger lurk just a couple steps behind? It's totally fun, and creepy, and DEEP all at the same time.
Where do you see your writing career taking you in the future?
Writing is an addiction that I never wanna kick. Thoughts and stories churn and build up inside me and eventually erupt into characters and plots. Next for me is my first adult title, OVER THE EDGE, about a working-class man who turns vigilante after getting swindled by a fraudulent homebuilder. It will be a short story cliffhanger series called the ROSS ROULETTE SAGA. I’m also writing the next mystery in the Calvin Crane Chronicles. The working title is EVERY SHUT EYE AIN'T SLEEP—Calvin visits an island in southern Florida and manages to get caught up in even more drama. I always try to entertain and enlighten. I’m very excited about what the future holds, and what’s in store for readers.
How do you use your talents/time to help others?
Since becoming traditionally published, many of my friends and family have expressed interest in doing the same. So I always try to make time to give good advice when asked, and point writers in the right direction. Everyone has a story to tell. On a more mushy, existentialist note—I love to see joy on people's faces, buy food for nice, hungry people, and jump from dark corners to scare friends and family. Who doesn't love a good scare?
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Kevin Don Porter is the author of MISSING -- a humorous, yet creepy, mystery novel AVAILABLE on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion.com,
IndieBound.org, and other fine retailers. He is also a Writer/Contributor for CBSLocal. For updates on his upcoming work, friend him on Facebook and Goodreads, follow him on Twitter and Pinterest, and subscribe to his articles for Examiner.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com.
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