The ramblings of things that make me…um, well…me.
Good Day, Hipsters!
It’s been a while since I threw down a “Random 5…” on you. I’ve got a list of authors that have said yes, but I’m struggling with questions. And time. Okay, mostly time. Whatever.
Today’s “Random 5…” interview is with none other than one of the authors from my “Top 10 Favorite Books“… Alex Kimmell!
Alex is one of the writers I met this past summer through a Facebook writer’s group I was invited to join. I didn’t really talk much to him at first, but kept hearing people rave about his book THE KEY TO EVERYTHING and how I’d never look at squirrels the same way again. Also, was hearing that his book was a great, creepy read. I’ll admit, I was quite intrigued. I am a big Stephen King fan and am up for anything that could be a good read. Boy, I was not prepared for what followed.
Mr. Book Hipster, Kidlet and I went on a weekend trip to my in-laws to celebrate some birthdays. They live on the outskirts of town in mid-Michigan. Nice wooded area that doesn’t have a lot a lot of outdoor lighting. One night I decided to stay up and keep reading, because I was really enjoying this book. I was at the half-way point of the book and decided I was creeped out than I really wanted to be and thought it best that I go to bed. I was sitting alone in the living room, with a single light on in the kitchen, which I had to walk through to get to the guest bedroom. Did I mention the kitchen has lots of windows? Windows where I was easy prey for the squirrels to be watching me…and plotting. Staring me down. I may or may not have walked as fast as possible through the kitchen and avoided eye contact with anything but the floor. I was that freaked out! I can’t remember exactly, but I think I did end up having freaky dreams too! A sign of a good book! I ended up reading the whole second half of the book on our drive back home. 6 hours of straight reading! Mr. Book Hipster kept asking if I was okay because I was making random “oh” “eeek” and “squee” noises while reading. I really, really liked it!
Also, I have the honor of being published with Alex in ORANGE KAREN: TRIBUTE TO A WARRIOR , an Anthology, that was just published. As part of it, a few of us did a podcast where we read teasers of our short story…his voice is amazing! Listen to the Podcast HERE (Remember that 100% of the proceeds go towards Karen’s medical bills if you purchase the Anthology)
If you’d like to learn MORE about Alex, you can find him on his Website , Twitter , Facebook and Goodreads. Check out his book THE KEY TO EVERYTHING on AMAZON (available in eBook or Paperback) and BARNES & NOBLE (available for Nook and Paperback).
The Random 5…Alex Kimmell Edition!
1 – Are you worried that the squirrel reading population will find out what you’ve done to their street cred and come after you?
I think squirrels enjoy their new bad boy image. I bet they get more chicks now.I don’t really have anything against squirrels per se. I wanted to find a typically harmless animal that most people don’t pay much attention to and use it to help me flip the world upside down. I looked out the window of my writing room at the time and a squirrel was standing on the brick wall looking at me. The image haunted me and it flowed from that moment into what happens in the book. I wont give any spoilers for those who haven;t read it yet, but I had a lot of fun with the poor little creatures. Since the book came out, I’m continually surprised by how many people tell me horrible stories of things that occurred with squirrels. Scratching and biting attacks, leaping from trees on to unsuspecting heads and chasing cats, etc. I never realized the deep seeded mischievousness that lurks deep inside the tiny fuzzballs. I don’t think I’ll be taking them for granted anymore.
HIPSTER NOTE: I kid you not my Freshman year in college a girl on my floor in the dorms got bit by a squirrel. I think it was on her big toe. She totally deserved it, though. She was talking to it like I do my cat when I’m trying to be all cutsie. You cannot treat a squirrel like a housecat!
2 – If I looked at your bookshelf, what book would you be embarrassed for me to find there?
I’m not ashamed of any of my books, though there are a handful I may chose not to break out in public places. I read a lot of horror and suspense books. Some music history and philosophy are on the shelves too. My wife enjoys true crime and I can rarely go there. That’s the stuff that really frightens me. I’d so much rather immerse myself in frightening situations that I know deep in the back of my mind could never actually happen. True crime gives me real nightmares. The evil that people are capable of and willing to perpetrate on one another never ceases to baffle me. I may come up with some pretty nasty stuff, but I’m a pacifist at heart.
3 – You’re a musician, huh? What do you play? Anything you’ve always wanted to learn? Any cool life experiences that music has afforded you?
I play drums, guitar, piano and I sing. I wish that I paid more attention in piano class and I always wanted to learn to play the oboe. It has such a beautiful, haunting human-like tone. I took some lessons in college and damn is that thing difficult to play. It took me a whole year just to get a single note out of the damn thing. Double reed instruments are a bitch. I definitely appreciate it much more now.
HIPSTER NOTE: Have you ever tried to play French Horn? I tried to learn it in high school as a secondary instrument. As a flute player (which wastes the most breath when played) I felt like my head was going to explode! Holy mother of all that is good and evil!
Music gave me everything. It put me through college and opened opportunities to see a great deal of the world. Most importantly it’s how I met my wife. I like to say that she was a groupie, but she used to come see my band play on dates. This was before we met of course.
I’ve met so many amazing people through music that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. Most of my friends are musicians and when we hang out, it’s usually around playing or talking about music or going to concerts.
4 – Other than music and writing (and breathing), do you have any other super powers…er…special talents?
If I tell you that, I’d put you in danger. My enemies would know that you know what they know that I know and we all know what that would mean. With great power comes great…blah blah blah. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but the last time I used my laser belch, I prevented WWIII…oops. I’ve said too much.
5 – If you had to be known forever in history for saying ‘one thing’, what would it be?
I’d love to remembered for saying something wise and life-alteringly brilliant. I’ll probably just be remembered for uncovering the Squirrelpocalypse instead.
Well, there you have it, Hipsters! Mr. Alex Kimmell!
Go, get his book THE KEY TO EVERYTHING! Be amazed by his writing like I was when I read it.
I still get a little squirmy when I see a squirrel, but then I have to remind myself that this guy wrote it. 😉