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Get to know today Kevin Rau, prolific author of superhero fiction. So keep on reading and you will know a lot more about the funny author behind the H.E.R.O. series.


 
1.      Describe yourself.
I'm a driven and obsessive person.  I love food, especially the oh-so-tasty, but fattening stuff.  I work out daily to try to keep the weight off.  I work a full-time "day job," but write almost every day.  I've been told I'm funny ... if I've been drinking, and I have a wonderful singing voice when the music is blaring.

2.      What is your favourite fruit flavour?
I love blackberry!

3.      What is your favourite day of the week?
Whichever one I get the most writing done on!  Commonly Wednesdays, as I take those for vacation quite often, and can stay in my home and write.

4.      Which is your favourite time of the day?
I've become a morning person, and so I'd have to go with the early morning ... probably 6 A.M. to 9 A.M.

5.      Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning!  My workouts are commonly at 4:30 A.M., so I have difficulty staying up late.

6.      What is your favourite breakfast meal?
I prefer eggs, sausage, hash browns, and pancakes, but rarely get to eat them.

7.      What is your favourite colour and why?
Green.  It's a very soothing color, and yet works well with silver and gold.

8.      Which is your most favourite book ever?
I don't have one.  Given a choice, I'll read superhero novels or Warhammer 40K novels, but I can't say as I have one favorite.

9. What kind of music do you like?
Thumping dance club type music.  The stuff that gets your blood moving.

10.  Which is your favourite genre of films?
Superhero action films (not the comedy ones).

11.  Which is your most favourite place in this Earth?
It's probably lame, but Disney World for me.  I love the parks.

12.  Which animal would you want to be and why?
If we're talking about real animals, then a Liger.  It's a huge lone predator.  Self sufficient, top of the food chain.  Plus, it just looks cool.

13.  If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
While I would be interested in meeting many people, none really rank up there as a "I really wish I could meet/chat with them" type thing.

14.  If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
a.  The ability to create any type of device I can imagine.  
b.  To have all the same powers as Superman before the 1986 reboot of his comic book series.  
c.  To be able to choose a time duration, and to be able to focus solely on the task I choose for that alloted time with no distractions.

15.  If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
For the sake of seriousness, I'll assume I'm stuck there, and can't have a boat/plane/helicopter, etc.  In that scenario, I would want a knife, a high-end composite bow, flint, a needle, and fishing line.

16.  If you could be anyone, who would you be?
Tony Stark.

17.  What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
The ability to focus better, so I could force myself to sit down and write without distraction.

18.  What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
Make it "big" as an author.

19.  What would you do if you won the lottery?
Retire from my day job, and take up writing novels full time.

20.  If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I think I'd get a long massage, watch The Avengers, and eat a lot of tasty, but fattening food.

21.  Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
Sadly, I think I was pretty much a nice kid.

22.  What was the happiest moment in your life?
I have none.  I'm being honest here.  My emotional state stays pretty level, which unfortunately means I'm not a "happy person" either.

23.  Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
My hope is to have a sizable catalog of novels for readers, and to be known in at least the Superhero world as a writer.  I anticipate continuing to work full-time as an I.T. manager, and writing on the side, as I do now.

24.  What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
A lot of people think that my having a computer attached to my elliptical, and writing/editing while jogging is strange...  I also dress up in a fantasy outfit when I go to renaissance fairs.

25.  What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
One where I get 20,000+ words written from Friday evening through Sunday evening.  I'd go with sales, or better yet fan counts, but there aren't good ways to truly measure fans (not even FB or Twitter), and sales are fickle.

26.  Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
If by holiday you mean a vacation, then it would be with my ex-wife on a trip to Disney World in Florida, USA.  We stayed at the Dolphin right in the middle of the parks, which eliminated all travel, I blew all my "points" to get first class flights, it was extremely relaxing.

27.  Have you got a phobia you want to share?
Failure, I suppose.  I'm extremely driven.

28.  What makes you angry?
Things out of my control.  I used to rage at game developers of World of Warcraft and Everquest II when I played them.  I'm much calmer since I stopped playing those types of games...

29.  What do you do when you feel sad?
Eat chocolate and cookies.  I get depression more often than I'd like to think about.  I haven't found an "out" yet.

30.  Who or what inspires you?
Success.  Passing goals.  I'm always thinking toward the future, and must push, push, and push to reach the next goal.

31.  Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
My brain is mush.  I just completed the 11th book in my H.E.R.O. series of novels (9 novels, 2 short stories, and 1 illustrated guide) about superheroes in my own world.  I'm excited, because the series is the largest series of superhero novels of the last decade!  By the way, the first full book is completely FREE on Smashwords (and should be soon on Amazon B&N and other eBook stores, but those take time to price match).  
Here's the link to that one on Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140093  
If you want to jump to it on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/H-E-R-O-Metamorphosis-ebook/dp/B005GM3PV8

I'd point the way to the other novels, but most would want to start with the first book, so go ahead and grab that one, and then decide if you would like to continue on with the series.  I do my own graphics for the characters (most of the heroes, and some villains) in 3D, and render them in different poses and lighting for people.  I use those for the covers, by the way, the novels are NOT comic books.  There are hundreds of images of my superheroes/villains on both the Facebook page (link below), as well as my primary website.

My primary website is:  http://www.kevinrau.com
My facebook page (where I post new pics of superheroes from time to time):  http://www.facebook.com/herobooks
Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-Rau/e/B007EHD6US
My twitter handle is:  http://www.twitter.com/kevin_rau

By the way, at http://www.kevinrau.com/interviews.asp  I interview other authors, and respond/quip to some of their responses.  If you are interested, please check it out.  It's also a way of getting more tidbits about me in my responses, and I have links to other interviews I've done waaaay at the bottom.

Cinta - thank you for blogging about authors, and have a great day!



 


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CR HIATT
09/26/2012 3:53am

Thanks for the awesome interview! It was great to get a look and the man behind all of those incredible superhero creations. If attaching the laptop to the elliptical machine is strange, I guess I am right there with you - since it was you who gave me the instructions on how to do it. :-)

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Cinta
09/26/2012 6:07am

I am thinking of attaching my laptop to my elliptical too LOL Thanks for popping over, Cathy!

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09/26/2012 4:55am

Cinta, thank you for letting me come here and ramble on! :)
Kev

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Cinta
09/26/2012 6:06am

It was a pleasure :D

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09/26/2012 7:17am

Man, I love these interviews, and why doesn't Tony Stark surprise me? Driven, energetic, imaginative, inventive, smart, and a smart ass...yep, Stark. ;) And I kept thinking, "Kevin *straps* his laptop to some sort of exercise device and *writes*, at 4:30 in the *morning.* Is he insane?" Then I read CR's comment that she has a similar regime, so it looks like I'm the odd one in bed like a lifeless slug plucking out an action scene with my index finger, very, very, very slowly. :)

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09/26/2012 7:43am

I get a lot of my writing done while on the elliptical. It might have something to do with the blood pumping, being wide awake, and having a repetitive activity that requires little though that promotes it, but it's one of my best (e.g. productive) times for typing away. On the flip side, I'm quite certain that my error rate for spelling and grammar goes up while I'm on the elliptical. I catch myself using odd phrases, spelling, or the wrong version of words on occasion (I might be thinking of the correct usage of they're, their and there, but for whatever reason I type it incorrectly while jogging).

As to the insane part ... let's just say that I've avoided seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist to this point.

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09/26/2012 7:51am

I think I was wrong about not wanting to meet others, however. I'd love to get together with you guys. When I read that question, I was thinking Cinta meant someone like George R.R. Martin, or other "big name" authors, and really couldn't care about meeting any of them. But my author friends I've met through FB/Twitter would be great to meet in real life.

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09/26/2012 10:28am

Ah, that's my problem. Not enough blood circulating to the brain. ;) Amazes me you can write anything coherent at all when jogging. That's some impressive multi-tasking. About meeting the authors you've met online, I feel the same way. For me that's one of the blessings that comes out of social media: meeting people who share your passion and your pain. Cinta mentioned in an interview how the people around her don't always get how hard this is. I don't know if you can unless you're in the trenches too. Anyway, have a good and prolific day, my friends. See you later on one of these social networks. :)

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09/26/2012 8:31am

Wow, Kevin! You make me tired just reading about all your energy! :) I always think of you as a real-life superhero, BTW. Thanks for another great interview, Cinta....

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Vickie McKeehan
09/26/2012 10:55am

11 books, WOW! Congrats to you, Kevin. I love getting to know authors through their interviews and this one was fantastic. But come on, you can't tell me the craziest thing you've ever done is having the computer attached to your elliptical. That's more practical than crazy. So...what IS the craziest thing you've ever done? :)

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09/26/2012 11:11am

Thanks, Vickie! Something crazy? Hmm. I suppose most people would think it crazy to have six computers setup in a U-shape in their living room, control all of them at once with different characters in an online computer game, and run dungeons on my own. That's probably pretty far out of the norm, right? Note: I no longer play online video games because my obsessive nature locks onto them and I, well, obsess about them. It was when I quit them completely in 2011 that I put forth all of my non-work time into writing. (I had the first two novels ready to go, but once I released the first, I hit the ground sprinting on the rest of the series.)

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Vickie McKeehan
09/26/2012 5:51pm

As a former game addict that had to quit and get a life of my very own, I understand completely. I won't admit to which online game had me addicted, only that I finally got out from under the habit. :) I'm glad you did, too.

09/26/2012 11:56am

Regarding the computer/elliptical mythological figure, once I saw a custom made exemplar that had a recumbent bike and five or six monitors. I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever built :) I'm on the same boat about working out every day, although I try to change routine often as I get easily bored. Great answers, by the way :)

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09/26/2012 2:54pm

Monica,
I love having a PC attached to the elliptical, and strongly advise it for everyone. Even if people can't write or edit while on it, you can web surf, watch videos/movies, or do social media while there. They make the time pass faster, and thus most people would be more likely to work out longer than if they are bored. Just a thought.

For me, the elliptical is just the cardio part of my workout (or for a few days a week, the entire workout). Four days a week I do weight lifting as well - another thing I strongly encourage for both men and women. I generally do 2 back days and 2 chest days, but sometimes do a chest, back, abs/torso, and a leg day.
Kev

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09/26/2012 3:31pm

What an awesome albeit exhausting interview! I think I got some serious cardio just reading about your endeavours!

I can't even fathom doing anything else on an elliptical or any other kind of workout machine beyond listening to music. I am such a malcord that I would be on the floor in pieces!

And it's not sad that you were a nice kid. It's wonderful. As a teacher, I can tell you I am always happy to have a lot of nice kids, and being very honest, I think most kids are.

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