Author of: RENASCENTIA
'birth is not the beginning; death
is not the end'
Six individuals across England
suddenly remember their past lives, leading back through time to the 5th
century and seek each other out, stunned to discover that they each now possess
supernatural abilities such as teleportation, pyrokenesis and so on. But then
the memory returns that one of them is a killer and has been killing the other
five for millennia. A race across England begins as the other five struggle to
stay alive and break the cycle.
As an introduction, could you tell us a
little bit about yourself?
I am 39 years old, bald, bearded and
sarcastic. Originally I come from Portsmouth on the south coast of England but
four years ago i moved to Hartlepool where I now live with my partner, son, neurotic
Siberian husky and a pair of kamikaze goldfish, the north east fuelling my
passion for writing with its cold wind, rain and stormy seas.
What is your book about?
Basically my new novel is about past
lives and the belief that there is something more than just the life we live
now. I have long been fascinated by the thought of fate and of people being
trapped in a never ending cycle. So I thought I would add some horror to the
subject and tell the tale of people who keep returning with their memories
intact but the reason why lost to them...for now.
When and why did you begin writing?
I have always written as far as I
can remember, penning endless short stories or novels that never got past the
first chapter before I NEEDED to write something else. It was August 2008 that I
actually began my debut novel SKIN SHIFTERS and finished it two months later
which was quite a fulfilling emotion. Since then I have written 17 novels in
What genre do you prefer to write in?
I am odd. I am in a pattern of
writing a gore/strong horror novel and then following it with a novel from one
of my two series (world of sorrow which is halfway through the third and final
trilogy or the hope chronicles which is awaiting the last off the first
trilogy) which are pop culture horror, slightly more light hearted. I need to have
that break between the strong horror as i put so much into it emotion wise that
i get quite grim and meloncholy. Hahahaha I suffer for my art
What is your biggest writing achievement
Either having my style likened to
the late author David Gemmell or writing PANDEMONIUM which is 568 pages long in
just 4 weeks. It just flowed from me and seemed to write itself!
What inspired you to write this book?
Again it was purely my desire to try
something that i hadnt seen in horror that often. I try and bounce various
horror ideas about and have used plants, ghosts, reincarnation, scarecrows,
elementals and so on ranging the locations from places such as Pripyat beside
Chernobyl, a forest in japan, the london underground, the abandoned area of
Detroit and so on. Variety is the spice of life!
Who is your favourite author, and what
is it about their work that strikes a chord with you?
Its quite strange becuase as much as
i love to write horror i am not a huge fan of the genre. I love David Gemmell
the late fantasy author however and have all of his novels. His character work
was amazing and he had an amazing gift of introducing a loveable, likeable
character who you could relate too only to kill him horribly three pages later.
I love that and in my own work i try to make every character imporant.
What book are you reading now, and would
you recommend it?
I have just finished reading The
Laughing Corpse, book 3 of the Anita Blake series of novels and i am loving
What are your current projects?
Well, i have just finished
RENASCENTIA so i am now looking to write World of Sorow 8; something wicked
this way comes....
Where and when do you do most of your
Night time is the right time for me.
Once my partner and son are asleep and the fish and husky have decided to behave
it is writing time and i often write from 8pm through till 2am
What would you say was the hardest part
of writing your book?
Fighting to keep with it and not
start a new idea. it is something that my mind struggles with constantly. I can
sit on a bus and get a new idea for a novel. Its more of a curse than a
blessing to be honest though and is probably the reason i write so quickly.
Who designed your book cover – and was
the cover something you deemed important?
I do the majority of my covers
myself but i do have friends that take photos and allow me to use them. For me
the cover is important as it is the thing that catches my eye in a book store
Did you try to go down the route of
traditional publishing first – or did you feel that self-publishing was right
for you from the beginning?
No, it isnt something that appeals to me if i am honest. Self publishing
allows me to retain full control and my OCD needs that hahaha. I have written
17 books in 4 years because they needed to be written not for the money. It
would be nice of course but I do not write to make money and i am sure any
author that is honest feels the same. If this were medieval times we would be
travelling from village to village telling our tales. It is part of our souls,
an integral par of who we are. I like to think that we are the children that
On the whole, how have you found
Scary at first but overall extremely
liberating. I used to be bothered by peole asking me if i had a publishing deal
and then when i tell them i self publish, frowning and saying, Ohhh..so you're
not a REAL author?"
I am beyond that now. We write. They are books. We ARE authors. It is no
different to the bedroom DJ that makes his music and there is no shame in it
Where can we buy the book?
The novel will be available through
my online shop and also through LULU.com who i publish through.
Do you have a website or blog where we
can keep tabs on you?
There is my facebook page Kelvin V.A
Allison novels which i keep up to date and people are more than free to add me
on facebook under my name Scoobert Mills...i'm sure i am the only one hahaha.
Do you have any advice for other
Never give up. Get your story out
there. But write for yourself most of all. Don't let naysayers or skeptics
knock you down because you self publish. You ARE an author.
And, finally, do you have anything else
that you’d like to say to everyone?
Thanks for taking the time to read
this and if you do read anything of mine dont hesitate to email me some
feedback, good or bad. It all helps. God bless x