Kevin James Breaux has been writing for over ten years. In 2004 he was chosen to represent Jenkintown, Pa Barnes and Nobles on New Writers Night. His first novel Soul Born is set for publication in the fall of 2010 at Dark Quest Books. He also has a short story in Dead History: A Zombie Anthology, which is currently in bookstores.
We thought you might like to get to know him, so here’s a short interview …
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi all, I am Kevin James Breaux, author and artist. I have been writing for about ten years now, and in the last two I have been slowly building up my publishing history. I am a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Erotic Authors Association.
Being a writer has allowed me to reach the levels of creativity I never could before as a fine artist. Now I can finally place exactly what I see in my mind’s eye on paper, and it truly is a great feeling. Although, I must admit I still wish I could have broken into the comic book artist/inker industry back in the early 90’s when things were really hopping. Back then I wanted to ink comics, now I want to write them.
Why do you write horror?
I tend to enjoy writing horror and erotica when creating short stories. Both genres are fun. Everyone likes a good scare and everyone loves a good … what’s the politically correct way of saying a good lay?
With my novels, and longer fiction I enjoy writing fantasy and urban fantasy the most. This is why I call myself a multi-genre author. My love for the fantasy world is based on the fact that I grew up playing and watching things like Ultima, Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy and Record of the Lodoss War.
Your stories often revolve around zombies or erotica. Have you combined these two topics?
I have combined zombies and erotica before, just not in THAT way. My short story, “Love In The Time Of Zombies,” which was published in 2009 at Lucrezia Magazine, is a heavily erotic tale based during and after a pandemic where the dead rose.
What’s the best zombie story you’ve ever read?
It’s tough for me to pick a “best” of anything because I like so many things. At the moment I really enjoy Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry.
Have you self-published any of your work?
I learned early on to avoid self publishing your work. I have had a good run in 2009 with 4 short stories sold, so I am going to keep trying to find publishers for all my writing.
In these days of diminishing publisher interest in new writers, what forms of self-promotion have you done?
Today’s writers, new or old, need to use every media and networking tool around to promote themselves and further their career. Of course I have blogs and a Facebook account; I run my own web site too. At the moment I am booking conventions in 2010 and 2011; it’s important that you submerse yourself in your genres, so I hope to hit Dragon Con this year.
One of the most important things a writer must do to better themselves is write every day. You must set a goal of “x” amount of words and strive to reach it each day. It’s the only way to improve your skill.
What projects do you have coming up?
At the moment I have several projects. Soul Born, my fantasy novel, will be published this Fall 2010 by Dark Quest LLC. I just finished writing a short origins story to give away on my web site when the book is released. It will be my way of saying thanks to people who buy and read my book. I recently submitted three new stories, to three different anthologies. One is a werewolf story that I really enjoyed creating. I would love to further develop it; either into a novel or a series of shorts. In a few weeks I am going to start writing a necromancer love story, so maybe I will combine erotica and zombies a little further … if you know what I mean!
You can catch up with Breaux online at his website: Kevin James Breaux