Please welcome indie author Kevin Rau




Author Bio:

My name is Kevin Rau.  By day, I’m a mild-mannered Information Technology manager at a small company.  By night, I put on my mask and cape, and take to the keyboard to write novels.  I’m a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, love comic books, and do my own art on my novel covers.




Book title:

H.E.R.O. – Malice, although I have a total of 13 books and short stories in the H.E.R.O. series, as well as one fantasy novel.


Brief Synopsis:

Malice is primarily about how a normal human, who hates supers and the special treatment they receive, steals another scientist’s notes on how to become superhuman, and modify that in a plan to eliminate the powers of all supers with a form of super-only virus.  Cybernetic mercenaries do the dirty work of collecting what is needed for the tests, and the heroes of Metrocity become involved.


Personal

What do you do to relax when you are not writing?

There’s not much of that type of time available, but I generally read or watch television (crime drama, sci-fi, some comedy).


What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

No one in particular, although it was the work of Laurel K. Hamilton that inspired me to work on a lengthy series, to allow me, and my readers, to delve into the “universe” I’m building.


Current work

What or who inspired you to write your current novel?

More than anything, it was a need to restructure how fast the supers heal in my universe.  The entire book is the means to make such a change.  In some respects, it’s like throwing a boulder into a pond.  The aftereffects of this one novel will have major ramifications on my world.


Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.

1)  Much of the story involves the introduction of a new, multi-novel heroine named Celestia.

2)  It is the first time cybernetics and bionics have been introduced into my supers world, and were put in to be roughly on par with many supers.  It gives non-super villains the potential to face up to the power of most heroes.

3)  A rough team has been evolving over many books in the city of Metrocity.  Where heroes are normally solo people, covering their “area” of a city, this group is forming a true team.  The headquarters of that team is introduced in H.E.R.O. – Malice.


What research did you need to do for this book?

Most of the research was done well before it in terms of cybernetics and superhero powers.


Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?

No, I never use an actual person in any of my novels.  However, I do use personality types and fragments I’ve seen in others as a basis for people in my books.


Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.

My in-progress novel is called H.E.R.O. – Dark Breach.  It takes what occurs in H.E.R.O. – Malice, and puts into effect those ripple effects I mentioned.


Writing/publication process

What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?

I write the novel, and then go through multiple edit phases myself, including analysis by special grammar and repeat-use tools.  Then, I have a group of editors go through it to find errors in the storyline or in the personality of characters.  Finally, I send it to a professional copy editor to do a final pass through it.


What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?

Interruptions!  I’m far too easily distracted.


What prompted you to self-publish your current book?

I self-publish all of my novels.  I’ve never heard of a “big” publisher who could keep up with my output, and it would create a massive backlog of books waiting on someone else’s “approval.”  No thank you.  I prefer to have control over my own work.


What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?

1)  Bringing in a new character, who had become a super at the same time as those from the very first novel in the series.

2)  Ensuring that the cybernetic mercenaries were both dangerous and yet beatable.

3)  Finding the time.  Working a full-time job, in addition to full-time writing outside that job takes up a lot of time.


Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?

I usually end up simply picking one of the multiple outcomes that are giving me problems.  Most of the time, I don’t have a lack of ideas – it’s usually major choices between them.


What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?

Write.  Stop thinking about it and do it.  Too many people “want” to do things, but they never take the time and actually do them.


Genre

What genre does your book fall into?  

Action/Adventure - Superhero


How did you get interested in this specific genre?   

I’ve loved superheroes for decades, since I was a teen. My writing of the H.E.R.O. series is simply the progression of that.


You as a reader

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?

1)  Ben Counter – I love his dark sci-fi with Warhammer 40,000 books.

2)  Laurel K. Hamilton – I love her long series.  They really allow you to get into the characters.

3)  I can’t say as I have another core author.  I enjoy many of them.


What was your favourite book as a child?

I don’t have just one.  I loved Star Wolf, though.


What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?

The Soul Drinkers Omnibus, by Ben Counter.


What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?

It was Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, to someone who loves vampire stories.


Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?

Kindle.


Hollywood is calling

You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?

I would love to see Dwayne Johnson play Spartan, and Ray Park as Black Tiger.  I can’t say as I have other real favourite actors; it’s just not something I think about.


The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?

“tomandandy” – the group that made the music for Resident Evil: Retribution.


Favourites

Drink – Diet Mountain Dew

Meal – Pizza

Holiday destination – Disney World

TV programme – Arrow

Film – Marvel’s Avengers

Method of travel – Teleportation, but I haven’t figured it out yet.

Sport – NFL Football


How can people connect with you?

Website/Blog: http://www.kevinrau.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kevin_rau

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/herobooks


Where can readers find your book?

Barnes and Noble


Note that the first novel in the H.E.R.O. Series,

H.E.R.O. – Metamorphosis, is available free, links

are on my website


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