Thank you for joining us, Kyle! How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer? I’ve been writing for about fourteen years. Given that I was twelve when I started, however, it took me a while to actually come up with something fit for human consumption. Ever since I discovered the fantasy and sci-fi genres, I’ve been passionate about creating my own intricate worlds and wacky storylines. I figured turning that passion into a career was the best way forward. Time will tell whether I was right. 🙂
Tell us a little bit about The Beast of Talesend! The Beaumont and Beasley series is an answer to the question, “What happened thousands of years after the fairy tales were over?” The Beast of Talesend applies that premise to Beauty and the Beast, and introduces the series’ main trio: Nick Beasley, a skeptical private eye who gets magically transformed into a monster; Lady Cordelia Beaumont, a renegade enchantress; and Crispin, Nick’s enthusiastic but scatter-brained younger brother. The setting is Talesend, an alternate-reality version of 1920’s London.
What is the greatest praise you’ve received about the series so far? This is one of my favorite review quotes, from fellow indie author Hannah Heath: “If you’re looking for a hilarious story with excellent writing, magical elements, creative world-building, and great characters, then The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz is for you. If you aren’t looking for this type of story: Shush. Yes, you are. Read this book.”
Describe your writing style in three words. Humor, adventure, surprises.
What is your favorite thing about writing? What is your least favorite? Favorite thing: writing dialogue. Especially among my main characters, who practically write their own snarky interactions once I let them go. Least favorite thing: forcing myself to get a rough draft on paper and refrain from nit-picking it until it’s time to edit. So painful.
Your most creative ideas come when. . . Usually, the best stuff comes to me when I actually sit down and write. I’ve learned that my creativity isn’t as strong when I’m scribbling possible ideas into a notebook or developing a precise outline. The most popular elements of The Beast of Talesend were the ones that cropped up as I wrote because the story demanded them, and then proceeded to take on life of their own. (Crispin, whom I’d call a fan-favorite character at this point, actually falls into this category.) xD
Share a line that makes you laugh! This is from my current WIP:
Cordelia: “Get some backbone, you two!”
Nick: “We’ve got backbones, thanks. We’d just prefer they not be removed and used as toothpicks.”
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Never abandon or set aside a story if you’re the only one who’s ever set eyes on it. Get some outside critique on your work before you decide it’s not good enough for publication. It’s nearly impossible for a person to be objective about their own writing. I recommend using either Wattpad or Scribophile to share your story and get helpful feedback. These platforms will help you build an audience in preparation for when you decide to publish, as well.
Can you give us a teaser about your WIP? Take Harry Potter, make Hogwarts evil, change Harry from a chosen one to a klutz, replace Voldemort with a ghostly mermaid, and you’ve got something pretty close to The Tomb of the Sea Witch.
If you could visit one location in your series, it would be. . . The city of Talesend. It’s a mixture of many different cultures found throughout my storyworld, all based on various fairy tales and public domain works. A vacation there would be pretty interesting.
Kyle Robert Shultz began writing in his early teens after being bitten by a radioactive book. As a Christian, he strives to write fiction that is entertaining and wholesome, but devoid of overt “messages” or agendas. He lives in the wilds of southern Idaho, removed far enough from civilization to keep humanity safe should any of his rough drafts break through the electric fence. Aside from writing, his other passions are worship music, digital art, and horseback riding.
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