Author EJ Kellett: “Every story has two sides, even the accepted ones.”

The Victory Perspective received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author EJ Kellett.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The Victory Perspective – published January 2018

What’s the book’s first line? 

The truth around the downfall of your race should be told.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

A story of the birth of humanity, and what came before. Told from a different perspective, characters you know are painted in a new light. It is a study of the human condition in its most brutal form that tackles fundamental issues that divide the world.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I have always been interested in how we view the world from particular perspectives. Every story has two sides, even the accepted ones. Differing perspectives can be applied to anything.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

If you want to challenge yourself and ask hard questions on faith, morality and the human condition, this book is for you.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

The most distinctive thing about Alpha is his desire for perfection at the cost of everything else, without giving a second thought to the suffering that ensues. He is willing to wreak havoc on a civilisation to further his own warped ideas. I can see many of Alpha’s traits in historical characters. Idi Amin for example, who’s desire for personal power was so great that he saw other human as less than animals, and were treated as such. Or Pol Pot, who’s killing fields were all in an attempt to create his version of paradise.

When did you first decide to become an author?

Very recently. I started writing as a hobby about 2 years ago.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

Yes it is!

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I am a (mostly) respectable public servant who leads a double life as an author of controversial books. I think the people I work with would be shocked to know of my moonlighting activity.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

It depends on the stage of writing. When I am in the actual ‘writing’ stage, I like to write in large chunks so I might take a few days off and write as much as I can. When I’m editing, I steal time here and there where I can around life and the day job. With this book, I did lots of drafts as my initial attempts were decently dismal. Hopefully with the next one, my first draft will be better and the editing process will be less painful.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?   

The best part is being in creative control, free to build a story and characters in the way I want to. I predominantly write for myself, being an indie allows me to keep it that way. The hardest thing, and the total flip side of the best part, is that because I write this way, my book does not fit neatly into a genre. As much as I write for myself, I would like to get the book out there to the right audience, and marketing a cross-genre and potentially controversial book where people primarily engage based on a theme, is hard work.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

Make your own measure of success. Perhaps you want to sell lots of books, perhaps you want to get good reviews, perhaps you just want to get the book out there. Measuring your success based on your personal goal is the way to ensure you still enjoy it, even in the difficult times.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

Difficult question. I probably wouldn’t. The major thing I like about indie life is control of the story. It is important to me not to be censored. I would hate to have to change the stories to make more sales. I feel like the minute I think about the bottom line, my stories will lose something. But, from my (very limited) experience as an indie publisher, the thought of sharing the load and lessening the burden of the amount of auxiliary work to be able write more might be tempting.

Is there something in particular that motivates you?

I am motivated by adding a different discourse to the literary environment. I tend to write on topics that are rarely challenged, and I like to tackle difficult subjects to make people think. I feel that books don’t have to be about ‘safe’ concepts to be enjoyable.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Timothy Findley. He came up with such wonderful ideas and spun crazy stories into intense plots that stay with you forever.

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