JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
K.Reid, author of Fat Kills
Mia Nickole Rose is a beautiful, full-figured, witty, aspiring songstress who feels stuck in her unfulfilling life. A struggling artist in Washington D.C.’s metropolitan area desperate to make ends meet, Mia’s life spirals horrifyingly out of control, deep into a world of insanity and murder when she is invited to a party that she will never forget.
She is offered an ultimatum and, in exchange for her life, takes on a job working for a serial killer hell-bent on vengeance. Mia’s struggles with her finances and self-esteem become minute, while she focuses to stay sane, unharmed and alive. Mia’s new “employer” will stop at nothing to keep her in his grasp.
While the soundtrack of her life plays in the background, Mia is forced to distance herself from family, friends and even the love of her life in order to protect them from her hidden secrets. Fat Kills is a must-read which will leave its audience astonished, angry and afraid. Yes, very afraid…
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Fat Kills?
K.Reid: My best friend and I were emailing each other one morning, and he suggested I write a book after I told him this hilarious story about one of my random adventures on the Metro (subway). I thought about his innocent suggestion and said, “Hey man, everyone else does it. Why not me?”
(Sidebar: I used to work as a copy editor for several newspapers and edited a book. I had seen several manuscripts up to this point)
I came up with several story ideas, but Fat Kills was the first on the list. At the time it wasn’t titled. I love horror films, and I was contemplating writing my thesis on something involved with the horror film industry. I transitioned this idea to my book and decided to write a suspense/horror.
I have such a love of the genre and decided to pay homage with my first published work. I wanted to create something different. Urban literature has been on the same path for a while, and I wanted to contribute in a different way.
JP: What sets Fat Kills apart from other novels in its genre?
K.Reid: Fat Kills is a unique piece of literature for so many reasons. While it is a suspense or at some parts a horror, there are comedic elements that are carefully woven to create an story that the reader will never forget. Additionally, I discuss social issues including obesity (which affects more than half of the United States) and the recession.
Also, I create an experience with the play-lists and many songs woven throughout the novel. As the reader moves through the novel, the music describes the mood and sets the tone for each chapter. Finally, I believe my novel is so different from every other novel because of the horror aspect.
There is a serial killer in the novel. (Think of the Saw franchise or Hostel.) I’ve yet to see a novel that is encompasses everything I just mentioned. I took the time to make sure everyone is able to identify with the novel is some way, allowing them to really experience Fat Kills.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Fat Kills getting out to the public?
K.Reid: I am very heavy on face-to-face contact in a non-aggressive manner. I hate it when people come up to me trying to force me to buy any and everything they hustle. I do, however, respect the hustle. I always support people trying to make their way as an entrepreneur.
I keep this in mind when I talk to people. I’m naturally a people person and will sit and talk to a stranger on the train like we’ve been friends forever. I talk to everyone I meet and promote my book that way. I’ve also been promoting on the social networking sites, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter (@scribekreid).
I also send copies to wonderful reviewers such as Joey Pinkney because of the following and the exposure I know my book will gain. I have several connections in the Metro area in talk radio which is a must for me. Talk radio is so precious, and it really reaches the masses.
I’m also calling all friends and family like crazy saying “Hey! Don’t forget to support me, Auntie, and buy my book!!”
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Fat Kills?
K.Reid: It was very awesome for me to write Fat Kills. I had NO CLUE that I was a writer. I had always been good at writing term papers for college and had a knack for writing catchy things here and there. But I rarely journaled or explored creative writing.
If it weren’t for my best friend’s suggestion I wouldn’t have known I was a writer. When he suggested I write a book, I wrote a few ideas. And the first idea struck me the most. I brainstormed the story for two months. The first day I wrote, I woke up at 7 AM and wrote until 2 AM the next day. It was shocking and overwhelming to say the least.
After that day, I set a schedule (per some of the Stephen King writer’s tips that I read), and I wrote twice a day every day for months. An hour each way on the Metro, I wrote on my netbook and I wrote on the weekends. I rarely had writer’s block
I also created a chapter outline. That combined with the the fact that I figured out the entire story in two months, made writing pretty seamless. It took me approximately three months to write Fat Kills. I self-published Fat Kills, so it took me a year to get it from paper to book form.
JP: What’s next for K. Reid?
K.Reid: I am currently the co-CEO of Transcend. Event Management & Consulting, an event planning business. I have started writing the screenplay for Fat Kills, and I am gearing up to start bass guitar and vocal lessons. I have started brainstorming my second novel.
I’ve also written two short screenplays and three episodes of a cartoon. I have many, many talents that I am ready to share with the world when the time is right.