It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Kirker Butler author of Pretty Ugly (see my review here). It currently has a 4.1 star rating on Amazon. In addition to his great interview Kirker is giving away a signed copy of Pretty Ugly (US shipping only), so enter via Rafflecopter below.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing
I grew up in Kentucky and moved to Los Angeles with my wife in 2000. For the past fourteen years, I’ve been writing primarily for television on such shows as Family Guy, Galavant, and most recently, Life in Pieces. I’ve had short pieces published in Deep South Magazine, StayThirsty, and Forklift, Ohio. Pretty Ugly is my first novel.
1. Why should people read your book?
It’ll make you smarter and more attractive to the opposite sex, or the same sex if that’s what you’re into. Actually, I think people should read the book because it’s a quick, fun read that’ll put a smile on your face. I think (hope) it will make you laugh.
2. Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a home office that I really enjoy. It’s the room I wanted when I was a 12 year old boy, and I was finally able to make it happen. There are two walls of bookshelves filled with everything from photography books to Star Wars toys. It’s not really a basement but it sits under the house so it’s very quiet and always cool. I get the best work done there. That being said, I can write pretty much anywhere.
3. What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I am working a new book in my spare time. I’ve got a main character and a rough idea of what’s going to happen. It’s probably going to take a while. I’m finding that the second book is much harder than the first. I’m also a writer/producer on a new CBS comedy called “Life in Pieces” that will debuted in September. And I’ve got two young children who keep me very busy. And I’m starting an artisanal tissue company with some young hipsters in my neighborhood. That last one’s not true.
4. What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
I don’t really revisit a lot of books after I’ve read them. There are so many new ones I want to read. But if I want to be inspired I’ll pick up The World According to Garp or A Prayer for Owen Meany. Those books were essential to me when I first read them and still are.
5. What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
My wife keeps telling me to stop buying books because we can’t see my nightstand anymore. Some books currently on the nightstand are: Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor, The Poser by Jacob Rubin, The Octopus Rises by Ryan Boudinot, Rodeo in Joliet by Glenn Rockowitz, Plus One by Christopher Moxon, OG Dad by Jerry Stahl, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, which I’m pretty sure belongs to my daughter.
6. Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
It’s very possible it would be a Christmas song. I have hundreds and hundreds of Christmas songs in my library. There’s literally no telling what would come up. I like a variety of music, so it could be anything from Eddie Rabbit to NWA.
7. What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
I don’t know that I have one, to be honest. I always wanted a good bar trick that could win me bets and impress the ladies, but I never found one. I have a pretty solid internal compass so I can usually find North if I have to. Not really an impressive skill, I know, but if I ever get lost in the wilderness I should be okay.
8. Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
Books are so taste specific. Some people read nothing but Romance or Mystery, others are into Historical Non-Fiction or Biographies. Does your personal preference of genre influence your reviews? If you really hate Paranormal Teen Romance books, can you suspend that enough to give one a fair review? Laura – Great question. In general I will say I always try to give a fair review. I base my reviews on a few different things such as world building, pacing, character development and the like. Genre is important as everyone has their favorites, and I will generally only accept books to review in the genres I like. However, when I do read a book outside of my preferred scope I try to look at all of the pieces that made it up for the review. For example, I do not like mysteries. Under review requests it states do not submit mysteries, as I will not accept them. However I inadvertently read a mystery recently (The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss) and I really liked it. So for me, I think it comes down to the story as a whole with the genre wrapped into that that determines my review, not the genre itself.
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