Author Interview: Kit Power


KPwriter3I’m joined by Kit Power who has a new release GodBomb! I enjoyed the previous work I read of his, Lifeline. You can pick up a copy of GodBomb! here:

Can you tell us about your latest book GodBomb!?

Sure. It’s set in 1995, in a community centre in North Devon. A Born Again Christian revival meeting has just begun, when a member of the congregation – a young man – reveals that he’s wearing a bomb vest, and threatens to kill everyone in the building unless God comes to talk to him personally.

Hilarity ensues.*

*That should probably be hysteria, actually.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

Funnily enough, I attended a born-again revival meeting in North Devon in 1995. The list of things I didn’t really get about what was going on would have made a small book all by itself, but it was a fascinating experience. The idea for this novel landed not long afterwards.

Obviously it took me a little while to do anything with it.

How did you get started as a writer?

I loved writing stories as a kid – it was basically the only time in a classroom when I was actually happy. But it took me a long time to get confidence enough to do it seriously, and to realise that the time I was spending on the PS3 could probably be more productively employed.

5676854I’m interested to hear about how you write. Do you lock yourself away? Burn the midnight oil?

Strict routine. Work the day job, come home, eat, bath and stories with the little one, then an hour at the keyboard. Though on the rare occasions I or the missus are away from home, I have been known to binge write, which is enormous fun.

The monthly My Life In Horror columns for Gingernuts Of Horror are typically written fast and under the influence. Worryingly, I seem to do a lot of my best work in that state, at least when it comes to short form non-fiction.

Who are your favorite authors and which of their books mean the most to you?

Stephen King – IT was I think the first adult Horror book I ever read, and I think still one of the best. And On Writing was a huge key to getting me to sit down and take this thing seriously.

After that, far too many to name check without taking up the next four hours and still forgetting someone.

What scares you?

Death. Pain. The thought of bad things happening to my loved ones. The usual stuff.

What book are you reading now?

This is shameful, but actually my own novel! The final print text is going to be subbed any day now, and I’m doing one last check to try and find issues. Once I’m done with that, I’ve got a draft of a friend’s novella to read, which I’m really looking forward to.

What is your favorite horror movie?
Ah man, that’s really, really tough! I think Carpenter’s The Thing has got to be up there though – it’s a raging success in pretty much every way. Top cast, mind blowing effects, creeping paranoia… What’s not to love?