Today, I have the distinct pleasure of featuring author Kent Arceneaux on this edition of A Perfect 10. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Kent partnered with me on the book, Frank Immersed. He has been a friend for about 20 years and he is a multi-talented guy that paints, cooks, sings and now is now an author. His writing style is a cross between John Grisham and Stephen King. I had the pleasure of previewing his book, The Cove. It’s an engaging story that pulls in many elements from his youth in Louisiana.
I highly recommend checking out his book and I hope you’ll welcome this promising author into our blogging community.
Please enjoy this special installment of A Perfect 10
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It does energize me when I am in the groove and I think of new material. Too early on to get exhausted yet, I guess?
Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?
I haven’t yet, but there are a few possibilities in the future that I would like to write about and will most likely need to be anonymous.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Why or why not?
Personally, I think a big ego in any situation is not helpful. There is a big difference in ego and confidence. You should have or at least portray some confidence, especially being a writer. You will have to take the criticism along with praise and do your best to learn from it.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
So far, the best money I’ve spent was on my editor, Catherine Violando. She did an incredible job.
What does writing success look like to you? Have you achieved it?
Success is measured differently by everyone. My goal when I first thought of doing this was to publish at least one book. Now that I have, I have the fever and my goals have changed. I want to continue writing and possibly have one of them turned into a movie or series. Dream big or go home, right????
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What sources do you use?
Depending on what the subject matter is, I try to be as accurate as I can if I’m writing about a place. I feel the best way to draw the reader in, is to describe a place they may have visited in the finest details. I want them to feel like they are there or at least want to be there. I spend as much time as I need to achieve this and use every source I can from Google and even go as far as interviewing people.
How do you select the names of your characters? Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name? Why?
Usually I will use people I know and change first or last names. In my line of work, I meet quite a few people and I will use their names in some sort of combination. I find myself paying more attention to their personalities and try to use that material in my writing. I haven’t regretted a character name yet, but I’m sure I will at some point.
What is the hardest type of scene to write?
I haven’t published this type of writing, but I have dabbled in romance with some love scenes. There is a fine line, if you know what I mean? LOL!
If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be and what would you want to ask them?
What motivates you to continue to write, besides the money?
What was it like when “The Firm” hit the mainstream?
Would you like to co-write a book with me?
What would you say was the one key to your success in Hollywood?
Are you really as tough as the roles you play?
Do you feel lucky? Well do ya, PUNK?
Can you give me the best advice you have on financial and time-freedom?
The real secret stuff that isn’t in your books.
No questions, just a night full of gratitude and listening!
What platform has brought you the most success in marketing your books?
Just getting started so for now it’s Amazon, KDP, Facebook and word of mouth. Working on a website now. Any advice is welcomed.
Born and raised in the bayous of South Louisiana, Kent Arceneaux loves writing about the culture of his homeland. He now resides in Ponce Inlet, Florida with his wife Shannon and their three beautiful girls. A Paramedic / firefighter by trade, but the fire he battles is between the pages of his writings.
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