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  • Citadel: First Colony
    Citadel: First Colony
  • Citadel: Paths in Darkness
    Citadel: Paths in Darkness
  • Tin Man
    Tin Man
  • College Made Stupid Simple
    College Made Stupid Simple
  • A Little Bit of Everything
    A Little Bit of Everything
  • Getting Gone
    Getting Gone
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  • Citadel: First Colony: Book One of the Citadel Trilogy
    Citadel: First Colony: Book One of the Citadel Trilogy
  • Citadel: Paths in Darkness (Volume 2)
    Citadel: Paths in Darkness (Volume 2)
  • College Made Stupid Simple: A guide to getting more than a diploma
    College Made Stupid Simple: A guide to getting more than a diploma

When I was a kid, I used to write stories in pencil on lined notebook paper, staple them together along the edges, and insist that everybody refer to them as my "books." Even then, I was a self publisher.

These stories were popular with family, friends, and teachers (though one teacher insisted, "Books aren't written on notebook paper." Philistine). Soon enough I was known as the kid who wrote stories, and my teachers treated me as a sort of novelty and oddity, not unlike something you'd see in Ripley's. There I was, the young storytelling geek, right between the guy who bites the heads off of chickens and the woman who smokes through her trachea.

One of my favorite Christmas gifts of all time was a cassette recorder and a package of blank tapes. I spent hours dictating stories onto tape and playing them back for the amusement (possibly the annoyance) of everyone. These were usually in the vein of young detective stories, inspired by Donald J. Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown. Though occasionally I would make up parodies of movies (mostly Star Wars) and TV, which I thought were hysterical at the time. It has never mattered to me much whether anyone else was as amused by my stories as I am. Just ask my wife.

I had no idea at the time, but all of this writing and dictating and creating was adding to my arsenal of storytelling tools, which would one day make me a mad gunman of story. In fact, I can honestly say that my career was built on all of this early creativity. I spent my childhood fine-tuning the skills that would become the foundation for my career. Gee I was smart!

I love writing. It's the tool I use to relate to and communicate with the world on my own terms. It gives me an edge, and I exploit that edge every chance I get. I'm not ashamed.

These days I focus most of my energy on writing books, but I still write articles, blog entries, ad and marketing copy, and a whole list of other things. I prefer work that lets me be creative and innovative.

One of the greatest things about being a writer here and now, at this point in history, is the fact that I have full control of my work. I write the books that interest me most. I publish them under my own imprint. I control the rights on every level. Like the pioneers of writing before me, I have the ability to dictate exactly what my stories are, and I can turn away the unwanted advice or dictates of the publishing industry. It gives me the freedom to accept a publishing contract only if it meets my terms, and that's the best possible place to be.

Of course, writing isn't my only interest. I also enjoy creating stories through imagery. I'm a fair photographer, a decent graphic designer, and a handy illustrator. I have produced documentaries and video projects. I have created a visual world that coincides with my written one. And again, I have full control over my work. I can be a Renaissance man, because technology and timing have given me every possible resource.

I love to tinker and build. I'm especially fond of repurposing the old and making it new and modern, which is why I have huge love for steampunk. I don't get to create in a workshop as often as I'd like, but I'm working to change that.

Jenny Lawson is famous. Famouser than me. Go visit her for famous people stuff. I'll just be here, all alone, wondering if you still like me, eating this bag of Oreos.Basically, I am a creator and innovator. I like to make my mark on the world by creating something new in it. I like to be funny, thoughtful, provocative, and passionate. And above all, I like to share those traits with the world around me. Which is just about lucky for everyone, now isn't it?

Details

I grew up in Wild Peach, Texas, and graduated from Sweeny High School. I went on to a dicey and convoluted college career in which I mostly chased girls and lamented my "undiscovered writer" status. I eventually graduated from Houston Baptist Unversity with BAs in English Literature and Speech Communications, and a Masters of Education that for the longest time I thought I had no use for.

In 2006 I did the unthinkable and the unimaginable — I got married. No one saw that coming, least of all me. Kara, my lovely wife, has done an admirable (even superheroic) job of putting up with me.

In 2010 I went to the doctor about a pesky and persistant chest cold. Two weeks later I had a pacemaker put in to compensate for a heart defect that was causing a bradycardia (slowing of the heart).

Also in 2010, I met some of my long-lost family for the first time, including a sister, a grandfather, and (most surprising) a father. All of them are wonderful people, and I feel richer and fuller for knowing them.

All of these things — from those first books on notebook paper to the tape-recorded stories to weddings, pacemakers, and long-lost fathers — have put me in a unique position. I came to a realization that if I wanted a writing career, I had to take it. Waiting for the call from Random House, frantically wanting to purchase the unseen novel on my hard drive, wasn't going to get me anywhere. Neither was blowing thousands of dollars and untold hours on submitting manuscripts to the gatekeepers of the publishing industry, only to have them returned to me unread and unappreciated.

If I have learned nothing else from the cascade of awesome that is my life, I have learned this: You only get what you ask for.

So, "about me" can be summed up by saying, "I'm asking for it all, right now." And dammit, I just won't accept "no" for an answer.