Julius Kane is the author of dozens of titles. His resume boasts an eclectic array of genres and categories including, fiction, non-fiction, stageplays, essays, poetry, and most recently, sci-fi. Julius Kane is a community activist and social reform advocate who currently resides in the DMV area.
BPM: Please share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.
I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. I’ve had articles in the Washington Post while working as the editor of my school paper.
BPM: Describe yourself in three words, please.
BPM: Tell us what writing your first book was like. What was the journey like?
It was fun. I was a teenager and writing a collection of short stories meant everything. And sometimes it kept me out of the streets.
BPM: Introduce us to your most recent work.
‘Ignore The Voices In Your Head’ is a science-fiction novel loosely based on true events. Someone asked me if this happened and I told them, you, the reader, have to figure out which parts are real but I don’t think you can. Outside of religion, most people are programmed to believe only what they can see and touch.
BPM: Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Sure, if you believe that we are the only life in this universe then you are in for a rude awakening one day. Most of the technology I mention is already here. So, you can imagine what other beings have invented.
BPM: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How much information the government censors and hide from us every day.
BPM: Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
Pushing the envelope and expanding literature beyond the same regurgitated hack everybody else is writing.
BPM: How do you find or make time to write?
You make time for things and people who are important. You can write while you eat, use the bathroom, or drive to work; using a recording device of course.
BPM: How did you choose the genre you write in? Have you considered writing in another genre?
I write in all genres. And with the release of ‘Ignore The Voices In Your Head,’ expect more sci-fi.
BPM: Tell us a little about your creative process. What’s your first step in beginning a new project?
Two things: Something really interesting will take my attention and hold it. Or my ancestors will tell me what they want me to write about, LOL.
BPM: Is writing easy for you? Did you ever take classes in writing?
No, I didn’t take any classes or workshops on writing. It came naturally. Writing is easy…determining the subject matter is not.
BPM: Do you feel lonely being a writer during the creative process?
You’re not a writer until you are alone writing. You, your thoughts, and the scenery become your muse.
BPM: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
There is no greater feeling than having your thoughts come together and you’re able to push out chapters or dope outlines. That’s energizing. The exhaustion only comes after you refuse to leave your computer until it’s done.
BPM: Do you believe in writer’s block?
Sure. But it’s not called writer’s block. It’s called life. And it’s filled with people who block our connection to the universe; separating us from our natural creative energy.
BPM: Do you try to deliver to readers what they want or let the characters guide your writing?
Good stories write themselves. Character-driven fiction, for example, isn’t for everybody. Just like you can’t be friends with everybody. Most people like characters that make them feel good. Real writers aren’t people pleasers on paper or in real life.
BPM: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A small notepad that I carried around in my pocket for years. It allowed me to jot down entire chapters no matter where I was or what I was doing.
BPM: Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes, 1 stage play, 2 children’s books, and a true crime tragedy.
BPM: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips on self-care for creative folks?
It’s not the writing, it’s the people. Sometimes you gotta elbow people out of your zone who are there to hinder and distract you. Writing is a stress relief for me.
My advice, move towards activities that enhance growth not make you feel obligated. Forcing yourself to write about something you don’t want to write about is what’s stressful. And being around energy vampires is what drains you.
BPM: What were the key challenges you faced while publishing independently?
Technology and social media have made it simple. Back in my day, you had to really sell books out of your car, in nightclubs, at festivals, etc.
Now, it’s not about talent but connections and cash. Whoever has the most money, will sell the most books, regardless of content. Independent publishers still have to push hard but I’d say getting your work noticed amongst a sea of books is today’s challenge.
BPM: Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?
I can’t without revealing which parts of the book are true, LOL. Are you trying to get me in trouble?
BPM: What other projects are you working on at the present?
A very long sci-fi trilogy, LOL. ‘Bone Snatchers From Beyond The Realm’ is strictly rip-roaring, page-turning entertainment.
Oh, and a family play that you can take your wife and kids to. Something you don’t see anymore at all. As you know that’s the kind of stuff I write about.
BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Go to my website or drop me a line at Julius Kane.org