Kevin Lucas, author of Puns Upon A Rhyme: A Collection of Limericks to Tickle Your Fancy and The Little Blue Book of Limericks
Excerpt of Interview with Kevin Lucas:
ZHP: Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
KL: I grew up in Northwest Detroit. I can’t think of any way my writing was influenced by where I grew up.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
KL: I don’t remember the first story I read, but I remember the first poetry book I read: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Years later, I had more respect for him when I learned he wrote A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash and Cover of the Rolling Stone for Dr. Hook. Somewhere along the way, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
ZHP: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
KL: My main motivation to get up is to get my daughter up, make her lunch, and get her off to school. I feel less motivated to get up during the summer months.
ZHP: When did you first start writing?
KL: The first thing I remember writing is a three-stanza poem for my junior high graduation.
ZHP: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
KL: The greatest joy I get from writing is reading a well-crafted finished product, and knowing that I wrote it.
ZHP: Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
KL: I don’t remember the first story I ever wrote, but I remember the first song poem I ever wrote. It was for a girl named Kelly, and the first line was: “Kelly, well uh, Kelly, well uh, I think I love you.”
ZHP: What advice would you give a new writer?
KL: Keep writing. Your skills will most definitely improve. As my father taught me, it’s important to write every day.
ZHP: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
KL: I usually watch TV or am on the computer when I’m not writing.
ZHP: What do you read for pleasure?
KL: It’s silly, but I read reference books for pleasure, for example, dictionaries of slang words and phrases.
ZHP: Who are your favorite authors?
KL: Some of my favorite authors are Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, and Charles Dickens.
ZHP: What are your five favorite books, and why?
KL: Any unabridged dictionary; Tuesdays with Morrie; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Lisa and David; and A Christmas Carol
ZHP: What is your e-reading device of choice?
Excerpt of Interview with Kevin Lucas about his process:
ZHP: Describe your desk or writing space.
KL: My writing space is usually in front of a computer.
ZHP: What is your writing process?
KL: I research the definition or origin of a word or phrase or the biography of someone, jotting down information in tiny longhand on a scrap piece of paper. Then, again in tiny longhand, I construct a limerick around that word, phrase, or person.
ZHP: How do you connect with your muse?
KL: I’m a list maker, and I have several lists of words and phrases that I’ve gathered. I’m talking several thousand, most written in tiny longhand. I can scan one of these lists, and something usually spurs my creative juices.
ZHP: Is procrastination an issue for you?
ZHP: What motivated you to become an indie author?
KL: I knew I wanted to be a published author, and this is the only feasible route I could see in making that happen.
ZHP: What advice would you give about writer’s block?
KL: Read what others have written, whatever it is (book, article, Facebook post, comment section of online article, etc.). It might spark an idea.
ZHP: What’s the story behind your latest book?
KL: My latest two books are collections of limericks.
ZHP: What are you working on next?
KL: I love the limerick form and will continue writing limericks.
ZHP: Do your fans impact your process?
KL: My wife and I like to make puns. When one of us says an unusually good one, she’ll say, “Sounds like a limerick!” If I’m smart, I jot down the punch line so I don’t forget.