Thursday, June 25, 2020

Guest Blogger: Kevin Bouchard

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Please tell us about your latest book.
My latest manuscript is a mystery-thriller tentatively called The Devil Comes to Nazareth. The story takes place on Cape Cod and follows the further exploits of Gwen Quinn and the characters from my last novel, The House of Ophelia Raine. I've also decided to bring Eve Teschal, the detective from my previous novels, Blue Moon and Cry of the Cat into the story.

What can we expect from you in the future?
How do we find out about you and your books? I envision more stories involving Gwen Quinn and Eve Teschal in the future. The best way to keep tabs on future novels is to check my Facebook pages and my web site Also the Solstice web site features an up to date bio page that also lists all my published novels.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
 A great deal of my personal experiences make it into my novels though I alter and adjust things as needed. And I suppose some aspects of my personality make it into my stories as well.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms? I wrote my first short story when I was in the sixth grade but it was decades before I considered trying to publish my work. My wife talked me into sending out my first short story.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow? I try to write every evening but sometime I get an idea and just have to crack open the lap top and have at it.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? My wife is pretty patient with my writing. Regarding battery recharging I like to read, work in my yard, play my drums or hit the Bowflex and weights in my finished basement. These activities make me feel great.

Where do your ideas come from? Blue Moon came to me while I was mowing the lawn. Cry of the Cat came to me after watching a Night Gallery episode. I read a book about the Christa Worthington murder on Cape Cod and The House of Ophelia Raine was born. My newest manuscript, The Devil Comes to Nazareth started out as an idea for an X Files episode. I simply expanded it and adjusted it to suit Gwen Quinn and the South Port Pose'.

Do you feel humor is important in books and why? Some people are funny; some characters should be funny. Laughing is human.

Please tell us about yourself. 
I am a 59 year old retired teacher who loves to write. I am a musician; I have worked as a drummer in both original and cover bands playing in and around Boston. I live in South Coast Massachusetts.

What are some of your favorite things to do? I love the beach. I love good movies and music. Summer concerts are a must.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read? Phil Rickman, Stephen King. I find myself drawn to the book as opposed to the writer.

What do you think of critique groups in general? I'm not too familiar with critique groups.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself writing books.
How many books have you written, how many have been published? I've written several, three have been published.
After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it? Always.
Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine? I like all of my books but there' a special place in my heart for The House of Ophelia Raine and it's heroine Gwen Quinn. I have no idea where she came from but I'm glad she came to the meeting and insisted that she be the heroine.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer? Everything.
If you weren't writing, what would you be doing? I'd be playing drums in a rock band.

What is your greatest desire? I would love to see one of my novels make a national best seller list and maybe even make it onto the silver screen. And I'd like to feel that I've made a difference.
Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers? It took me twenty-three years to get publushed. I never gave up. It ain't over 'till it's over.

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