Interview with Kenneth Crutchfield
Author of The Great Kickin’ Dog
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?
I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. I have dual residency: New Rochelle, New York and Camden, South Carolina.
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
My work. I’m also a musician and I arrived in New York to work as a drummer on Broadway shows.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?
This book was written at the urgency of my wife, who thought it to be an important story to tell. I started writing it as a tribute to my compassionate and resilient father who died after its’ completion. Then upon the sudden deaths of my mother and brother soon after, I was thankful to have written this story as a memorial to their lives. And during the writing process I was extremely grateful to be able to fulfill the need to create while at the same time provide a channel for my pent-up emotions.
How would you describe your books to first time readers?
My books are stories about how we as humans react to relatable challenges.
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
I think it would be anyone who would like to see something of themselves represented in a story.
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
I didn’t really have any expectations other than it being hard work to write and publish a book and I wasn’t experienced enough to be surprised about the process. I had a need to write the story and put it out there, not really knowing what to expect.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
Be patient and don’t take things so seriously.
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
Any and everyone who enjoys reading great and relatable stories.
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
Marketing my book.
What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
I would say writing is my biggest strength. I enjoy the process of creating.
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
Definitely marketing is my biggest weakness. I’m shy about calling attention to myself.
When do you think you will write your next book?
It’s already done. My next book is entitled, LOCKBOX.
Are you self published or did you use a hybrid publisher, or a traditional publisher?
I am self-published.