Today, we have an opportunity to talk to C. L. Kovacik.
C. L. Kovacik has written the book, Chicken in the City.
First, let me thank you for joining me.
I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.
That is great. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?
I started writing in grade school. I remember the first contest I won was in 6th grade and I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest. After that, I began writing stories and poems non-stop. It always came very easy for me most of the time. I would get lost in my stories and just let the pen flow.
Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?
I always start with the title. If you have somewhat of an idea or a character that pops into your head, the title will usually sum it all up. Once you get the title, for me that is the basis of your story.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?
My advice would be to carve out time each day and to be patient with yourself. It has taken me years to write some of the books that I have but I know it’s because I wasn’t consistent with it. Write every day. Don’t walk away from your work. And put in the hard work. Because it can be hard but it will be worth it in the end when you have the finished product in your hand.
What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?
Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?I work full time and I have two daughters, ages 7 and 3. So, writing full time isn’t really an option. But I make myself find time throughout the day even if it’s only thirty minutes after I put the girls to bed. It’s amazing how much you can get written if you dedicate at least thirty minutes a day.
How many hours a day do you write?
What is your favorite part about writing?I love just finishing a chapter. It always feels like such a success and that you are that much closer to the finished product. It also brings me joy with each chapter to see where the story goes and how my characters grow.
Can you provide us with a small exert from Chicken in the City?
Chicken wakes up in a backyard in the middle of the city with no idea who he is or how he got there.
He meets Jack, a black squirrel who thinks he's a dog, and Lupito, a possum.
His new friends offer to help Chicken get through the fence in the backyard, but Chicken doesn't know which way to go.
Lupito decides to take Chicken to see the King, a rat who knows everyone and everything that happens in the city.
But, along the way, the group encounters some dangerous situations they must escape before they can help Chicken with his memory.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I am currently working on finishing up book 2 and 3 for Chicken in the City because it is a series. There will be 8 books total when I am finished.
Who are your favorite authors?
I began writing horror books so my favorite author was Stephen King. But I always had a soft spot for the Dr. Seuss books, too.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I’m not sure I can think of an under-appreciated novel. I tend to appreciate all novels for the shear fact that I know how hard it is to write one. So I respect it.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I’m not one to spend a ton of money. I think as writing goes, the best money I’ve spent is on my books. It’s great to have copies of my book to hold on to and pass down to my children’s children.
What is your writer’s kryptonite?
Noise. I have to have silence when I write. Noise is too distracting and I can’t usually shut it out.
What part of writing and publishing was most difficult for you?
Marketing is always the most difficult part in my opinion. The book is easy. The marketing is where you really have to work.
Are you involved in any writer groups?
I just started joining some writer groups on Facebook and Good Reads. It will be nice to see what other authors say about their journey.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
If you like the book, please be on the lookout for the next in the series being released in 2023.
One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?
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