Welcoming Kevin Klehr

Today I welcome Kevin Klehr to the blog! Everyone say, “Hi!” Kevin’s going to be talking about reviews as well as sharing his latest release. Hope you enjoy!

First, Kevin’s thoughts on reviews…

Making sense of reviews

Over a decade ago I heard an interesting radio interview.

The guest did his thesis on how Bob Dylan and The Beatles shared a public conversation. The key was to the titles of their songs. Dylan would release a track, then the Beatles would respond to his ideas with their new hit. The dialogue would continue back and forth in an open forum.

One thing I’ve noticed after releasing two novels is the unique connection I find with my reviewers on various book blogs. Sure, we may never have met each other, but like the ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ we all have on social media, I’m starting to understand how they think, and to a lesser extent, what makes them tick. And in some ways it’s a conversation I address as I write my novels.

At the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival several years ago I was surprised to find that authors more successful than me still worried about reviews. I tried to say that I loved reading my reviews and for critics to ‘bring them on’. And this is why.

My first novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes, mostly won hearts, and although what bloggers have said has varied, it’s their individual voices that have helped me both explore and improve my writing.

I’ve had the ‘pat myself on the back’ compliments like “great world building” or observations like the “characters were so real they became our friends”. And some have wanted their own guardian angel similar to Guy in the novel. One even wished the main romance was between Adam and Guy, which is a theme I never thought of, but decided to toy with in the sequels.

On the flip side…

I had one Amazon reviewer state that as a writer I may not be sure if I wanted to “enter the world of serious literature or the world of gay novels of substance”, which at the time crushed me until I saw it was really a compliment of sorts.

And while the first book is set completely in the Afterlife, the second, Drama Queens and Adult Themes, takes place in both my home town of Sydney, and the Afterlife. I was relieved when readers and reviewers didn’t find this a problem, and some even loved this second book more. And the strange thing is I was only ever fifty percent right in working out who preferred which book. But one blogger who said he could see the first book as a film, was lost with the second. Continue reading “Welcoming Kevin Klehr”