K.R.R. (Kyle Robert Redundant) Lockhaven writes humorous fantasy with a touch of social satire.
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Welcome to SPFM, K.R.R.! Since we already have your bio, describe yourself in three words.
Goofball with empathy.
Summarize your book, The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex: The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Dragon in the Multiverse, using one gif.
If you could recommend three self-published books, which would you choose and why?
Legacy of the Brightwash by Krystle Matar
Children by Bjørn Larssen
The Thunder Heist by Jed Herne
What is your favorite part, and your least favorite part of self-publishing?
Favorite Part- Like William Wallace famously and historically accurately said, “Freedom.” Self-publishing gives authors the freedom to do things however they want, from the content of the story, to the cover art, to the timeline of publication.
Least Favorite Part- I believe the answer to this one might be pretty close to universal—marketing. I strongly dislike shameless self-promotion, and have come to really question its effectiveness. Of course some authors are great at it, but not me.
What’s the first ever story you wrote?
When I was about ten I wrote a portal fantasy about a kid who traveled to a world inhabited by sentient jelly beans. I ended up writing several stories in this world, none of which I can find, which truly breaks my heart.
If you could go back in time, what’s the one thing you would tell your younger self?
Nothing! The chances would be far too great that our meeting each other would cause a time paradox that would unravel the very fabric of the multiverse. But if someone assured me that this wouldn’t happen, I would probably implore myself to not care so much about what other people think, and tell myself that trying to be accepted at the expense of being my true self is a misguided waste of valuable time.
If you were to write a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick and what would it be about?
I’m currently writing a nautical fantasy trilogy (with shanties) that has a shit-talking robin character named Robin. And although my naming creativity game could use a little work, the character is pretty damn awesome. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, fearless, and unapologetic about her flourishing sex life. It would be a ton of fun to write a spin-off with her as the main character. It would probably have to be a romance of sorts, with a love triangle, or some other love shape.
How do you celebrate when you finish your book?
An ounce of the finest Peruvian cocaine, a gallon of Tillamook ice cream, and a rollicking one-man dance party.
But “finishing a book” is kind of a tough thing to pin down. Is it when you write “THE END?” Maybe, but that’s when the revising process starts. It could be when the revising is over, but for me, that’s when the editing process begins. Maybe the first time you hold your actual book in your actual hand, or when it officially releases out into the world? I guess my point is, there are many opportunities for celebration, and dance parties are fun, but tiring. That’s where the Peruvian cocaine and Tillamook ice cream come in…
What was the best money you ever spent as an author?
Editors! In my experience, a good editor can do so much to make your book better. I was lucky enough to get Sarah Chorn to edit the first book of my work-in-progress trilogy and I really can’t overstate how valuable the process has been.
Tell us what lies ahead for you.
By the time this gets posted I will have recently released a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style novella that I am trying to make permafree. It’s called Zoth-Avarex’s Escape Plan: A Pick-Your-Own-Path Experience, and features the dragon from my first book, The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex: The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Dragon in the Multiverse (which earned the Kirkus Star and is currently holding on for dear life in SPFBO#7). I feel like this answer has far too many capital letters…. Anyway, I am also just about to wrap up book two of my nautical fantasy trilogy, which is tentatively called The Curse of Dragon Island. I really think that it’s my strongest work yet, besides the jelly bean stories.
About The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex: The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Dragon in the Multiverse
A secret magical site in the Pacific Northwest conjures a dragon in hopes to use it in the military. Shenanigans ensue.