Kevin Mark Smith is an attorney in Wichita, Kansas, where he writes and practices law. He is married with three daughters, all aspiring writers. You can find out more about Kevin and pending writing projects on his law firm web page, www.acelaw.net, his author page, www.kevinmarksmith.com, and the Flashback launch page, www.flashbacksuspense.com.
Please tell the readers about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it.
The idea for Flashback came to me while I ate a steakburger and spoke to my agent at Freddy's Steakburgers & Frozen Custard in Derby, Kansas. David had been pitching another novel of mine with no success and we discussed the challenges. He told me that Christian publishers were only looking for (1) romance novels, and (2) novels with unexpected plot twists. I told him about my own meditations on money and success and pitched the idea for Flashback, the alternate reality part of it, that is. I started writing it that day, with the addition of the romance element, and finished the first draft within 3 months.
Much of Ken's meditations on his childhood challenges, as well as his relationships with his father and grandfather, are autobiographical. I even lived in Littleton, Colorado, for a time, and grew up in Texas!
How did you decide on the setting? Did you need to do research?
I chose the setting based on childhood memories. The street names are fictional. However, I grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area so knew much about those cities.
How long did it take to write the book, including preliminary work?
Three months from start to completion of the first draft. There was lots of rewriting and editing afterwards. The current version is the result of several months of content and line editing with Prism. Thanks to Marcy and Joan at Prism for their help.
Yes Kevin, as a Prism author myself I can really say the Joan and Marcy are tops. Prism Book Group is wonderful at helping authors reach their potential.
Many authors say the novel has a voice all its own. Did the plot change once your characters started forming the story?
Yes. I don't want to reveal any spoilers. Suffice to say that the end and what led to it was totally unexpected for me, too. Looking back I can't see how it could have ended any other way given the underlying spiritual message.
What was the hardest part to write this novel?
Peeling away the scabs from my childhood and looking within myself for what led me to where I am today. As I stated earlier, a large part of the first few chapters is autobiographical. When I first started writing those scenes, I was concerned I might regret my life choice despite how blessed I've been by a loving wife and three darling children. The good news is that I'm more grateful now with how God has blessed us than I was before. Introspection is a good thing.
When an author can reach a revelation such as yours, it adds a great depth to the novel. I’m sure during your edits some of the insight showed.
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