Author Interview with Scott Kim

Scott Kim was born in London, UK, and majored Film Production at University. After working as an editor for a year, he decided that this was not for him and fled to South Korea. After finishing his Masters in TESOL, his love of storytelling was rekindled but this time he decided to focus on the literary aspects of storytelling, rather than the side that destroyed his health and mind. During this time, he has had numerous flash fiction stories published on fiction websites. His biggest influences are Phillip K. Dick, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Issac Asimov, and Stephen King.

  • Where are you from?

I was born in London, but my family is from Northern Ireland.

  • Why do you write? 

Honestly, I think writing can really help people. We can learn a lot about ourselves and others vicariously through the stories and characters in a book. So, while I write to entertain, I also write because I want to help people.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about how people and societies change over time and how, despite our advances, people can still hold on to the past. I mostly do this in a science fiction or horror setting.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I’d say I have more of a simple, straightforward style. I want my readers to focus more on the characters, the story, and what is happening on the page. I also think this style immerses a reader in the book’s world.

  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

The number one is ALWAYS Youtube! Other than that, I think the biggest obstacle, at least for me, is the outlining of the story. I mix and match ideas from things I like, so coming up with ideas is the easy part. But fleshing out the plot, characters, and setting and finding the conflict that links them together and makes them fascinating for the reader. I am currently outlining a new book, planning on releasing it at the end of the year, and it is teaching me how to tighten up my plot more and allow my readers time to get to know my characters.

  • Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

The beta readers I had for my current book told me what they learned from it and how good it was while reading it. This was a big motivating factor for me.

  • How long have you been writing?

Ten years.

  •  When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I had my first flash fiction story publish back in 2015. Seeing how people reacted to it was the first time a truly felt like a writer.

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

When I am working my day job, I write at least 2,000 words a day. But during vacation this goes up to 10,000.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have two. First, I must listen to music with lyrics (mostly soundtracks from movies or games). Second, I always speed-write in twenty-minute writing sprints.

  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

If I’ve outlined well, and I’m on vacation, it usually takes two to four weeks.

  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Editing is the most important thing to improve your writing skill. Getting it on the page is one thing, but then being able to improve what you’ve done is another thing entirely. Reading books on writing and then applying those skills to your work is vital.

  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

I think my biggest challenge when writing/creating a story is making everything work together well. For example, making the main conflict work with the characters, setting, and story.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

I think strong characters always make a story better. We need to follow these characters from beginning to end and we will only do this if they are compelling enough to make this journey with them.


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