Romelia: WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?
Scott Kimak: My first draft was started forty years ago. Since then, I’ve incorporated actual experiences from my life. Some of the flashback scenes are lightly based on things from my past.
Romelia: WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?
Scott Kimak: Of coming together regardless of race. My characters are from several different races and they all work together against a common enemy – evil. When it comes down to it that should be our only differences – good versus evil.
Romelia: WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?
Scott Kimak: As a child I attended a catholic school so the battle of good versus evil was instilled in our minds every day. I also became a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his amazing stories. The combination of the two is what inspired me.
Romelia: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?
Scott Kimak: That’s difficult to answer because my book is multi-genre. It has elements of Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy, horror, suspense, mystery, romance, and Christianity. I believe it would be ideal for any reader.
Romelia: HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?
Scott Kimak: Very little, many parts of the story our based on my own experiences. The only thing I had to research were some of the locations in Houston Texas.
Romelia: HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?
Scott Kimak: I never could have done it myself. I feel it’s extremely important to have your book professionally edited.
Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?
Scott Kimak: I don’t have one. When I write it just flows and I find myself slip into that other world and become the character.
Romelia: WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
Scott Kimak: All of the characters in my book are taken from people I know in my life. Him is me. Bill is a combination of my friends. Angelica is my daughter. Katie is a younger version of my wife. And Seng Shan is a combination of my kung Fu teachers.
Romelia: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
Scott Kimak: I first came up with the idea forty years ago, but I didn’t start writing it until two years ago.
Romelia: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?
Scott Kimak: I always had the main character as an unnamed warrior that didn’t speak. At first, I thought of a few titles like “The Dark Warrior” or “The Dark Rider” but then I decided to go with something unusual that would hopefully Stand out. That’s why I went with “I call him HIM”.
Romelia: WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?
Scott Kimak: We have to because I am the main character, both good and Bad.
Romelia: IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Scott Kimak: Don’t give up hope and don’t stop fighting.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?
Scott Kimak: I’m more of a pantser. I have a main skeleton of the story, but then as I start to write I feel myself become the character. From there, I let him/her dictate where the story leads.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?
Scott Kimak: I need absolute quiet. The only sound I have are the fans running to drown out any noise from the rest of the house.
Romelia: IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?
Scott Kimak: I’m planning on writing a whole series on Katie. She’s a young Mexican girl that grew up in southern Texas just like my wife. She’s a really fire-starter (Just like my wife) and I’m looking forward to getting her into some trouble.
Romelia: IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Scott Kimak: R.A. Salvatore. I love the way he writes his battle scenes, and I would sure like to pick his brain.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?
Scott Kimak: My schedule is crazy. I teach Government and Psychology during the day, and Kung fu fills up my nights. I squeeze my writing in on the weekends or during lunch.
Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?
Scott Kimak: No, I haven’t. The Trilogy takes place in southern Texas where I live.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?
Scott Kimak: Blueberry muffins. They’re my kryptonite.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?
Scott Kimak: I haven’t yet. Maybe when the trilogy is finished.
Romelia: WHAT RISKS HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOUR WRITING THAT HAVE PAID OFF?
Scott Kimak: I had someone from Brazil make my first cover, and it turned out fantastic. I was so impressed that I had him make the second cover, and I plan on using him for the third book.
Romelia: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU FIND?
Scott Kimak: It’s been a while, but I was pretty big in the martial arts scene for a while so there was a bunch of stuff.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?
Scott Kimak: Amazon ads. I just can’t figure them out.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Scott Kimak: I’m a loving father, grandfather, and husband, and an extremely hard worker. I’m an avid D&D player and I still play every Saturday night with my kids. I hate that many people think with their emotions and jump to conclusions before researching the facts.