Frequently Asked Questions
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Kevin J. Villeneuve, a writer with a deep passion for science fiction and high fantasy literature. I am a strong believer in the power of the imagination and use it to fuel my creativity to bring fictional characters and their adventures to life in my written works. Outside of writing, I enjoy a wide variety of hobbies that stretch from motorsports and horseback riding to stargazing and observing wildlife. I have written and published one middle-grade science fiction novel in my budding career as an author.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I recently published my first middle-grade sci-fi novel, The Adventures of Nick and O-Zone: Protectors of the Universe. It was created out of a fictional universe that I’ve spent years expanding and perfecting. It was about time that I put a story together to begin sharing that fictional universe with the world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t say anything too out of the ordinary for a writer, but I do have the habit of writing a lot in a really short amount of time. It’s common for me to spend weeks gathering ideas out of the ethers and writing three chapters in a day. Many writers can spread out their work over a longer timeframe, but I prefer to write a lot in a short amount of time.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tolkien, Frank Herbert, and Brian Jacques are my top three influencers. In my mind, a story has to go beyond the chapters in the book you’re reading. There has to be a world around the characters you are reading about in the book. It’s what I like to call an expanded universe- where your imagination can run free outside the boundaries of the book and truly understand how big of a world the characters live in.
What are you working on now?
Nick and O-Zone’s next adventure of course! This second book will have a much deeper plot that will truly put the Protectors to the test. I’m also constantly developing the expanded universe and creating “backstory” so that curious readers can delve into the history of the fictional universe that Nick and O-Zone live in.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I love reaching readers through my blog. It’s the one place that I’m free to share any information I want any time that I want. If you’re looking for information on my style of writing or my progress on future works, that’s the place to visit.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If your dream is to become a popular author and share your passion with the world, don’t do it for the money. If you look at dollar figures when making your writing and publishing decisions, you’ll end up writing stories you don’t personally enjoy to make others happy. If you write from a point of passion, you’ll be writing the stories you truly want to write about and the money will come naturally.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Live in the present moment. It may not seem like advice, but it actually is. We spend so much time dwelling in the past or thinking about the future that sometimes it’s nice to just be in the present moment and enjoy what’s around you. Try it out and see what happens- you’ll probably notice things in your surroundings that you’ve never really paid attention to.
What are you reading now?
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Eriksson. It’s a long story with a very intricate plot that jumps between many different points of you. I was pulled into it after the first page and am extremely happy that there are enough books in the series to keep me busy for a few years!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to make the Nick and O-Zone expanded universe so large that I can take Nick and O-Zone in any direction that fans are asking for. I love when people read the book and suggest what they’d like to see next in the series- it’s really fun to work with the readers. Eventually, I would like others to be able to write their own stories within that same universe. I noticed that there are several authors that write books within the Star Wars universe and would enjoy seeing the Nick and O-Zone universe being used by others for their novels.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy all-in-one, Dune by Frank Herbert and Redwall by Brian Jacques.