Kel Fulgham found his love for writing at a very young age, and has been writing poetry and short stories for several years. He has developed a special affinity for horror and science fiction stories, and loves to mix the two whenever possible. He admits that his darkest dreams provide his inspiration, but he hopes his readers enjoy his books and not experience his nightmares.
Hi Kel, please tell everyone a little about yourself.
Kel: I was born in New York and lived on Long Island and in the Bronx as a child. Growing up in New York is a very unique experience in and of itself, and just being there can spark your creativity and set your imagination free. I moved to Maine at the same time NYC was attacked (I was still in NY at the time) and have been here ever since. I love to write and work in the technology field.
When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?
Kel: Hmm. The writing bug must have gotten to me pretty young because I have always loved putting pen to paper. These days it’s more putting fingertips to keys but the passion is the same. I like to write fiction, and I usually stay in the paranormal realm. I write a lot of horror, sci-fi, and a little romance (although you can tell from my writing I do like a good love story). I try to focus on the human experience when met with something that falls outside of the explainable.
When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish?
Kel: I want most of all to invoke emotion. When someone picks up a book to read, they are looking for an escape. Ok, when I read a book, I know it’s good when I can put it down and think about it – when I find myself asking questions about it. When I get mad or sad reading about one of the characters getting hurt. I love when people come back to me and tell me “How could you kill her?” or “Don’t you dare kill his character off!” It means they’re invested, and that’s what all authors really want.
Briefly tell us about your latest book. Is it part of a series or stand-alone?
Kel: Sadist II: The Duppy King is the continuation of the Sadist series. Sadist: The Rise introduced us to Cal Johnson, a pretty normal introverted kid growing up in the Bronx in the early 1970’s. He grew up in the projects and went to school like so many other kids. As he was getting ready to turn ten years old, he was mugged by a bunch of boys that went to his school, and spent six years in a coma. When he finally came out of it, he was a teenager but still had the mentality of a nine-year-old. On top of that, he finds out that when he falls asleep, people die. He falls in love with a neighbor girl, and when she is hurt, he lets his inner demon out. The Duppy King explains more about the entity within and resolves the storyline.
What’s the hook for the book?
Kel: Well I don’t know if there is a hook, per se. The mind is still for the most part “The undiscovered country” and scientists are just cracking the surface of what controls what in the brain. In theory, our real potential lies within the still unexplored portions of the brain. Science is moving toward unlocking those regions and possibly the very key to our existence.
How do you develop characters? Setting?
Kel: Well, from experience. No, I don’t have an inner demon killing people. But I grew up in NY in those projects. I saw a lot of violence as a kid.
Who’s the most unusual/most likeable character?
Kel: I think the Sadist is by far the most unusual character. I do like Cal and Maria.
Do you have specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?
Kel: Well I get on my treadmill and while I am running sometimes things come to me. Usually if I’m stuck on something, if I think it through within the first five minutes on the treadmill I can break through it. It’s really quite bizarre. I do write outlines too but the book takes on a life of its own and sometimes I find myself rewriting an outline three or four times. Sometimes I don’t even know how things will go until the words are there.
Do you have a specific writing style? Preferred POV?
Kel: I guess I usually write either first or third person. I don’t have a specific writing style other than my own. I try not to get overly wordy, because every word should bring the reader deeper into the story and not just meet a quota.
Share the best review (or a portion) that you’ve ever had.
Kel: There was one gentleman who read Sadist: The Rise and said to me on Facebook that my presentation of the Bronx made him feel like he was there. Another person told me that Sadist II: The Duppy King invoked strong emotion from her. To be honest, I love all my reviews. Keep them coming!
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Kel: My Facebook pages:
And of course my Twitter Page @KelFulgham.