K. M. Ecke: Hailing from the original birthplace of the atomic bomb, Los Alamos, NM, K.M. Ecke is an organic, free-range, preservative-free, philosopher-poet using universal truth to battle cultural insanity. Ecke, which is German for ‘corner’, is the child of a physicist and musician and grew up at the corner of creativity and logic.
KME. My dream work space is a plexiglass shed/dome that allows a ton of natural light. It would be in a massive backyard with a view of the mountains, and I’d have a standing desk or something where I could change positions.
Q. Do you have any special rituals when you sit down to write? (a neat work space, sharpened #2 pencils, legal pad, cup of tea, glass of brandy, favorite pajamas, etc.)
KME. I keep my phone off and my wi-fi turned off. Anything that can district me, will distract me so I need to get out of the digitally addictive world to focus.
Q. Could you tell us something about yourself that we might not already know?
KME. I’m an Eagle Scout.
Q. Do you have a set time each day (or night) to write?
KME. I’d like to be more consistent about this, but it definitely varies depending on my schedule.
Ideally I like to write between 11-5
Q. What’s your best advice to other writers for overcoming procrastination?
KME. Think about the fact that any day you wake up could be your last. If, by procrastinating, you died before you were able to get your project out into the world—this would be a true artistic tragedy. It’s better to die after you’ve made the work, because at least you left something behind.
Q. Where/when do you first discover your characters?
KME. I pull from real life, my imagination, and my own study of the world. Sometimes I’ll read a news article and then imagine what it would be like to be the perpetrator or the victim. This helps me widen my own psychological frame of reference.
Q. What first inspired you to write your stories?
KME. I can’t not create.
Q. What comes first to you? The Characters or the Situation?
Q. Do you ‘get lost’ in your writing?
KME. Yes, I have the ability to completely tune the world out when I’m creating.
Q. Who or what is your “Muse” at the moment?
KME. New life experiences.
KME. Yes, I’m working on a selection of essays about environmental philosophy.
Q. When did you begin to write seriously?
KME. I started writing poetry and lyrics in college, and I’ve been writing down story ideas since then. It’s been about 10 years at this point.
Q. How long after that were you published?
A. 10 years.
Q. What makes a writer great?
KME. The ability to distill the world into a story.
Q. and the all-important: What does the process of going from “no book” to “finished book” look like for you?
KME. A ton of $#@!ing work
Q. How has your life experiences influenced your writing?
KME. Quite a bit, but I think imagination is more important than personal experience for storytelling.
Q. Have you or do you want to write in another genre`?
EKE. I want to write in all genres, that’s partly my problem.
Note to Self: (a life lesson you’ve learned.)
KME. Be sure your co-collaborators have similar life goals and take time to figure that out.
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