Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Writer Interview #3

-- Writer Interview --

Our special series of writer-interviews running through April & May continue with:


Bio: Born in Los Angeles, California Lloyd Kaneko has traveled throughout the continental United States as well as internationally to Japan, France, Spain, Holland and Algeria. Throughout his professional career, Lloyd has served as columnist for Drum Corps Digest in 1973, and became senior staff writer form Drum Corps News of Boston, Massachusetts. As a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, he has served as Editor of the L.A. Interchange Newsletter. http://www.lloydkaneko.com

Q: Tell us a bit about your passions in life.

I am passionate about life and the quality of life as a whole. Not only for the people of this country, but for the entire world. I believe the needs and priorities of people should come first before profits. Profits will eventually follow, but that is usually after you have taken good care of your people first – not the other way around. I am passionate about shedding light onto the dark qualities of life here in the United States. Generally, people may think that life in general is very rosy here. Truthfully, there are a lot of serious dark traits of the country that the people should be concerned about.

Q: What inspired you to write?

The manuscript was taking up room in my office and I was recovering from cervical spine surgery. Listening to classical radio and writing Kami Jin help with the recovery process and minimized the post surgical pain. In short, the therapeutic value of writing was my inspiration

Q: Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

Electronic publishing is rapidly going to establish a stronger presence in the publishing industry. This plus self-publishing. The traditional means of publishing are becoming too slow, too limited, and too picky. Often the wrong books for the wrong purpose are being published for the sake of maximizing profits. This leaves a lot of very good writers with important messages to tell out of the market. Self-publishing will offer the channel of getting the word out faster and more efficiently.

Q: How do you come up with ideas for your writings and why do you feel you choose some over others?

Either I just start to write my ideas in a notebook or I record the ideas onto a digital recorder. Some ideas just seem to stand out more than others. It depends largely on where the ideas lead me. A lot of times, the ideas lead to a dead-end. Sometimes, they segment into other stories…

Q: In your career as a writer - what do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

My strengths as a writer is being able to clearly express my thoughts and convictions on paper through the written word.

My weakness as a writer is being able to clearly communicate those same ideas verbally and convincingly. Although I have made public speaking appearances and conducted seminars and workshops, making a convincing argument in a debate is not my forte.

Q: What is your opinion of the world today?

Heavily flawed and focused on the wrong priorities. Especially here in the United States, the focus of attention is on “what’s in it for me?” rather than “what’s in it for us?” – “What can I benefit or profit from a particular matter” instead of “What can we or the world benefit from the same matter?” Essentially, it is a greedy, very selfish attitude which has manifested itself in the behavior of many people in this country. Society is no longer compassionate towards its fellow man – look at the problems of homelessness and poverty. Why are profits more important than the needs of people?

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7 comments:

  1. Your interview has certainly peaked my interest about you and your book. Best wishes for your success!
    Lee Libro
    www.swimmingwithwings.com

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  2. Just want to correct my website address: It's "www.lloydkaneko.com" (without the period between lloyd and kaneko) as it originally appears.

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  3. Wow Great Interview Lloyd! You have traveled a bunch! I would love to have seen some of those places. I agree with you on the US. This country is very messed up right now. It is very sad to think about. Bravo on the interview!

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  4. "The traditional means of publishing are becoming too slow, too limited, and too picky. Often the wrong books for the wrong purpose are being published for the sake of maximizing profits. This leaves a lot of very good writers with important messages to tell out of the market. Self-publishing will offer the channel of getting the word out faster and more efficiently."

    Couldn't agree with this statement more. This is spot on.

    Thanks
    Brent
    www.thebookpatch.com
    @thebookpatch

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  5. Interesting interview. Hope you get lots of comments for your tour. A. Lightbourne

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  6. Thanks a lot everybody for your comments. I was having technical difficulties all day with my computer and I couldn't get my browser to refresh properly to see the comments in a timely manner.

    Just to answer the question "Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?" a little better: I'm currently working on a screenplay adaptation to "Kami Jin." The story originally started as a screenplay project but I ran into writers block and decided to take a "small" detour. After publishing the novel, this gave me a direction for the screenplay itself. The script is finished and has been entered into two contests so far. I'm also working on the prequel to "Kami Jin" which I'm actively doing research. It probably will not be a sci-fi with social commentary as the original book, but it will cetainly be fiction.

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  7. Lillian, thank you for being such a gracious host on the tour and for the opportunity to interview with you on your blog!

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