About the Author
Kyell Gold is a California writer who began writing furry fiction a long, long time ago. In the early days of the 21st century, he got up the courage to write some explicit gay furry romance, first publishing his story "The Prisoner's Release" in Sofawolf Press's adult magazine Heat
. That led to a novel, Volle
, and a sequel, Pendant of Fortune
, both of which won the Ursa Major award for Best Anthropomorphic Novel (2005 and 2006). Kyell continues to write with the goal of releasing one novel-length work every year, in addition to various short stories that appear on sites such as FurAffinity
He was not born in California, but now considers it his home. His age is somewhere between "well out of college" and "retired," as he works full time in the high tech industry. He loves to travel and dine out with his partner of many years, Kit Silver, and can often be seen at furry conventions in California, around the country, and abroad. He's happy to respond to fan mail, but asks that you glance at the questions below before writing.
- Will you read my story?
I would love to be able to read and give feedback on everyone's story. Sadly, between my job and my writing, I have barely enough time to read anything for pleasure, let alone for critiques. However, I do have these tips for you:
- Correct your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. In your first draft, you can be sloppy. You should not be showing your first draft around. Anything you show someone from whom you want a professional opinion should be as professional as you can make it.
- Read your story aloud to yourself. Not in your head. Out loud. Read it to a friend, if that will help. You'd be amazed at what sounds fine on paper but ridiculous out loud.
- Write down in one sentence what your story's about. It can be a long sentence. For example: "Waterways is the journey of a young otter coming to grips with his newly realized sexuality." Or "Volle is about a young spy learning to think with his head as well as his sheath." If you can't do this, maybe your story needs to be more focused.
- Read a lot more fiction. Not just online, not just furry, not just science fiction. By reading what other people are doing, you'll become a better writer.
- Post your story online and ask for critiques. There are plenty of writers there who will be happy to tell you what they like and what they don't. None of them will be 100% right, but they will all be worth listening to.
- What tips do you have for a beginning author?
Read. Never stop exploring new stories, new styles. Go back and re-read old favorites to see how your favorite authors achieve the effects you love. What is it about their descriptions, their dialogue, their characters that moves you?
Write. Get your story out. Write that first draft. Go back and edit it. Don't be afraid of criticism, and don't take it too harshly when it comes. Keep writing. Keep writing. Keep writing.
- Can you sign my book?
I appear periodically at conventions (see below) and usually have scheduled signing times there. If you see me wandering around and not particularly busy, feel free to come up and chat, and if you have a book I will likely be happy to sign it.
- I have a specific question about writing...
By all means, send me a note! I love to talk writing.
- Will you write a sequel to "Waterways"?
I am not ruling anything out, but none is planned at the present time. Kory's story has a definite arc and has--for the moment--reached an end. There will be other stories in the Forester Universe, and they or others from their story may appear in future books.
- Will you write a sequel to "Out of Position"?
At the moment, I am planning a sequel, yes! That's all I'll say until it gets further under way.
- What's your next book?
Shadow of the Father, a novel set in Argaea some sixteen years after Pendant of Fortune.
- Will you listen to my idea for a book / take a commission?
I'd really rather not, not because I think it's not a good idea, but because I don't want to accidentally crib someone's idea in a future book. If we come up with the same idea independently, but you never told it to me, then you can just be happy we think alike. :) As for commissions, I won't say I never do them, but I only do them under extraordinary circumstances. If you can pay off my mortgage, then let's talk. :)
I prefer e-mail to other forms of contact, though I keep an eye on the forums
here and will respond to messages through LJ and FA (please don't ask me to join your social network, though :). Best e-mail to reach me is either user kyell
at this website, or user kyellg
I am occasionally to be found on IM, but usually I'm busy writing when I'm online, so my conversations tend to be short and easily interrupted. I find this annoys a lot of people, so I mostly stay quiet.
I am more likely to be found at West Coast conventions. My upcoming appearances can be found here