<![CDATA[Kurt Hampe - News and Links]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:58:58 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Blog Hop: My Writing Process]]>Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:49:08 GMThttp://kurthampe.com/1/post/2014/06/blog-hop-my-writing-process.htmlBlog Hop is a blog tour showcasing authors and their writing process.  I was tagged by the hard working and delightfully artistic author/illustrator Amanda Driscoll.   

You can see Amanda's work and track backward through the blog tour by visiting Amanda at: http://amandadriscoll.com/Blog.html

I'm tagging Kristin Lenz, who will post June 8th.  You'll find her links at the end of this post.

And now... Me. 

1. What am I working on now?
I’m switching author gears at the moment.  I just sent a middle-grade revision out for beta reads.  While that is out of my hands, I’m returning to a Sci-Fi YA adventure that I started last fall.  The story is a lot of fun, with a good bit of mystery.  I’ve got a full and detailed outlined ready to go, but of course, ideas for new scenes keep working their way into the process.  My other author task is Co-ARA of SCBWI Midsouth.  In that role, I’ve been hard at work on the new website and setting up registration for the 2014 Midsouth Fall Conference.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Gee, how do I answer that without sounding full of myself?  I’m going to claim that my stories, regardless of genre, have a solid internal logic.  The plots work, the characters, while lively, are consistent.  I like to believe I dress that foundation in smart humor.

3. Why do I write what I do?
Probably so that the voices in my head will bother you instead of me.    I guess we could take a walk down memory lane and see what was important in my development as a person, but really, I just like doing this.  It’s who I am.  And who wouldn’t want to walk in Daniel Pinkwater’s shoes?  Metaphorically, of course.  He’s probably wearing the reals ones now, and that’d get awkward.

4. How does my writing process work?
Opening lines, simple scenes, a few words.  I get a germ of an idea and it just grows as I wander through my day, talking to myself.  I play in Kurt Land for a while, sometimes writing, sometimes just imagining, and eventually I’ve got characters and a plot.  Once I have a serious plan, of maybe even a draft, it’s time to pare things down to the relevant story, and to add in the support.  I don’t always outline ahead of time, though I recognize that my first draft is really just a very detailed outline.  I cannot overstress the importance of my critique group in the process of separating the wheat from the chaff, and finding holes that need filling.

Those are my current adventures in four questions.   For more author stories, check out Kristin Lenz’s post on YA Fusion on June 8th.    

Kristin Lenz is a writer and social worker whose career has taken her from a teen runaway shelter to an urban hospital, from rural Appalachia to inner-city Detroit. She is the newsletter editor for the Michigan chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and is represented by Carrie Pestritto at The Prospect Agency.

<![CDATA[Next Big Thing blog tour]]>Thu, 04 Jul 2013 16:56:18 GMThttp://kurthampe.com/1/post/2013/07/next-big-thing-blog-tour.htmlAs I mentioned before, the super talented picture book author and illustrator, Amanda Driscoll, tagged me in the Next Big Thing blog tour.  I'm posting my answers to standard ten questions here.  You can find Amanda at:
Be sure to surf through her many art samples.

Next Big Thing... The Ten Questions
1. What is the working title of your next book?

That will ultimately be up to the publisher that buys the book, but the working title is, MARCUS ADDLEBERRY.  If I get a vote, the title will be SQUID INC.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Somewhere deep in my subconscious?  All I know is that I didn’t set out to write this  book.  In fact, I was shooting for something completely different.  I had just finished writing a plot-driven book with lots of characters and intricate details that mattered, so I wanted a break.  I decided to write a string of scenes loosely tied together by a road trip—two goofy guys in a car, no thinking required.  I tried several times to start that book, but it mutated into—wait for it— a plot-driven book with lots of characters and intricate details that mattered.

The short answer is that I was reading William Gibson’s cyberpunk while watching, Scott Pilgrim Versus the World.  So my brain was primed to go somewhere weird.

3. In what genre does your book fall?
Contemporary YA.   It’s been called commercial.   It’s definitely humorous.   If it’s not a thriller, it’s at least an adventurous boy  book.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your  characters in the movie rendition?

Interestingly enough, I don’t think exact appearances matter in  this story.  The characters don’t see themselves as others see them.   Apart from Angel, who has a specific physical description, I think  there’s a lot of room to choose anybody you like.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your  book?

Sixteen-year-old Junior, Marcus Addleberry, sneaks into the senior-only party to win back the girl of his dreams but ends up teamed with his rival on an all-night, double-cross filled quest to steal high-tech spy gear and  rescue a kidnapped Marine before they are caught by the police or killed by  ninjas.

6. Who is publishing your book?

I like the positive sound of that question, and I’ll let you know when I know.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Too long.  There was a period of flailing while I tried to write a different story, and since I hadn’t settled the plot from the start, there was some flailing at the end.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

An agent suggested that the book fell into the same category as Adam Rex’s work.  I’ll take that. 
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

That blame falls squarely on my critique group, who politely badgered me to write a YA.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

 Well, it does explain the set theory of ordering  hamburgers...  Or, put it another way, it’s smart and funny.

 Now I get to tag two other authors who I think are a Next Big Thing.  The first is Colette Ballard, who recently sold a fine YA story of girls, horses, and murder.  You can find her at
The second is Jack Wallen, who cranks out zombie books with the furry of an addict.  You can find him at
<![CDATA[The Next Big Thing]]>Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:46:03 GMThttp://kurthampe.com/1/post/2013/06/the-next-big-thing.htmlSuper talented picture book author and illustrator, Amanda Driscoll, tagged me in the Next Big Thing blog tour.  I'll be posting my answers to standard ten questions on July 4th.  In the meantime, why not track backward through the tour, starting with Amanda.  You can find her blog at:
Be sure to surf through her many art samples.]]>