asks Kevin Hopson, author of Early Release for Bad Behavior


What is ERBB about?

I think the following blurb sums it up best..

Most incarcerated men dream of being free one day, but death row inmate Jake Evans feels differently. With prisoners suspiciously being dragged from their cells, only to return in anguish,

Jake wants no part of the outside world. However, when Jake’s name is eventually called, he is left with no choice. What do the perpetrators want with him, and can he escape the fate others have already met?


How did you come up with the idea?

It came to me in a dream. It sounds cliche, but it honestly did. I initially tried to tell the story in a flash fiction piece but, after receiving comments about giving too much away, I decided to re-write the story and expand on it. I took a completely different approach with the story the second time around, slowly building the suspense and giving away little – if anything – until the end. It’s one of the strengths of the book based on what readers have told me.


Why did you become a writer?

I have always possessed a creative mind. I tried my hand at art when I was young and, though I was decent at it, I never truly had the patience for it. Also, I’m not the greatest at public speaking, as I get nervous in front of big groups. As a result, I find that I express myself best through writing. World building and storytelling both allow me to release my creative energy.


How did you get published?

MuseItUp Publishing gave me my first opportunity. I remember submitting my first two manuscripts to dozens of publishers, only to receive one rejection letter after another. However, MuseItUp saw something in my writing, and within a few days of submitting my stories, I received acceptances for both of them. I am forever grateful to MuseItUp. The company literally launched my writing career, and I have signed several contracts with them in the past two years.


Author bio:  Prior to hitting the fiction scene in 2009, Kevin was a freelance writer for several years, covering everything from finance to sports. His debut work, World of Ash, was released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2010. World of Ash was a Top 10 finisher in the 2010 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll, finishing number six in both the Short Story Horror and Short Story Science Fiction categories. Since then, he has had two other short stories released by MuseItUp Publishing – Earthly Forces and Early Release for Bad Behavior. In addition to being available individually in digital format, these stories are collected in print under the title Darkness Abound. Kevin’s follow up to Early Release for Bad Behavior, a story titled A Gut Feeling, is featured in The Immanent World, a dark fiction anthology released by AOE Studios in March 2012. His most recent work, Three Miles Below, is currently… Read more

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