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Kraig DefoeKraig Dafoe was born in Potsdam, New York and grew up in Canton. He played high school football and joined the United States Army Reserves at the age of seventeen.

Kraig married at the age of nineteen and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he worked as a Private Security officer for The Christian Broadcasting Network and also attended the Tidewater Community College for business.

After five years as a security officer, he became a Deputy Sheriff for the city of Chesapeake Virginia.

Kraig left the Sheriff’s office after nine years of service and pursued a couple of different business opportunities before he went on to publishing his debut novel.

Kraig is the father of five children and he currently resides in Kansas, raising his youngest son.

His latest book is the fantasy/adventure, Search for the Lost Realm.

Visit his website at www.kraigdafoebooks.com

Would you call yourself a born writer?

I don’t know if I was born a writer but I definitely think this is what I enjoy the most out of everything I’ve done.

Search for the Lost RealmWhat was your inspiration for Search for the Lost Realm?

I was role-playing and really enjoying it. I decided I wanted to make my own stories instead of just playing in someone else’s world so I started to write.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to make sure the human factor is present. I’m not sure that is really a theme but character development is important and I focus on that. If someone likes the character, the story tends to take a back seat.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

If you take into consideration it sat on a shelf for a long time in between the times I actually wrote, fourteen years.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m a little more disciplined now. I don’t necessarily work on my new book everyday but I do think about it and kind of situate things in my head every day. I usually spend two to three days thinking to one day writing.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Motivation. Not knowing if it would ever be published was difficult for me. Typing is easy, thinking is easy, getting motivated is not.

What do you love most about being an author?

The freedom. I can do anything I want on the page. Tell me what other job gives you that freedom.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

The process was impossible as far as traditional publishers. Unknown authors have little chance so after being rejected by more than one hundred agents over the years and most publishers not accepting manuscripts without an agent, I self published. I am happy with the decision because now people can enjoy a great story with awesome characters.

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me all over but a good place to start is www.kraigdafoebooks.com.


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