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Interview with Kenny Luck, author of Thumbing Through Thoreau




Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and The Independent. He is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing, and travel.

His latest book is Thumbing Through Thoreau (Tribute Books).

You can find out all about his new book by visiting


Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Kenny. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I am published for the first time.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

The name of my book is “Thumbing Through Thoreau.” The title was suggested to me by a professor, who after reading my manuscript, thought that it was appropriate.

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

At least two.

Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

Obviously it does not make you feel very well. However, you have to believe what you are doing is a worthwhile endeavor. You only have to get it right once.

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

Tribute Books published my first book. I chose them because of the personal attention they give to their authors.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

When I first found out that the book was going to be published, it resulted in a wonderful feeling. I call some friends and thought about what it meant to my life.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I scheduled a few book signings and my publisher set up a virtual book tour.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?


Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

I have grown in the sense that I have become professional. My work now has an outlet, which it did not before.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

I could have been more aggressive in getting my work out there. My original manuscript sat on my book self for 3 years.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

Giving talks and doing signings have been great.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

A teacher.

Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

I have been able to combine the best of both worlds.

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

Traveling and writing more books.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Love writing, not the idea of writing. Everything else will fall into place.


1 Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing Kenny’s story on his road to being published and his tips for other aspiring authors.

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