Sunday, August 15, 2010

Kurt Frenier Interview

Kurt Frenier is the author of the Book "The Study Train: Vol 1: Reunion of the untouchables" that was released July 12, 2010. I had the great opportunity to ask Kurt Frenier a few questions. Crazy Bookworm: When and why did you begin writing? Kurt Frenier: I started writing when I was very young, around age 13 - 14. First music (I play the guitar), then poetry, then short stories. I completed my first children's books when I was 18. After graduating from university and going into the "rat race" with work, I only wrote occasionally. (I still have bits & pieces of unfinished work in my drawer). It wasn't until my wife was pregnant with my first daughter that the urge to write resurfaced. That was almost 5 years ago now. Ever since, writing has become my number one hobby. I write every week, sometimes every day. Knowing that my (in the mean time two) daughters will be able to read my books one day, is my ultimate motivation. My wife is a big supporter, and that keeps me going. Crazy Bookworm: The storyline of this book is so unique, what inspired you to write "The Study Train? Kurt Frenier: I'm mostly getting ideas for a book at the spur of the moment. For the StudyTrain, my many (business) travels influenced the idea and the storyline. Most of the cities that are being visited in the book are places that I have been to many times. On top of that, I wanted to create a story filled with magic and with a lot of twists and turns. Crazy Bookworm: What was the hardest part of writing your book? Kurt Frenier: Getting the storyline correct, and seeding in sufficient ideas for the next volumes. Apart from that, it was a smooth ride - I wrote the book in about 8 weeks, which is very fast. Crazy Bookworm: Are any of the characters in the book based on anyone in real life? Kurt Frenier: No. Crazy Bookworm: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Kurt Frenier: The underlying idea of taking average teenagers around the world to have them experience different cultures seems like a viable dream to me to create better understanding in the world. Having been in contact with many kinds of people myself makes me realise that the world is flat indeed, and that we are all related to each other one way or another. If that understanding would be greater, then we could potentially create a better world -how great is that? Crazy Bookworm: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Kurt Frenier: See question 1 as well. I do make a difference with being a writer and being an author. I think people intuitively feel when they are a writer. And for that matter, anyone that regularly writes anything should be considered a writer, whether it is a song, a poem, a blog, or a book. As said, I started writing when I was a teenager. I'm always full of stories and ideas, as are many people. You are a writer when you decide to put those on paper. For myself, I turned author when my first book was published in The Netherlands ( and decided to write (almost) every day. I know use every opportunity to write: when on a plane, when on holiday, during weekends. Crazy Bookworm: If you could chose a favourite character from your book "The Study Train" Who would you chose and why? Kurt Frenier: Without giving to much away, Alesia would be my favourite... she is mysterious, has hidden powers, is intelligent and beautiful. She "hides" all of that behind innocence and silence. Alesia already plays an important role in volume 1, and this will become even more important in the following episodes. Crazy Bookworm: When can we expect a sequel to "The Study Train"? Kurt Frenier: I am busy writing volume 2 now, expecting to finish it by October. Depending on my publisher, I'd like to get it ready for launch by mid next year. Or sooner if possible... Crazy Bookworm: What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Kurt Frenier: "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step" (Lao Tzu). Write as much as you can! I have experienced a lot of evolution in how I write, how I unfold stories, how I describe characters once I started writing a lot. Writing is a skill, and knowing how to manipulate language to get your message and story across takes time. I'm still learning the skill of writing every single day. When you feel you are ready, go for it and do send your work to publishers! You WILL get a lot of rejections; but persistence will get you there one day! More on when, why and how tips for writing:, and Press Review: If you want to interact with Kurt Frenier on the book, You are welcome to email him at I would like to thank Kurt for taking the time to answer these questions and for writing this wonderful book!
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  1. Nice interview. Author sounds like a good guy and the book a nice read.

  2. Great interview! I love Kurt's response about the underlying message in his work. Sounds like a fascinating series.

  3. What an interesting interview. I love Kurt's distinction between "writer" and "author." I have always felt there was one, and I'm so glad to see that I am not alone in thinking so. And I would go a step further than Kurt to say that people who strive to be "authors" before they become "writers" are people who seem to produce the least writer-like works. But it works the same way vice versa; take someone like J.D. Salinger who clearly had more of an interest in being a writer rather than an author. Whew! That one remark in the interview got me thinking so much.


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