Author Spotlight: Kenneth Coleman
K. Fitz's brand is defined in one word: Leadership. He wakes up every morning energized, excited to meet someone new, and lift someone higher. He prides himself on his ability to lead with compassion, develop leaders to one day take his place, and create a culture of belonging. Let's learn more about this motivational speaker . . .
First, let’s get to know you a little better
Where would you go in a time machine?
Wow! So we’re just going to kick this off with an incredibly challenging question. Okay, cool. I would go back to the moment when former President Obama was elected. Now I don’t want to go back just because I’m a democrat because I’m not, actually. But it was a moment frozen in time that showed the world that the world sees a black man capable of rising to the very top and leading.
Which super power would you like to have?
Speed!!!! I’m all about speed. Throughout my day, I hate when things move slow. So if I had speed, I could write faster to get more work out to you guys sooner.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Purple: Beyond a shadow of doubt! Purple is a color renowned for symbolizing royalty. I seek myself as royal so that color stays near and dear to my heart. Now, here’s a bonus. In a close second place are two colors in a tie.. Seattle Seahawk Blue and Green. Go Sea! Go Hawks! SEA…HAWKS!
What’s your favorite old school jam?
To the surprise of many people, “The Beautiful Ones” by Prince. I’ll never forget in the movie when he looked Nikki dead in her eyes and said “DO YOU WANT HIM… OR DO YOU WANT ME??? CUS I WANT YOU!” He put all that bass in his voice. That wasn’t “Kiss” Prince at that moment. That was “I am the greatest of all time” which I believe Prince is.
What TV show can you absolutely not miss?
So again, as a shock to many people, I’m an anime guy so I get excited watching my favorite shows. But the one show I can’t miss is “Sword Art Online”. So with that said, Dear SAO Project staff, hurry up please! We need some SAO in our lives.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
To be honest with you, I don’t want to trade places with a damn soul. I’m happy with being me. I’ve spoken on this during the Dream Mover Podcast. I believe you should take pride in who you are and never wish to live someone elses life. Now I wish I could be in the room with certain people to watch their moves in order to grow: Reverend Myles Munroe, Entrepreneur Ryan Leslie, Gary Vaynerchuk, and to the shock of many, President Donald J. Trump. You can learn a lot from wins and losses. You can learn what decisions to make, how to carry yourself, and so much more.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
“How to Win by Failing”. My life is full of “Ls”. But those Ls ended up being the lessons learned that I needed to get the W that mattered in life. Perfect title. Whoever ends up writing this thing, that’s what I want.
Now, on to your writing
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I realized I wanted to write after I failed the 4thGrade End of Grade Writing Test. During that summer, I was miserable. I didn’t get to play as much as my friends because my grandmother forced me to study DURING THE SUMMER!!!! I felt like it wa a slap in the face. I felt like I was being told I was a terrible writer. And what really made me upset was that I was writing music and helping people with their writing and theyt were getting As!Like what?! Anyway, I decided to commit to my writing craft even more and that consistency lead to an obsession to get the job done.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by the North Carolina school system telling me I could write. They’re many other small reasons but after consistently writing well all year and being a lights out student and being a humble, respectful student to be told I should stay back a grade because my writing wasn’t on tap with everybody else. I was hurt. So when I write and I’m tired, I step my writing up to prove to me I can.
What genre do you write and why?
I write whatever my heart wants to write. Shoot! Knowing me, I’ll make a manga tomorrow. HAHA. It’s all about how I feel that day truly. But my passion to write is inspirational. Now to be clear, I don’t write motivational anything. I HATE MOTIVATION. I’m for inspiration but HATE that other stuff.
What moves you to share your experiences with the world?
I write to touch someone else who wishes they could get their voice out there. I’m the boy who had more people trying to define who he was than encouraging me to find myself. That led me to become KDE63. Ken Da Encourager/Killing Demons Everyday.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
In fact I do. Tha’ts only because I’m one of few writers who isn’t cursed with writer’s block. I set the mood in the room to get my emotions in line with what I’d like to write, then I just type until my hands pull me back and say that’s enough.3x days per week, I write with at a 2 hour window. If I get it done I do. If I Don’t, oh well. Something will happen because I demanded it.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
When I snap, I can store away that pain. Meaning that once I get pissed off during the day, I can bottle up that anger and keep it to myself. Then once I get alone prepared to write, I have the ability to bring that energy back and write about it. The only flaw in that design is that I won’t stop until I am either too tired to continue or I feel I’ve contributed my portion of my healing.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing by far is continuing when you know the work isn’t perfect. I can’t tell you how much writing time and how many “gems” I have lost because I decided to hit backspace and write something the “right” way. I’ve learned when I just write no matter how terrible the handwriting or how bad my auto-correct is working, decipher is better than remembering.
And just a bit more
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A lion by far. I see myself as a young lion. I am hungry. When I am present, I want you to adjust yourself. Feel like you need to straighten your tie. I want it to be clear that I am here to dominate.
How do you think it will feel when you publish your book?
I don’t know. Maybe the same way I felt the night I finished this book. I remember that moment so clearly. As I approached the final paragraph, I just began to break down into tears. My eyes got foggy and I just felt a freedom approaching. I was giving a piece of my life to you all and that’s a surreal feeling. When you write from the soul, there is a feeling that hits you different from any other. You realize you’re about to give the world the real you. So if you tell them everything, everyone you meet will know personal things about you. So I feel joy and concern as I do my thing.
Can you tell us about your current projects?
Sure, I’m working on a book release event and a leadership conference as well. I have a few other projects on the way as well but I’ll keep those moves to myself until they ready.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Do you know how awkward this question was to me? Haha. An author that hates to read. That’s a borderline oxymoron. But to be honest, that’s kind of me. If a book doesn’t get my attention and leave me wanting to know what’s next, I’ll put the book down and go play Fortnite or something. Now as far as books that’ve actually kept my attention, Myles Munroe “The Burden of Freedom”, Stephen Covey “The Speed of Trust”, and my next book, “The Dream Mover Effect” which I have to read constantly because I’m writing it.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
You are the best damn writer alive. I don’t care if other people believe someone else is greater. See yourself as the greatest doing this and carry yourself accordingly. Write like your life depends on it, because it does. The real you is made through this art.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Just write. It sucks. The late nights are miserable. Being stuck at a computer typing is exhausting. But the first person that admits to you that their lives have been changed because of your labor of love through writing your art will be more than worth the struggle.
What does literary success look like to you?
Literary success was achieved when the first letter hit the page. This book could’ve taken decades to write but it would’ve never began until the first letter touched the page. I believe in anything you do, you win the minute you start. The same goes for writing. That’s how you #MYDE.