Frequently Asked Questions
What is your real name?
James Michael Krivyanski. I write under J. Michael Krivyanski. I was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I like the idea of using my middle name behind the letter of my first name.
Why do you publish with a pen name?
I started publishing books of my humor columns that had previously been published in magazines and newspapers. People associated me with those books of humor columns. When I started publishing books of Christian fiction, people got confused. I decided to write some books of literary fiction. People will now only associate literary fiction with my writing under the name of Lucas Kinkaid.
Did you go to college?
Yes, I graduated from Point Park University in Pennsylvania. I have a degree in Journalism and Communications.
How long have you been writing?
My snarky response to that question is usually “too long.” The reality is I have been writing stories and publishing them for decades. A few years ago, I decided to start publishing books. I liked the experience and will continue doing it as long as possible. Before publishing my books, I wrote and published everything from news stories to humor columns, to poetry and even sold a few sayings for novelty items. I once wrote a screenplay that came close to being purchased but that is a long story. I've been a syndicated humor columnist with Continental New Service for many years.
Why haven't you won a Pulitzer Prize?
That is one of life's great mysteries.
Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue a career in writing?
Yes, commit to it. Like any career, there will be plenty of ups and downs. People will criticize your work no matter how good it may be in your mind. Get ready to deal with rejection and be prepared to move on from it. Every well-known writer had to put their first words on paper and all of them had to deal with rejection. It's part of the game. Dedicate yourself to your writing. Sit down daily and write. The most important thing is to never quit no matter what happens.
What are your plans for the future?
To write and publish more books.