I have gotten the chance to interview one of my favorite authors and publisher Leonard Kinsey.
You may have heard of him, One of the most famous books he has written is 'The Dark Side of Disney'.selling over 40,000 copies, Kind of a "how to" book for more adventurous people who want to enjoy Disney just as much as the kids do. He has also written books such as Our Kingdom of Dust, and Habst and the Disney Saboteurs to name a few. Leonard is also a publisher for Bamboo Forest. We discussed many topics, so let's go!
I was born and raised in Clearwater Florida and spent my teenage years in Disney, We got to go there monthly, It became my second home.
Where are you from?
When did you start writing?Its kind of funny, I actually entered a contest for a small story during a school book fair, where you would only win a few books or so, but I entered my story in and I won. From there I just kept writing, I took English classes and Writing in College,and just kept writing.
What advise do you have for future writers out there?Just write, whenever you can, I had many many stories that were just stupid, but you can't let that stop you. Not everything you write is going to be a masterpiece, or a book. Just keep writing, and love your subject.
Writing style wise I would have to say The Catcher in the Rye. Others would have to be The Great Gatsby and American Psycho.
What books have influenced you along the way?
The Dark Side of Disney kind of has a cult following doesn't it?Yes, it does. Some loved it, others hated it. I have gotten hate mail, and people who just loved the book.
What are some of the positive things that came from the writing of your books?The positives out weigh the negatives. I have made so many friends and fans, and have gotten to work with the likes of people like Rolly Crump (who actually got to work with Walt Disney himself), and Jeff Heimbach, I have also gotten the chance to get into Club 33 in Disneyland.
What are some of the negatives that have come from writing your books?
I have gotten hate mail, I have be threatened from people who want to do harm to me, That wasn't the best feeling. Lots of twitter comments of people calling me names.
What made you write The Dark Side of Disney?I was sick of all these books showing what families and couples and people with kids showed, I wanted to show that no matter how many times you go to Disney you can still have as much fun as the kids do, just in a different way.
How has your life changed since writing these books?
I have a more enriched, fuller life, I get to meet so many new people, It has given me a creative outlet, It has given me a small following, to me its been rewarding,and its like now I feel that I am leaving a legacy, something for me to leave behind.
Do you have any regrets in writing the books?The Dark Side of Disney. In some ways I feel we took it too far and have gotten people in trouble, Some cast members got fired and that bothers me to know that.
Ok Leonard we have to know:What is your favorite Disney park?
If you asked me 3 or 4 years I would have said Epcot, however I have to say Disneyland now. When I am in Disneyland it automatically brings me back to when I was a child, the nostalgia of it all, It is Walt's park, where Disney World has taken so much of that stuff out, its just not there anymore for me, sadly.
I would have to say any of the German beers, I loved when they used to sell the yard of beer. Second favorite would have to be the Avocado Margarita. in Mexico.
What is your favorite drink in Disney?
Yes, I am publishing a Guide to every bar in Walt Disney World, That should be coming out in the next month or two.
Well Leonard do you have any new upcoming things you would like to talk about?
I am also publishing the next Rolly Crump book, More Cute Stories Vol. 6. This one talks about Knott's Berry Farm.
If you are interested in any of the books mentioned please visit http://bambooforestpublishing.com for further information.