We had the good fortune of connecting with Kit Mann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kit, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Having failure blinders. You’ve got to have a short memory regarding your failings and a long memory regarding successes, no matter how small and insignificant. You need to build a well of accomplishments to drink from whenever you get parched from the naysayers that will try to remind you of the mistakes that you will undoubtedly make along the way. My ability to totally ignore failures and keep trying to do something has served me well. When I was young, some called it arrogance, but it wasn’t that. It was the will to keep going. Now that I am older, people call it confidence and, perhaps, behind my back, stupidity. However, it doesn’t matter what others may say. For me, it’s the only way I know to do anything.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started in the radio business when I was only 13 years old. I had to grown up fast because, by the time I was 18, I was more talented and had more to say than people twice my age. By the time I was 25, I was the youngest Program Director and morning show host in a Top 50 market in the US. In 2004, I slowly transitioned away from the radio business and found other outlets for my creativity. I have always written fiction and my love of the horror/dark fiction genres was where I found my niche. I was traditionally published at first, many years ago. The last year or so, I decided to jump into the world of indie publishing and have one book our and two more on the way in the next 9 months or so. To supplement that and to incorporate my experience in the radio business, I started a podcast, stopped it, transitioned to a YouTube show and then, realizing that the podcast was the way to go, rebooted and stayed there. See? Failure blinders. Now I use my love and knowledge of the genre and my experience in communicating with listeners in a compelling and meaningful way to build, what I believe, is a long lasting platform. It supplements my writing in a way that I can’t describe but one that is exceedingly fulfilling.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am lucky enough to live in one of the best (and fastest growing) towns in America, Bend, Oregon. There are so many things to do here, especially if you love the outdoors. hundreds of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and trails are mere minutes away. If that’s not enough, drive just three hours and you’re at the ocean. We have more craft brewers per capita than just about anywhere in the world, and if you’re into that, this place is truly Beervana.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife for always having complete faith, regardless of what I might be trying to do. If I said that I thought I could fly and backed it up with even a glimmer of hope, she would tell me to jump.
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