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Interview with KISS Kollector

by Joop van Pelt 2006

"Excited, but I think a better word might be exhausted. Other than losing a loved one, it was probably the hardest thing I ever had to do. Thank God I wrote the manuscript over a period of years during 1997-1999, as I really don't think I would have had the energy and time to do it all at once. Writing and publishing my own book was especially difficult because I was involved in every aspect of it. Just finding the right people to work with was the first hard step. I was then involved in everything from editing the text, changing and approving the design, finding and working with a printer, dealing with the legal aspect of writing a book of this kind, fact and photo research, some scanning, learning new computer programs, etc. Most nights I would be going to sleep as the sun was rising, just to wake up and start all over again. And even though the manuscript is now complete, the last big hurdle is still in front of me: I have to promote it."

From the 'old KISS gang', you're still in touch with Ace & Jeanette Frehley and Bill Aucoin. Did you ever ask them any advice in regards to putting together the book, or did you run certains things with them first before getting a final version of specific chapters?

"No, I just went for it. I put everything down on paper that I could remember, and then my editors decided what to leave in and what to take out. I also did a five-plus-hour interview with them where they tried to help me remember things that I might have accidentally (or sometimes conveniently) forgotten. As far as Bill Aucoin was concerned, he put me in touch with a literary agent, though they were ultimately unsuccessful in finding a suitable publisher. At that point, I decided to publish it myself. Bill's only advice to me was: 'If you are going to do a book on KISS, you have to do it as good as KISS would do it.' That alone scared the shit out of me, but I agreed with him. I hope I have lived up to his expectations."

The book will be divided into 3 sections, each covering a particular era of your life. Who came up with that idea?

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