What was the first story you ever wrote?
That would be Fall For Me! In high school I wrote a lot of poetry, but I can’t remember ever writing an actual story. I’m sure I did, but I’ve probably blocked a lot of things from my memory when it comes to that part of my life. High school wasn’t exactly fun for me for so many reasons, which is probably why I like writing for the young adult age group. I hope to give them something they can get lost in and forget their troubles for a while. And now I’m off topic…
Right now you have two books out, Fall For Me and its prequel, Sacrifice. Can you tell us a little about what inspired you to write them?
A few years ago I was on a family holiday that involved a lot of driving. I love to daydream, and although I never wrote many stories, I used to think them up all the time. As we were driving along, I had this idea that maybe I could write a book. Then I thought, nah, I couldn’t do that. Where would I get all those words from? So, it turned into a challenge. I wrote Fall For Me because I wanted to prove to myself that I could actually do it. And I did.
Do you have any other books up for release soon?
Yes! I’m so excited about my next book. It’s called Immagica and it’s a YA fantasy adventure. You can check out the book blurb and add it to your TBR at Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18194824-immagica I have the cover reveal happening this month on the 23rd August. I’m a graphic designer and I designed my covers for Fall For Me and Sacrifice, but Immagica needed something really special. Because it’s a fantasy I had no hope of finding a stock image for the cover. I don’t illustrate, so I commissioned an illustrator to do it for me. When I received my final cover illustration I almost cried. It is amazing, and I can’t wait to release it into the world. Lawrence Mann is awesome beyond words. If anyone is considering having their cover illustrated I highly recommend him. You can check out his work at http://www.lawrencemann.co.uk After Immagica is released, I’ll be back into finishing Grace, Josh and Seth’s story. I’m a fair way into my first draft of Fight For Me, but it needs some attention. I’ll be pushing myself for an early 2014 release.
What are your favourite books?
I’m a huge Stephen King fan. My favourite SK books are The Dark Tower series and The Stand. I also love pretty much anything in the YA market, particularly paranormal, sci-fi and fantasy. Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick and Alyxandra Harvey are a few authors that spring to mind. I’m an angels and vampires kind of girl, as you would know if you’ve read Fall For Me. Nikki Jefford http://www.nikkijefford.com is my favourite Indie Author. She has an awesome witchy story called the Spellbound Trilogy, and her vamps are pretty cool, too. When it comes to books I’ll read pretty much anything. I love supporting other Indies, and finding hidden treasures.
I know you live a busy life, how do you keep everything balanced so you can write?
Ha! That is the ultimate question, isn’t it? I go through phases where I don’t write for a week or so, and then I have times when I write every day. I can’t seem to get it together when it comes to any form of routine. I’m studying my Bachelor of Arts via distance education part time, so a few things have taken a back seat because of that, plus I work part time. Now that both my kids are at school I have a window of time during the day, but there is always something else that needs doing. I guess I write when I can. I try to always have the PC or my laptop on so if I need to I can sit and write, even if it’s only for ten minutes.
Is there any advice you would like to give for aspiring authors out there?
I think there are two fundamental things we need to do if we want to be good, and even great, writers. The first is read. Read lots. We can’t call ourselves writers if we aren’t readers first. Secondly, write. And keep writing. The more we practice, the better we get. I know I need to follow my own advice, but we should try and find time to write every day. I would also suggest that all criticism is taken constructively and not to heart, even if it’s mean and you don’t want to hear it. Chances are it will help you in some way to become a better writer. Also, never give up. No one has ever achieved their goals by quitting. But, we have to be realistic. We should push ourselves, but we need to be nice to ourselves, too. Aiming to write a book in a week is probably not a good goal to set. Start small. For example, write 500 words every day for a week. Then work your way up from there. Or plan to do certain things on certain days and keep track of your progress so you can see what you’ve achieved and what you need to work on. If we don’t achieve our goals for any reason, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about it. Life happens so just go with it, because more often than not our best story ideas come from our own experiences.
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Thanks K.A! You are awesome and we wish you all the best. Looking forward to the Immagica cover reveal and release!