Hello everyone and happy Thursday Friday!
Today is the day for Author Q & A! With the start of a new year, it seemed like a good time to do one of these so I could properly introduce myself to new and continuing readers alike. Below I have rounded up the most common questions I get asked about being an author.
Let’s get started!
Question: Who are you?
My name is Kaitlyn. I have an unpronounceable last name unless the person I meet knows French. I’m twenty six, though I pay less attention to my age now and sometimes forget how old I am. I hate driving, especially here in Texas. Y’all are crazy. I’m fluent in sarcasm. I write/read/appreciate/sniff/worship books. I love video games (sorry mom, it wasn’t just a phase!) I also firmly believe that tea is far superior to coffee.
Question: How long have you wanted to be an author?
Always. I was an avid reader from a pretty young age and with that came a love for writing. I knew I wanted to do something creative but I don’t think I realized just how badly I wanted that to be a reality until I finished writing my first book.
Question: What genre do you write?
I’ve always been drawn to fantasy and that is the genre I found myself starting with. I love that fantasy is a blend of all genres. You can find a little bit of everything in a fantasy book and I love that freedom when it comes to writing.
Question: How do you come up with ideas?
I get asked this A LOT. While I wish I had a better answer, creativity is a strange thing and I get inspiration at odd moments and from odd things. I try to pull from my own experiences and I ask a lot of questions. I feel like a lot of my ideas come from asking ‘why?’ and pondering the answers when I should be sleeping.
Question: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Aside from the fact that writing makes me immensely happy, I think my favorite thing is sharing my work with others. Books were my escape growing up and I feel like I learned so, so much from reading. Knowing that my books could be having that impact on someone else is my favorite thing about being an author.
Question: What is your biggest struggle as an author?
My biggest struggle is marketing myself in person. I’m really terrible at it. I’m a pretty humble person and I just feel awkward talking about it and basically always feel like I’m going to bother someone if I do mention it. This almost always turns out to be not true, and people are far more interested than I’d expect when they find out that I never leave the house cause I’m writing books. One of my goals for this year is to try and get over that anxiety and fear. I want to attend more events and try to put myself out there more. It’s a struggle.
Question: How long did it take you to write The Bonded? The Cursed?
The Bonded took about five and a half years due to a lot of starting and stopping. It was my first major project that I stuck with and it went through soooo many revisions and changes over the years. What started out as a single book ended up becoming three and that is a huge mountain to scale when you’re first starting out.
I learned so much writing The Bonded and going through the entire process that when it came time to write The Cursed, while it was still difficult, it didn’t take nearly as long. It took about a year and half to finish book two and was a much smoother process. I’m hoping the final book in the trilogy will be even easier, but we’ll see.
Question: Where did you get the idea for The Bonded?
I originally got the idea for The Bonded after reading an article about arranged marriage. The concept of that has always seemed so strange to me and I started wondering what life would be like if everything was chosen for you. It was those questions that formed the foundation for The Bonded and it just grew from there. That idea of not being able to choose is a major struggle for Kirheen in the first book as she tries to find the balance between duty and her own personal desires.
Question: Why self-publishing?
This is another one I get asked a lot and what it really boils down to is that I’m stubborn. I like to do things myself, and I enjoy the idea of owning my success AND my failures. With self-publishing, you have to wear all the hats and I actually enjoy that part of it. I like having that creative control from start to finish. It doesn’t always work out the way I intended, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I also have the ability to learn from those mistakes and use that to shape future projects. There is something very rewarding about seeing my own growth, of teaching myself every part of what I need to know to make my time as an author successful. I like having the freedom to do my own thing and I just don’t feel like I could have that any other way.
Question: Best advice for aspiring authors?
Never stop writing, learning, and exploring. Realize you don’t know everything and be open to constructive criticism. Inspiration will strike at the most inconvenient times – keep a notebook handy. Write something every day, even if you’re not feeling it, and don’t be afraid to take risks with your writing. Most importantly, take care of yourself. It’s hard to be a writer if you drop dead from exhaustion or starvation because you forgot to sleep and eat.
Question: When is book three coming out?
The honest answer is that I don’t know. It could be months from now. Or a year. That all depends on the writing process. 🙂 Ideally I’d like to have it done by the end of this year.
Question: What comes next after The Allseer Trilogy?
I have no shortage of ideas and I’m ridiculously excited about exploring new projects! My next project will be a fantasy novel called Of Blood and Briar. There will be a lot more information about it later this year so keep your eyes open!
And that’s it folks! Those are the most common questions I get asked.
Got other questions? Want to know more about the writing process? Ask away!
Come back next week for Writer Expectations VS Reality!
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