Author Interview 📚 Christina Kaye
Hello friends, I’m proud to bring you my interview with the award-winning author, Christina Kaye! I’ve read a number of Christina’s page-turning books, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all.
The first book I read was LIKE FATHER LIKE DAUGHTER, and I loved it so much I went on to read the entire FLESH & BLOOD TRILOGY.
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So, here we go…
Q: What is your favorite thing about writing?
A: I write suspense/thrillers, so I love coming up with interesting, new, and exciting twists for my books.
Q: What is the most difficult part of the novel writing process for you?
A: I have a bad habit of “info dumping” in my first manuscript drafts. I tend to get a bit verbose sometimes and go a bit overboard in trying to expose my characters’ backstories.
Q: What inspired you to write Like Father Like Daughter?
A: I watched a documentary one night about a girl whose father was a serial killer. It made me wonder…what would life be like if your father was a murderer? And then, what if you were also accused of murder yourself? That’s how I came up with the idea for this book.
Q: How long did it take you to write Like Father Like Daughter?
A: About eight weeks for the first draft. Then I spent about 2 months editing with my editor. So in total about four months.
Q: Do you plot out your stories, fly by the seat of your pants, or some combination of the two?
A: Usually, I just let it flow and write as the ideas come to me. But I’m currently working on a manuscript for a psychological suspense novel with 3 different characters written in all three POV’s. With all of their stories to keep track of, I typed up an outline and it really is helping.
Q: How do you select the names for your characters?
A: Every time I hear a name I like, I type it in my “notepad” on my phone. Then when I go to write a book, I just refer to my list of favorite names and go from there. But, I will admit to using an online name generator from time to time.
Q: Are you working on anything new?
A: Yes, as I said, I’m working on a new psychological thriller about a psychic with a dark, secret past who is hired to help two men (a detective and a search and rescue coordinator) find a missing six-year-old girl. It’s my favorite novel so far. So fingers crossed!
Q: Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, night, or whenever you find a spare moment?
A: I usually write at night, but with a full-time day job as a paralegal, I have to just write whenever I have the time.
Q: Do you have any writing rituals?
A: Not really. I know some authors write to music, etc., but I can’t do that. I need absolute silence in order to write.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: I think if you can create characters that readers will care about and want to root for, and combine that with a story that is somewhat original and intriguing, you can capture and hold the readers’ attention to the very end.
Q: Dogs or Cats?
A: Dogs. Although I do have one of each.
Q: Savory or Sweet?
Q: Beach or Forest?
A: Beach. Always the beach!
Q: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do with your free time?
A: What free time? With a full-time job as a trial paralegal, two teenage daughters, a dog, and a cat, not to mention my writing, I rarely have any “me” time. But when I do, I love to read.
Q: How can readers keep in touch with you? Do you have a website? Are you on social media?
Q: Do you like to hear from your readers?
A: Yes! Good, bad, or indifferent, I love talking to readers whenever possible. It teaches me what I’m doing right and what I can improve upon.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
A: I also help other authors perfect and refine their queries before sending them to agents/publishers. All the information about those services is available on my website.
Thank you, Christina!
Well, I hope that you all enjoyed the interview. The next time you’re looking for a great thriller to read, remember Christina Kaye!