February 6, 2014

Q&A with Kristin Day

Today's Q&A is with author Kristin Day! ENJOY!

Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve always written – whether it be journaling, writing poems, or just throwing up on a piece of paper and trashing it; however the decision to write a novel was surprising…even to me. I thought I was only good at writing in spurts. I had no idea I’d be able to pull off a 90K word novel!! In 2012 I was devouring any and every book I could find in the YA paranormal romance genre only to be left feeling unfulfilled. The books and series were good and I enjoyed all of them I found, but something was still missing. When I realized the story that I was searching for was in my head – I had one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments that smacks you in the face so hard you’re left drowning in your own disbelief. I opened up my laptop and started writing. I did research, I created characters, and built an entire world that I wanted to live in myself. 90K words later, I had finished an entire book with a plot complex enough to create an entire series! When I began doing research on how to query publishers and agents, I found the self-pub option and almost fell out of my chair. So I taught myself how to make covers, hired my best friend and grammar genius to do the editing/supporting/counseling/talking-me-down-from-a-ledge duties and neither of our lives were the same. I jumped into it feet first and churned out another 3 books in a year and a half. I still felt like I needed that extra support system and boost, so after meeting Cameo Renae at UtopYAcon last summer, I queried her publisher, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and they signed me in December 2013!

Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best? My favorite genre is anything magical – paranormal, fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal romance – whatever you may want to call it which is also what I enjoy writing. I’d like to dabble in the dystopian genre at some point, but the next series forming in my head also fits into the paranormal genre, so I might be here a while! Although I admire authors who write romance, new adult, and even erotica, I’m not sure how well I’d be able to pull it off without that little extra paranormal aspect.
When it comes to reading I’ll read anything and everything as long as it has a meaningful plot and well-developed characters. 

What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.  The most difficult part of the writing process for me is to STOP WRITING. Thankfully there is such a thing as ‘series’ in our bookish universe because if there weren’t, my book would be approximately 800K words long. Me and Homer could be besties. The Daughters of the Sea series will include 5 five books and 1 novella when finished. Because each book starts off where the last one ends, I have to consciously say to myself “wrap this thing up and save all the ideas for the next book!” When I start writing, it can be compared to jumping off a cliff. Once I begin, there’s no going back. The characters will render me unable to function unless I get their story out. It can be quite the inner-battle.

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until finally being adopted by a wealthy family from Georgia. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah… or the strange events that plague her. After being sent to a boarding school off the coast of North Carolina for kids ‘like’ her, she finds that things are never what they seem. Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

When the ghost from her dreams appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love. She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the daughters of the sea will forever depend upon it.

Author Bio: I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA series, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, CHOSEN, and HEARKEN, EVENTIDE (a Novella) 2014, and PROVEN 2014. I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – it’s okay.

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