Interview with KTCaudell

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have never read on anything other than my iPad and I'm so attached to it I can't see it happening soon. Unless I get a new iPad. Not a bad thought. I love to read, so a Kindle or e-book, which allows me to buy more books is always great. However I love the smell of books, young or old the odors of parchment and ink draw me in. I adore libraries. Great stacks of row upon row of books from floor to ceiling is comforting. Probably why the main decoration in my bedroom are........books. :)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Since I've started on this journey I have followed the advice of fellow authors and attacked it in every way possible. Website, facebook, twitter, smashwords, instagram and tumblr. This is before my book even comes out. It would be easier if my brilliance was immediately recognized and most of the marketing handed over to the publishing company but alas, that hasn't happened. So I have employed my three teenagers who churn out social media idea's like butter. I knew I had them for a reason! ;-)
Describe your desk
Organized chaos. I, of course, know everything on there and it's purpose while everyone else walks away with a mild headache......or worse.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural setting. I'm not sure how this would have influenced my writing because more importantly I grew up as the daughter of my mother. She set about to teach her three children to read even before school, and the importance of feeding the mind. Taking in things from all genres and picking and choosing amongst them. So I credit her with that, along with viewpoints and interests that are as varied as they come. Oh so "they said so" or a "book said this"......well what did that one, or this one or that one over there say?
When did you first start writing?
Around the age of 4. Stories of only a few lines, a paragraph or two. It was something I always knew I wanted to do. I didn't want an imaginary friend. I wanted my own worlds.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The core is the essential battle of good vs evil. What makes good, good? What makes evil, evil? Four sisters stand at the heart of it. They fight with and for each other to defeat evil.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Not much interest from the bigger publishers, who get inundated by authors I'm sure. So many there's an air of impersonal, don't really care you get. One I did get closer to I very much got that feeling. So much of my book twisted and argued over until it wasn't MY book and vision. I was just one cog in a machine. Until I threw up my hands and said done. Since then I'm exploring my indie options.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'd like to come back to this one, as I've just started using smashwords, especially with frequency.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my vision coming out so I can share it. While negative reviews and readers are inevitable, there are those I do believe I will connect with. Some I have already started to, and it's great to see others "get" my vision.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world, although less than my children but the world. Especially ones I have a true personal connection with become fans of the work is just awesome.
What are you working on next?
Well, still finishing up book one of a three book series, so just getting started.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, James Patterson, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings off the top of my head. Shakespeare, Poe, Stoker, Frost.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids, then my writing and someone very special who usually puts me there each night.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my children, my sisters, one awesome guy who makes the moon come out for me to play in.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon, author recommendations, friends & family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. My first vampire story. Two paragraphs, some terrible grammar. My teachers in this small, rural southern town were appropriately horrified at the contents of a small childs imagination. LOL
What is your writing process?
I do try to outline, and set schedules but I jump around so much I make my beta readers and editor crazy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Shakespeare. Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble. I am, of course, a supernatural fantasy writer who tends to use 20 words when 5 can do it. Enough said? ;)
How do you approach cover design?
I actually had a great friend & sister who's an artist volunteer to do my covers for me. I've seen the first and she is just AWESOME!!!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone with the Wind - really? I grew up miles from Scarlett's "hometown".
Jordan's Wheel of Time - A set of books I know, but it was the world, seen through his eyes and fired up in new & magical ways.
Hamilton - Anita Blake. I liked Buffy but then came Anita. Strong, Independant, Ferocious, Smart, Funny, Sexy.......and a wickedly sexy vampire courting her. What's not to LOVE?
Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth: Kahlan, I love her, and I love to hate her. Cara I adore, her courage in her own life is astounding. The totality of his world is amazing.
Last but certainly not least J.R.R. Tolkien. What fantasy writer doesn't want to canonize this guy?
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever strikes my fancy as interesting.
Published 2014-12-16.
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