Interview with K.T. Munson

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My cellphone (iPhone) where I am constantly between Wattpad and Kindle.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Alaska has always been my home. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I believe being isolated really forced my imagination to bloom to its full potential. I've always had a strong imagination but running through the wildness around my childhood home and imagining some grand story wouldn't have been the same in a crowded city.
When did you first start writing?
I was 5. I wrote a non-fiction about my sister being born that year and submitted it to the young writers conference. I kept writing off and on until I was 13. We received this assignment from our English teacher in 8th grade to come up with a story and start writing in a composition notebook. While my classmates slowly ran out of ideas and couldn't keep going I kept writing. I filled 2 composition notebooks that year, and finished my first novel soon after I turned 16. Since then I've never turned back.
What your greatest joy about getting reviews?
I thought it would be talking to people who have read my book and getting compliments. I was surprised that I got this stronger sense of accomplishment from other authors who have read my books and enjoyed them. It is like having a head nod from my fellow indie writers. I've been spreading my wings out and talking to other indie writers and connecting with them has been very fulfilling. Particularly when those others reference other books that my stories remind them of. When a review said Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand reminded them of Robin McKinley's 'Blue Sword' I nearly fainted.
What are you working on next?
Too much, but I've always been one to stay busy. Firstly I have 1001 Islands coming out in August 2015 and that should be a swashbuckling good time. I have Frost Burn my coauthored book which is due out late October of this year. I'll have a contemporary romance up on Wattpad sometime this year. Then spring 2016 I'll have my first historical romance that is part of my Honest Hearts Collection. Then September of 2016 my science fiction comes out, which is probably the funniest book I've ever written. And that only gets us through 2016. I have more plans for 2017 but everyone will have to stay tuned!
Who are your favorite authors?
I really have too many. However, I have a few that I absolutely adore again and again: Jane Austen, George R.R. Martin, Oscar Wilde, Kristin Britain (though Mirror Sight has me considering removing her), Douglas Adams, Jim Butcher, Anne Rice, Anne Bishop (though I enjoyed them more as a teenager), Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, and so many more. Honestly I don't even know why I tried to write this list because I could fill pages with authors I've read and loved specific aspects of their writing. OH! Edgar Allen Poe, can't forget him, King of the Macabre.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a friend that was once my coworker. She loved my writing and wanted to do all my covers. She has such a great process and she gets my sketches. Not only does she interpret my scribbles, but she makes them BETTER! As to what I am sketching and asking for, I usually have a single image that a story starts to form around. That or I have a concept that I want to be abstractly represented on the cover. Honestly I don't know what I would do without White Noise Graphics.
What's the story behind your latest book?
1001 Islands was borne out of a dream. I had this strange dream about a mother selling her daughter to a Swamp Witch for her eyesight. Bam, a starting point was born. Swamp Witch meant there needed to be pirates. Thus raiders were born. Next thing I know it is 4 months later and I've finished it. It was one of the funnest books I've written. It is adventure, intrigue, romance, and witches. What isn't to like?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want to be sitting on my hands waiting for a publisher to notice me. Being isolated in Alaska made things a little difficult. I don't live in rural Alaska, but I might as well have lived on the moon. Since I am so far removed, I decided I could do it myself. I have a business degree how hard could it be? I'd regret those words, but never my decision to go indie.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reaching out across oceans and having my writing be a part of someones day. In this globally connected world, I get so excited when I get to talk about my books or writing in general with someone in another country. There is something awe-inspiring about that. I love finishing a book. I love coming up with new plot ideas. I love when I lose track of time because I am writing. I love everything about writing which is why I've completed 8 novels, 1 novella, and 3 short stories in 4 years. I go to work and I come home to write. I'll always love every aspect of writing (not editing so much), but hearing people say they thought reading it was worth while or enjoyable, makes all that hard work all that much more worth it.
Published 2015-06-27.
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Books by This Author

The Gate Guardian's Daughter (The Gate Trilogy - 0.5)
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The interplanetary gates require guardians and the reformed demon Malthael is one of them. His adoptive daughter, Elisabeth, is special, but her dangerous ability hasn’t awoken yet. Malthael isolates her from outside world as much to protect everyone else as to safeguard her. It is all he can do to delay the inevitable. Now that Elisabeth is ten, how long can Malthael keep her confined?
1001 Islands
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 62,020. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
The sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. Tonight, everything changed. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night.There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People.