Interview with Kaye Draper

When did you first start writing?
As early as I can remember. I recall writing stories and poems as a child, and always kept a notebook. As an adult, my confidence in my dreams went by the wayside thanks to the "real world," but I started up again, and wrote my first full-length novel when I was 25-26 years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Currently, I am working on the third book in the Earth and Sky saga, which is tentatively titled Darkness and Light. I love the world of Earth and Sky, and I feel I could spend forever writing about the assorted supporting characters. I always envisioned that I would write more about Marshall and Ibbe, about Wren and Ville's parents, or about Cai and Bahatti... but while I was writing book 2, I stumbled across a new character completely by accident. He kind of took over and became book 3. Darkness and Light is about the struggle of being flawed in a seemingly perfect world. Or, in the case of the main character, being faced with the fact that you are not as perfect and infallible as the world around you seems to think--and that sometimes you may fail the ones you love. There is also a bit more focus on the redemptive qualities in people, and on accepting yourself as you are in the face of adversity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I live in constant fear of stagnation. If I feel "stuck" at a certain level in my life, I have to find a way to overcome that. Self-publishing my work has also been an ongoing part of my self-development. I've had to have confidence in myself and my work, and had to learn to trust that I have the ability to do anything I set my mind to. I would say this is the most powerful thing about being indie--you are in control. And while that may be scary, it also opens up a whole new world. If you can learn to write, edit, format, design, utilize new software, talk to people about your work, and put yourself out there--Gods, what CAN'T you do after that? It builds your resourcefulness. You learn to trust that if you don't know something, there is nothing standing between you and learning aside from time and effort. That's kind of amazing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There is a two part answer...maybe more
First off, I simply love living in my imagination--that feeling when and idea, a scene, or a whole story just plays out in your head like a movie, like it's alive and real--I can't really describe that. It's not something you can fully understand if you've never felt it. But it is the most amazing thing I've ever felt in my life. Truly.
Secondly, when someone reads something I've written and turns all nerdy fan. It's not the "oh my god someone likes me" aspect. It's the fact that someone GETS you. That they understand what you envisioned and they can see it too--and it's like you are sharing a dream!
What do your fans mean to you?
The world.
The feeling of having someone GET IT, having them see what you see and share that dream That is second only to the actual joy of writing it in the first place!
Who are your favorite authors?
Kim Harrison- The Hallows series
Diana Gabaldon -Especially the first Outlander book-- I feel they get too bogged down with historical details later on, but I'm in it for the characters!
Patricia Briggs- The Mercy Thompson Books
Holly Black- I haven't read many of her actual novels, but I LOVED the graphic novel series Kin.
And I'm a HUGE manga reader- anything with beautiful art and lots of romance
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to improve myself. The desire to grow and learn. And of course my writing goals!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work in the medical field. Honestly, my day job is mentally and emotionally draining, and that is part of what drives me to lose myself in writing, reading, gaming, and anything fantastical. I also have a young child, a husband, and a house full of pets and we get up to shenanigans galore. I enjoy biking (trails and mountain biking), belly dancing, jewelry making, and anything involving nature and water. If I could live in a cabin on a lake in northern Michigan, I would be in heaven.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
This is so subjective based on the day! I am always looking for romance. BUT I hate some of the common romance tropes. I tend to look for things that are a step to the side of the mainstream. If it involves romance, magic, and paranormal I will give it a try. But I am generally so over alpha males and gritty street-wise females. I think I've read too many paranormal romance and urban fantasy that follow those tropes and they all start to feel the same.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. I vaguely remember starting a story about horses and running away from home...I also used to regularly wish the fairies in the woods near my home would abduct me...not sure if I ever wrote a story about it though!
Published 2016-08-20.
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Books by This Author

Mangled
Series: Wendigo Girl. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,400. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Tess is losing herself to the wendigo madness. All the while the hunters move closer, bent on destroying the unseen creatures of the shadowed forests. War is coming to her doorstep, and there is nothing Tess can do to stop it. Tess once again finds herself torn between the monsters and the humans. Between death and life. And between trust and betrayal.
Tommy (A Wendigo Girl Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Tommy White is as boring and bland as his name—and that is just the way he wants it. Until he falls for Tess, a young widow with dark secrets who will destroy his carefully erected “normal” act and cost him his humanity. This short story is installment 1.5. The Wendigo Girl series is a series of short novels between 40,000-50,000 words with elements of urban fantasy, paranormal romance.
Creeping Beauty
Series: Wendigo Girl. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,160. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Creatures are flocking to Tess for protection from a new hunter. Her pet bird might be a ghost, death is whispering in her ear and it seems Tess isn't quite done turning into a monster. Caught between humanity and darkness, Tess learns the hard way that not all humans are good, not all monsters are bad and not all stories have a happy ending.
Beauty And The Feast (A Not So Urban Fantasy)
Series: Wendigo Girl. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,440. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Reclusive horror writer Tess Vere has lost everything. There is no possible way her craptastic life can get much worse. Until she is attacked by a shadow creature on the Lake Huron shore. Rescued by a ninja Indian chick and her tasty (in every way) side-kick, Tess learns that she still has something left to lose after all...her humanity.
The Demon's Birthday Present (A Demon's Call Short Story)
Series: Demon's Call. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Erotic Short Story Fed up with extravagant gifts from her vampire and her, Mya bans them from giving her a birthday present this year. But her mates are devious. And she may have forgotten to ban her demon lover from the gift-giving. When the three powerful men team up, Mya finds her most secret desires revealed, and realizes that there is something missing from her life only a demon can supply.
House On The Hill (Come Love A Fey)
Series: Come Love a Fey Collection. You set the price! Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Funny, isn’t it, how the things we wish for so easily become a cage? Trapped in a failing marriage and an ever-increasing apathy for life, Mary stumbles across the house on the hill. After her encounter with the beautiful and otherworldly Giddeon and his elderly master, Mr. Winde, her life is forever changed. But is this the start of her freedom, or merely a slow slide into insanity?
Love Letters To Myself: You are Greater Than Anxiety And Depression
You set the price! Words: 8,830. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Depression
Insights and practical advise on overcoming anxiety and depression. Love Letters To Myself was created from the journal I used during my journey through overcoming anxiety and depression and becoming more fully myself. This book is not a clinical book on mental illness. It focuses on tips and insights to help you see your potential when you are struggling, and to find the light that is inside us
Darkness and Light
Series: Earth And Sky. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,240. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Caron is the strongest preternatural in the world. Or, so he thinks. Divine like him are balanced, empathic, and semi-prophetic. He can manifest spirit wings, perform magic, and shift to any form, human or animal. Why then, is he so powerless to help those he loves? Caron struggles to unite two opposing forces and re-unite two halves of a fractured soul.
Survivor
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,620. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Urban
Five years ago, a car accident left Melody with a traumatic brain injury. For years, the wheelchair-bound, cognitively impaired woman has struggled to accept her new life and to let go of the dreams she once had. During a chance encounter on the subway, Melody meets and falls in love with Peter, however their relationship is doomed by the obstacle of her disability- and his immortality.
Destiny Decrees (Demon's Call Series Book 3)
Series: Demon's Call, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,540. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Mya’s werewolf lover is missing. However, she’s got more important things on her mind- like a persistent demon visitor, or the fact that her baby might be some sort of supernatural crossbreed. She hasn't got the time and energy for werewolf politics. That is, until she finds out that Christian has forgotten she even exists, and that he is being accused of killing his father.
Blood Beckons (Demon's Call Series Book 2)
Series: Demon's Call, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,410. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Mya is up to her neck in trouble. She is dating a hulking alpha werewolf, in love with a suave master vampire, and a lascivious demon just showed up at her door. Meanwhile, something evil is prowling the wilderness surrounding her Upper Peninsula home, picking off powerful supernatural creatures- and it’s searching for her.
Moonlight Calls (Demon's Call Series Book 1)
Series: Demon's Call, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,330. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
The most powerful creatures of the supernatural community are inexplicably drawn to Mya, but she refuses to acknowledge the power growing inside her- not the least of which is the ability to make the undead explode on contact. Aided by her sexy roommate and a powerful new lover, she struggles to stay under the radar and out of the hands of monsters that would use her for their own gain.
Pooka (Come Love a Fey)
Series: Come Love a Fey Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Evvie hates farm life and longs for the day she can finally go to college in the city. But when she takes shelter in the stormy woods one evening, she meets a sexy creature who convinces her that the city might not have so much to offer after all.
Rise and Fall (Earth and Sky Saga Book 2)
Series: Earth And Sky. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,430. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Drawn into his sister's mischief, Henrick helps her to elope with her human lover—a man of an outcast race, who is little more than a slave. But Henrick soon finds himself swept up in a taboo love affair of his own—and race and social class are the least of his problems. Now he must journey into the desert wastes and through the infamous Floating City to save the ones he loves. *Can be stand-alone
A Secret Sky
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,870. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Savannah's home is invaded by aliens, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with one of the pointy-eared, energy-wielding giants. Drawn in by their gentleness and attitude of enlightenment and peace, that’s just what she does. Little does she know, their love may bring about Earth's destruction.
Crow (Come Love a Fey)
Series: Come Love a Fey Collection. Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Myra's job is to help humans live alongside their fey neighbors. But what happens when one of them claims her life in exchange for those of the humans she is trying to protect?
Mer (Come Love a Fey)
Series: Come Love a Fey Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,650. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Taryn is determined to get a shot of the creatures that lurk in the cold depths of Lake Huron. But is she chasing them...or are they chasing her?
Wyvern (Come Love a Fey)
Series: Come Love a Fey Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
An unlikely love story between a beautiful male fairy and a fiery female dragon. Part of the Come Love a Fey collection of stand-alone novels and short stories.
Kelpie (Come Love a Fey)
Series: Come Love a Fey Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,470. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Ada wakes with a strange man in her sleeping bag, she has no idea that the dazed, dirty, and naked man is actually a Kelpie- a horse-like creature with an affinity for water. He insists that he is a fey, and that others of his kind are hunting him. Driven by an instinctive, primal fear of the unseen things moving in the forest, Ada flees the camping expedition. However, she can’t bring hersel
Redemption
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,620. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
“You have five days to find the key, or death will visit your waking world.” Rebecca is trapped in an endless dream- and the grim reaper wants to play. Rebecca must fight her way through a series of fantastic creatures who force her to face her deepest pain and her fears as she searches for the key to her escape with an unlikely ally- a beautiful man named Isaac who has his own monsters to fight
Earth and Sky
Series: Earth And Sky. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,160. Language: American English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Cast out by her family as a traitor, the alchemy-wielding shape-shifter, Wren, finds refuge in the arms of Ville, the raven-winged leader of the enemy Sky clan. The star-crossed lovers discover that the world they know is built on lies meant to fuel the war that has raged between their clans for years. Armed with alchemy, attitude, and a six-shooter, Wren sets out to change the world. *Stand alone