Interview with Kayla Howarth

What is your writing process?
Write, keep writing, and keep writing. Even when the words aren't flowing or I'm struggling to get past a scene, I force myself to at least try and remind myself I can fix it later in the editing process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when the characters take over and the words practically type themselves. I get lost in the story and feel accomplished when I'm done. Then, of course, I go back and re-read it and have to edit most of the drivel that had fallen out. But it feels good when scenes come together naturally.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the final two books of The Institute Series, with plans of a spin-off series in the future.
Describe your desk
All I need to write is my couch, my lap and my laptop! (And COFFEE!)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first story I wrote that ever made my sisters scared of me. I was in high school, had just seen the movie "Scream", and was inspired to write a short story about a serial killer. Sharing a room with my sister at the time, after she read it, she whispered to me, "Please don't kill me in my sleep."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Gold Coast in Qld, Australia. The Institute Series is based on the layout of South-East Queensland, where you can live in the middle of a big city, but drive less than an hour away and arrive in a small farming town, or up a rain forested mountain.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't know if this counts, but my almost two year old son forces me to get out of bed each day! I love watching him grow and learn new things, I just wish he realised that 5:30am is not an appropriate wake up time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
IBooks on my IPhone!
What do you read for pleasure?
Young Adult addict, right here!
Published 2015-01-07.
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Books by This Author

The Institute
Series: The Institute Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 80,730. Language: Australian English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute. Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.