Interview with Kaylim

Describe your desk
My desk is a mess consisting of a laptop, tea mugs, receipts, kitty fur, and my writing buddy of the day. My writing buddy is usually a book or action figure that has recently inspired me. My current buddy is Anna from Frozen. She captivated me with her easy humor, charming smile, adventuresome spirit, and love for her sister. Right now she's sitting on my printer, offering her silent encouragement.
When did you first start writing?
When I was around 9 or 10 I sat down and began to type out my first novel. It was right after I finished "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". The moment I put that book down I knew I wanted to write stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was called 'The Interlocks' (I still don't really understand what that title was supposed to mean haha). It was going to be a novel or novella (I suck at writing short stories and flash fiction. Everything is over 20,000 words with me). I never finished it, but it spawned an entire universe and a host of characters that somehow still make it into my writing today. My brain likes to connect everything I create.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can live vicariously through my characters. I can be people I will never be, and do things I will never do, and see things I will never see.
What is your writing process?
I get up a little before noon, I make tea, I open a song on repeat, and then I begin to type.
What are you working on next?
I always have projects I'm chipping away at. For smashwords, I've been planning more stories that take place in the 'Crazy Infection' universe. So for nanowrimo 2013 I'm finishing up another novella in that series. That means more attractive androids! More cursing (okay, probably a little bit less)! More space travel! And of course, more poetry!

But no more zombies.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, reading, petting the cat, and checking facebook and gmail. Mostly, though, I listen to songs on repeat while pacing and daydreaming. Sure, it's a weird pastime, but at least it gives me ideas.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have any other choice haha! If I didn't get out of bed I would lose my job, then my apartment, then all my money, and most importantly, I would lose my cat.

I don't want to lose my cat.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm still a new writer. My biggest fan is probably my cat, at this point!

However, there have been a few people who have reviewed, liked my facebook page, or added me as a favorite author. That is both terrifying and awesome. It is scary to be so exposed to complete strangers, to offer them a story for their time and patience and hope they don't regret reading it. I am extremely grateful to those who have read my writing, it is very gratifying to know I am not just shouting into the darkness of the Internet.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse the newest listed and keep clicking the next button until I find something that captures my eye.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a variety of places. The people I met and the places I saw influenced me in many different, and probably some very subconscious, ways.

-The sands of Saudi and exotic vacation locations infused me with a desire to write of people existing in different places and cultures.

-The mountains of Colorado fueled my imagination, filling my writing with daring adventures and beautiful backdrops. I wrote many fantasy stories while over-looking the Rocky mountains in all their majesty.

-The colorful creativity of Lake Buena Vista, and Disney in all its glory, never fails to inspire me. I always find a themed writing location, grounding me in whatever I'm writing. The atmosphere of each Park and Resort helps bring out the style and mood of my stories. For example, Tomorrowland takes me to the future, while the Grand Floridian oozes class and ease.
Published 2013-11-05.
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Books by This Author

When Places Call
Series: This Crazy Universe, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 19,710. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
One mistake cost Iguru his career, his pride and his very identity. Now an outlaw, he's after one thing: to reclaim it all, even if he has to change history itself. There's just one thing standing in his way: a beautiful blond who holds the keys to the past in his hands.
Starstuff
Price: Free! Words: 35,980. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Far in the future, Ajita lives in a steel-cold institution called School, where the humanity of Students is all but erased. While her thoughts remain trapped during the day, at night Ajita experiences strange and wondrous visions. Can her dreams of the past help save mankind's future?
This Crazy Infection
Series: This Crazy Universe, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 27,430. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Myrha wins a poetry contest for a free vacation to Lieval: a world supposedly made of beaches, babes and barbecue. But when guests start disappearing, it quickly turns into a world of mayhem, mystery and muscle-munching zombies!