Interview with Kiera McDiarmid

Where did your love of storytelling come from?
I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I would always have my head in a book, even in the car or if shopping with my family I would find a coveted seat and pull out a book from my bag. Any opportunity I would take it. Being read aloud books by my parents, most notably 'Harry Potter' by my mum, is when it really took over. Reading really inspired me to want to write my own stories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create something that can entertain people and make them feel something. Having someone read and enjoy a story, or connect and care deeply for a character that I wrote, and being able to provide a means of escape from reality using only words – for both a reader and myself.
When did you first start writing?
I always enjoyed creative writing throughout my school years. I think I was 8 or 9 when I wrote a story about my friends and I having elemental powers, and would also write 'Famous Five' inspired mystery-adventure stories which also starred my friends… I hope to never come across these if I still have them. For creative assignments I would always write more than what we had to. I was 15 or 16 when I started to begin to think of ideas and characters and plots for a book series.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, mostly Fantasy to immerse myself in something so completely different from everyday life, and then I'll take a break and come back to reality by reading a Contemporary novel. I also really enjoy reading Dystopian and Sci-Fi novels.
What are your five favourite books, and why?
I'm going to cheat a little and count a series as a single book since I'm terrible at picking favourites:
- Harry Potter – this will likely always be my favourite series. It just captivated me from the very start, and made me fall in love with magic and reading.
- The Outsiders – the believable and engaging cast of characters, as well as the themes, just makes this book timeless.
- The Northern Lights – the unique and intriguing adventure, the world and depth of the characters.
- Throne of Glass – the world building, the characters and the writing.
- Percy Jackson – this series will never fail to make me laugh!
Who are your favourite authors?
I enjoy reading from a variety of authors and love discovering the works of authors I haven't yet read, but I do gravitate to a few favourites: J. K. Rowling; Sarah J. Maas; Rick Riordan; Rainbow Rowell; Cassandra Clare; George R. R. Martin; Laini Taylor – just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. My family and friends. The desire to create and the want to achieve something. Knowing that there are new things to be discovered and to look forward to. There are little things to look forward to each day and even bigger adventures waiting in the future…oh and an ever-growing TBR list that I still need to get through!
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read. Binge-watch a newfound or favourite TV show. Going to the movies and catching up with my friends. Socialising with my family. Doing something active or adventurous. I also love to travel.
What is your writing process?
Daydreaming and directing scenes in my head. A lot of the time if I have an idea for a scene, instead of trying to write it out how I would want it read in a book, I’ll just write as many notes and points about it (even ones I don’t think I’ll go with) and then interpret the best way I can bring these to life. That way I don’t focus on critiquing my writing, and instead focus on how this will progress and add to the story. I’ll know the major plot points and plan a rough outline, and then write and see what I come up with to connect it all together. If I get stuck by the dreaded writer’s block, watching a movie or a TV show, or going for a walk while listening to a playlist of songs that I think relate to a character or situation, will help spark some inspiration and motivate me to just sit down and write.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on writing the first book in a YA Fantasy series!
Published 2017-11-02.
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Books by This Author

The Day of Reckoning
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Wars are no longer fought by human soldiers: they are fought by Artificial Intelligence. But nineteen years ago, the A.I turned against the people they were created to protect, locking them six-hundred-feet below the ground. Today is the day Reyna will escape the Pit. Today is the day she will find out what the A.I have done to the world.