Interview with Kary Gaul

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest project is "Complicated in Vegas" and it's loosely based on William Shakespeare's least performed play "The Two Gentlemen of Verona". I changed several genders, modernized it, and added a better ending.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As I've grown in my writing skills, this answer has changed. I used to love the world building aspects: the pure creation of the settings and characters. Now, I love the feeling when everything clicks, it all fall into place and makes sense. There is a special satisfaction to that feeling.
Describe your desk
I do most of my writing on a netbook, while sitting on my couch. The netbook sits on a small wooden table (TV tray). When I type for hours, I plug in my ergonomic keyboard, which then sits on my lap.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've had a few over the years, but my all time favorite is Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Dark Over series was the first world I found myself thinking about when I wasn't reading her books. It follows a planet over centuries of political changes, and the depth of characters I still find amazing.
How do you approach cover design?
I used to be a graphic designer, so I think I'm lucky in that aspect. I find naming a piece harder than designing a cover. Titles are hard.
What is your writing process?
I'm still working it out, and I think of it as an ongoing process. I start with an outline. I write a certain amount of words (usually 2000) everyday until a rough draft is done. I found rereading the prior day helps me focus on where the story was and helps matching tone. Once the rough draft is done, I let the project rest for a while, usually go try to write something else. I come back and do a few start-to-finish edits. I find beta readers and patiently (read: not at all patiently) wait for their feedback. Then I decide how to correct my story, if at all, and finally find an editor. It takes so much more work than I ever imagined to write a story, but I love doing it all.
When did you first start writing?
When I was around 13, I started journaling. I have, since then, written poetry and stories periodically. I think it became a passion during NaNoWriMo 2010, which was my first NaNo. I've participated in NaNoWriMo every year since then, and written more projects between Novembers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and it was awful. Unredeemable.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy, Sci-fi. Those genres almost exclusively. I can turn my writer brain off, and just enjoy those two genres. I read other genres, but my writer brain creeps in and critiques everything as I read. Pure enjoyment is much harder to achieve now, but I wouldn't trade in my writer brain.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Creating art, writing poetry, D&D, video games, surfing the web, taking care of our cat and hamster, and of course hanging out with my spouse.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a foster home. I hated everything about it. It gives me great insight, in retrospect. I understand certain types of stress that, luckily, most people never experience. Those experiences certainly give me a deep well of emotions to draw from in my writing.
Published 2014-09-05.
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Books by This Author

Complicated in Vegas
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,180. Language: American English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Young Valentine only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But on a trip to Las Vegas, he gets one look at the lovely Silvia... and dumps Julia in a heartbeat. Two problems: Silvia is his best friend’s girl, and Julia won’t be dumped that easily. Stir in a drunken-lady gang, a slimy boss, and a bad-mannered dog, and it easy to see why romance gets Complicated in Vegas.