Interview with A. Kennedy

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration is the loud obnoxious alarm clock completely across the room sounding like a rooster on steroids - well, that and the fact I need to get my two kids ready for school. Each day is a new opportunity. You're alive; you're here to witness another day. Make it a good one, and if it's a bad one, well then, shoot for tomorrow morning. Learn something. Always learn! I love to learn and I love to experience new things. With each day I have that new opportunity. And with each opportunity I have to learn it is an experience that I hope to share with my kids - who actually teach me more than I could have ever imagined!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is putting myself into the scene and forgetting about the stress of day to day life for a couple of hours. When someone reads a book that they are into they can almost forget reality until they are forced to put the book down or the ending of the book comes. That's what I look forward to when I write - being completely submerged and getting so wrapped up in my story line and characters that time and reality escapes me. This is the greatest joy of writing!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. My first book was for my enjoyment. I wrote at my own speed. Now, I write with determination and speed so that way I can deliver to my fans! I enjoy seeing comments and messages from fans. I try my best to respond to everyone because they do mean so much to me and I want them to know that.
What are you working on next?
I'm trying to work on two different pieces. The work that comes easier is the second Windy, which I believe will be called Gale. My second piece that I am working on is a little bit harder to work on. There is a lot of emotion involved in the writing and sometimes it becomes too painful. It is a memoir of my life from when I was fifteen and when I was pregnant, so be on the lookout for Biological Mother. This book is bound to hit charts!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of the time when I'm not writing I am doing a number of different things; I'm getting out with my kids, family and friends. Of course, I could have my nose stuck in a book - that happens a lot, too. I like going to the river to swim or the lake, but more than anything, I like going to the beach. Just relaxing and playing in the waves with my kids is the best therapy ever! When I have “grown up” time, I like going to the bars and listening to local bands play. There are some really good ones out there, just have yet to be discovered. And there are times where sitting around with family and friends and talking until a few hours have sneaked by is the best feeling ever - unless you have somewhere to be.
I also have other hobbies I enjoy to pass the time. I enjoy playing with Photoshop after taking a million pictures. I enjoy crocheting. Being able to crochet my own hats and scarfs is awesome! You can get your own style and it's cheaper than paying a designer price. I also enjoy playing in Vegas-Pro. There is something about video editing that is calming and mesmerizing - kind of like writing. And, painting. Yes, I paint. I may not be the next DaVinci, but I do enjoy it greatly.
What is your writing process?
My writing process can change depending on what I have to write. But for my stories, I see a scene in my head and a turn it over and over until it starts to show me a story line. These scenes can come from anywhere. They can hit me while being out an about at an event, or a park. I can also be hit by thoughts from driving in the car while listening to music - most of the time rock inspires my writing and thoughts. I also find that I have some really random dreams that can make me scratch my head for a week or so. If these dreams stay long enough with me, then I can start writing about them. Windy actually came from a dream. Once I start writing I let the characters take over. They know their story better than I do. Sometimes they even leave me shocked. But of course, once the plots start getting thicker and I have several characters, I have to start taking notes. I take notes on the characters, on the different plots and how each plot and character connect. I also like to make a check list of things that need to be revealed to a reader. I don't want to leave any piece of information out. And the most important about my writing process is always having a pen and paper handy - you never know when you need to get that overbearing idea down on paper.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything; romance, sci-fi, historical fiction, crime, fantasies and more. Any book that grabs my attention is what I read for pleasure. I might be reading a history book for pleasure. For example I have a history book on pirates. Pirates are intriguing to me. They are brutal and ruthless and I am fascinated and drawn to them, so the history of pirates interests me. However, I do enjoy a really good sci-fi book. I'm a Harry Potter and Narnia freak! I also love novels about Fey. Something about having magical and mystical powers draws me to turn the page. It is something that we, humans, wish we could possess. But all-in-all, anything that grabs my attention, whether it be something I want to learn more about, capabilities I wish I had, or a love that I wish I could happen upon, is what I enjoy reading.
Describe your desk
Sloppy! Yup, my three foot desk has a camera sitting on top of a stack of notebooks, bills and random papers on my right. Also on that side of the desk you can find a few books, including my pirate book. Envelopes sit beside those stack of papers and next to the envelopes you will find a clock my grandfather made for me marked with a 'K.' Behind the clock you will find my 8 ounce glass filled with scissors, pencils, pens and small odds and ends. On the left side you will find my laptop, random books and flyers of Windy for my marketing purposes. You will find a printer which sits below the right side of the desk and below the printer you will find my pathetic filing capabilities. Other things normally on my desk will be paper needing almost-immediate attention, my cell and of course a beer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the north Georgia and yes, I reside here still. Georgia has influenced my writing because I am able to describe the surroundings better than I can somewhere I've only been to a couple of times. My short story shows a part where you can view five states that you can see at once, well several people who read that called me up and said, "Lookout Mountain." And it was. I've always been fascinated that from that single spot, Lookout Mountain, you can see five different states. In Windy, I discuss a run in the woods and following a river, well that takes place just ten minutes up the river from me. I've been there a million times, and will go many times more. Also, in Windy, I describe Tybee Island. I haven't been there as much as the river, but when you're in love with a place and the beach, it’s only natural to soak in all the details. So yes, in my writing, you will more than likely come across something from my hometown. Can you pick it out?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to become an indie author because you see a bunch of big authors going to be self-published. If they are doing it then why not me? Of course, it's not easy and never once did I think it would be. I knew I needed an editor. Anyone who doesn’t needs a reality check. Also, I did a ton of research. I'm still on the bottom, but I'm working on climbing to the top. I know it won't happen tomorrow or even in the next few months, but I'm not going to give up. I'm getting flyers out there. I'm letting people know I published a book. I'm going to small books stores. And I know book reading and book signings might help as well. I'm in this for the challenge, a challenge that I hope to achieve, but I know it won't happen soon.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poems 12 years ago. It was a way to cope with my pain. If I could put my pain into words and place it on paper then I would feel better. However, before the poems I would write my feelings down all the time. I kept a journal and enjoyed writing in it. But, I once thought that writing wasn't for me, because I struggled with essays. I hate writing essays and it's is hard for me to write on a subject I don't like. However, I do recall one essay, I remember a teacher telling me what a great job I did - it was an essay on Bonnie and Clyde! Who could resist the lovers who wreaked havoc? Beside that one essay, I didn't like writing and then college came along. I learned to write better essays. I also learned high school has stricter rules for writing. So for almost nine years out of high school I continued to write my feelings down when they became overbearing and then I would write poems as well. And then I decided in March of 2012 I would write Windy. My journey began and I never looked back. I wrote a short story, a novella and several articles in the school and local newspaper. My biggest advice is never give up on your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they seem! Anything can happen!
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Windy
Price: Free! Words: 49,060. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Windy Gale wants to forget the very thing that makes her unique — the ability to control the wind. But forgetting becomes difficult when Windy starts having dreams of her father. To make matters worse, Windy discovers that her boyfriend has a secret that will change her world forever.