Interview with Kay Price

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South in a two parent home where I spent most of my time inside. It wasn't the nicest neighborhood and I was a chubby geek girl who preferred the company of books to most activities. I lived in the library and took regular trips to the young adult section in my local Bookstar. Which was like heaven to me. The bookstore was always quiet and had all this mood lighting. It was very different from my house!

My family and friends were almost all middle class warriors and I noticed that I rarely read books with characters like us: minorities, queers, working class folks, women who don't take anyone's crap. My writing today is all about giving more people like me who grew up like me a chance to see themselves reflected in a good story. Media representation matters and well, it's like they all say, be the change you want to see in the world.
When did you first start writing?
As a kid. I always loved books and wanted to be the best writer after making my first 'A' in English. English nerds unite!
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Hurry Up and Wait' is about three young waitresses who work at a pub on the International Space Station in 2085. Like most people who live and work on the I.S.S. in the year 2085, they are mutants in exile from planet Earth. When a group of rebels rob the pub and highjack a shuttle to Earth, our heroines find themselves in a hostage situation. If they want to survive, they have to work together to use their mutant powers to stop the terrorists and save the day. It's the kind of story I've always wanted to read but could never find on a bookshelf: smart, tough young women of color taking matters into their own hands in the face of impossible odds.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This year I completed my first Nanowrimo. After three previous (unsuccessful) attempts, I couldn't believe that I'd actually finished! I still can't believe it sometimes! For years I've had a lot of stories in my head, written down in notebooks and saved on Word files in my email, but I never felt like I was ready to show my work to the world. Despite having passion, formal training and moral support, I always believed that I wasn't good enough. Finishing Nano helped me prove to myself that I can not only write a book, I can finish a book. And with that in mind, I looked to self-publishing and becoming an indie author as a way to keep writing and finishing; to continue chasing my dream of being an author. Now that I'm getting started, there's no looking back!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the ideas out of my head and onto paper (or onto the screen). There's something amazing about adapting all the images, thoughts, quotes and ideas in my head into words.
What are you working on next?
Too many things! After 'Hurry Up and Wait,' I want to start writing a second book immediately. I already have a title, the lead heroine and most of the plot ready to go. But of course, I have to pace myself. One story at a time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Octavia Butler, Patricia Briggs, Suzanne Collins, James Patterson, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch a fair amount of television on Hulu.com. I also love Twitter, socializing with friends, practicing muay thai at a small local dojo and cooking and baking and eating. I love food and hot teas. I also read! And I also need to find a second job so I can pay down my library late fees lol
How do you approach cover design?
As someone who has done graphic design before and is very familiar with what makes something aesthetically pleasing, I like to make my covers all about the title. The font is usually big and the colors are usually chosen to convey the mood of the story itself. I like to keep things simple, but also elegant and intriguing. People do judge books by their covers these days so I approach my designs with the intention of making you wonder, 'What's this ebook about?'
What do you read for pleasure?
A lot of blogs and news articles on places like Salon, The Mary Sue, Black Girl Nerds, xoJane and Clutch Magazine. I like to keep up with what's going on around the world from different perspectives, so I fill my Twitter stream and my various Tumblr accounts with blogs that specialize in analysis and commentary. You also gotta have something goofy and frivolous to read every now and then, that's why I drop in at The Oatmeal all the time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. Good old Kenny the Kindle.
Published 2013-12-14.
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Books by This Author

A Decade with Demons
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
A special warrior angel who has spent the last ten years fighting a powerful demon obsessed with a young mortal woman gets ready to fight him again.