Interview with Kittie Wong

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) I'm going to reach back into my childhood and say Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I can't remember how many times I read and re-read that book. I'm a sucker for horses. It was the first time I saw the world through eyes of a horse.
2) Then, when I got older, I moved onto Walter Farley's The Black Stallion and the rest of The Black Stallion book series. I still had my equine fixation.
3) Charles Bukowski's Love is a Dog from Hell. I read this during my university days. It was my first real exposure to poetry. I still don't get poetry but I enjoyed reading his book. I think I liked because of the salty language he used and was very unapologetic about it.
4) Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin. I started exploring erotica in the written word probably after my small reading stint with Bukowski. I had read erotica anthologies before I finally read Nin's work. I just like her writing style and the imagery was vivid for me.
5) Even though I'm trying to work my way through it when I get the time, I would say Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Vol.1&2. Love a good mystery, love good sleuthing. Although that doesn't explain why I haven't gotten around to reading more contemporary authors like, Scott Turow, Dennis Lehane or Steig Larsson. One day, I might give them a go.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I feel I have stories to tell and I don't necessarily want to be encumbered by the process of having to submit a manuscript to a publisher or literary agent, and wait for months hoping they'll like me enough to want to talk to me or sign me to a contract. The only way to know whether or not I'm a good storyteller is to let the reader decide and react to it. I'm proud of what I've written and I want to share.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now, I like to do light reading. Newspapers, magazines, anything that are quick reads. But I did pick up Swedish writer Kristina Ohlsson's Unwanted and Silenced. They look pretty interesting. They'll be the next books I tackled once I finish reading Sherlock Holmes.
How do you approach cover design?
I see cover design as setting the tone for what's beyond the book cover. It should hint at what's to come or encapsulate the main elements of the story, if you choose to read the book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have an e-reading device of choice. Right now, I read any ebooks I have off my laptop. If I were to get an e-reader, I would choose between the Kindle or the Kobo e-reader.
When did you first start writing?
I think I started writing when I was in elementary school. Grade 4, I think. Little stories. I think it was more trail and error than anything else. But I was great at summarizing stories I had read. Writing didn't stick me after elementary. I was always writing in high school, but they were writing assignments for English classes and the like. School made writing for pleasure a bit of a killjoy for me. It just took me out of it. Sometimes, life has a way of taking you away from something you have knack for, but also I believe life has a way of bringing you back to it. Life has lead me back to writing and I'm quite content with where my writing has taken me.
Describe your desk
My small wooden kitchen table is my desk. At least I still have a kitchen island to where I can sit on a stool and have my meals. lol. My laptop sits on it and is surrounded by piles of paper of things I've printed from the internet dealing with all sorts of subjects. The most prevalent subject at the moment is self-publishing and anything associated with it. I also have bits and pieces of research for my next novel somewhere in that mess, too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, there is always household chores I need to get to, grocery shopping, laundry. Everyday life stuff. Outside of that, I listen to music, workout, do yoga, watch some TV, spend time with friends or watch a film at a movie theatre.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in the little world I'm creating with words.
What are you working on next?
It's story that is completely different in genre than The Raven Sonata. I suppose I could describe it as a tense drama/thriller. I really can't say anything more than that. Sorry. It's an idea that developed from a writing exercise I participated in as a member of a writing group. The idea expanded from the initial exercise and has grown into something I very much want to pursue. But I have some research to do first before I can dive right in the writing of it. Without the research, the characters won't be as close to fully-formed as I would like. I'm looking forward to doing the research.
Published 2014-09-18.
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Books by This Author

The Raven Sonata
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,730. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Elyse didn’t plan on falling in love. Her attraction to Finn, her piano instructor, was hard to resist. But Caellum reenters her life with an business offer she couldn’t ignore. Accepting his proposal gets Elyse more than she bargained for, putting her relationship with Finn to the test.