Interview with D. K. N. Yuko

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlanta, Ga--or more particularly, the Bankhead area. It influenced my writing a bit, mainly my character creation methods a lot. You see a somewhat wide variety of people there, ranging from junkies and whores to people working hard to escape. And for the missing varieties, it became easy to fill in the blanks. It was pretty hard growing up in such an area, given my eclectic tastes and interests. But, dealing with the constant bullying and rejection made me a stronger person, I feel.
When did you first start writing?
I have officially been writing since I was around 10. My mother was a writer, and I admired her ability to write about issues she felt close to, as opposed to what was expected of her. Come to think of it, one of my first stories, that I still have at least, was Hollywood Horrible around age 12. I was a really old kid...
Describe your desk
My desk is quite neat and well-organized. Since I possibly have severe ADD, I can't afford to not be meticulously organized. I have my desktop and tower, my desk lamp, a stapler, speakers, a cobalt blue glass of pens, and a few Feng Shui trinkets on my desk. My husband/partner, on the other hand, desk looks like a hurricane hit it. He has everything ranging from musical equipment to old food there. He seems to work fine that way. I can't approach it with a police escort.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Actually, I prefer to read ebooks using the many available apps on my Windows phone. I tend to do everything there, as I like the ability to sync my computer, Xbox, and phone together. Talk about productivity, haha.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really got sick and tired of rejections from publishers. Much like my mother, I write about things that are close to me, not just what is expected of me. Most of the time, I was never even given a chance to show my talents. Thankfully, many tools have become available over the years that allow me to express my ideas and concepts the exact way I'd like to, and I certainly take advantage of all of them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is an excellent outlet which allows indie authors to reach a wider market. I am so thankful I discovered it, and I recommend it to everyone looking to get their stories in the hands of people who actually appreciate great tales.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy creating characters. As reclusive as I am, I'm a notorious people watcher. I love finding out what motivates people to do and say the things they do. I love putting my characters in strange situations and allowing their personalities to dictate who they'd react to them. Also, when people stress me out in the real world I find it relaxing to write them into a story somehow and punish them fictionally.
What are you working on next?
Currently, we are working on some of the music/musicians introduced in our latest stories via our band SuiteYuko. We also have a game app we are developing from one of the stories. The Dakaverse IS fully-immersive!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children inspire me so much, in every aspect of life. I call my 10-year-old son my heart, my 3-year-old-daughter my soul, and my one year old son my mind. They certainly reflect that, too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
WHEN I'm not writing or creating, I'm a hardcore gamer. I live on Xbox 360/One. I love RPG games, especially sandbox type games. There's that immersive trait again. I blame my Pisces nature. I also love streaming anime on Hulu and Netflix. Otherwise, I would not even own a TV, honestly.
What do you read for pleasure?
Strangely, for pleasure I read psychology, history, science, occult, self-help, and other nonfiction books. Close as I get to fiction is poetry, maybe? What can I say? Such a geek...
What is your writing process?
Again, I'm so easily distracted. I'm like a cat watching a butterfly, but then you throw a ball of string across the yard and I'd shoot off running. With that being said, I have to keep neat and organized notes on everything. I even keep a book of continuity, so all my facts match up best as possible across the Dakaverse. Otherwise, my mind races too fast. I often forget what I was talking about mid-conversation. Loads of notes help, a lot!
How do you approach cover design?
I like to get in Photoshop and design a cover based on the concept of my story. Then, once I'm satisfied with the look of it I'll order posters or photos of the cover to see how it'll look in real time. That technique has helped me really get a feel for the cover off the monitor.
Published 2016-05-13.
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