Interview with Kari Sayers

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 12 years old. I wrote mostly poems, and a few songs here and there. In college, I wanted to write a book with my roommates about the calamities of dating for college girls (we were obsessed with Sex and The City in those days), but it never happened. After I graduated, I wrote a breakup survival guide for women that was fairly comedic...at least to myself and my friends.

When I was 25 I started working on my first work of fiction...that definitely took years longer to publish than I had anticipated!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book stems from the first fiction book I started writing at age 25. When I was a kid, I use to have these really strange episodes where I wasn't sure if I was awake or asleep, but either way, I was paralyzed. It felt like something was literally holding me down and I could not open my eyes or move. All I could do was listen and wait until the feeling faded away.

Someone told me that when you feel something like that, it's a demon or a witch trying to take control. With this in mind, the idea for my first book was born. I used my own unexplainable experiences as the basis for the episodes that my character, Liora Palmer, experiences in The Gifted Souls. She's had these episodes since she was a child and she has no idea why until her final year at Ignatius Academy for the Gifted. Then all hell breaks loose.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've wanted to write and publish books for as long as I can remember. For a while, I was so caught up in the idea that I had to write something that was worthy of an agent or editor that I barely did any writing. In 2013, I finally realized that I'm writing to satisfy my own passion, not some agent's. It suddenly clicked that being an indie author was a viable option, and frankly, my writing really started to come along after I had that "Ah-Ha" moment. So here I am...a published indie author. I love it!
Published 2014-04-18.
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