Interview with Kata Lexin

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 1995 after reading several romance novels. I love to read Historical Romance novels and I decided to try my hand at it and I took creative writing classes at the community college near my home. I found out very quickly that there is more to writing than sitting at a word processor and typing out a storyline. Research is very important to the baseline of a story, especially in Historical novels, so I set my novel aside and began learning the craft of story writing, and I'm glad I did.
What are you working on next?
I have plans to include a total of five books in the Aradia Series and I will be starting the research for book three after Jan, 2014. As of now, I am creating a storyline for a contemporary romance. It will be different in nature than the Aradia books, and I am looking forward to telling a story from a more modern prospective.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are two authors that come to mind. Iris Johansen and Elissa Wilds. Both have written romance novels, but in different areas of the genre. Iris was my first author to read and she has a wonderful way of bringing an element of reality to her Historical novels. Elissa writes paranormal romances novels and she creates heroines that you can relate to. Both women are excellent writers.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I scroll through the ebooks here on Smashwords and on my nook. The variety is great and I can always find a story that interest me.
What is your writing process?
I create an idea in my head for a storyline then I develop my main characters. I write it down in my notebook before I ever begin to type it out. For some reason, seeing the idea in my own handwriting gives me a sense of creativity that staring at black typed letters on a white screen can't. Once I have several scenes written in my notebook, then I attempt to expand it and type it out. I start with chapter one, and I usually don't create the prologue till at least halfway through the novel because usually by the time I get to chapter seven or eight, my storyline morphs and I have to make changes. Although, with "To Mend a Halfling's Soul", the twist in the storyline from my original plan happened while writing chapter three.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to have a cover image that has a direct relation to what is going on in the novel. One of my feedback readers designs my covers and she usually picks out a scene in the story that had the greatest impact on her. We are still experimenting on cover ideas and I'm sure each one will be unique in its own way.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read paranormal romance novels, Historical novels, and ancient texts (Homer, Hesiod). I have an educational background in Greek archaeology, thus my overwhelming thrill of reading anything I can to expand my knowledge in the area of Ancient Greece.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Well, I have a nook color and I love it. I am considering purchasing a kindle fire, and since I don't currently own one, it's hard to say which device I would prefer to use.
Describe your desk
My desk is small and made out of white pine (I think), and on it is my small laptop, my glasses, and a bottle of water. Oh, and there is also a mug that has the phrase "Live Long and Prosper" written on it in Latin. I know, I'm a Classics nerd, what can I say.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are a lot of writers out there and breaking into the world of creative writing isn't easy to do. When I started doing my research into what one needed to do in order to get published, it was apparent that the traditional route wasn't going to work for me. There are certain guidelines that publishers stand by and I needed to conform my story into a package that they would have wanted. I didn't want to do that. Having a say in how long or what details needed to be included in my story makes it my story and not a story that someone else told me how to write. I will admit it was a difficult decision, but in the end I decided to take a chance and self-publish. The other way may have taken years before a publishing company would have been willing to take a chance on me. I'm not saying the traditional route isn't a great one, a lot of authors go that way. What I am saying is at this time in my writing career, it isn't the right path for me, and because I have self-published two novels, you, the reader, have a chance to get to know me and my stories that I write.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me the opportunity to get my words out to the world that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Without the guides they provided, I would have been lost in the world of self-publishing, and to be honest, without Smashwords, I probably wouldn't have taken that leap of faith and my words would still be on a typed paged saved in a file in my computer.
Published 2013-12-09.
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Books by This Author

To Mend a Halfling's Soul
Series: Aradia, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,430. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(5.00)
The Aradia Series continues and this time the Olympians take a more active role in order to get what they want. Pagan is no longer the oracle and now is to be trained by Apollo to be the protectress of the future oracle. She has to live in Aradia and live by their values, and thus give up her own in order to do so. Zeus decreed she marry Tristan and she must find a way to let him in her heart.
A Pawn of the Gods Aradia Series Book One
Series: Aradia, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 131,660. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(5.00)
"A Pawn of the Gods" is a paranormal romance novel that explores the idea that man is not always in control of his destiny, that there are powers at work that create situations to an outcome that they desire. Two souls are chosen by the Olympian gods to come together in order to create a powerful being that is needed to save mankind. Fauna and Richard are those souls and find an eternal love.