Interview with Kay Kauffman

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Iowa with my dad and my sister. Many of the characters in my books share similar backgrounds to my own.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember, and probably longer. I love telling stories and getting into my characters' heads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sadly, no. The first book I ever wrote was produced in second grade as a gift for my sister, but I think I'd been writing stories prior to that. A story I wrote in third grade was accepted by the University of Northern Iowa Young Writers Workshop, which was a pretty big thrill for me. But that was a very long time ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love writing poetry, and I've long wanted to share it with the world.

As for my other current project, I was re-reading an old story I wrote with a friend back in high school about two long-lost Atlantean princess who managed to find their way back home, completely ignorant of their heritage (yes, it was inspired by the Disney movie). Our original story was horrible, but we had a blast writing it, and as I read, I had an idea. That one idea has now spawned three books, two of which I'm rewriting at the moment and one of which is about half-written.
What is your writing process?
I'm a pantser struggling to get by in a plotter's world. I mull over ideas for a bit before I start writing, and when I do start writing, I usually begin with a partial synopsis-like outline. Endings (and often, titles) usually come to me as I write.

Somehow I got into the habit of editing as I go. I'm trying to break myself of that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting in my characters' heads and seeing how they react to different situations. I love worldbuilding, and I generally hate leaving a world once I've created it.
What are you working on next?
At the moment, I'm revising (okay, rewriting) my fantasy series, The Lokana Chronicles. Next up is a short story that seems destined to be bigger; it's about the first colony on Mars. I'm also working on a follow-up to Tuesday Daydreams and a collection of short stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's very hard to get representation for poetry projects, so I decided to publish them on my own. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to go indie for my fantasy series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read, and I'm a certified shutterbug (if you follow my blog, you'll see what I mean). I've got four kids who keep me on my toes, and my husband and I recently relocated to an acreage, so there's never a shortage of things to do.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love the classics - Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, and the like. I also like reading historical fiction, fantasy, and lit fic.

Actually, I'll read just about anything.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Ann Rinaldi, R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, Louisa May Alcott...and those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. :)
Published 2014-09-06.
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Books by This Author

A Song for All Seasons: A Journal in Verse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,750. Language: American English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Natural poetry at its finest, plus a few musings on life, love, and everything in between.
Strange Portals - Ink Slingers' Fantasy/Horror Anthology
Series: Ink Slingers Anthologies. Price: Free! Words: 92,930. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Just in time for a much needed holiday break, twenty-two stories about fairies, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and everything in between. Stories by AK Stein, Adan Ramie, B.G. Hope, Barbara G. Tarn, Bonnie Mutchler, CG Coppola, DM Yates, JK Rosaline, Joleene Naylor, Kay Kauffman, Maegan Provan, Mark R. Hunter, Rami Ungar, Roger Lawrence, Roxanna Mathews, Terry Compton and Tricia Drammeh.
Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Natural poetry at its finest, plus a few musings on life, love, and everything in between.