Interview with K. R. Couey

Describe your desk
I bought it in an import shop in Houston Texas. It is from India, made of cherry wood, quite heavy. There is not enough drawer space (only two shallow ones) but the top is wide enough for my monitor, speakers, phone, stacks of file folders, bill-holder, coffee cup and several paper-clip holders. It is a little messy at the moment.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the move. People often ask, "Military brat?" when I say that. But no, dad was just a gypsy. We lived in a different house if not city every two years of my life. We never lived abroad though. Now THAT would have been fun. Most of my years have been spent somewhere in Texas; Austin, Houston, Conroe, Sweeny. When you move that often as a kid, you tend to become a loner or rather, content in your own company. I read a lot. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. Appreciation for the written word often leads to a desire to do a little creative writing yourself. That is how it happened.
When did you first start writing?
Elementary school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In the mid 90's I was living in Japan, working as an English conversation teacher. I really loved living there and enjoy sharing my experiences. (I first went to Japan in the late 80s and lived in a very rural area. I was the first foreigner many of the older inhabitants had ever seen.) One day I came down the steps of my apartment building and ran into the largest, most beautiful dragonfly I have ever seen. He stayed for days. Around that time, I went to the mountains with friends and saw a young girl hypnotizing a damselfly. A story idea was born.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I heard throughout the years how many famous writers were rejected 144 times or 55 times or whatever the number, and I decided in my case those numbers would be quadrupled and I don't have the time to wait for all of that. I am no spring chicken. I believe it is a good story and word of mouth will spread this fact around. Besides, e-books is the way to go right now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The right combination of words to clearly express a thought with a lovely flow to them as they work together. When that happens I am so pleased. I read those passages again and again; they are like poetry to me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, A.S. Byatt, Katsuo Kirino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lisa See, Junichiro Tanizaki
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Traveling, researching, eating at outdoor restaurants, visiting friends, drinking wine
Published 2015-03-13.
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Books by This Author

Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,430. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Set in modern day Japan, during Obon, the most supernatural of Japanese holidays, Tonbo is a story of English teacher, Jezzy Dubois from Louisiana, who has grown weary of her job but loves living in Japan and doesn’t want to leave it. She visits a local shrine to seek the advice of the nature gods, and in the days that follow strange events occur culminating in a suspenseful encounter.