Interview with Kiera Carpenter

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Not that long ago, when I had free time I was probably going to spend it doing homework. When I finally graduated university, I was able to explore the things I actually like, such as watching movies with my sisters, going for walks along the Puget Sound and, of course, writing my series For the King. I also read three books within the two weeks following my graduation, and I read them for fun!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was back in the third or fourth grade. We were instructed to write a fictional story, and it could be about anything we wanted. Lucky for me, my father told my sisters and me bedtime stories when we were growing up, stories that he made up off the top of his head and claimed were "based on true." He taught me a lot about telling stories, so I quickly came up with my assignment. I wrote about walking along the road with my father and finding a diamond ring in the grass. I imagine our family went on to become rich from that priceless diamond ring, but the details are a little fuzzy now. I still hold that the main premise is a good one, though.
What is your writing process?
My writing process begins in my head. I plan my story based on how I actually imagine my fictional world and its characters to look. I watch it as if it were a movie, then I open my eyes and start writing it down. I write down what the scene looks like, I write down what the characters say, and I add how I think the characters feel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever remember reading by myself was called I Love Me. This book had a huge impact on me because the main character, a shapely pig, talks about how much she loves herself despite what other people (animals?) might see when they look at her. She considers herself intelligent, kind and beautiful in her own way. As a young girl, this message was an important one. It still is!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's quite difficult to pick five favorite books, but here goes: Harry Potter (series), To Kill a Mockingbird, The 39 Steps, The Case for Christ, Spoken For
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't care how old I get, I'll always favor the young adult genre! Especially those in fantasy or post-apocalyptic worlds.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a Kindle-owner, though all e-readers benefit indie authors so I'm a fan of all brands.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blogging has been a great way for me to interact with fellow writers and share my book idea with the world. Social media will also be instrumental in book marketing.
Describe your desk
My desk is usually a Starbucks table or my bed. These are the two places I write the most!
When did you first start writing?
I first started to write (with the goal of publishing) one year ago after I returned from a semester abroad and had to get my own ideas on paper. I was desperate to join this big world of creative people.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to become an indie author because the traditional process of finding a literary agent wasn't one I enjoyed. I wanted to maintain creative control of my books and be able to communicate freely with readers and fans of the YA genre, and I knew that the best way to have the freedom I wanted was to self-publish.
Published 2014-06-01.
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