Interview with Kitty James

What do you read for pleasure?
Humor, mystery, suspense, intrigue, drama, romance. I read for pleasure every chance I get.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Daphne Arden, the main character in Everybody Talks, is the uber-cool owner of SPArkles salon, and although she hates being talked about, there is no staying out of the spotlight when a serial killers dumping grounds are discovered behind her house. When the handsome detective, David Mitchell, won't take no for an answer tongues wag a mile a minute. When Ian Matthew's girlfriend, Kitty James, stirs the pot further, the killer will try to silence both girls permanently.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like my iPad. I have a Kindle too, but the screen is small and my eyes are poor. I like the larger screen, and I like it backlit.. I work in the technology field, so I try to reduce my number of devices, but I also have a Kobo, and recently purchased an iPhone 6. As long as I can see what is on the screen well, I'll read on any device.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers. I feel I can do this myself as I design maps for a living and have a good grasp of design concepts and the legalities of licensing images, etc. My stories are romantic, but centered around a mystery. So I can't just purchase a naughty image (which would certainly grab attention) use it. It would not accurately represent my story. It needs to be romantic while creating a sense of mystery in order t appeal to a mostly female audience.
What is your writing process?
Usually I write something down. Then I re-write it. Rinse and repeat about a hundred times. Then I have a first draft. That's about the time I decide to change the point of view, main character, or something else that makes me start all over. I've found that the tenth time you write something, it goes much faster. Eventually, I send a word document to my closest friends and beta readers, who then show me all the errors of my ways. Then I re-write a lot of the story. Rinse and repeat. I eventually get to the point where I put it down and don't look at it for a while. Then I read it fresh like I've never seen it before. That's when the real editing begins. Finally, I hold my breath, accept that it isn't going to be perfect, and decide to let it be done.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a digital mapping consultant in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I've written all my life, and I started early. I do remember one of the first things I wrote for fun my first year in college. I tried to write a one-act play titled "The Blueberry Baking Contest of ___ County". I never finished it. I was easily distracted.
Describe your desk
A modified sofa table. I have a VERY small house, and I am also very petite. I needed a custom solution to reduce arm, and neck strain. So to make my work environment more ergonomic, I had the table height modified, the center drawer removed and an adjustable keyboard tilt tray installed. Then I splurged and bought a dual monitor arm so my laptop and second monitor can be adjusted to my eyes just right. It's worked out well.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly in Alabama. I moved around a lot, and spent a few of my tween years in Florida. I also studied communications at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Southern culture is very nuanced. I grew up trying to understand the complexity of this culture. The different variations of accent, the social class distinctions, and feel that I represent that culture in my writing without relying on stereotypes.
When did you first start writing?
In grade school.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've always had these stories in my head. It's such a relief to get them out.
Published 2015-07-06.
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Books by This Author

Everybody Talks-A Kitty James Mystery
Series: Kitty James Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 74,980. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Crestwood’s grapevine, The Beast, tormented Daphne Arden all her life. All she wants is quiet respectability. When Kitty James moves in to watch the Summer Lake serial killer’s crime scene, The Beast roars to life. Add handsome David Mitchell to the mix, and tongues wag! When everybody talks about the past, the serial killer won't like it, and Daphne and Kitty may regret stirring up the past.
Dragonfly- A Kitty James Mystery
Series: Kitty James Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,540. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Kitty James is a modern day recluse and mystery author with a knack for spotting the potential to kill someone in everyday situations. When Kitty renovates the old tobacco barn on her new property, two dead bodies are unearthed, a killer will do anything to keep her from learning the truth, possibly silencing Kitty permanently.