Interview with K. K. Eaton

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide variety of books--sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, young adult, urban fantasy, romance, adventure, you name it. I think that there are so many talented authors out there working in so many different genres, it would be impossible to stick to just a few.
When did you first start writing?
I remember when I was about eight or nine years old, I cut up a bunch of loose leaf paper and stapled it inside a manilla folder to "publish" my first book. I've loved storytelling for as long as I can remember, though life, career, and kids caused it to be back-burnered for a while. I am so glad that I am finally in a place where I can devote more of myself to this passion.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Through writing different characters, I get to explore all these different sides of myself that I might not have the guts to in real life. For example, the character Vi from The Second Heart says a lot of hilarious and sassy things that I would never have the nerve to say, but I love that she says them.
What are you working on next?
I am continuing Meredith, Vi, Nate, and Eleanor's story in the sequel to The Second Heart. I am really excited to share what's in store for this group as they navigate through their new landscape.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually it's little faces giving me sloppy kisses and grubby fingers pulling on my ears. I am definitely not an early bird, but my kids are!
What is your writing process?
I like to get a few chapters hammered out first to really establish the tone of the story in my head. Then I'll take the time to create a detailed outline, so I know from early on where everything's going. Then I go back and fill in the details.
Describe your desk
I work on a laptop mostly, and so my desk changes every day. Sometimes it's on the couch with my feet up and a cat purring next to me. Other times it's at the dining table with a cup of coffee. I like to change it up--it's especially helpful if I'm stalling out a little bit. A change of scene can really amp up the creativity!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Montana, and my fondest childhood memories are from playing in the river by our house and taking family hikes all over the place. I moved to Arizona when I was eleven, though, so I really feel like my formative years were split between two places. This sense of duality makes its way into my writing as I write characters who have different aspects of their personality that they have to reconcile.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I really liked the idea of magic making its way into real life. What would happen if magic became mainstream--something to be studied by scientists, taught at university, treated by medical professionals, regulated by government officials, and sold by greedy corporations? I don't really feel like magic has been approached in this way before, and it's been really fun contemplating it with friends and family.
What do your fans mean to you?
Writing is such a personal, terrifying thing. I still get butterflies in my stomach when I offer to let someone read my work. So when someone really likes my work, I feel like they are a kindred spirit, like they really "get" me. I also understand that there are so many amazing authors and stories out there that no one could possibly read them all. So the fact that my fans have taken the time to read my stories, care about my characters, is so special. I don't know if I can adequately express the appreciation and gratitude that I feel about that.
Published 2014-07-28.
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Books by This Author

The Second Heart
Price: Free! Words: 88,100. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Meredith Carpenter is just a normal student until her life gets thrust into turmoil by a series of unexplained natural disasters. Meredith just wants for things to get back to normal, but instead she is rushed to the hospital with a mysterious ailment. She soon learns that her medical condition and the natural disasters are related, and that she now possesses a power that others would kill for.