Please welcome guest blogger Kay Stockham, who writes contemporary and inspirational romance. Kay and I go waaaay back—we met the year we both sold our first books to Harlequin (back in the day when we had to stalk the mailbox, NOT the inbox, while waiting to hear back from editors). I recently interviewed Kay to see what secrets I could dredge up from her. 😉
AK: What’s your favorite part of being a writer?
KLS: My favorite part of being a writer is being able to be home with my family while doing something I love.
AK: When you start writing a new book, what element usually comes first for you?
KLS: When I start writing a new book I usually get bits and pieces of characters first. Maybe some images of them and the situations they face.
AK: Why do you write?
KLS: Writing is cheaper than therapy. 😉 I can’t imagine not writing. The characters and stories are always there, wanting out. I think my brain would explode if I didn’t write, and that could get really messy.
AK: What is your favorite book you’ve written?
KLS: My favorite book is probably NOT BY SIGHT or THROUGH THE VALLEY. They were written during difficult times in my life and I think the emotions in them are stronger because of it.
AK: Do you plot your story before beginning to write or do you just come up with a kernel and then dive in?
KLS: I don’t plot my stories from beginning to end, but I do have more than a kernel of info. I like to know plot points but getting from A to B to C is all a surprise.
AK: What practical tip would you give a beginning novelist?
KLS: Read. Read. Read! Sometimes writers get so busy writing that reading goes by the wayside. I think it’s good to get out of our own heads to study other genres, techniques and styles of writing.
AK: What’s the worst part of being a writer?
KLS: Being home when I write. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but as a full-time writer and stay-at-home mom, everyday life definitely intrudes on my writing schedule, blasts my muse and sidelines creativity. I need quiet to write and long periods of it, but with one teenager on home instruction and another in college with a flexible schedule, my days aren’t my own.
AK: If you were a pizza topping, what kind would you be and why?
KLS: Grilled chicken—because I’d be lean yet meaty. 😉
AK: You’re stranded on a desert island with no electricity and no internet access. What five things would you choose to take with you?
KLS: Five things… Hmm… A Bible. Tent. Fishing gear. Gun. Journaling supplies. (I’d also probably be dead in a week.)
AK: Ebook or print?
AK: You have five minutes to live and can make one phone call…who do you call?
KLS: My family.
AK: Mexican food, Italian food, or Chinese food?
KLS: Chinese food.
AK: Bungee jumping, sky diving, or deep sea diving?
KLS: Sitting on the beach <G>
AK: What one thing do you want to tell people about your book?
KLS: A lot of people immediately disregard Christian fiction as being preachy and boring with underdeveloped characters etc. My characters are real, with problems, trials, and struggles. They’re Christians, but their walk is just like everyone else’s. What’s different is how they choose to face the challenges set before them.
Kay’s latest release, Not By Sight, is now available. Here’s the back cover blurb:
Emma Wyatt agrees to tutor a recently blinded, embittered soldier because of the $50,000 paycheck his brother offers. The job is an answer to many prayers. Blind herself, Emma dreams of independence and freedom away from her overprotective family. Tutoring Ian in all things “blind” isn’t easy, especially when the biggest challenge is helping him remember to walk by faith.
Protect someone you cannot see?
Good soldiers show no weakness. Ian MacGregor holds his battle with claustrophobia close to his chest, unsuccessfully trying to cope on his own, too angry with God to seek comfort. Ian knows duty, honor, serving his country. So why is he being punished with this very personalized hell?
As Ian struggles to strong-arm his phobia, his growing feelings for Emma are overshadowed by the danger lurking around them. Emma would be better off with someone else. Someone sighted. Someone able to protect her from the person determined to keep them apart…
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