KT lives in South Dakota with her husband and two children. She maintains a 9-5 gig as the Corporate Marketing & Communications Coordinator for a successful technology company. In addition to writing, KT also designs her own covers and hopes to work with fellow authors in the future to help their dream covers take shape.
What is your favorite part of the lifestyle of an author?
I thoroughly enjoy going to book festivals and meeting other authors. I love to chat with people who have been where I’ve been and understand the struggles I sometimes face. Another perk of those festivals is getting the opportunity to meet potential readers and talk to them about my books!
What made you start writing?
That’s a tough question. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. I have a ton of partially written stories that never came to fruition. I have an overactive imagination and writing has always been one of the ways I get out some of the pent up energy I have. My mind is always running, writing helps calm some of the insanity in there!
Is there an author you consider your inspiration?
Jasper Fforde. I absolutely love how he takes classic literary characters and turns them into so much more. His Thursday Next series has been a favorite of mine for a long time, it made me realize that literally anything is possible when writing a book.
What is your number one tip to an aspiring author?
Don’t give up. Writing is hard, finishing what you’re writing is even harder, but if you stick with it you will be so glad you did.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre you prefer to write?
I love to read fantasy/dystopian novels, but if a story intrigues me, I’ll give it a try. So far, my series is what I would consider ‘cross-genre’ because it incorporates many different aspects of life. There’s some fantasy, mystery, romance, adventure, history, humor and more. Life involves so many different circumstances and experiences, so I want my books to have that same feeling.
Nora. She is smart and bold and has a huge heart. She’s a bit mischievous and doesn’t back down from a challenge. We’d get along very well.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
What’s been the hardest edit you’ve had to make?
Hmmm I had written two full chapters of my third book, then decided that I didn’t want the story to take that direction. It was not easy to hit ‘delete’, but I feel like I made the right choice for my characters.
Why did you want to keep the material in?
It explored another layer of the characters and allowed them to go from the teens and young adults they were in the first book to adults with adult responsibilities. I liked the idea of having readers see them in that light, but it would have changed the entire course of the story.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Ah, that’s easy. I would live in the Thursday Next series, because if I did, I could visit any other book I wanted to.
If you could pick an author to write your biography who would it be?
My friend and author Jonas Lee. He is snarky and funny. I think he would be the best person to truly capture the insanity that is my life. He’s also bold enough to put in the crazy details that others may leave out.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Bold and brash meets caring and comical. News at 11.
What’s exciting about your next project?
My next project is taking me in a direction I never even imagined I’d go. It’s not going to be fantasy, it’s going to be dark and twisted. I honestly don’t know if I’ll be good at it, or if it will ever be in the hands of readers, but it’s going to be fun to research and write!
You have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
All your choices are yours and yours alone; if you don’t make the right choices, that’s alright, because you’re the only person who can change your life.
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