When Kaitlyn Stone sat down to write her own love story inspired by her real-life first love as a tribute to their fairytale romance, she never thought a book would be the end result, but 80,000 words later that’s exactly what she had.
“I wanted to express in words the meaning of his love and how it changed me as a person, never to see life the same,” she says.
Her goal was to capture the essence of true love through an intriguing story and create rich, life-like characters to speak of the emotions she felt when falling in love for the first time. One chapter turned into two, and those, plus twenty-two more, became a book. Once she realized her goal of actually writing a book was going to come to fruition, she wished to share her story with the world, to inspire others to believe in the reality of true love and happily-ever-afters. Choosing their milestone anniversary as its publication date, Kaitlyn planned to self-publish her completed novel for her love’s gift.
“What better way to tell the man of your dreams how much you truly love him than by sharing it with the world,” she adds.
Because Kaitlyn isn’t a writer by training, she worked with writing groups to fine tune her manuscript before the planned release date of summer 2014. As a fluke, not expecting any response, she submitted her completed manuscript to a publishing house, and a week later she was offered a contract.
Visit her website at: http://www.kaitlynstone.com/
Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Waiting in line at Starbucks, what are you ordering?
A: I don’t drink coffee, so my standard order is a large (I refuse to learn the Starbucks lingo – I guess the hipster in me) China tips green tea.
Q: Last song you couldn't get enough of?
A: Lorde’s "Royals." I can’t get enough. She has such a unique sound. Love her.
Q: At this very moment, do your socks match?
A: Barefoot. I hate shoes and go barefoot every chance I get.
Q: How does your work differ from others in its genre?
A: My Contemporary New Adult novels follow the similar formula seen in most New Adult books – a story of first love romance with the hero and heroine battling and overcoming issues from their past, all leading to the all-consuming emotional and physical connection, bonded with love and a HEA. My books are more character driven than plot driven, concentrating on the development of rich, life-like characters.
Q: Dog person or cat person?
A: I was a cat person growing up. I loved their independent attitude and anti-social behavior. But now, as an adult, I’ve become a dog person. They’re just part of the family, loyal, fun, social, and an excuse to go to the dog park and chat up other owners. You meet the most interesting people/characters at a dog park.
A: Too naughty to say. They’re all special pet names between me and my husband.
Q: Why do you write what you do?
A: I write New Adult because I’m in love with falling in love. But not falling in love with just anyone. I’m addicted to the feeling of falling in love for the very first time. What I call chasing the first love dragon. It’s that feeling of excitement and rush of emotions surging through your veins similar to jumping out of an airplane and freefalling through the atmosphere with only the faith that a thin, silky piece of fabric will magically appear and safely guide your body to earth.
Q: Are the men in your stories your ideal? Do you write them based off of someone?
A: I write my characters based on a certain personality type – usually Alphas, but I borrow character traits from a few different people, combine that with specific quirks or strengths I think a person with his specific background/backstory would have, and then finally mix in what I find attractive in a man. I fall in love with my leading man while I’m writing his story. If they don’t make my heart thud, I couldn’t expect them to do the same for my readers.
Q: Do you return your buggy to its proper location after grocery shopping?
A: Yes, I’m a total dork. After my husband and I go shopping at Costco and load our goods, I push the cart to the cart corral and he drives the car over to pick me up. We make a good team.
Q: Can you leave us fans with some juicy tidbit? A secret?
A: Ooh, a secret? How about this…My book Walk With Me was inspired by my own fairytale romance with my husband and about half of this book was based on true events in my own life. When people say, “I could write a book about my life…” That’s exactly what I did, but fictionalized it, created characters to speak the dialogue I wanted and to project the message I wanted to spread about true love. Once my characters had life, though, they started saying and doing things that I didn’t intend.
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