A native of Alabama, K.D. Austin has lived everywhere from a small apartment above a bookshop in Bremerton, Washington, to a former brothel in Alaska. She currently resides in Texas, but continues traveling to be inspired by new people and places.
She would love to hear from her readers. Visit her website at kdaustin.net or connect with her on Twitter: @KDAustinAuthor
Q: Tell us your background in writing. How did you get started? Did you always want to be a writer?
A: For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed creating stories whether for my friends or my brother or just for the tape recorder I received one Christmas. This sometimes led to trouble as I had a tendency to lie to my parents for no reason other than to see if I could create a believable story. By the time I was a teenager I rarely got caught in these fabrications. Good thing I wasn’t a wild child!
Q: Tell us what a typical writing day is like.
A: I’m a night owl. So after everyone else goes to bed, I’m busy typing away on my computer or jotting in one of the notebooks I tend to use for first drafts. I usually try to write for at least a couple of hours each evening though sometimes the story dictates a much longer session.
Q: Do you plan out your books? Do you plot ahead of time?
A: I often take a hybrid approach. I don’t enjoy plotting out the entire story as I often lose my creative desire when I do that. I enjoy discovering what happens along with the characters. However, I find it important to detail aspects of the story such as the world or secondary characters. I’ve even been known to produce pages of background information on a setting.
Q: Why erotic romances?
A: My best friend spent about ten years telling me that it was what I should write after I had written a couple of stories for her to give to her then-boyfriend (now husband.) Finally, I listened to her.
Q: What do you do to relax?
A: As crazy as it sounds, I run. Running is like a form of meditation for me that allows me to clear my mind for long stretches of time. It is not uncommon for new ideas to emerge or resolutions to problems I’m having in a book present themselves in the middle of a long run
Q: What's on your bedside reading table right now?
A: You’re likely to find a Stephen King book there at any given time.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
A: I’d share three things. 1. Never give up on your dream no matter how much rejection you receive. 2. Write about what you want to write about in the way you want to write it. 3. Study how to be a better writer from workshops, books, writing groups, anything you can find, and then apply that to my number 2 point.
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