Thursday, 8 October 2015

Author Interview : K.K. Allen

Hi K.K. Allen! Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Oh gosh, thanks to Kingdom of Books and Magical Bookshop for the amazing support. I'm the Contemporary Fantasy author of the Summer Solstice Series, a group of books inspired by nature, magic, and love. I'm a Digital Project Manager by day, writer by night, and mother to the spunkiest little boy I've ever known.

So, what have you written?

The Summer Solstice Enchanted, which is an introduction novel to my Contemporary Fantasy Series. And The Equinox, which is the second book in the series. The Descendants, the third and final book of the series will be available this November!

Where can we buy or see them?

When did you decide to become a writer?

The moment I decided to publish the Summer Solstice Enchanted, and the moment I chose to author my first book, occurred at two very different times in my life. I was 12 years old when I wrote my first book, a book titled Sometimes Dreams Do Come True. So I guess you can say I was 12 when I had a dream of becoming an author, and 32 when I finally published that dream!

 Why do you write?

Some individuals are avid readers, along for the ride. As much as I love to read, even at a very young age, I found that I had my own stories to tell. In essence, I write to express my creativity through the eyes of my characters, and to share positive messages for teens. For instance, The Summer Solstice series boasts about respecting nature, and trusting the power we have within ourselves to make a difference. I love that I can spread such positive messages through my written words.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I compare the way I write to journaling, except I'm creating worlds rather than writing about my own. When I get a certain idea in my head, one that sparks my imagination to the point that I know I don't want to forget it, you can't pull me away from the page. When I first started writing, it was because an idea came to me, one I did not want to let go. Once I started, I couldn't stop.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I'm a part time writer, although the hours I put into writing could be considered a second full time job! I work about 45 hours a week at my day job, and then another 35 hours a week on my writing. I'm also a single mother, so it's a good thing I'm a night owl who survives off 6 hours of sleep a night!

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Every day, from the moment my son goes to bed until about midnight, I'm dividing my time between social media and writing. There's so much to keep up with and not enough time in the day! I also find time to write on the weekends. Most of my writing is done at night, when the house is quiet, and the moon is bright.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

Oh yes. I'm often trading writing time for reading, because once I start something, I honestly can't stop until I'm done. On average, I read about two books a week. I've always been a Contemporary Romance fan, and my tastes range from Nicholas Sparks, Jane Green, and Sophie Kinsella, to Colleen Hoover, John Green, and Gayle Forman.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

For the convenience and cost, I prefer ebooks now. If you had asked me this question a year ago my answer would have been different. I still love the feel of print books, but an ebook is just so much more opportune and I find myself reading a lot more.

What book/s are you reading at present?

I'm currently reading Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I've been wanting to get my hands on this one for a while! I just finished K.A. Tucker's Ten Tiny Breaths, and I highly recommend this to anyone who hasn't read it. Talk about all the feels.

How are you publishing this book and why?

I publish Indie for now. Will be considering other options soon, but for now, this is perfect for me. I'm learning so much and meeting so many amazing people along the way. Authors, Bloggers, Readers, etc. The world of writing is just fantastic.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

Self-publishing has been wonderful for me. I'm not sure it's for most people. But for the creative ones who genuinely care about connecting with others will definitely enjoy self-publishing. As a self-pub author, I get to control every aspect of my own work, from cover to distribution. What's difficult is not having the means to completely reach my target audience through the right distribution channels.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I encourage anyone interested to follow me on the below social media sites, and sign up for my mail list to hear more about my upcoming work and participate in giveaways! I love hearing from my readers too, so feel free to shoot me an email via my website.

Much Love,

K.K. Allen
Fantasy Author, The Summer Solstice Series

Twitter Handle: @KKAllen_Author