Everyone welcome multi-genre Solstice author, K.C. Sprayberry!
1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?
Paradox Lost: Their Path came out December 1, 2014. You can find here. ebook http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00PB735LI Print book https://www.createspace.com/5091838
2. Why do you like writing in this genre?
This series is a combination of fantasy, time travel, and history. I love mixing genres like this mostly because it was a lot of fun getting everything to work together, but also because I wanted something different. The fantasy element comes from the paranormal powers each of the characters possesses. Time travel is what the teens in this series are learning to do. History plays a huge part because their job once they graduate is to ensure that remains as it is written and stored in the Protected Archives. But even that massive library has its weaknesses, as my trio of main characters learns the hard way.
3. What do you like to read?
I love well-written books of just about any genre. I can go from Westerns to classic fantasy, to modern sci-fi, to romance of any variety in a matter of days. As long as the plot is tight and the characters jump off the page, I will read a book.
4. Favorite movie?
I don’t really have a single favorite movie. In the 60s, it was True Grit with John Wayne. Come to think of it, any John Wayne movie had me lying on the living room carpet, chin in hands, staring raptly at the television screen. The 70s and 8s were far different. I loved musicals like Grease and Xanadu, but that was also the time of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Adored those. Tombstone and A Clear and Present Danger caught me in the 90s. Once the century turned, I have to admit I pored through the Harry Potter books while awaiting the next movie, with an action adventure, or sci-fi disaster flick to fill the insatiable appetite for mindless entertainment.
5. What are your writing habits? Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?
Do I have writing habits? I prefer to think of it as a writing habit, as in an addiction. I can’t stop writing, coming up with a new idea, plotting a different story. I have a local radio station on in the background that I don’t pay much attention to, unless breaking news interrupts me. Or a great song I can sing along with while working. Definitely write something every day, even if it’s an idea for a new book, or a plot twist on a book where I’m stuck.
6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as an author?
To be honest, the night the contract arrived for Softly Say Goodbye from Solstice Publishing. We’d just learned my husband would soon lose his job due to the manufacturer where he was working would be closing. He and I had just told our then high school freshman son. All of us were like zombies, uncertain of what the future held when I decided to check my email. Our son thought I was losing my mind or having a panic attack, the poor kid. I was panting and saying “OMG!” over and over and over, pointing at the screen. He yelled what was the problem and I screamed that I’d got a contract for one of my books. In that second, our house went from silent, almost funeral, to overjoyed and ecstatic. We knew, even though times might be tough in the future, that we would survive.
7. How can readers find you?
Amazon book list: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-
Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/KCSprayberry/
8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?
Name branding, how important it is to being a successful author. I already had a blog and Twitter feed when I got my first contract but never did much with them. Now? I’m on many social media sites and have to carve time out of writing every day to maintain my presence. I never realized that I had to build my reputation by building those sites until I met Melissa Miller with Solstice Publishing. She’s been a real guru by showing her authors how to get their names known and sell books.
9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?
Coffee in the morning, Diet Coke in the afternoon and evening. Lots of caffeine all the time. There are days when my teen brings me those things, when I can’t stop working on my current project, something he mutters about under his breath, but not too loudly, lest I include him in my next paragraph.
10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?
I have a collection of stuffed animals in a miniature baker’s rack on the wall over my computer. On the uppermost shelf is a large frog in red and gray camouflage. The lower shelf has Shrek and Donkey. Beside these friends is a plaque given to me by my husband, white with black lettering around a raven that says “I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.” E.A. Poe.
Thanks for stopping by, K.C.! Best of luck with the books!