I shall be engaging in a number of interviews with independent authors. May you find these informative, entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring to go out and locate their books!
This interview is with author KR Smith.
Dear author, can you offer us a little insight into who you are?
The adventures of the deliriously happy but slightly insane…
What is the reason that you started writing? When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 13 years old and it was my escapism from life’s many dramas.
Are you writing under a pen-name, do you use your own, or is your work out in both ways?
I always publish under my own name, or should I say my initials, but on writing websites I also have the username onaya3.
What, do you think, is your best book? And why is that?do you like best?
I haven’t written my best book yet, everything so far is hopefully progressing towards this. I have favourites, though. I’m currently writing a twelve book sci-fi, paranormal romance series and my three favourites so far are Scent, Sororate and Small Fry.
Naturally, after the best book, what is your worst, if there is one? And why do you feel that way?
Maybe everything I’ve written so far is my worst, as I continue to experiment and hone my craft.
How do you think your writing has changed over time? Did it change at all?
Yes and it’s still changing. It’s similar to when I started out writing fanfic and at the moment I feel the most comfortable writing in first person. Occassionally, I’ll switch perspective to third person, or from fiction to non-fiction, or making my fiction sound non-fiction. I’m experimenting all the time.
And can you say that writing has changed you?
I don’t know if it’s changed me, rather it’s defined who I am.
What is the most daring thing you ever did or tried in your writing? In which book did that happen?
I wrote a mock scientific report on the Different Breeds of Werewolves I use in my series and put two of my characters as the authors. A few months later, I found websites where people have taken it as fact. Some kids used it in a school report and others used it for a role-play game. I even joined a Werewolf Community site to tell someone that there’s no such thing as the Lokoti Tribe, when he was trying to track them down in Alaska. Then he turned around and said, “You’d better tell this girl Elisha that, who’s writing about them!”
And, if your feel up to it, what is the most daring thing you ever did in your life? Feel free to skip this one, not everybody is up to revealing much about themselves…
I travelled around Europe by myself on a Contiki tour. I left behind a boyfriend I was living with and I was originally going to travel with two best friends on a different tour. But I wanted to see something that their trip didn’t include, so I thought, “Bugger it, this girl’s doing it for herself!” When I landed at Heathrow and had to find my way to my London hotel, I wondered what the hell was I doing? Now I look back on it as one of the best experiences of my life.
Is there something you still want to have a go at, in your writing life? Is there a challenge you envision that’s worth pursuing?
The challenge I’m pursuing is to one day make a living from my writing.
Do you have one or two favourite books (written by someone else)? If so, what are they, and why do they appeal to you so much?
I have LOTS of favourites, but some are Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park, X-Files Book of the Unexplained by Jane Goldman, Flowers In the Attic by Virginia Andrews, The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer by Jennifer Lynch, Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis… etc etc. These are books I can read over and over again.
Which book you ever read would you label as least readable book, so far? Feel free to comment as liberally as you want to the why.
Again, there are lots. If it doesn’t grab me immediately, I won’t finish it. I’m exceptionally picky in this regard but once I find something I like, it turns into an obsession. I’ll read samples online or stand in a bookstore for ages, reading, before I buy. It’s why I don’t offer to review books, because I don’t want to tell the author who sent me a free copy, “Sorry, it bored me and I couldn’t finish it.”
Is there a book that you know of that should never have been published, in your opinion?
No. I may not like a book, but the way I look at it is, who am I to judge on quality? Somebody could hate my work and say it should never have been published. A book is a book, it’s either an inanimate object, or letters on an electronic screen. It’s people’s reactions to them which animates them, with emotions such as love or hate. What is one person’s trash could be another one’s treasure.
Is there a writer that you would love to co-write a book with? And what genre would you like to write in then? Something you’re familiar with?
I once co-wrote a short story with Maryann Hicks on Writing.Com and it was a pleasure. I wouldn’t say no to co-writing with her again. It’d most likely be a sci-fi since we’re both Trekkies =/\=
Let’s see… is there something in the realm of ‘wise words’ you once picked up that you would like to share? This does not have to be limited to writing, there is more to life than writing. At least, I heard there is.
Two things; one is that you can’t please everybody and you’ll drive yourself crazy if you try. Two, everyone makes mistakes, it’s human, so learn from it and move on.
And as a last question, what is cooking with you? What’s your work in progress? Is there a tip of a veil that you can lift for us?
I’m close to finishing Sororate and I’m trying hard to have it ready for publication in June. Then fingers crossed, Small Fry will follow in December…fingers crossed, legs crossed, intestines crossed. Sororate was meant to be published last September, so it’s only nine months late… *flinches*
Thank you, for your time, and for sharing your words with us!
No, thank you Paul! 🙂