Author Interview: K. Thomas

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1. Paperback, hardback, audiobook?

Paperback (though I read more ebooks).

2. Pick a genre, any genre!

Paranormal anything!

3. What is the first book you remember reading?

Myself? Socks for Supper.

4. What book shaped your childhood most?

The same book. It’s about a poor couple on a farm not having money, and bartering for cheese from their neighbors with socks, then the neighbor knitting a sweater with the sock yarn and giving it back to them.

5. When did you first start writing?

Very young.

6. What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?

Escapism, I think. No. I’m a very happy adult. I write now to give someone else an escape.

7. What book/poem are you most proud of creating?

Time to Wake, because it was such a personal growth point to let anyone read it. Let alone put it out in the world for strangers.

8. Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?

Published!

9. How many books/collections have you published so far?

Two books, working on the third.

10. What genres do you write in (or hope to)?

I hope I’m not the only author that doesn’t really know this answer. I usually market as Paranormal Romance, but the more Authors I meet in the genre the more I realize it leans heavily into “high flame” — which I don’t. I think if I could make a genre it would be Romantic Supernatural Thrillers.

11. Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?

So. Much. Research.

12. To plan, or not to plan your plot?

I have a very loose “what needs to happen” but mostly I just write. I think the important thing to do as a pantser is reread the old books. I also stop and reread everything I write every few chapters to make sure something didn’t go down a path that contradicts with the past.

13. What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?

Self-publishing. For the most part. It’s the only real way to publish and not have a contract interfere with my day job.

14. If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)

Most the books I love there is a thriller element. I don’t think I want to live in any universes where monsters actually exist. Unless I get to be one.

15. Do you currently have a WIP?

Yes. It is lovingly titled “One More Hour” and is the third in my Nephilim series. If you read my books, you get it.

16. Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.

Katie. She’s that little part of my soul I’ve locked up to keep safe.

17. What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?

I don’t know if I look at anything I write as a great achievement. Maybe overcoming my anxiety of letting others experience it?

18. Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!

I kind of ship Benny and Katie. But I’m probably alone in that.

19. Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.

Yes! I make entire playlists that go with my books. Right now I’m a bit obsessed with ‘Can’t Let Go’ by Bryce Menchaca because I can imagine one of my characters as a teenager playing it in his room on repeat.

20. Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)

Not yet. But there is some on the way!

21. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

If you love it, that’s what matters.

22. Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!

I have! When I published the book I really didn’t think anyone would read it. My husband convinced me to send it off to several writing contests and editorial reviews, saying it was a good way to get feedback. I’m still waiting to hear back from two, as they don’t announce until June, but I did win the Silver award for New Adult fiction from Reader’s Favorite. I found them to be a very good experience, and being in their book rotator (part of the reward) does drive sales. All around the books have received very good feedback/reception. Still shocks me.

23. Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?

Laurell K Hamilton, Patricia C. Wrede, Carol Berg, Kim Harrison, Jacqueline Carey, Meredith Ann Pierce, Richelle Mead, P.C. Cast, L. J. Smith, and R. Raeta … there’s a couple themes in there.

24. Link us your book/twitter/goodreads or wherever we can best connect with you!

You can find my books, goodreads, and all my social media accounts at my website.

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