Kayla, Kayla, Kayla… What to say about this one… Hm. Oh! Hi guys! Glad to see you’re back again for another edition of Del’s Delusional Author Interviews. Kayla is debuting her first book today, so I thought it was the best possible day to do an interview with her. I mean, what’s better than debuting your first novel? Getting interviewed about it and yourself! I couldn’t think of anything better… Well, okay I could, but we all know what I write. So of course that is where my mind is.
If you haven’t read my review for Souls of This Broken City yet, go read it, then go pick up a copy of it and read that too! You won’t be able to put it down I swear. Now, if you will pardon me, I believe that it is time to get on with the interview. But let’s start with Kayla’s bio. After this beautiful picture of her.
Kayla Kirby was born and raised in Washington State, a place she has never really considered home. She dreams of traveling someday with her family to see new sights and discover the secrets of the world. She began writing when she was a young child and started with writing Harry Potter fan fiction.
Kayla met her now-husband in High School through a debate about the similarities of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Their romance started nearly two years after meeting and the pair eloped shortly after. Kayla packed up her life in Washington and moved to California with her husband, finding her home under the warm sun and close to the water fronts. However, a year later, they moved back to Washington where they currently reside, waiting to once again leave the rainy, Evergreen State behind. When she isn’t writing, Kayla is either spending time with her husband, their young and active toddler, and their family including their dog Kodiak or working on her photography or, on a not-so-rare occasion, having arguments with her fiction characters inside her head.
Del: What inspired you to write Souls of This Broken City?
Kayla: A childhood friend of mine went away on vacation and when they came back, they have me a necklace. It had a leather neck-band and a shark charm on it. The entire book just came to mind then. Well, as much as it could to an eight year old. It’s gone through many revisions since I first wrote it. From there, it wouldn’t leave me alone. Then my husband came around and told me I needed to write it and so I did.
Del: How long did it take you to write?
Kayla: If we are talking from when I first came up with it, around 13 years. If we are talking about this revision, about 6 months.
Del: What was the hardest part about writing the book?
Kayla: Let me tell you something, the whole “writing is the hard part” thing people tell you, it’s a downright lie. Writing is the easy part. Heck, even outlining is easy. You have the idea and you get it down. That simple. All you have to deal with then is the writer’s block.
The hard part? Editing. Self editing and professional editing. Don’t get me wrong, I had an outstanding, kind, and understanding editor. She didn’t make it hard by any means. In fact, she made it easier because she kept me involved with everything. I worry that I honestly annoyed her a little bit, ha ha.
No, the editing was hard because sometimes you have to figure out how to combine certain things, pick and choose what needs to leave the story, cut down your word count, ext. And then there’s the waiting. This book is my baby and so waiting for it to be edited and knowing someone is going through and finding all of your mistakes and literally tearing it apart (in a beautiful way) is hard.
But in the end, it has come out beautiful and wonderful and I applaud all the hard work my editor did for me. She truly is incredible.
Del: Who is your favorite author and why?
Kayla: J.K. Rowling. Hands down. She’s my inspiration. She has been through so much and has come out super successful and is an amazing person.
Del: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Kayla: Thinking you know better than your editor. News flash: you don’t. If they say you need to cut stuff down, then you gotta cut things down. Don’t whine about it. Seriously, don’t. You’re literally paying someone to tell you what’s wrong with your novel. Don’t get pissy when they tell you.
Del: Does a big ego help or hurt writer?
Kayla: Hurts!! If you are gonna have a big ego, you’re gonna get a huge reality check. It’s honestly best to be humble, because there is someone out there who isn’t going to like your writing and someone who is better than you. It also will give your editor an easier time editing if you let your ego down and accept that your manuscript isn’t perfect.
Del: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Kayla: “Define ‘Normal'” by Julie Anne Peters. Such a good book.
Del: How do you select the names of your characters?
Kayla: At first, they just came to me. Sometimes they still do, but now I try to give my characters a name that means something to their purpose or personality. Honestly, their names are sort of little Easter eggs to who they are in the story and the struggles they face. Names are powerful things. You give or call something/someone a name, it gives it power. So the names of my characters reflect that.
Del: What is your favorite thing to eat?
Kayla: Aussie Cheese Fries from Outback… When I was pregnant, that was my number one craving. Huge guilty pleasure, ha ha.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me Kayla! Good luck with your book! Want to reach out and talk to Kayla? Contact her below.
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