Welcome, Kay. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Me? Well, I love flowers. I love looking at them, I love smelling them, I love photographing them. I do not, however, love growing them. When I’m put in charge of plants, they have a tendency to die. It’s not even a mystery how – either they drown or they die of thirst. There’s no happy medium. The only plant I’ve managed to keep alive for any length of time is a philodendron my husband gave me when I returned to work three years ago after the birth of our youngest son, and the only reason it’s still hanging out in the land of the living is because I’m not in charge of watering it.
Also, apparently philodendrons are impossible to kill. I’m sure there’s a metaphor in there somewhere about writing and life, but I’m too tired to try and dig it out. Mom brain: It’s a real thing. 😉
When did you begin writing?
You know, I was actually thinking about this just this morning. I’d been reading about another author’s writing journey and it got me thinking about my own. I really don’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I’ve been at it at least since the second grade, when my mom bought me that super-cool holographic diary from the school book order. But what prompted me to actually start writing – whether in that totally awesome diary or not – is anybody’s guess.
Can you tell us about your story in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?
I first wrote “Christmas Spirit” as part of a flash fiction challenge on Authonomy back in 2011. I wrote a lot of flash fiction that year, and a lot of it was different from what I typically write, which made it a fun little experiment. I decided to keep it going with this story by combining Christmas with supernatural elements. I knew I wanted to keep it light, though, so the whole thing was a real challenge – I’d never done anything like it.
When the idea for Strange Portals came along, I thought of “Christmas Spirit” immediately. I hadn’t looked at it in years, and the anthology it was originally meant for never made it off of Autho, despite plans to release it into the wild. I thought, “Why not?” It needed a couple rounds of editing and a bit of polish, but once that was done, I sent it off hoping it would fare well among the vampires, zombies, and witches.
Please tell us about your other published work.
Another of my flash fiction pieces from that year appears in 416, which you can find on Smashwords. Each story in the book is only 416 words long – writing a complete story in so few words was really hard, but also a heck of a lot of fun. I also have some stories in A World of Their Own, which will be out later this year.
And I write poetry. Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse debuted in 2012 in print and e-formats and is currently on sale for $1.50 at Amazon and Smashwords (just use coupon code FE67Z at checkout) in honor of my birthday, which was yesterday. Sale ends Monday!
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently in the middle of prepping another poetry book for release. A follow-up to Tuesday Daydreams, it’s entitled A Song for All Seasons, and I hope to have it ready to go by March. I’m also in the midst of rewriting my first fantasy novel, The Price of Mercy, which I hope to send back out into the query trenches this year. It’s the first book in a planned series, and I think I’m even more excited about it now than I was when I “finished” writing it back in 2010.
Yes, I know – I write slow. I’ve had these books in the works for a decade, so when they finally come out, they’re gonna be awesome. 🙂
Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?
Just one? But…but I have a whole stack of books I could recommend! Oh, very well – I’ll recommend Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith. It’s not out yet (sigh), but I’ve been awaiting its release for ages and I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it this summer!
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
I’d have to say make friends in the writing community. There’s nothing like the company of other writers to help you hold onto your sanity and weather the myriad ups and downs of the publishing business. Plus, they’re usually good for coffee, chocolate, and inspiration when you can’t sleep in the middle of the night.
That’s excellent advice, Kay. Where can readers go to find you on social media?
You can find me in the all the usual places:
At my blog, where I share random pictures and silly poems; on Facebook, where I share things about cats and books; on Twitter, where I share whatever pops into my head; on Pinterest, where I share delicious recipes and images from my fantasy world; on Instagram, where I share pictures of pretty sunsets; and on Tumblr, where I share all of the above.
As a girl, Kay dreamed of being swept off her feet by her one true love. At the age of 24, it finally happened…and he’s never let her forget it. A mild-mannered secretary by day and a determined word-wrangler by night, she battles the twin evils of distraction and procrastination in order to write fantastical tales of wuv…twue wuv…with a few bad haiku thrown in for good measure.
She is currently hard at work on the first book in a fantasy trilogy. Kay resides in the midst of an Iowa corn field with her devoted husband and his mighty red pen; four crazy, cute kids; and an assortment of adorably small, furry animals.
Tuesday Daydreams: A Journal in Verse by Kay Kauffman
Natural poetry at its finest.
Capturing the life and imagination of the author in vivid detail, these poems touch on joy and loss, life’s everyday hassles, and the many faces of Mother Nature.
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