Author of Enlightened, a young adult fantasy fiction romance.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
BK: I think a part of me has always known this. According to friends and relatives: I have talked about writing books a lot in my past. (I never realized I admitted this out loud to anyone.) It wasn’t until 2010 that I really sat down and tried at it. Thankfully I did and I’m happy with what I’ve done so far.
2. How long does it take to write your book(s)?
BK: It took me six years total to write the Enlightened series. I don’t know how other authors do it but I wrote the entire story out in about two years and then revised it, many times, before it was the complete three book series it is now. I did this around a full-time job too. I often wonder if I could write full time how long would it really take me?
3. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?
BK: I write whenever my life leaves me alone long enough to do it. Which means when I’m off from my day job and everyone else in my household is off doing their own thing and I am alone. It’s a lot easier. Less distractions and less chance of being interrupted. I’ve brought my laptop on the school bus for trips where I knew I’d be alone for a while too. I take advantage of whatever writing time I can. It’s not a thing I want to share while I’m doing it. It’s mine until I’m done.
4. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?
BK: Everywhere. I get inspired by things throughout my day. The kids on the bus will say things sometimes and that will often inspire me. Music is my other writing tool. There are times I’ll be stuck on something and then a song will come on that will help spark my imagination.
5. When did you write your first book?
BK: April 2010 is when I started writing Enlightened. I finally 100% finished it in the summer of 2016
6. What do you do when you’re not writing?
BK: Drive buses. I’m currently the lead dispatcher for a public transit company and in the afternoons, I drive a school bus. I love the kids. I call driving the school bus my fun job now a days. I read a lot too. I love movies and long walks. I love cooking up complicated recipes too.
7. What does your family think of your writing?
BK: I think in the beginning they probably didn’t think I’d take it as far as I have. Most of them have been wonderful about it and have been very supportive. (those people know who they are.) Now a days, they know I won’t stop writing or promoting my books, or most importantly believing in myself and that I have just as much promise in this industry as any other author. No matter how I published.
8. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?
BK: That I’m good at it. I don’t have a college degree in anything. I’ve never had the desire to spend a ton of money I don’t have on a piece of paper that doesn’t really prove I know what I’m doing. I just learn best by watching others and then jumping in and doing it. When I published Enlightened with an independent publishing company, I learned so much that when I went to publish Divided, I decided to just do it myself through Ingram Spark and I’m so happy I did. I’ve created everything, the whole story, what you see on the covers was drawn by an artist, but it came from my head. The blurb on the back, etc. along with the unconventional marketing strategy. All me, and I love it.
9. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
BK: That’s like asking me: which one of my children do you love more? I love them all equally.
10. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?
BK: Stop talking about it and just do it. You are not guaranteed a tomorrow, all you have is today.
11. What do you think makes a good story?
BK: Good, likable, realistic characters. I’m talking about the characters you connect with right from the start and you feel like they’re with you through the whole story. My favorite.
12. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
BK: I thought I was funny, so I wanted to be a comedian. I wanted to be on stage and make people laugh. Writing books is just as good, if not better.