MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KAYELLE ALLEN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Kayelle Allen and I write science fiction, scifi romance, contemporary and non-fiction.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire is about an exiled immortal king, a ginormous panther “kitty” and the most dysfunctional family since forever. Despite its serious content, it does have humor and a spark of romance. I wanted to tell the story of Pietas, the king, because in another book I was trying (repeatedly) to write, he would not behave at all the way I thought he should. To understand him, I began what I thought would be one book. Right now, I’m working on the third in the series.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I grew up reading scifi. Both my parents were avid readers of the genre and we went to those types of movies. Scifi came as a natural to me as breathing.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I needed to understand genetics, survivalism, panthers, and a host of other topics. I spent hours researching.
Can you tell me about your Series?
An enhanced human and a not-quite-human grapple with their myriad differences and overcome odds, depending upon one another to survive. This is a tale of friendship despite incredible differences. Pietas and Six were bred to be enemies, but fate made them friends.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Oh my. No. I love them equally. Right now I’m immersed in book three because I’m writing it. Watch Your Six is funny, because it’s mostly about the human, Six. He is a blast to write.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Pietas was in nearly every book I’d written and I thought I knew him. When I realized his motives made no sense, I decided to write about him and see if I could figure out why.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No. I thought it would be one book. It will probably morph into three separate trilogies over the next few years. I tend to write big stories that are not easily contained.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write every day. My office is in the basement of my home and I have no windows. That’s a good thing. It keeps me focused. As for a daily word count? Absolutely not. If I decide to write 1000 words but I only get 800 — even if they’re perfect — I’ve failed. So no. I don’t saddle myself with those kinds of limits. I don’t take part in NaNoWriMo for the same reason.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I just finished a short story called Lights Out which features Six, before he met Pietas. It’s a rollicking story. Like most of my work, it’s dramatic with a humorous undertone. I anticipate its release this fall as part of a major anthology. Book 3 of the Bringer of Chaos series is in progress as well.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
They are vital. Calling Pietas “Bob” would negate his entire demeanor. Pietas means “pious” and relates directly to devotion to family, especially to fathers. Which is ironic because he detests the very ground his father walks on. Every character’s name has some meaning to me.
Where do your ideas come from?
I get them everywhere. I have no problem getting them. My problem is writing the down fast enough so I don’t forget.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d like to write a time travel some day. Or a vampire story. Maybe a time traveling vampire! That would be fun.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like them. I will definitely make one. I’m waiting for some images that are coming of the model I use for Pietas.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My family. I’ve been happily married for 44 years and I have three children and five grandchildren.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Sharing my stories and seeing people light up when they’re listening. I love talking about my characters and having people respond.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
As a best selling author with books being made into movies.
Have you always liked to write?
I wrote my first story in crayon before I could hold a pencil. So, yep!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t let anyone steal your dream.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d retire and live on the beach. Or in the desert. Somewhere I could relax. Writing is hard work.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes. I don’t respond, generally. Never to bad ones. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. If someone doesn’t like my book, I’m disappointed, but I can’t let that hold me back. There are millions of books and millions of readers. Not everything will connect with everybody.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Asking for reviews. It’s time consuming and you don’t know what you’re going to get when a request is accepted.
Where did your love of books come from?
My parents. Both of them loved reading. There were always books in my house growing up.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Teot’s War by Heather Gladney (and the sequel, Bloodstorm) and Mary Renault’s fabulous book The Persian Boy (set during the times of Alexander the Great). Also love JD Robb’s In Death series and JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Pietas. He’s been my muse from the beginning. I have an affinity with that character that I can’t explain.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. When I’m writing, I’m energized. When I reach a stopping point, I sort of fall over!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media. I have to limit my time or I will get sucked right into it. I love Twitter. If you want to find me on there, follow the hashtags #Thranduil or #MFRWauthor.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Readers want original, unique work. That’s what I write.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I founded a group called Marketing for Romance Writers in order to help author friends. It’s been around for over 11 years and has thousands of members. It’s a peer mentoring group where authors can ask questions, get answers, ask and offer advice and find ways to share their work. If you want to see the authors I interface with on a regular basis, visit my blog, Romance Lives Forever. There is a new book and/or author every day. It’s been around for many years.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Truth is Stranger Than Fiction. Because, yeah. So true!
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Q: “Do you have to be crazy to be a writer?”
A: “No, but it sure helps!”
Where can your fans find you and follow?
Here’s my social media. If you want to see everything at once, just go to my website. If you join my reader group, you’ll get four free books right away. That will give you a taste of my writing and introduce you to the major characters in my story universe.
Romance Lives Forever Reader Group https://kayelleallen.com/bro/
Amazon Author page http://amazon.com/author/kayelleallen
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤
My pleasure! Thank you for inviting me.