MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KATHY-LYNN CROSS

MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KATHY-LYNN CROSS

 

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What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

My name is Kathy-Lynn Cross and I write mostly YA paranormal, urban fantasy. The last few years I’ve been branching off into other genres. I’ve written NA paranormal romance, thriller, and horror.

 

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

I’ll recap on this briefly since most of my readers know this answer. The Unseen Series was fashioned from loss. In 2010 and 2011, we lost both my mother-in-law and my mom. It was a dark time for me and my family. Writing saved us and my characters saved me. I kept thinking if you could change Death’s mind to not reap someone you love and care about, what would the outcome be? Questions like that are what created the Unseen and how Tevin, my grumpy Grim Reaper and protagonist, along with Alexcia, my broken teenager and antagonist, came into being.

 

What kind of research did you do for this book?

For the Unseen Series I researched the local cemeteries since the story line begins in Las Vegas, NV and is consequently the city I live in. Some of the areas I reference actually exist and some I’ve altered their location.  I’ve also Google searched if you can smell mildew or mold on a body when it is decomposing? Little tidbits like that.

 

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Can you tell me about your Series?

Well, I’ll hit you with the hook line. It is about a Grim Reaper that gets hoodwinked into saving a life instead of taking it. Now this reluctant reaper has to play the role of guardian angel and fight against his nature with taking Alexcia’s life. Alexcia is portraying your typical troubled teenager, except she hears voices and wakes up with scratches and bruises that she cannot explain. The only way she can rest is by drinking and this ends up labeling her as a party-girl at school. In the first book, So Shall I Reap, Alexcia also has to deal with loss and taking responsibility of her actions.

 

Do you have a favorite book out of this series?

Well, I’ve only written book one and two; so, I would have to say book one because it helped me and my family get through a very tough time.

 

Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?

The character’s name came to me while I was dreaming. The reaper and Alexcia were having a conversation over mundane subjects. He called her by name but when the reaper introduced himself, Alexcia kept saying his name wrong and it sounded muffled. Right before I woke up, I heard him correct her and say, “For the last time, it is not Steven, it is Tevin. Te-vin. Say it… Te-Vin.” Then I woke up and replied, “Okay, I get it. You’re Tevin.”

 

 

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Was it always meant to become a series?

Yes. I had a rough idea on how many stories but after I wrote book one it became clear that each book would lead them to the next level in the story, certain relationships, and character growth. Plus, I am not a big fan of Insta-love. Both of my characters are broken and it will take a while for them to heal and understand certain emotions before taking that next step.

 

What’s a typical working day like for you?

I’m a Pantser and because of this, I write whenever the voices tell me too and I’m able.

 

When and where do you write?

I have an office but I end up toting my laptop all over the house.

 

Do you set a daily writing goal?

No, cause, well… Pantser.

 

Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

I have a short story featured in the upcoming horror anthology, Another Beautiful Nightmare – Women of Horror. The title of my story is Maryanna’s Mirror and I’m so honored to be included with so many talented horror Storyweavers. This anthology is set to release Jan 29, 2019. Which is just in time for February’s Women in Horror month.

 

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Where do your ideas come from?

Life is like a recipe. I use little snippets of information, news, pictures, stories my husband and kids share with me. Past experiences, future goals, dreams, failures, I use it all. It comes down to picking the right kind of spices to make a superb tantalizing story.

 

Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?

Yes, but I’m gun-shy. I have a whole series ready to go, but I can’t get my fingers to type out the scenes without second, third, or even four times questioning myself on if my descriptions are believable. If I do make that jump, I’ll be writing under a new pseudonym. (See, I didn’t even mention the genre. LOL)

 

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Commitment and prioritizing my time efficiently. I get distracted easy. “Hey, did you hear about the new movie?” …I blame it on my ADHD.

 

What do you think of book trailers?

I LOVE them and make my own.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?

I have several on my YouTube channel. I also made one for the upcoming anthology, Another Beautiful Nightmare.

 

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Simply put, being published. To have the words slip from my mouth. “Yes, I am a published author.” It still seems surreal to me.

 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully, finished with the Unseen Series and with several new stories under my belt.

 

Have you always liked to write?

I did when I was younger but passions seem to get buried when people tell you, “No, you shouldn’t or That’s not a real job.” I have always been a book-sponge. It wasn’t until 2009 when my niece was hospitalized that I wrote a ten-page story to keep her occupied. The next day, when I came back to visit her, the nurses on the floor where asking me, “What happens next?” It was then, I realized she had shared the story and it prompted me to move forward into writing again.

 

What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

I’ve said this before in other interviews and still hold on to these ideas.

1.)    Observe your surroundings. You never know what may be beyond your nose to inspire you.

2.)    Keep writing. Have something to write on at all times.

3.)    Remember whatever you decide to write … it is your creation, and you can change, delete, and mold it to your will.

4.)    Don’t let the blank screen intimidate you. In-other-words, “do not push.” If the characters are strong, and your work has even the slightest heartbeat … it has life.

5.)    And don’t worry about admitting you hear voices … It is one of the hardest challenges for a writer; to tap into the character’s inner voice is a talent. (lol) {My characters are all agreeing with me.}

6.)    Be a child of discovery, and have fun with it.  Keep an open mind; even imagination needs fresh air.

 

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If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?

(((Shudders))) Really? That’s just talking crazy now. Well, I enjoy baking and would have probably opened up a bakery. My husband at one time had even picked out a name for it.😉

 

Do you read reviews of your book(s)?

Yes, even though I had been told not to.

 

Do you respond to them, good or bad?

One percent I might have said thank you for your review but that is about it. 99% of the time I do not.

 

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How do you deal with the bad?

I pour myself a drink, coffee mostly, sit down and mull over their input and if I can learn from it. I know that I can’t please everyone but I will take the bad with the good and try to learn from the reader’s viewpoint.

 

What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?

The cost. Promoting, publishing, and distributing gets a little overwhelming.

 

What are you working on now?

I have several projects in the brain hopper. My targets for 2019 are to finish submissions for a few anthologies, release book three and four of the Unseen Series, and I also have a new series that I am working on connecting the dots before driving into that world.

 

Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?

The third Unseen book, Betrayed by Light’s Shadow: There is a new side to Alexcia that stirs Tevin’s curiosity and provokes his patience, causing him to act out irrationally.

 

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Why did you choose to write in your genre?

The paranormal has always sparked my interest.

If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?

I keep the paranormal universe as a hub in my stories, whether it is a romance, horror, or thriller.

 

Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Geez. I love and hate this question. I don’t like singling out one but we don’t have enough time to go over my list of joys. I love Kim Harrison’s Hollow Series and have read the whole series five times. Also, Sue Grafton and her alphabet murder-mysteries series. I am so sad Mrs. Grafton was taken so soon and couldn’t finish her series, but I bet all of the angels know how the series ended. Karen Marie Moning and her Fever Series… Ooo’ la-la… snap me off a piece of Jericho Barrons.

 

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?

Tevin, who the main protagonist in the Unseen Series. His character is complex considering his daemonic nature and task. He is a Grim Reaper and the head of his Ashen clan. In my story line they are not allowed to feel positive emotions, so I have to not only slide my thinking to a male’s POV but also hold back on certain emotions. It is a challenge, but I enjoy it.

 

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Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Wow, this goes both ways for me. If the voices are loud and the scene unfolds, I get pumped and can’t wait to hammer it out. On the flip-side, when it is an emotional POV and the character has to go through deep seeded emotions, that gets exhausting and, in some instances, causes a box of tissues to appear on my desk. (Thanks hubby.)

 

What is your writing Kryptonite?

My kryptonite is NOT having Music. I get obsessed with finding the right songs for my characters. I piece together soundtracks for characters, scenes, and sometimes specific chapters. It’s crazy and because of this, I don’t write without my earbuds and music blaring.

 

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I tried outlining a story once and well, it didn’t go as planned. Now, I am the secretary. The characters drive the story and direct both the scenes and outcome. It is their world and story; I’m just a visitor.

 

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Learn from History and Stop Repeating It.

 

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Where can your fans find you and follow??

My website: https://www.kathylynncross.com/

Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/y9eopdm4

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kathylynnbooks

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kathylynncross

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kathy-lynn-cross

WordPress: http://www.kathylynncross.wordpress.com

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AuthorKLCross/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11047253.Kathy_Lynn_Cross

YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/y92btmbb

Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/kathylynncrossbooks/

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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️