What I love about Twitter is the accessibility it provides to writers. It’s a great vehicle for marketing, a source for writing motivation, and a convenient networking tool. As a Black woman who writes romance, I always get a little giddy when I meet another writer of color. I get even more excited when I get to profile them on my blog because I want our voices heard in chorus with out fellow sisters in smut!
NYC’s own Kay Blake is one such writer I met out in these Twitter streets (or, shall I say ‘tweets’?). She’s a mom of two who not only finds time to write, but is also finishing up studies toward her Bachelors degree (can you say BUSY?). At the close of 2016, Kay released Catch Me If I Fall, the first book of her The Kim Brothers series. Read on as Kay talks about her latest project, why expression in writing is key, and why she loves a good HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a new indie author. I’ve been writing seriously for almost 3 years now. I’m a mom to three cubs. I love books and I’m a professional book hoarder. I love pink – I can’t help it!! I have many things in the color pink, but I just don’t wear it often. I’m a bundle of sunshine and I hate coffee. (I know – GASP!)
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
The expression. I love singers who can show emotions when they sing (something I used to want to do until I realized I don’t like crowds). Music can make you feel emotions and, just like those arts, I believe that writing or the art of putting words to paper can make a reader feel that emotion or transport that person to a new place. I love that the most about writing.
Tell us about your latest project.
My latest project is the start of a series called The Kim Brothers. There will be three books in this series; each volume can be read as a standalone. This series will focus on three Korean American brothers. The first novel of the series, called Catch Me If I Fall, deals with Jae. He falls for a woman named Kasi, who happens to be wearing a prosthetic. Now this isn’t a story I took lightly as they deal with grief, willingness to move forward and finding love and solace in each other. It was one of the hardest books I’d ever had to write.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I used to write all the time growing up. I wrote poems, songs, and short stories. I even tried my hand at fan fiction. I decided one day in early 2014 that I wanted to try to write professionally. I used my tablet, got a wireless keyboard, and typed my first short that I published on Amazon. This was before I knew all the things I know now. Despite that, 2014 was the year I was like ah ha, I want to write.
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
While my first love is for horror both in books and movies, I just love a good romance. At the end of the day, I’m a big sap and a good love story that can make me want the couple to make it is what inspired me to keep to romance. I like two people finding their happily ever after…or happy for now.
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
I’m not sure if there has been any book that influenced my style. There are plenty of styles that I like from different authors, but I have tried to make my voice be mine and not someone else’s. It took me some time to realize how my voice was or what my style was.
‘I like two people finding their happily ever after…or happy for now.’
Share a piece of your work that showcases your writing style best.
I had to quiet the voice inside of my head. No, I wasn’t up to talking about my issues, and I surely wasn’t up for anyone’s pity. Pity wouldn’t change things. Pity wouldn’t bring him back. My therapist had told me to make friends, but I really wasn’t in the mood for that either. One step at a time. That was all anyone should expect from me. Hell, it was all that I expected from myself.
I didn’t think people knew how to handle things when shit hit the fan. Really being there even if you are doing and saying the right things. One by one my friends dwindled down to none and I finally accepted that they were never meant to be in my life forever. Just long enough to teach me whatever lesson I was supposed to learn. I can tell you the lesson was pretty shitty, though. This whole situation was pretty fucking shitty actually.
-Kasi from Catch Me If I Fall
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Always write the first draft before editing.
- Write what you fear the most. If it scares you than write it.
- Never delete anything. I had to learn this the hard way. You never know what can be used later on.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
As I have mentioned, I’m a big horror fan. So, I would love to be mentored by Stephen King and meet him before he leaves this earth. His stories are gritty and scary – I love that. I just think after as long as it took for someone to see the masterpiece that his book Carrie is, I believe that he could pass his wisdom on to me. Well, one can only wish.
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
I tend to make my heroines quite sassy. It’s an ode to the fact that I’m quite feisty and I have to add that trait to at least one of the characters in my stories.
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
Harper Miller, hands down, for her erotica and Raven St. Pierre for her moving stories.
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
Since I’ve accomplished writing erotica under a different pen name, I’d like to write horror next. I’d also like to get a rock star story under my belt, which I plan to do as my next WIP. Lastly, I want to continue to get better with my craft.
Thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkayblake and www.facebook.com/kayblakewrites