As I’ve shared before, author events are one of my favorite places to meet and greet fellow indies. My most recent stop was in Rock Island, Illinois for Wicked In The Quad Cities. I was fortunate enough to have a booth right across from today’s Spotlighter. La Kata E.K.‘s journey into writing began when she was a 12-year-old poet. Since picking up the pen in her teens, this author/editor’s work has spanned genres from poetry to children’s books to saucy romance novels with a touch of fantasy.
Get to know La Kata below as she discusses why happy endings are negotiable, how Dr. Seuss influenced her literary path, and why being an avid reader makes her a better writer!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a multi-genre author and editor. I love to write but, more than anything, I love to read. I have a super-hot husband and we have a couple of pretty cool kids!
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
What I love most is the fact that you are free to express yourself in any way you deem fit. No one can create the story in your head like you can.
Tell us about your latest project.
My latest project is actually something that I’ve been wanting to write for almost two years now. It’s basically about a couple that has sort of an open marriage but don’t at the same time.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I wrote my very first poem at 12 and people enjoyed it. About a year or so later, I began writing more often.
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
The thing that drew me to romance is the way the main characters have a love story that goes through all kinds of tests and emotional rollercoasters. Sometimes, they have a happy ending and sometimes they don’t but it never takes away from the story for me.
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
For the romance books, none. For my poetry books, I would have to say, “The Cat in the Hat”. Don’t worry, it’s okay to laugh because I’m laughing, too.
~No one can create the story in your head like you can.~
Share a piece of your work that showcases your writing style best.
Here is the preface to my novel, Secrets:
As I continued to run, my legs began to ache. The slow burning feeling crept along my calves, up my thighs, and to my groin. But I couldn’t stop running. I knew that if I slowed down for even a second they would catch up with me.
Day had quickly turned to night and night was only getting darker with each passing minute. They weren’t my only fear at the moment, the ever-encompassing dark was, too. I hadn’t the slightest idea as to where I was at and because I couldn’t see my surroundings, I found myself continuously battling off hysteria each time my foot hit the ground.
My heart beat heavy in my chest and I felt that it was going to explode. My lungs began to feel as if they were burning and I wanted to stop and catch my breath. With the air being thick and muggy, it made breathing damn near impossible. I needed to stop, but I couldn’t just yet.
The blood was pumping so fast throughout my body that I could hear the rhythmic noise in my ears. It seemed so loud. Everything seemed so loud. The crickets chirping, the sound of the soil crunching beneath my feet, the way the tall grass “whooshed” as my legs flew through it; it was as if every noise was magnified except the one that I was desperately trying to listen for.
The darkness of night made it impossible to see within inches in front of my face. Multiple times, I stumbled over something hidden within the brush. Once or twice, I found myself grasping wildly in front of me as I lost my balance. On occasion, I felt something questionable graze past me, but I couldn’t stop to investigate; I dared not stop because my life literally depended on it.
As my body began to tire and my legs began to feel sluggish, I contemplated stopping just long enough to catch my breath. I only needed just a couple of moments to get myself together, to maybe collect my thoughts as best I could under the circumstances; but then I heard the noise that I was listening for. The urgent screaming of my name off in the distance caused me to renege on my decision to slow down. Finding some second or third wind that I didn’t know existed within me, I began sprinting frantically into the darkened woods.
What probably took minutes, felt like it took forever but I eventually saw what looked like low lighting up ahead. A clearing maybe? I wasn’t sure what it was but I could feel my body begin to soar as if my feet had wings. Just a few more…
And just like that, the light was gone…
Name three of your best writing tips.
- When the urge to write strikes, write!
- Never, ever, skip out on proofreading your work.
- Write a book that you would want to read if you were a reader.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
The author I wish was my mentor is Maya Angelou. The core writer in me is a poet; it’s my preferred genre. Maya had a way with her words and her style that was able to captivate the masses, garner respect, and still get whatever she wanted to say out there.
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
Hmm, I honestly never thought about it. This may be something that I have to start paying more attention to.
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
Sable Jordan! Her Kizzie Baldwin series is like one of my favorite book series of all time!
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
No, not really. I learned with writing my first novella that, for me, when I set a goal, I purposely won’t finish it. I don’t know why, but I just don’t. So, I’m just going to work on my WIPs and see where they take me with their stories.
Thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links:
Website & Blog: www.poeticallyable.webs.com & www.poeticlyblessed.blogspot.com