I’m so excited to have Kate Willis here today for an interview as part of her blog tour for her new book, Kiera.
When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?
I come from a family of bookworms, so I’ve been interested in reading and writing stories ever since I can remember. 😉 Two big things helped me realized I wanted to become an author. Number one, my older sister Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick published her first book, and I got to see the proof copy. That definitely made me want to write my own book. 😀 A few years later, I still had the dream of being an author when my mom suggested that a story I was writing for a younger sister would be enjoyed by other children as well. I published my first book in 2014, and since then I’ve written several more stories and published another one as a book. 😉
What is Kiera about?
It’s cliche of me, but I’ll go ahead and share the official blurb. It explains the book better than I can. 😉
“Kiera is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. The official end of school, a party with her best friend, and chocolate cake. A sudden military draft, no possible exemptions, had never crossed her mind.
Kiera is terrified! Getting drafted would mean leaving her family, her little friend Jade—life as she knows it.
A surprising offer from Brennan Stewart just might be the answer to her prayers, but an even worse trial leaves her with one question…
If God truly loves her, why did this tragedy happen?”
What inspired Kiera?
When I started writing it, it was simply because it was time for a new story. I decided to write a character close in age to myself since that would be easy. I also had the idea of women possibly being drafted into the military on my mind because it was talked about in the news. Then I posted on my blog that I had written 6,000 words of a novel and wasn’t sure I liked it yet. 😉 Kiera grew into a story about loss, romantic love, God’s love, and pro-life issues. I’m a little bit blown away when I think of what it started out as and where it is now. So what inspired it? A lot of things, basically anything God brought to mind that went with my story. 😉
Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?
Kiera was written with young adult Christian women in mind, but it has been enjoyed by many people who don’t fit into this age category. 😉 My mission for this book is to impress upon readers just how strong and unexplainable and deep God’s love for us is. And also to show a picture of human love directly reflecting this. 😉
Have you written any other books and where can we get them?
Thanks for asking! I’ve written two other books, The Treasure Hunt and The Twin Arrows, and published two short stories as Kindle books as well. All of them are available on Amazon. 😉 https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Willis/e/B073R1B9XF
Where can we connect with you?
I am most active on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8287893.Kate_Willis) and my blog Once Upon an Ordinary (https://onceuponanordinary.wordpress.com/). I also use Pinterest to keep track of my many story ideas and crafting projects. 😉 My username is onceordinary. I also collect really funny memes.
What tips you have for young aspiring writers?
My favorite answer to this question is–READ. Read all the books you can get your hands on. Read in different genres. Read old books and new books. Keep a journal about what you read and write down what you enjoyed most about the book. What about the writing style was really good? Who was your favorite character? How did the author make them your favorite? If you read a lot and analyze what you read, you’ll wake up one day and realize the story you’re writing isn’t half bad. 😉
Another answer–don’t be afraid to write things no one will ever read. I have 20+ notebooks of scribbly, scrawly, cringeworthy stories that I don’t ever plan on publishing. They were my practice stories, though, and each one counts toward the books I write today. 😉
Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask your favorite authors about their journey, their writer’s-block-conquering snack recommendations, and their favorite how-to books.
Enjoy writing, and that’s all for now. 😉 Thanks for having me, Medomfo!
Thanks for being here, Kate 😊
And if you want to know more about Kate, simply read her bio here😊
Kate Willis has been homeschooled her whole life in a loving family that values the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creativity, and thoughtful conversations. She is inspired by red shoes, a good story, little children, and chai tea. It is her desire to serve God in the home having a family of her own in the future. She is the author of The Treasure Hunt, The Twin Arrows, Kiera, and two short stories Enjoy the Poodle Skirt and Red Boots.
How about you?
What stories have you written based on what’s going on in the news?