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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Interview with K.C Stewart, Author of Too Far Gone available in the Beyond the Veil Boxed Set! #99cents #paranormal @ginakincade


Interview with Author K.C. Stewart

Hello out there! Glad to see so many return readers and new followers today! Welcome to the Naughty Nights Press Blog!

Today I am chatting with K.C. Stewart, author of Too Far Gone.
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Hi K.C, thanks so much for joining me on the NNP blog! I will try not to take up too much of your time, but let's tell our readers a bit about you, okay? *smiles*

*Bounces around all nervous and such* Hi Gina. Wow. This is fun, right? I mean, I’ve done some interviews before but they were all get right to the point, in and out kind of things. This is also my first major boxed set. So all new fun things! I’m really excited to be part of it all.

Are you a full time author?

Sadly, no. I know that’s the dream for many but it’s very hard to reach and is in no way permanent. I highly doubt I will ever be secure enough to fully quit my other jobs and rely on writing. The market changes too rapidly for that. 

How long have you been a writer and how did you get into writing?
I’m one of those weird people who got started writing in role play. Some call it fanfiction but it was slightly different than that. My group was based on facebook and we had profiles of the characters and wrote and interacted with people in the everyday life. We would get together and write fanfic scenes as well but the majority of what we did was interaction in groups and wall posts. I was into that for about two years and by the end of it I had started writing my own characters. One day I looked at all my scenes and realized I had a story arc going and with some fleshing out it could be a book. My first book published in 2014. 

What inspires you to write?

What doesn’t? Inspiration hits at all times and from the most random of things. I once wrote an entire detailed outline in 10 minutes between appointments at work for a novel that had nothing to do with anything I was currently working on. My previous appointment had said something that just clicked with me. I still have the scribbly pages with margin notes and arrows galore waiting for the day I put it into action. 

Is there a particular author who inspires you?

Not really. I have favorite authors, of course, but I can’t say one inspires me more than another. 

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
I’d say the best is the feel of accomplishment I get when I finish writing a book. That completion of the first draft is tough. I am on a rollercoaster of “this is the most amazing thing I’ve ever written,” and, “This is a piece of shit that needs to be drowned in 100 gallons of gasoline and struck with a match.” But once I hit that last period of the last sentence there is this calm that just settles over me like a blanket. I sit back in my chair and let my head drop back again the wall (I like to write in bed) and smile. It’s a dazed euphoria for about ten minutes before the dreaded editing phase begins to nag at me. 
For me, the worst aspect of writing is marketing. Just thinking about it makes me want to smash my laptop against a brick wall. I do it, as we all do, but I would rather be writing. 

What is the title of your inclusion in Beyond the Veil? How did you come up with the idea for it?
My book is Too Far Gone and it is the first book in the Adirondack Pack series. The inspiration for Too Far Gone came to me as a plot bunny late at night. I was trying and failing at falling asleep. Every time I closed my eyes I saw this wolf and his yellow eyes just kept staring at me. I couldn’t escape him. For hours I saw this damn thing and finally I was like, “Ok. Alright. You win. Tell me your story.” He did. I scribbled notes down in the notebook I keep by my bed (for this reason) and when I woke up I felt lighter and excited to start this new book. 

How did you conduct your research for Too Far Gone?
As a librarian-in-training, I scoff at the thought of research. Getting lost in the rabbit hole of databases and Boolean phrases is just another Thursday night to me. I based the pack of wolves in the Adirondack Mountains of New York where I had visited on a vacation years ago. I loved the area and found a town of about the right size to model Andora after. I also did a lot of research on lone wolves and how packs function. I tend to research as I write. I’ll stop mid-sentence and run off to search a particular tree native to the area for an hour before coming back and finishing off the line. 

Would you give our readers your two favorite lines/quotes from your book?
This is one of my favorite quotes. It’s a bit long but only because of the formatting. This is Tyson’s stream of thought when he is in the throes of losing control.

He was here.
Jack was here.
Inside her house.
Sadie was inside her house.
Must protect.
Door is closed.
No hands.
Protect.
She keeps the back door open.
Wait.
He’s outside now.
I can smell him.
I can taste his scent on hers.
There.
On the porch.
The fucker is going to die if he touched her.
Tear him open for what he did to Jenny.
Kill him.
Make him suffer like I have suffered.
I’m lost without her.
Gone feral.
Finally feral.
He looks wrong.
Smaller.
Smells right though.
Smells like arrogance.
And fear.
And vanilla.
“Fred?”
And butter.
“Freddy?”
And…Sadie?
“Fred, please…”
Shit. Fuck.
What the hell did I just do?

What would your friends say is your best quality?
I cheated and asked. 
“I find you quirky and sincere. Passionate and nerdy.”

Are reader reviews important to you?
Yes and no. I love to hear what they have to say but I learned fast in my first year of being published to keep a thick skin and take reviews with a grain of salt. Not everyone is going to like your plot or writing style but those who do are loyal and wonderful and make it all worth it. 

What do you do when you don’t write?
Well, I am a photographer at a portrait studio where we specialize in senior portraits, business publicity, sports and wedding photography. I’ve been there for about 8 years. I am also in my third year of college (round two, first time was for a photography degree) for library science. I am in the Bachelor’s program now and have about a year and half left before I get that degree and can move into the Master’s program. I also work at the circulation desk of my local library. 

But for fun I have a very energetic and spoiled german shepherd who likes to keep me on my toes. Recently he learned how to open the refrigerator and ate a pan of manicotti, and he also DVR’d Star Trek. I also read, a lot. It’s kind of a requirement of being a writer; you also have to be a reader. 

Tell us about your other books?
My first series is a dragon shifter romance. It starts off with a woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up getting the disembodied soul of a dragon in her head. The book is all about trying to get him out of her head. There are three novels and two novellas in the series. The Adirondack Pack series currently has three novels (the third is releasing in June!) and three novellas. This is an on-going series and I have plans for at least two more novels. I am just about to start a new contemporary band series this summer and have plans for a time-travel romance and a standalone contemporary romance. 

If you could share one thing about yourself you would like our readers to know, what would it be?
Uh, I don’t know. I think I shared a few things above that are good to know about me. I guess I’ll add that I am a nerd and love to talk to other nerds. In fact I am Head Nerd of my group of friends and even have a Nerd Card, which I carry with me in my wallet. 

Where can readers find your works, do you have a blog or website? 
www.authorkcstewart.com

Where else might readers contact you or follow your everyday writing journey? 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kcstewartauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k.c.stewart/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kcstewartauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kcstewart

Thank you so much for visiting us today, K.C. It has truly been a pleasure working with you on the Beyond the Veil set. I'm sure our readers will thoroughly enjoy your contribution. *smiles*
We are going to leave them with a small tease to get them started, okay? Care to give us a taste? *grin*

This has been such a fun journey. Beyond the Veil has a great group of authors and I’m very excited to see us all together in a fabulous set. 


Too Far Gone
Excerpt

The silence of the forest was almost worse than the sounds of fighting. It was so insanely loud with absolute nothingness. Emptiness sounded a lot like the last second before a roller coaster dropped over the first hill. For one brief second there was absolutely nothing. No thought. No breath. No sound beyond the beating of your own heart in your ears. But even that stops just before the decent begins. Right before you are pulled over, there is a complete sense of weightless nothingness. Too soon, you are half laughing half screaming with a smile so big bugs are getting caught in your teeth.  
Was this the beginning of her decent?  
In her musings, Sadie had missed the footsteps. Light and airy they floated over the few dried leaves and soft grass to stand beside her. The wolf's presence soothed and excited her in her twisted mental state. While his tongue licked at her fingers and cold nose nudged at her arm, she became irritated. 
"Didn't your mother ever tell you to not play with your food?" she grumbled. Between her arm and the piece of moss she was laying on, Sadie looked at the wolf. It was the one from before, the one with the yellow eyes. She sighed momentarily with relief then remembered she was dinner before they were so rudely interrupted. He nudged her arm again and that's when she looked at him, really looked. The wolf was no longer salivating and kind of looked wholesome now that his nose wasn't scrunched up towards his eyes showing off his chompers. He sat his butt down in front of her and rested his head on his paws. Their noses were mere inches from each other. Behind him, she caught the tip of his tail wagging slowly from side to side.  
"Hi." 
He raised his head and looked dignified and slightly abashed. 
"So I take it I'm off the menu tonight?" 
His mouth opened and his tongue flopped to the side as he panted.  
"That's not a very good confirmation." She pushed up to her hands and knees and sat back on her feet. The wolf sat up as she did. They were the same height now and looking right in each other's eyes. At this height he didn't look like anything more than an oversized dog. His ears stood up straight with pointy little tips that looked like they were dipped in black paint. The line of dark fur on his face did, in fact, run the length of him. Sadie thought he looked a little like a skunk in reverse.  
"If you're not going to eat me can I go home?"  
He stayed put. She took that as a yes and began to rise. Slowly, because he was a still a wolf and she didn't want to spook him and end up losing a hand, Sadie rose to her feet and brushed off the bits of forest that clung to her shorts and t-shirt.  
Once more, the wolf followed her lead and got to his feet. Without thinking, or a second glance, she turned on her heel and began to walk back to her house. This was the very last time she wondered this far from her place. If it was not within eye shot, she was too far away.  
Lesson learned. 
Shame on her. 
Bad Sadie.  
She stopped.  
The soft padding of footsteps behind her stopped too.  
"You've got to be kidding me," she said looking upward to the heavens. "Seriously?" She didn't want to but glanced behind her anyway. Sure enough, the wolf stood a few paces behind her with a look of, "why'd we stop?" Groaning, she turned back around and continued to walk. She told herself that he was just being a gentleman and walking her home. Then she remembered he was a wolf and was probably just finding out where she lived so he could visit at some point for a midnight snack.


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3 comments:

  1. Lovely to meet and collaborate with you!

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  2. Great interview! I'm looking forward to checking out some of your dragon shifter books. :-)

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