Good Morning! My name is KC Sprayberry. Kay LaLone of I Love Books has let me hijack her blog today. The purpose is to tease all of her very dedicated readers with information about my soon-to-be-released YA coming of age novel, Take Chances.
It's an author interview. I'm pretty sure that by now, all of you won't believe how much I hate being in the public eye, but I do!
What are some of your favorite things to do?
These aren't related to writing, which of course is my most favorite thing to do, but I really do have a life.
a. Family get togethers, where there is a lot of fabulous food, good times, and laughter.
b. Singing along to my favorite song when I'm driving. Yeah, I look like a nut, but I'm a safe nut!
c. Getting so involved with a new novel that I can see, hear, smell, and feel everything that's going on.
d. Playing tug of war with my dog. She usually wins, but she's much younger than me.
e. Finding new friends, getting to know them, learning they're a lot like me. New friends are our best bet against stagnation, but old friends are like a comfortable blanket – you can't go wrong with them because they know everything about you.
Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?
Yikes. This question always fills me with dread. I hate condensing this down to a single person, a single book. My tastes in reading are varied, I'll read anything good. That's a huge area, but I do have those who I'll read over and over again.
a. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Yes, the series is finished, but I can't get enough of this one. Jordan spun a beautiful, active young adult series. Some will say it's far too old for young adults, but it's not. Even my teen enjoys this series. Often, I'll have to fight him for the next book when we're rereading it at the same time.
b. Stephen King – anything, absolutely anything by Stephen King. I've been a fan of his since I bought Carrie many, many years ago. He was this great but as yet unknown writer. I just he knew would be a fabulously famous writer. I wasn't wrong.
c. P.A. Estelle (aka Penny Estelle). I discovered this multi-talented woman after I signed my contract with Solstice Publishing for Softly Say Goodbye. She's fabulous. Her stories get right to the heart of things, and best of all, for a huge history buff like me, she makes history fun to learn.
What are some of your other favorite authors to read?
This falls into my escape mechanism. I love Lisa Gardner's suspense novels, Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries, Donna Alice Patton's sweet stories for children, and Ann Rule's true stories.
What do you think of critique groups in general?
I think critique groups are very important to writers. We are a lonely crowd, we tend to live within our stories, so we don't catch the big problems, and a lot of the little ones. I own and manage two online critique groups, one strictly for children's writing, while the other runs from middle grade to adult books.
A good critique group can help you fill in plot holes, pick up on when you're going on and on about a trivial point that does nothing for plot movement, or just let you know that you're on the right track. I firmly believe in a critique group for all manuscripts.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Five years from now, I pretty much see myself where I am now. Writing new stories that come into my head, hoping my publisher(s) will love them, and watching people tell me their views of what I've done. A nice dream is that at least one of my books is a popular movie, and the general public is clamoring for more, more, more, but even if that doesn't happen, I won't stop writing. There are still so many stories to tell!
Julie Bond grew up in Europe as a military brat. She found her very first permanent home in Landry, GA as a teen going into high school. Almost four years later, she's having pre-graduation jitters and flashing back to an incident of school violence she experienced in Europe. She attempts to convince herself that it can never happen again, but continually finds herself flashing back to that day no matter how hard she tries.
The people around her present any number of problems for Julie, and she's hard put to keep from drowning under all the issues. Then Michael--a cool guy she's had a crush on for the last three years—returns from traveling the US as a photographer, and Julie now has one more thing to distract her as she prepares to leave high school. One thing she firmly believes in: no one will ever invade her classroom with violence again.
Once again, the impossible happens. Once again, she's in a classroom with a madman holding a gun. Once again, she must survive.
"Don't think we'll ever do anything else. I won't let that happen."
As the last sentence slips out of my mouth, a sense of unease falls over me. I look around to see if someone dropped their books or is having a panic attack.
Thoughts of my parents first assignment in Germany comes to mind. Again. Twice in one day. I try to shove the images away, but they stay.
KC Sprayberry started writing young, with a diary followed by an interest in English. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in a Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now a in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories, and her young adult novel Softly Say Goodbye, released in 2012. During 2013, more young adult stories have been released: The Ghost Catcher, Who Am I?, Family Curse … Times Two, and Amazon Best Seller, Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates.
You can find her on the web here:
Hello! Here's the day you were waiting for, through Sunday, September 29. You can pick up my other YA coming of age books, Softly Say Goodbye and Who Am I? free on Amazon:
Thank you Kay LaLone of I Love Books for hosting me today. Tomorrow you find the next Teaser Tour on Sabina Bundgaard of Sabina's Adventures in Reading .