This Friday we have the fabulous Kacey Vanderkarr….a fabulous writer and a beautiful person all the way through. Take it away kaci!!
1) What genre(s) do you write? And why?
I write YA. I can’t imagine a more interesting or dynamic period in someone’s life than the teenage years. It’s fun as an adult to put yourself in their shoes and then pull all the strings. With YA, it’s all about the drama. Relationships, emotions, and hormones are all elevated. It’s acceptable to go on murderous rages, to scream, kick and fight. You can love with your whole heart and hurt with your entire being. The beauty is in the intensity of it all. Let the crazy begin!
2) Tell us about your latest project. This is your chance to crow about being published, agented, or winning a contest.
My latest project is also technically my first. I’ve written a series of four books without looking back or doing much editing. When I got to the end and realized that I wanted to get them published, reality hit—hard. I’ve spent the last few months trimming my first manuscript, Stepping Stones, a YA Fantasy Romance, from 125,000 words to 80,000. I expect to start querying by the end of August, if everything goes as planned. Of course, nothing ever does, but I’m hopeful!
3) Other than writing, how do you like to spend your time?
I pretty much live four lives at any given time. First off, I’m a mother and wife. My husband actually complains about the amount of time I spend writing. It’s a good thing he’s not in my head—because he’d really hate how much I think about it! Aside from that, I coach a winterguard team at my local high school. From October to April, I immerse myself in teenage drama. It’s awesome! I love coaching. It really gives you the opportunity to change someone’s life. My third life is Ultrasound. I work at a hospital in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. I know that most people think that ultrasound is just for pregnant women, but that’s not the case. We pretty much do it all—abdomens, thyroids, veins, arteries, testicles…well, you get the picture. My fourth life is my writing—enough said.
4) Do you have any tattoo’s, if so where? If not, do you want any?
I have five tattoos with detailed plans for a sixth. I have the Pure Romance heart on my foot. Yes, that’s right. I used to sell sex toys. It was one of the most exciting jobs I’ve ever had, not to mention the most fun. I have a nautical star on each hip. On my back I have a star with a tribal design. On my left shoulder I have a matching cat tattoo with my sister. My plans for the sixth are pretty intense. It’s going to be a naked tree with visible roots. Skeleton keys will hang from the branches. It will also have a crow or a raven sitting in it. Above the tree will be stars, below it will be the quote “Without the dark we’d never see the stars.” Kudos if you know where the quote comes from.
5) What is the last book you read? Did you like it?
The last book I read was Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. I enjoyed it to an extent, but overall was disappointed. I absolutely loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, so I expected it to capture me just as much. However, after 300 pages of waiting for something to happen, it didn’t. The book did have a lot of creepiness, intricate characters, and some not to subtle maliciousness. Long story short, I probably won’t read it again.
6) What is your advice to those who want to be authors? (I know, it’s a crummy one, but needs to be asked)
Get as much information as possible BEFORE you start writing. Sadly, in the end, writing is the easy part. The editing, the late nights spent crying over cut scenes, and the harsh critiques are NOT the easy part. Find a support network. Meet new people and use their advice. We are all human and we all react differently to things. There is a wealth of knowledge, information, and opinions in others. Use it! Also, believe in yourself. A lot of people are going to cut your work down and say things you don’t like. But if you have a story to tell, you have a right to not listen! You are your best advocate and worst enemy. Trust yourself.
7) Tell us one thing no one knows about you
I have a teddy bear. I’ve had him for 24 years. I can’t part with him. I keep telling my husband that I’d settle for a small pillow, but it hasn’t happened yet. Gah! I can’t believe I’m telling this to the world. At least it’s not a crack addiction. 🙂
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OKay guys, I don’t know how next week is going to go, we are expecting a lot of downed power lines in the area this weekend from Hurricane Irene. I will try and keep up the blog, but without power it will be difficult!