About D.G. Kaye:
D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction writer of memoirs about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues. She began writing when pen and paper became tools to express her pent-up emotions during a turbulent childhood. D.G.’s writing began as notes and cards she wrote for the people she loved and admired when she was afraid to use her own voice. D.G. journaled about life, and her opinions on people and events. She later began writing poetry and health articles for a Canadian magazine as her interest was piqued by natural healthcare. Becoming interested in natural healing and remedies, D.G. began reading extensively on the subject after encountering quite a few serious health issues—family and her own. Against many odds, Kaye has overcome adversity several times throughout her life.
Kaye began writing books a few years ago to share her stories and inspiration. She looks for the good and the positive in everything and believes in paying it forward.
“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”
What inspires you to write?
I had been keeping notes since I was a teen on events on my life and situations that weren’t always pleasant. As the years passed, I tried to dissect those incidents by analyzing myself and family members in efforts to understand why we behave the way we do and what circumstances can lead to the choices we make and to the way we behave. I was afraid to discuss my feelings and observations with anyone for years and finally got the courage to write about them in mid-life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am somewhere in between a plotter and pantser. I outline my chapters, what I’d like to write about and let the pen flow (yes, I write in longhand). As I am writing freely, points come to mind that I wish to include in the chapters and I jot them down in the margins of my notepad as I think of them in order to remember them but to keep writing the thought at the moment.
What advice would you give other writers?
I have read many great books from many great memoir writers. When all the advice is summed up the conclusion from them all is ‘Write what you know. Keep writing, don’t stop to second guess yourself or worry about who’s going to read it.’ We have to tell our stories as we know them. There is plenty of time to edit after we get our first draft done.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided that I didn’t want to wait years to get picked up by a traditional publisher, so I decided to learn the publishing business and self publish. This is a whole new arena for a writer whose primary focus is to create and then have to learn to publish. Nonetheless, I decided to distribute with Amazon because of their wide audience and the promotions they offer authors to help market our books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a great time to be a self publisher with the digital revolution now for Indie authors. Many writers, including traditional authors, are joining this realm to be in control of their own books and keep their royalties. Ebooks never die, they can live on the virtual shelves forever. Our books have to be professionally done to compete with the vast amount of books available. I don’t think paperbacks will vanish. Many people I know still prefer paperback. I do as well for all my writing books, much easier to reference from. There’s a place for all versions in the world of books and it keeps on growing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Memoir/nonfiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print