E. Kaiser grew up everywhere, listened to everything. She has penned two YA novels so far in the Five Gems series; Jeweler’s Apprentice, and Traitor’s Knife; with more to come. She also enjoys historicals, and all adventure tales.
What inspires you to write?
I have a head full of stories from every sort of source, but my close fans are what get, (and keep!) me inspired to write. It’s a long haul, and gets very dark and lonely feeling in the middle of that tunnel, but having friendly voices cheering me on is what pulls me through to the other side!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not a “write junk until something good happens” type of writer. As prevalent as that method seems to be, it just doesn’t work at all for me, so I don’t do it. I have learned to keep a good eye on my creative “tank”; if I push it too roughly it will start to empty fast, so I stop before burnout occurs. Then I do other jobs, read, or watch movies until I feel my creative muscel has recuperated and we can go again.
This makes it hard to predict, and yes, I am that person who stays up all night writing on the wave of inspiration; and then finds only one or two words need changed out of the 3-4k I got down. I love those waves, because it’s like magic.
Other times I have to coax my muse into cooperating, and then we can get a goo 800 to 2k down, and I call it good. But if she ever shuts down on me, I back off and respect her space.
I’ve found that fine tuning this dance with my creative self has been tricky, but it frees the rest of my life up to be enjoyed more fully because I’m not feeling guilty about not writing, when I wouldn’t be any good at it anyway. I can stick my toes into the sand of life and know that when it’s time… I’ll write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I feel my characters, more than anything else.
They are totally wrapped up in their own little world, but I am inside of them and I learn from their every mood and sentence; their back stories, their strengths, weaknesses, the very essence of them… and this allows me to write to their truest selves. I do not dictate what they must do… I insist that the story follow its flow, I think a story that feels forced is a ruined story. Or maybe a story that didn’t want to be written in the first place.
But there are always “turning point” moments, where, as a writer, I can stick my oar in the stream of the tale and turn the craft in the best possible direction. I try to always be on the lookout for those moments, and ramp them up to the highest possible notch.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep living and learning while you keep writing. Try new things and be adventurous, or how else will you know what it’s like?
Become the hero you want to write about, and then you’ll have a better chance of writing your entire cast!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I felt that I have a rather niche audience, but wasn’t sure how to go about reaching them. As a precaution, I submitted to agents, etc. and mostly received “It’s nice, but not right for us.” Which of course translates, “We can’t sell it.”
So that kind of confirmed my suspicions, and then I was back where I figured I might be in the first place: staring self pub in the face. That is a big scary monster, and I’m not ashamed to say I felt pretty overwhelmed.
I started out small, one step at a time, and didn’t really expect overnight success, which is crucial. They say overnight success takes 15 years, and I sort of hold that as my back-up reminder.
If you’re thinking in terms of that long a stretch, it helps you keep the small setbacks and frustrations in perspective… because when you start out in this arena, there is just so much to learn. Writing a great book is the best first step, but it’s hardly enough these days. You have to be willing to dig in for the long haul before you’ll really get where you hope to be.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Who can say! I do know that many people will still love stories that live in their head. And many will also love creating them. So how those groups get together is anybody’s guess… but the imagination lives forever!
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Historical, YA
What formats are your books in?
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