Kacie Taylor lives in Utah with her wonderful husband. She started writing at age 18 and hasn’t stopped since. Even though she would love for writing to be her full time job, she will continue to write simply for the joy it brings her. When she isn’t writing, she is reading, drawing, painting, cooking, crocheting, spending time with family, watching TV, or snuggling with her husband. She has published four YA fantasies.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always loved reading fantasy books, but I was having a hard time finding books that were clean and unique. I started thinking that if I couldn’t find anything decent, I should probably just do it myself. Ideas starting coming. I wrote my first book at age 18, but it needed a lot of fine tuning. Over the years, my style and skills have progressed. I write because I need a place to put all the characters and settings in my imagination.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get inspiration from almost anything. If I hear a name I like or a basic plot point, I can then create a story around it. I will write out a brief outline, character names and descriptions, some back story, and then dive in. I have no problem changing thing along the way, so I don’t worry about too many details in my initial outlines. I also tend to work on more than one project at a time, which I don’t really recommend. It can be kind of chaotic. My mind jumps around a lot and if I get an idea for something, I have to write it down or I’ll forget!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It might sound lame, but I consider my characters to be my friends. Sometime what I had planned for them doesn’t work out because they seem to guide me to where they should be. Though I’m technically in control of what goes on, I try to let the characters’ voices shine through.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up! It took me about 13 years to find the opportunity and work up the courage to self-publish. It can be a daunting task, but if you’re committed, you can do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After I finished my first book at age 18, I started researching publishers. I sent my manuscript to several places and was rejected by them all. In hindsight, my work wasn’t great. I was young and inexperienced. I needed to step back and make improvements. I also knew getting picked up by a publisher would be difficult no matter how good my writing was. When the world of self-publishing started to expand and new opportunities were made available for poor people like me, I finally decided to give it a try. The publishing part was easy. The promoting/marketing is another story.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I doubt big publishing houses will ever completely go away, but I think they’ll start adopting more aspects of self-publishing. I also think digital books will continue to improve as technology grows. I hope print versions will still have a place in the publishing world. There’s something very satisfactory about seeing a physical copy of your book on a shelf.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
young adult, fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print