About Kala Bryan:
Kala Bryan is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and has been writing her entire life but only recently was she inspired to publish a book. Upon the birth of her first granddaughter, Kala decided to knit little animals for her and thought they would have more meaning if she could give them life by creating a story around them. Thus The Adventures of Jasmine Bunny was born. Writing a story around cute knit animals can be a challenge but Kala has risen to the occasion and incorporates their pictures into the story. Friends and relatives encouraged her to publish the book so that others could enjoy it as well. Kala Bryan lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, writing and also owns an antique shop where she has bought and sold antiques for over 35 years.
What inspires you to write?
Although I have always enjoyed writing, I wasn't inspired to write a children's book until my grandchildren were born. Knitting was always a hobby of mine and knitting little animals became a passion for me to give to my granddaughter. But how to bring them to life? Creating a story around the animals I was making breathed life into the toys she was getting for birthdays and Christmas. When friends and other family members saw them and the story that went with them, they encouraged me to publish it so others could enjoy it as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write from the heart and the creativity process is something I can't outline. I simply sit down at the keyboard and the words flow. Some days they come easily, other days I can't write a single line. I usually have a general idea in my mind where I want the story to go but oftentimes the characters have minds of their own!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I haven't actually "talked" to my characters but sometimes I think THEY talk to me!
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't try to force the words to come … simply think about it and try to "feel" the story. Let it take you where it wants to go.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had seen on Amazon the option to self-publish and it seemed a pretty straight-forward process. I wanted to have a printed version to give my granddaughter for her birthday this year so I decided to self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is very exciting to be able to self-publish. For people who don't have a history of being a published writer, or the funds to set up an account with a publishing house, it's a great way to get your feet wet.
What genres do you write?: So far just children's books but historical romance may beon the horizon
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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