About Kamaya Tarpley:
I have been writing and dipping into creative activities since I was young. Growing up on each coast gave me the ability to keep an open mind and learn about the many communities that are out there. In 2016, I found a love in writing novels after the publication of Alicia Vale: I Salute You and haven't put my pen down since! To date, I have 14 published novels ranging from romance to horror.
What inspires you to write?
Movies and television serve as my inspiration because I am a visual person. They give me prompting to give even more details to a scene so that the reader can know what something looks, tastes, or even smells like.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Colin Falconer, Peter Suskind, and Niall Griffith are my favorite writers.
Tell us about your writing process.
I typically create a playlist per novel that will keep me in the zone when I am writing. I also like to create a multi page outline that will keep everything organized and my ideas structured.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't necessarily interact with my characters but I do say to myself "What would X do?" or "What would X say?"
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell other writers to also write for themselves first because everyone cannot be pleased. At the end of the day, you must be happy with your work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published at first because it's so easy but overtime, I found an appreciation for having complete control. I have had to humble myself to learn how to edit properly/ collect skills in graphic design the more I moved forward.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing will become more respected and seen as valid. Right now, many turn their nose down at it but you miss out on incredible stories that way.
What genres do you write?: Dark Fantasy/Thrillers/Horror
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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