Kay Manis lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and five pound Chihuahua affectionately named “Tiny.” When not writing or researching you’ll find Kay reading a good book, eating out with friends or napping.
Kay’s biggest goal in writing is to amuse, inspire and entertain. If she’s done that for you then she says she’ll always consider herself a success.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. Mostly songs though, but I can be just about anywhere and see a scene play out right in front of me. I was out to eat the other day and saw a single dad with two kids get into a sports car and thought, there’s a story. How does a once married man navigate through the treacherous waters of dating and raising a family on his own.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m both an outliner and a seat of my pants writer. I write alot by the seat of my pants, but when I get stumped, I sit down with note cards and try to storyboard the entire book. I think a good word for my process would be – SPORADIC. I can sit down and crank out 15,000 words in one day. Then I can go for literally weeks in between. I write when the story unfolds before me. Basically I’m just a outsider looking in at the story in my head and capturing it on paper.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to them, in many ways I become them. You have to in order to capture the true emotions and be able to personify that. When I write a particular graphic scene or difficult situation, I will often times be spent, as if I went through the traumatic experience myself.
What advice would you give other writers?
Build a platform before you publish. Get engaged with other published authors. Be prepared to work you BUTT off. Writing is easy, promoting is the hard part!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I researched self-publishing alot on the internet and decided it was my best route. My story is so different, I knew traditional publishers wouldn’t get it. Plus, why would I spend all my time trying to woo them when I could be selling it myself, and keeping more of the royalties!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the skies the limit, especially with self-publishing. It’s opened up the industry and has allowed so many talented authors to showcase their work who wouldn’t have been able to given the traditional publishing hurdles.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance, Adult, Contemporary, Sports
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print