KC Sprayberry started writing young, with a diary followed by an interest in English. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in a Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now a teen getting ready to enter his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories, and her young adult novel Softly Say Goodbye, released in 2012. During 2013, more young adult stories have been released: The Ghost Catcher, Who Am I?, Family Curse … Times Two, and Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates.
What inspires you to write?
Things I see in the news, events at local schools, driving along the road and passing an interesting sight. Talking to people, hiking along a lonely path. A lot of things inspire me to write. Mostly being in touch with life all around me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Hmmm? Pantser or plotter? I’m more of a hybrid. I’ll always have a rough plot outline, but I never ignore my characters when they take off in a new direction. Most of my plotting is done on those small legal pads, and the number of notes floating around my desk is threatening to begin an avalanche I might never emerge from.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course I listen to and talk to my characters. Those are most interesting conversations. It’s their story, so I have to listen to them, but I don’t always agree. The arguments are the most fun.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read – read a lot, of all genres. Don’t stalemate your work by concentrating on only one type of book. Then write every day. Even if it’s a grocery list, create a story from that. Flex your writing muscles on even the most mundane tasks.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have publishers. I decided to go that route for several reasons. Publishers are connected to the marketplace, so they know best how to promote. They have editors and cover artists on hand – no auditioning involved there. My publishers have always worked with me, no horror stories.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future of book publishing is very much in flux. It can go in many directions at this point. More e-books than print, certainly, but I don’t see print books disappearing. While I have a Kindle, which I love for when I’m stuck in a waiting room, or going a long distance, a book in hand, the crisp feel of a page under my fingers, those are things I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Romance, Westerns, Mysteries, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult, and Middle Grade
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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