About Keyanna Ford:
Keyanna was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI, she has always been into school but never knew exactly what she wanted to do. She graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 2005 with high honor and went to college where she studied Criminal Justice at Kalamazoo Valley Community College first then went on to get her bachelors at Western Michigan University where she doubled major and graduated with two majors in Criminal Justice and Social Psychology. After going through a bad situation Keyanna decided to write about it where she discovered her love for writing and that’s how her debut novel “Living in Fear’ came to life.
What inspires you to write?
I was going throught a bad relationship and I would usually read a book to escape my life but this time I decided to write it down. I wrote and wrote and before I knew it I had wrote five chapters to my book. I sent it to my friends and they loved it and Living in Fear was born.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve never been the type of person to write an outline, not even in school. The first thing I do is think about my book in three parts, the beginning, middle and end. I’ll get the key points in my head and sit down and write until that point. I also write at night while the rest of the world is sleeping, I’m a night owl.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I talk to my characters. I usually get into character and try to become them and write the I think they wold react. I’ve always talked to myself which is why I think it’s easier for me to get into my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell them not to give up. I wanted my book to be published on a specific publishing company but i didn’t make the cut but I also didnt give up. I researched other publishing companies and sent my manuscript out and got a few offers, I chose to go with the best one that fit my needs. I believe everything happens for a reason and rejection is part of life.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I researched the different ways of publishing and I chose to go with a publisher. I went with a publisher because I couldn’t afford to self publish, I also wanted someone who knew something about the business in my corner since it was my first book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s become easier and easier to publish a book and unfortunately it’s making it harder and harder for publishing companies. I also think it’s making the market go down unfortunately and that’s not good for authors or the quality of the books.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print