Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you K.D. Wood!
K.D. Wood lives in north Mississippi with her family and a very spoiled White Waug. She creates love stories and smokin’ southern erotica but not your mama’s HEA. A consumer of chocolate but not spiders and completely composed of liquid awesome. When not in her office pounding the keys she can be found under a snuggly blanket, cup of Donut Shop close by with her nose in a book.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes, and I’ve always written in diaries and journals, but I didn’t get serious about my first story until after I hit 30 years old.
Why did you choose to write your genre? LOL! I’d like to say it was an educated decision, but it really wasn’t. I just wrote the story and then had to decide where it fit once I started trying to sell it to publishers. Not a career plan I can recommend.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? LOL! The whole Unwilling series fits that bill. Alien meets Romeo and Juliet is still the best description for the series.
What are you currently working on? I’m deep into content edits for the third book of the Unwilling series, Unboundless. It’s release date is February 28, 2017. [I can’t wait!]
What motivated the plot of your latest book? My love of every thing New Zealand inspired a lot of the Unwilling series. Their mythology and culture is so fascinating to me.
What was the hardest story for you to write? The book that’s in production now and set for release in 2018, I wrote it at the end of my father’s battle with cancer and every time I revisit that project I am shocked at how much of my personal pain leaked onto the pages.
What process do you use to plan your novels? An eight point outline when the idea hits and I start drafting, then a much more detailed plot sketch in revision.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Neely and Andrew in the Unwilling series are tied for first most of the time. They have been with me so long and have taught me so much about my writing that I’m really dreading the end of their series. I will miss them very much.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Thankfully, I don’t experience writers block because I’ve learned how to avoid it. Several years ago before I was published I went to a craft class taught by Chris Grabenstein based on his time doing improv. I loved his ideas and use them to this day to avoid blocks. Now I will get mentally exhausted and need to rest, but not truly blocked thanks to that method.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? No, they come to me nearly fully formed. They are very real in my head and I work hard not to impose any part of myself on my characters.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? When I get a story idea, what genre it is never comes into play during the drafting phase. I just write like mad, pure organic bliss pouring onto the page. It’s only later where I try to figure out where it’s audience might be found. Like I said, I don’t recommend this method as low stress LOL!
Which authors inspire you? Carolyn Haines, Dean James, Karen Stivali, Tiffany Reisz, Carrie Thomas and not for only their writing, but because they are truly awesome people I’m blessed to call friend who set the bar of being an author high.
What novel would you read multiple times? I’ve read all of Laurell K Hamilton and Charlaine Harris books at least 7 times. [Wow!]
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Fictional, Anita Blake. Real world, J.K. Rowling.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I’m a dog person, they bring such peace to my space that can get so crazy sometimes.
What is your favorite color? Blue, the brighter the better.
This question feeds the curiosity of other authors: If writing is a full-time career for you, do you have other streams of income (i.e. editing, cover design, etc.)? When I first retired from dental hygiene, all there was to my “writing career” was the writing. Hours and hours at night after my family went to bed. [I learned becoming an] author equals being a small business owner. Once I entered the business of publishing, I realized creating and selling books costs a lot! So I have taken side jobs and part time stuff to support my publishing projects.
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I love it when friends stop by! Thanks for being my guest today!
Join me next week when I’ll have Michelle Rabe!