I recently did 20 Questions with author and game designer Douglas Schwartz. See the full set on his blog: http://pegamoose-g.livejournal.com/52612.html and check out his book Checkered Scissors.
20 Questions with Kaisa Clark
Q1: What is your name?
Q01: Kaisa Clark
Q2: When did you decide to be a writer?
Q02: I have wanted to be a writer ever since grade school Writer’s Workshop. I have always loved crafting stories and letting my thoughts pour out through a pen.
Q3: What did you most recently publish (title and genre)?
Q03: I am working on my first novel: Calm Like Home.
Q4: What is your next project?
Q04: Right now I am focusing on my first novel: Calm Like Home.
Q5: Which path(s) have you taken: traditional publishing, self-publishing, or both?
Q05: I am planning to self-publish my first piece.
Q6: Why should people consider reading your work?
Q06: It is fresh, lively, multi-faceted.
Q7: How do you describe your writing style?
Q07: My writing style is very open. I write what I feel.
Q8: Where and when do you like to write?
Q08: My favorite time to write is first thing in the morning. That seems to be when my thoughts are clearest. I also get the urge to write on long drives, but have to settle for short voice memos until I reach my destination.
Q9: At what time, day or night, do you feel the most creative?
Q09: Definitely in the morning, drinking that first cup of coffee, before the day drains away that creativity.
Q10: Which authors inspire you the most, and how?
Q10: So many! I love authors that make their readers think, that leave little bread crumbs along the way. I really appreciate a solid storyline and well thought-out characters. I try to incorporate those features into my own work as well.
Q11: How do you overcome the writer’s demons: Procrastination and Self-Doubt?
Q11: I seem to have the opposite problem to procrastination: not enough time to write! Writing is my hobby and unfortunately it gets pushed to the back-burner when other aspects of life get too busy. I try to make time for writing every day. Even if it is just 30 minutes to re-read a scene, I always try to stay connected to the piece. In the end I write because I enjoy it, so I always come back to that.
Q12: What aspect of your writing do you feel is strongest, and what needs the most improvement?
Q12: I enjoy writing prose and dialogue. I think I could improve on grammatical structure.
Q13: What was the best part of the worst thing you’ve ever written?
Q13: Getting it out! I think it is better to write what I am feeling, even if it is terrible, rather than not write at all.
Q14: What advice do you have for others who want to be writers?
Q14: Go for it! Live your dream! You will have fun throughout the process regardless of the outcome!
Q15: What form of marketing works best for promoting your work(s)?
Q15: I would encourage social media, blogging, connecting with other authors.
Q16: If life is a bowl of cherries, what does your life as a bowl of cherries look like?
Q17: Who is your rock, the one who encourages you the most to keep writing, and why?
Q17: I take inspiration from others in the writing community who post about their process. That really motivates me to keep trying.
Q18: What do you do apart from writing?
Q18: I love to listen to music, do yoga, cook for my husband, and play with our dog.
Q19: Where can people find more about you and your work(s)?
Q19: Visit my blog kaisaclark.wordpress.com, follow me on Twitter @kaisaclark, like me on Facebook: on.fb.me/QGgNI6
Q20: What one question should this interviewer have asked, and how would you answer it?
Q201Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
Q202A: I am constantly inspired by daily life. Little interactions throughout the day always seem to get me thinking about the story I am creating and how the characters would react in a similar situation. I also get a lot of inspiration from music! I pretty much always have music on when I write and it definitely sets the tone.