Boys of Fall by K.D. Wood
Series: Seasons Erotic Novellas #1 Genre: Contemporary erotic romance Publication Date: January 12, 2016
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1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I've always written in diaries and such. It wasn't until the characters for Unwilling came to me fully formed and individual that I knew I needed to tell their story A to Z.
2. How long does it take you to write a book? An 100K word PNR novel in the vein of the Unwilling series will take me six months to rough draft due to the level of world building involved. It's different for every type of story. Boys of Fall took me around 4 weeks to draft.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing? I'm in my office 7 to 3 Monday - Friday. Weekend work depends on what I have going on or if I have a pressing deadline.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Something I call "descending into a draft". When it's a brand new story, I tend to sink deeper and deeper into the story with every page. So much so that there have been times that I will finish and find I've been mentally absent from my life for the last whatever months it took to write the draft. It's a lot like rising out of a deep pool to just under the surface. I function, I get the kids to school, help with homework, get dinner cooked, etc etc. But my brain is still under the surface of that world. Waiting, churning over bits and pieces and planning. Always planning. Lot of times I don't even know it's happening until I finish and break the surface of that world with "the end". It's a lot like walking into a party where everyone laughing way too loud, over-dressed, and drunk. I'm left blinking and stumbling, senses assaulted, until I catch my reality balance again.
5. How do books get published? That really depends on who is doing the publishing and such to get specific. But the broad idea is like this: A writer has a inspired idea, sits in front of their computer drinking too much coffee or tea and alternating between crying and euphoria. Somewhere in all that crazy, a manuscript becomes a rough draft of the writer's idea, A to Z. Then the writer spends a certain amount of time (read A LOT) repeating the crying/rage/cheering between typing however many revisions it takes to get the story tight enough to send to their first revision readers. The manuscript then goes through, beta readers, content edits, line edits, and finally polish edits by a professional at your publisher or a paid contractor by the author. By then the ugly duckling manuscript is starting to look more like just an unwashed swan. One more spit shine on it and it's ready to go into ARCs (Advanced Read Copy) to be sent out the first people to generate reviews. Unusually that's bloggers. A release date is set. Then the big day comes in with a very anticlimactic POOF there it is on Amazon! After which you eat ice cream and go to bed :)
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? All my stories start with the characters. They just start talking and I listen. Everything develops from those conversations
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you? First short story, almost novelette, was in high school, around 17. I was 35 when I finished Unwilling in 2010.
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?I love to read, of course, go to the movies with my kids, veg out with the Netflix, and visit my family in south Mississippi.
9. What does your family think of your writing? The readers of my family are super supportive and excited. I think the non-readers are convinced I have a screw loose.
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That I could work this hard, literally become a husk of broken feels and exhaustion, grit-eyed and sobbing at my desk. And happily drag myself to that chair again the very next day because there's NOTHING I'd rather be doing.
11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Eleven since 2010. I don't have a "favorite" in that sense of the word, but I do love Unloved with a passion unlike any other. It's been the book that broke me open and glued me back together several times by the time I finished it.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?Go stand in front of your mirror with the door locked. Look yourself in the face and decide what you really want. Do I want to write until my heart's content and never share my worlds with anyone else? You can do that. And get great joy from only the writing.
If you want to publish though, that's a whole other animal and lots of potential authors bite the dust from confusing the two things as "same". The very much are not.
Writing is JOY. Writing is like breathing in a piece of the beginning of the world and letting it soak into your cells. Only to have it change into your story, your version of creation, and then burst free at the tips of your fingers on the keys.
Publishing. The industry. The world of the business. Is exactly that, it's a business. And it will eat you alive unless you have YOUR personal goals and decisions nailed down. Worst of all, it will get you if you haven't been straight with yourself. The bottom line is that the business of publishing will steal your JOY of writing if you aren't honest with yourself.
So the best advice I might could pass along is this: Protect that bit of yourself. That silent, personal, locked away place where your joy lives. Treat it like a safe full of gold bars and don't let another person, place, or thing touch it.
Protect your joy at all costs and everything else will get in line.
13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?All the time and it still blows my mind. Mostly they share things about the books they liked or didn't, then they tell me to hurry up and write the next book. LOL!
14. Do you like to create books for adults? Yes, I have BOYS OF FALL which is a contemporary erotic romance, novella. And FROST which is part of a PNR holiday collection. Those are both 18+ and not intended for younger readers.
The Unwilling books: Unwilling, Unloved, and Unboundless are all New Adult PNR. Teens are safe to read those.
15. What do you think makes a good story? When the author does their job of creating so well, you get completely lost in the story and can't put it down. That's a job well done.
16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?So many things. And I was lucky to have parents who always told me I could be anything I picked if I worked hard enough.
17. What Would you like my readers to know? That I hope you find something in one of my books, no matter which one, that gives you that awesome moment of escape that only comes from reading an awesome book.
Other books by K.D. Wood (click photo to be transferred to Amazon)