Interview with KG Stutts

  1. What inspires you to write?                                                                               I kept having detailed dreams that would stick with me long after I woke up. It filled me up until I felt like I would burst if I didn’t get it out of my head and on paper.
  2. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be to be a writer?                      I remember writing in high school. I took creative writing classes and remember writing poems and songs. One of my assignments senior year was to write something for the graduating class. The teacher took my poem and posted it around school. It was so surreal, seeing my name on posters around school. Then I knew this was what I wanted to do.
  3. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?                         I grew up on science fiction. My father loved Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Starship Troopers, etc. I’ve always been a big fan.
  4. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?                                                                                                   I feel like Harry Potter gets said a lot and it’s such a great series, but I will say the Hunger Games. I love Suzanne Collins and the series really captivated me. Excellent storytelling.
  5. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?                Not hard at all! The story felt like one I just had to get out.
  6. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pens, dictate, computer, or longhand?                                                                                                        It really depends on what I have available. I always keep a notebook with me either to write or just to jot down ideas but a majority of my writing is done on computer. I do have apps on my phone too, in case an idea hits if I’m not at home. There is something about pen to paper that makes it really authentic. The first book in my Amethyst Chronicles series was done nearly entirely in a red notebook a friend sent me.
  7. How important is research to you when writing a book?                            Research is key! Little details mean so much and can make or break aspects of the book.
  8. Do you prefer to set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?           I usually have the story in my head before I start writing but often times an idea will come that will change the story, usually for the better. I always give myself room for that.
  9. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?                        Editing. It’s not always easy to step back and look at the larger picture when it comes to editing. That’s why it’s so important to have content editors as well as line editors. Also, if I’m being completely honest, marketing my books
  10. What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?                                     Writing is the fun part!
  11. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”?                                                How long do they usually last? Not writer’s block, per say. Sometimes a scene doesn’t come completely in view. It’s always best to take a step back and let the idea form naturally. Try to get your mind off of it.
  12. Have you ever left any of your books to stew for months on end or even years?                                                                                                          Yes, unfortunately. I have a folder of incomplete stories because another book or something else entirely took priority. I try to never let a project sit for too long. 
  13. Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process? Crucial! That’s the first thing readers see. Book covers helps draws you in to the story.
  14. Do you attend literary launches or events?                                                       I haven’t yet but plan to this year.
  15. Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?                                Never go to bed angry, don’t take too much into your heart, and it’s okay to wear your heart on your sleeve.
  16. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?                                  Don’t be too focused on page or word count. Write the story as you see it. Don’t feel pressured to add unnecessary scenes.
  17. Do you read any of your own work?                                                                  I will after editing, before submitting the book to the marketplace. Also I think it’s a good idea when you write a series to re-read the previous book.
  18. Do your novels carry a message?                                                                      I like to think they do. Be true to yourself and family is important.
  19. How much of yourself do you put in your books?                                      There’s pieces of my heart in every book I have written. The character of Madison Rhodes in the Mirror series though I have put a lot of myself in.
  20. How realistic are your books?                                                                        Sci-fi but I would like to think steeped in realism. Some aspects I can definitely see happening.
  21. Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?                                                                                                I sure hope so! Currently editing the third book in my Amethyst Chronicles series, started writing book four, and I am also working on completing a collection of short stories
  22. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?                            My husband has been so supportive of my writing, and I think my mother would have as well (she passed away when I was 18) but my father has been the most supportive. I even inspired him to start writing!
  23. Is writing book series more challenging?                                                   Series are definitely challenging but so much fun. I think series gives you room to tell more stories than a standalone.
  24. Can you tell us about your current projects?                                                     I had published a few short stories that were the origin stories to the characters in my first book series. I started working on the last one and I will compile into a collection. The third installment in my Amethyst Chronicles series will be released in September.
  25. Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?                                                                                                             My parents were big enthusiasts. I loved reading as a kid. I was always on the top of reading lists in school.