When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I was one of those kids whose nose was always buried in a book. So
authors were like rock stars to me. As a kid I was always playing around
with words, and writing short stories. I remember writing one with my
brother that turned out incredibly gory and silly all at the same time. It
was fun, though! So - I guess I've always wanted to be an author!
Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? Do you
outline? Spontaneously make things up as you go? Or have some special
Before I wrote a word of Book One in the Erec Rex series I plotted out
the first book in detail as well as the rest of the series - for five
months! I wrote detailed plot on loose leaf paper and put it in a binder
so I could add into any section as I went. Then, even when I was
writing the rough draft, I would still add plot ideas for later in the book
or in future books. Sometimes I get hit with a great idea, but know it
won't fit in until, say, Book Four. But the good thing about planning
it in advance is that it lets me drop hints in earlier books, and set
things up well!
Do you have any other projects in mind besides Erec Rex?
Oh, yes. That's the problem with having maybe too much creativity - you
get hit over the head with all kinds of great ideas when you need to
get something else finished. I just write down the ideas and make myself
wait. I am planning a cookbook tied to the Erec Rex series, full of
fun-to-make, completely unique goofy but good foods. I'm also writing a
side book to the series. And I have some great ideas about a younger
kids series, too!
What were some of your favorite books as a kid?
I loved the Wizard of Oz series (about 14 books) by L. Frank Baum.
Those, and pretty much everything I could get my hands on! But I still love
"kids/YA" books. I read them more than adult books. Inkheart is next
on my list.
Can you tell us anything about the next Erec Rex book : The Search
You bad girl!! Well ... I guess I can tell you a bit. Erec finds out a
lot more about his past. And here is an aside you might find
interesting: Do you remember the contests in Book One? The first one was called
the MONSTER. Book two is called The Monsters of Otherness. The second
contest was the Pro and Contest (about finding out the truth...) Book
three is The Search for Truth....
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to hang out with friends and watch movies. I love to read, which
I don't let myself do too much when I'm writing. I'm on MySpace and
Facebook, which take more of my time than I want. Facebook is more fun, I
think. I like to cook - deserts especially. Lots of things.
Random question: What's your favorite website?
Hmmm... In about a month it will be my website, hands down,
http://www.erecrex.com I'm getting it totally redone and it will be awesome. But for now ... that's a toughie. I use Wikipedia all the time -
that might have to win.
Thank you so much for your time, Kaza Kingsley!