Interview with Indie Author: K.M. Kinsley

Today’s interview is with K.M. Kinsley, Indie author of Normal, a psychological thriller available on Amazon.  

Tell me as much as you can about yourself in only one sentence. 
I’m the kind of person who writes about bloody neck slashing while listening to bubblegum pop.

Share a favorite quote or small excerpt from your latest work. 

“I appreciate the concern,” she said, resuming her mopping down the candy aisle, “but no serial killer wants anything to do with me. I’m old and boring. And I smell like menthol.”

Do you have any irrational fears that you can completely justify? 

Fish. You can blame my dad – when I was a kid, he told me how a fish took a big ol’ bloody chunk out of his foot while he was swimming in Hawaii. That was it for me!

I just might have an overuse word problem. I just can’t help myself. There are just times when I just need to just express myself. What’s your biggest writing hangup?

Oh man, you hit the nail on the head here. “Just” is my word-crack.

Share the love with a creative shoutout to your favorite Indie book or author:
George Mahood cycled the length of Britain with nothing to his name but a pair of boxer shorts. Buy his book (“Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain”) so the poor guy can do it with a proper pair of trousers next time.

Cat person, dog person, or I forgot to feed my fish, and it died?

Cat person. I adore dogs, but cats win for pooping in a box and being moody like me. (Just the moody part. I don’t poop in a box.)

Coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, or I’m so undercaffeinated it’s frightening!

Coffee, tea, and Diet Coke. Actually, the magnitude of my caffeine intake is rather frightening.

Pantsed or outlined? How do you tackle a new story? 

Pantsed. Horribly, recklessly pantsed.

What’s the biggest compliment you ever got? 

Having a reader liken my writing to Dean Koontz’s early work was exciting and very flattering. I might have done a happy dance. Might.

Life is full of hard choices. Would you rather be a hobbit or an elf? 

You don’t want to know how long I thought about this. Hobbit – a hobbit who drinks like a dwarf and dates an elf.

Oh, I wanna dance with somebody! Would you dance with me? If so, pick a style of dance you like and the best song to go with it:

Hell yes! I’m a notoriously ridiculous dancer. Put on ABBA’s “Hole In Your Soul” and let’s go freestyle.

Tell us about your cover art: Who designed it? How did you choose a direction for it?

About halfway through writing the book, the look and feel of the cover just came to me. I designed it, but my sister took the picture and my dad did some Photoshop before I finished it up. (Fun fact: that ominous figure on the cover is me.) 😉 

Aliens have conquered Earth and are forcing you to give up either reading or writing. What’s it going to be? 

Ooh, tough one. But I get sick of myself quickly, so the writing would have to go.

What’s the most unexpectedly strange piece of advice that you could share with aspiring Indie authors? 

Fake it to make it. I’m serious. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, neither will anyone else.

I can tell you’re hiding something interesting from me. Fess up now, and I’ll go easy on you: 

Fine, you got me. I left the body in a storage locker. The key’s …wait, is this going to be posted on the internet where police might see it?

Why do you write? 

To make the voices in my head shut up.

Where do you write? 

Everywhere. I’m pretty sure McDonald’s and Starbucks have me on a “most wanted for taking up tables” list. Someday (she says dreamily) I’ll have an office.

Thank you K.M. Kinsley for a fascinating chat! I encourage everyone to take a peek at Normal. You can also connect up with K.M. on her Blog, Website, Facebook, or Twitter

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