Welcome to stop #2 on Kaza Kingsley’s Blog tour. Check out some questions Kaza answered for us, her faithful readers, and then take a peek at Kaza from a few years ago. If you have not yet read them, you also need to check out her Erec Rex books, The Dragon’s Eye and The Monsters of Otherness.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest and most overwhelming part of writing for me is what happens after I finish the rough draft of a book. When I’m writing a rough draft, I free myself to go anywhere the story takes me. (Although I do follow some guideposts!) I don’t worry about the details, if I’ve used the same word too many times, or if a whole section isn’t quite right. I’m just living the story, watching it unfold. And I love that.
It’s what happens next that is so hard! I’ve been using a whole
different part of my brain for so long, it’s strange making the switch. When I finish the rough draft I do a thorough edit on my work, and it nearly drives me crazy.
That’s where I step back and look at the story as a whole. It’s not as easy as it might seem. For me, at least, I have to picture all of the scenes flowing together smoothly, watch for boring spots (those get yanked!) make sure the mystery is hinted at just right, and try and imagine the story threads like an interconnecting puzzle, with just the right chunks in the right spots. I move bits from one part of the book to another, cut scenes, add others.
It’s a huge pain in the neck! And it makes my head spin, until I get used to it after a week or two. It’s grueling, but definitely worth it. I’m kind of like a sculptor, chiseling the “right” story out of the rough draft. Once I have it where I want it, I still make a few more changes (being a perfectionist.) But at least then I can relax.
Doing the fine edit, wordplay, is low pressure and relaxing for me.
Plus, I really feel done then!
What is the best part?
Being finished!! Aahhh, so satisfying. I suppose a close tie is
writing the rough draft through some of the more exciting scenes. I really like that!
Do you ever get lost into your writing?
Yes. When I sink more and more into my story, which happens as I get further into the rough draft, I do begin to feel as if it’s real. It’s almost like I’m living in two worlds at once! A cool feeling, really. Things that happen to me in real life don’t seem as significant then, which is good, I guess. It’s kind of like taking a vacation in your own mind!
That’s really only when I’m writing the rough draft, though. The editing part is so compulsive it gives me those kind of filing/ sorting /looking for things dreams at night.
If you had the chance, would you live in Alypium?
When I’m writing I kind of feel like I do live in Alypium!! But as far as really living there? Umm…No. I think I prefer magic to remain inside my head. Not that I’m not adventurous, but Erec’s adventures are a little wild for me! I like to know that I’ll be here tomorrow, safe and snug!
What authors would you most like to have dinner with?
Given anything, being a fantasy writer, I’d have to pick someone from the past. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a meal with ? When I was a kid I used to imagine how fun it would be to have someone from the distant past, like , appear in my kitchen
so I could show them all the new, cool stuff we have!
“Thanks for hosting me on my blog tour, Kate! It’s fun visiting so many sites. I hope you like the baby pictures of me along the way – each site is getting their own. You’ll see me grow up along the tour!”
Don’t forget to check out the rest of Kaza’s Blog Tour! She won’t be repeating any questions so you’ll hear cool new stuff every day!
1/7 – A Fort Made of Books
1/8 – Books4Ever
1/9 – Baseballs and Bows
1/10 – Fanatic Space Blog
1/11 – Bibliophile’s Retreat
1/14 – A Year of Books
1/16 – Deliciously Clean Reads
1/17 – Into the Wardrobe
1/18 – Real Gurlz Magazine
1/19 – Chauceriangirl