Hello, everyone. Sad that the weekend is over? Me too. But let's brighten up our Monday by having a chat with wonderful writer Valerie Kemp.
Welcome, Valerie. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Wow, you've had quite an exciting career already. What drove you to make the jump from making films to writing YA novels?
What are you working on now and what are the stories about?
I’ve got two projects that are my main focus right now. IMAGINARY HEART is a YA Paranormal Romance. Here’s the blurb:
When 15-year-old Caitlyn Moore is attacked by a substitute teacher who claims she has to pay for what she did, she discovers that not only does she have serious unexpected martial arts skills, she also shares a mysterious connection with the hottest guy in school. What she doesn't know is, why?
They both sound extraordinary. I'd love to read them. Tell us, are you a planner or a pantser?
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Yes, sometimes we just have to take that first step, and then it flows. Who are your inspirations?
So many. I think Stephen King is probably the first writer I read when I was a kid who wrote the kinds of things I wanted to read. He opened my eyes to the world of paranormal and fantasy and on top of that he’s an amazing writer. The way he can create a character in like two sentences, and you feel like you know this person, and then two paragraphs later, that person dies and you’re sad because you actually know what the world just lost? Blows my mind.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
In the mornings, COFFEE. I drink way too much. In the afternoon or evenings, I’ve lately developed an addiction to Trolli Brite Crawlers, which are neon-colored sour gummy worms. Last night I ate them for dinner. It’s a sickness. I need help!
LOL, let's not get into coffee and food addictions; we'll be here all day. ;)
For my latest documentary, I took my trusty flashlight and a microphone to scope out the cave where the Easter Bunny hides his chocolate.
Excellent! And, um, make sure you share that chocolate, okay? Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Whom would you like to give a shout out to?
My Sisters In Scribe, Lacey and Kristi for being the best, most supportive crit group out there, as well as awesome writers! (And for letting me ramble on and on about whatever is stressing me out about my book that day.) My crit partner Natalie for being all kinds of awesome and sharing her awesome work with me (and for letting me ramble on and on.) My mom for not having wireless internet and letting me come over to her house to write so I can actually get stuff done! (And also for letting me ramble on and on as I hash out plot ideas that she knows nothing about.) Are you sensing a trend here? Anyone who has put up with my rambling about my writing deserves an award!
And also, the YA writing community who are some of the most encouraging, generous, friendly, and informative people in the world. I feel so lucky to be a part of it!
And finally, where can people find you online?
You can find me at my blog: http://valeriekwrites.blogspot.com
My crit group’s blog: http://sistersinscribe.blogspot.com
And coming soon on my own website: http://www.valeriekemp.com
Thank you so much for letting us get to know you and your work, Valerie. I'm excited to see your books in print one day. Good luck!