Today New Adult author, Kaisa Clark, steps in the spotlight here at Second Run Reviews. Kaisa’s book is currently part of a blog tour being hosted by Obsessive Pimpettes Promotions. If you head head over to Kaisa’s web site you can read an excerpt of her novel, Calm Like Home and even delve a bit further and read Chapter 1.
In the Spotlight Kaisa Clark
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Kaisa! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a lifelong reader and writer who gets by on a steady stream of coffee and chocolate!
Chocolate and Coffee, two of my favorite things. I especially enjoy a cold brew during the summer months!
Please share your journey to becoming an author. What keeps you going?
My first experience with writing was in third grade doing Writer’s Workshop. I fell in love with the whole process of getting stories down on paper! That same love fuels me today and inspired me to write Calm Like Home.
You got a relatively early start in writing! That’s so cool.
New Adult is a relatively new genre. What does being a New Adult author mean to you? How do you get someone who has never picked up a New Adult novel to read your book?
I think it’s an exciting genre to be a part of! I love hearing about people who lost their passion for reading only to pick up a new adult book and rekindle that joy. I would encourage readers who enjoy YA and adult contemporary romance to give new adult a try.
I had not considered that New Adult would be a mashup of contemporary YA and adult romance. It’s might be like a gateway to other reading levels for some.
What was the most difficult thing about getting published? What was the easiest? If you had to go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your stories or getting published that you’d change?
I probably took a little longer than most people to move through the process, but for me that is how it needed to happen, so I wouldn’t change a thing. I started writing Calm Like Home in February of 2014, had beta readers review it beginning in August of 2014 and then went through multiple rounds of edits to get it to where it is today. I’m sure I could still find things to tweak if I went back through it again! But I love that it is now out there and that people are enjoying reading it.
I’m happy to hear to you took your time and followed some traditional steps in getting your book published. I have encountered people who think that self-published authors rush through the process just to get their work out there. It’s great to hear you took your time.
What type(s) of books to you enjoy reading most and what three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
Honestly it depends on my mood! I love a good love story. I also have a soft spot for historical fiction. And of course there are so many great new adult reads I have been plowing through. Three books I recommend (and have read over and over) would be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
I’ve heard positive reviews of all three of those novels, but have not read them myself. I tend to stick to historical fiction with a bit a science fiction and fantasy thrown in. Once or twice I a year I need a break and venture in to contemporary novels. I’ll definitely keep these in mind.
What’s your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you want to share?
Aside from the obvious – reading and one-clicking new books for my Kindle – my current obsessions would probably be the sour gummies from Trader Joes (they are so addicting!) and playing Candy Crush Soda on my phone. It totally sucks me in!
Since I joined the #ShelfLove challenge this year, I haven’t been one-clicking books as much as I did in the past. I’m trying to be more conscientious about my book purchases. So far it’s working!
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Do what you love! Follow your passion!
What great advice, Kaisa! Thank you again from stopping by Second Run Reviews. I hope you’ll stop by again next year and let us know what you are up to. Good luck in all your future writing endeavors.
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