A huge THANK YOU to author, K. Z. Chambers for answering our questions! It was a pleasure spending time with you during this interview! 1. What inspired you to write this book? Answer: To be honest, I was looking online at a realtor site and saw a house. I told my husband, “You know, that house is haunted.” 2. Can you tell me about the book? Answer: It is about a woman, Kate, and her young daughter, Emma. The woman has just gotten out of an abusive marriage and is starting her life over with her daughter. She finds an old Victorian house and falls in love with it. There have been small accidents in this house that have driven previous owners away. Soon Kate begins to wonder if the house is haunted. She finds out one night while standing in her kitchen. She accepts that there is a ghost living with them. She is encouraged by her two best friends to try her hand at love again. She meets someone but her resident ghost doesn’t care for him which causes some friction between he and Kate. Kate’s life has some ups and downs as she watches her daughter grow up. Then one day a horrid silhouette appears at her front door. That is the day that changes everything. 3. What is your writing process like? Answer: When I get a quiet moment, I just start writing down whatever pops into my head. 4. Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who? Answer: Kate is loosely based on me. She and I have had a few similar events happen. 5. What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended? Answer: They continued their lives as we all have to do. 6. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Answer: Energize. I still can’t believe I even wrote a book. 7. What are common traps for aspiring writers? Answer: Don’t worry about details so much in the beginning. You can always add them in later. At least that is what I do. 8. What is your writing Kryptonite? Answer: My husband. He likes to come in and talk with me with I’m trying to be alone and quiet so I can write. 9. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Answer: I think original. 10. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Answer: They are stand alone books at this point. 11. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Answer: I am currently working on my second book. 12. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? Answer: I don’t. The story just began to form in my head and I had no choice but to write it down. 13. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? Answer: I have been writing about a year, just for fun. 14. How many hours a day do you write? Answer: At least one hour during the week and more on the weekends if possible. 15. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult) Answer: Young adult 16. What did you edit out of this book? Answer: the word “as”. I have a bad habit using that word. 17. How do you select the names of your characters? Answer: I had my granddaughter help me with names. 18. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Answer: I am a Medical Laboratory Technician by profession. 19. What was your hardest scene to write? Answer: Christmas. 20. How long on average does it take you to write a book? Answer: At least a year. 21. Do you believe in writer’s block? Answer: Yes, I can see how that would happen. 22. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand? Answer: Longhand and then computer. 23. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? Answer: My daughter-in-law gave me the idea. 24. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? Answer: It was easier than I had ever thought possible. 25. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day? Answer: I don’t really aim for a set amount. 26. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? Answer: Wherever an idea takes me. 27. Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors? Answer: Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, James Patterson and J.K. Rowling. 28. What is the most important thing about a book, in your opinion? Answer: Using words to paint the place or event so you can see it clearly in your mind. 29. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read? Answer: Gone with the Wind 30. How much of yourself do you put into your books? Answer: 25% 31. Who are your books mostly dedicated to? Answer: Family and friends 32. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? Answer: My husband and granddaughter 33. Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that? Answer: I was so inspired by J.K. Rowling. Maybe she is my muse. 34. Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts? Answer: I know I don’t. LOL 35. Did any of your books get rejected by publishers? Answer: I have only self-published 36. What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any? Answer: No, I haven’t 37. Is writing book series more challenging? Answer: I would think it would be. 38. Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier? Answer: Yes! That’s why I write it down on anything I can. 39. Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts? Answer: Yes. 40. Can you tell us about your current projects? Answer: It’s a romance. With an unlikely “person” bringing two people together. 41. Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day? Answer: Not published, but the literature teach I had in college said she always looked forward to reading my papers and seeing what I had written. 42. Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid? Answer: My mother read nonstop. 43. Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs? Answer: I bounce ideas off his head every now and again. 44. Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece? Answer: No 45. How can readers find out more info about you and your books? Answer: Go to Amazon and buy The Ghost in the Orchard.
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