Today, I present an interview with KT Webb, Author of the New Era Saga.
1. First, tell me a bit about yourself. What would you like readers to know about you?
This might be a bit random. I’m a little crazy. I love to have fun and am always ready with a snarky response. I’m a wife and mother with two adorable kids that are my world. My husband describes me as a super nerd; my main fandoms are (in no particular order) Supernatural, Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. I am a strong supporter of independent authors and love to help new authors find the resources I didn’t have when I first started.
2. Can you tell me about your current project?
No. Just kidding! I am currently working on three different books.
1. Knights of Riona: A standalone Fantasy novel with some inter-dimensional travel. There’s a princess who ends up in a different world where she is locked away in a psychiatric facility for her insistence that she is from a place called Riona. A knight who will stop at nothing to find her and return her to their kingdom so she can reclaim the throne and keep their world from dying.
2. The Last Coven: Awakening: The first installment in a four-book Paranormal series. Four teenage girls discover that they have magical powers and are descended from the first coven of witches to walk the Earth. They have to fight off the three sons of an evil sorceress and keep them from retrieving their mother from the Otherworld.
3. You’re the Inspiration: The final novella in my Chicago Love Story Collection features the youngest Hanover and her quest for love.
3. Your work seems to fall into a couple of different genres. What attracted you to writing in those areas?
Well, my passion has always been YA Paranormal or Fantasy, but I met a bunch of fantastic authors at the North Iowa Book Bash. Those authors were primarily romance writers. I found myself feeling a tad judgemental about how “easy” it is to write romance and decided to put myself in their shoes for a creative experiment. I have since discovered that it isn’t easy, but it’s fun! The other reason is that my mind just doesn’t stop. I almost always have a story forming.
4. Where did you get the idea for the New Era Saga books?
The first book was inspired by a dream. My mom and I got to talking and the basic idea for the first book was created. Once I finished the first book the next two just flowed out of me.
5. Do you have a process for developing your characters?
Yes. I will often start writing a separate document in the character’s voice. That document usually doesn’t end up in the story, but it helps me get a feel for who that person is and where they came from. It may seem like wasted writing, but it works for me and I often discover surprising things about my characters.
6. How did you discover your love of writing?
For as long as I can remember I have loved writing. I’ve always carried notebooks around to write in and have quite a few books that I started and put aside.
7. What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Sharing my books with readers. I love being able to discuss my story with other people and hearing what they liked and didn’t like. It’s fun!
8. What is your greatest challenge as a writer?
Procrastination. I set goals for myself and have a specific timeline that I want to follow, but I just get distracted by shiny objects.
9. How do you find inspiration and motivation to write when you feel stuck?
It may seem odd, but this is why I write multiple books at once. If I get stuck on one, I can switch to a completely different story and take my mind off the one that has me stuck. I also listen to different music depending on what I’m writing. For my romances, it’s often Chicago (the band). For The Last Coven, it’s been a lot of Christina Perri, for everything else, it’s pop-punk.
10. What’s your favorite way to take a break from writing?
Playing video games. If I can disappear into a video game like Tomb Raider and just focus on the objective of the game, I feel my brain “relax”.
11. What’s one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring or new authors?
Don’t give up. If you have a story to tell, tell it. Use your resources, other authors can help you find affordable cover designers and expert editors. A well-polished book will receive much better reviews and experience much more successful sales than a book that’s just thrown up on Amazon.
Stay tuned for more author interviews, including an upcoming conversation with Kendra Elliott. You can also revisit last week’s interview with Brenda Donelan.