Today, I am happy to be interviewing K.A. Emmons for her novel, Worlds Beneath.
I absolutely adored this novel, and was so happy to be able to read an ARC. K.A. Emmons is a talented author who can rip out your heart strings and produce feels. I can’t wait to see what she writes in the future.
Hi Kate! Thanks for joining us. First, will you please tell us a bit about yourself and how long have you have been writing?
Hey, thanks so much for having me. It’s an honor. Bio’s have never really been my forte, I find I always have a tricky time putting myself into words, ironically. I believe we’re all here for a very important reason – that our dreams, goals, and gifts are going to change the world. I write stories and have been doing that since I was a young kid, I speak sometimes, co-run a nonprofit and I helped to make a film. I’m also a surfer, karate enthusiast, and military wife. I published the first book in my series, The Blood Race last summer, and it’s been just a crazy fun and enlightening time.
I loved your story, World’s Beneath, and its predecessor, The Blood Race. Where did you first come up with the idea and how long did it take for you to write it?
Well, thank you so much. That’s really touching to hear that you love both the books. The Blood Race literally just came to me one day, in a short of “panoramic” shot. I could see in my mind and feel in my heart what I wanted the story to be about, and so then I just went and wrote it. Which always sounds a bit anticlimactic, haha. But there you have it. Worlds Beneath was a similar process, and The Blood Race definitely paved the way for Worlds Beneath, as those who have read book 1 to the end will probably guess. But Worlds Beneath took me a lot longer to write. It was a slow-cooked book that felt very therapeutic actually – it took around a year to write, whereas The Blood Race took about 4 months-ish.
Do you have a favorite character?
OH, MAN, THAT’S LIKE ASKING ME TO CHOOSE BETWEEN CHILDREN. In all seriousness though, so many of the characters hold a special meaning for me. But this is always a really boring response, so I’ll go with Hawk, Icarus, Fin, and Sensei – in no particular order. I feel like I’ve worked with these guys for so long that they’re kind of my homies. They’ve taught me a lot about life and myself… especially Sensei.
What are some books that have inspired you along the way?
Tough question. So there’s some saying, I think it’s a Stephen King quote or something, about how every good writer is a prolific reader as well, but I guess I’m proving to be the exception to this “rule”. I’m not a big reader, but when I do settle down with a book from time to time it’s usually nonfiction. I’d say the Bible inspires me the most. I tell people, regardless of their world view or religion, if you want an example of a story that is both riveting and thought-provoking, both masterfully poetic, yet violent, raw, and true – try the Bible. It’s rare to not find at least a couple copies hanging around my office. Aside from that, I enjoy reading Military books, motivational, spiritual, science, and life narratives.
Do you write by hand or on the computer?
I type all of my books on my laptop. I wrote on unlined printer paper with a bright blue gel pen back when I was a spunky little neophyte.
What kind of a writer are you? A plotter or pantser?
Pantser. Except all caps with clapping emojis in between the letters. I occasionally write things on sticky notes, but I never plot anything on paper. I typically just see and feel what should happen at what times within the plot, and give the rest over to the ultimate Creator.
Favorite snack or drink while writing? Distractions?
Coffee. In reply to both. I also drink a lot of Vitamin Water Zero because it has electrolytes and stuff and those are supposed to be good for you.
Do you have any advice for young writers who dream of being published?
Keep writing and don’t give up. Literally, that’s all you personally need to focus on at that stage… writing is the most important thing you can do to accomplish that goal. Believe in the dream, and keep getting after it, every day or whenever you can. Establish a habit, give it proper priority and treat it with respect and a level of seriousness. Write your goals down and tape them to your office or bedroom walls. And keep writing.
Where can we learn more about you and your books?
You can grab both books everywhere books are sold online. Here’s the Amazon page. My website, blog, and Youtube channel would all be good places to start learning about the book as well – plus I post a lot of stuff about motivating your own dreams and goals, so get some of that too. 🙂
Thanks so much for having me, it’s been awesome. You’re a fire-soul, Rebecca. ❤
When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out http://kaemmons.com/.
**This blog tour was coordinated by Livy Lynn