Interview With Author Kirsty Kendall
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I've written my whole life since I was 6 years old. I actually wrote my first "books" at the age of 6! I have published 3 books on Amazon. Two of them are children's books, and one is a children's activity book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Unicorn Vs. Dragon: The Epic Tournament. It's part of a children's book series Hippolyta the Unicorn. The first book, Unicorn Christmas Story: The Secret Ingredient is about Hippolyta and Raina the unicorn saving Christmas. I wanted to introduce a new character. A dragon seemed perfect to me! Hippolyta the unicorn already has a human friend. Surely she would love to befriend a dragon as well.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I'm a night owl and often write at night. I never start writing (or anything, really) until the afternoon.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, of course. But my favorite book of all is The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. It's the perfect fantasy novel! And the main character is a unicorn.
What are you working on now?
I'm plotting new Hippolyta the Unicorn books. Because I definitely want to write new books for the series. I'm thinking of writing fiction books for adults as well, but they take so much longer to write than children's books!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon ads, but I recommend studying how they work before starting a campaign. I've promoted my Amazon free e-book campaigns with Bknights on Fiverr before. It's a good budget option.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you write a children's book series, learn from my mistake: Don't write a Christmas book first! They only sell during the holiday season. You should publish two non-holiday books first, and then you can write a Christmas book in the same series if you want. That way, you'll have at least two books that sell all year round before your holiday book goes live.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do what you love.
What are you reading now?
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. And a couple of other books too. I have ADHD, and I often have multiple unfinished books I'm reading simultaneously.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm working on my WordPress blog which is not related to my books. And plot on new books and hopefully get them published as soon as possible. But before that, I'm marketing my latest book to get sales.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, and the Mammoth trilogy by Stephen Baxter. Maybe that's cheating because it's three books in one.
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