1. Day: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? For Example, Hemingway’s house.
K: I really haven’t. Most of my favorite authors are still living, and I feel invasive enough just following them on social media. I don’t know that I’d do much more than visit a gravesite when they passed.
2. Day: If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you choose?
K: Any major metropolis would be fun. New York, Seoul, Paris—anything where you have a lot of movement but could find quiet, local treasures.
3. Day: Picture this: You feel uninspired while you have sat at the computer for an hour without conquering any words. How do you get your creativity flowing?
K: Right, so every time I try to force myself to write. I reread my prior books or stories. Putting yourself back into the characters as a reader, with no pressure for word count, really helps make you think of things you want to happen.
4. Day: Are you a plotter or a Pantser?
K: Mostly a Pantser. I high-level know where things are going, but how I get there is anyone’s guess.
5. Day: What is your most unusual writing quirk?
K: Probably how I write everything out of order. Whatever scene comes to me gets put down, then I connect the ones I want to keep and fill in the gaps.
6. Day: What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
K: Paranormal Romance is usually my go-to. When I read, it’s usually to relax and decompress, so I want a happy ending. Paranormal and fantasy romance means you get the happily-ever-after and the plot conflict is (usually) outside of the romantic relationship, which I find less stressful.
7. Day: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
K: The quick answer is that I like tropes, so it’s probably the latter. The tricky thing about giving readers “what they want,” though, is remembering just because someone reads your book, it does not make them your target reader. So, it’s best to just write what you want to happen and don’t worry about what everyone will think.
8. Day: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
K: Don’t stop writing.
9. Day: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
K: $35 on a snarky teacup about killing people off in books. Just kidding. Editing. There is something armor-like in knowing you used editing software and three other people checked your work when someone finds the inevitable errors. It makes you feel less alone in your imperfection (plus, it’s just one error and not a hundred!).
10. Day: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
K: Is a teacup eligible?
11. Day: How many published and finished books/Vellas do you have?
K: I’ve finished the first two books in my Time to Wake trilogy. The third is in process. I just started my Vella story, and since you have to write in order, it’s been a challenge to finish!
12. Day: What does literary success look like to you?
K: Every time I think, “This is it. I’ve made it!” something new happens. For me, being in a library, a book box, having people love my writing, and ask when they’ll have something new is success. Being in the top 1% of millionaire best-selling authors is not a success, it’s a miracle, so I’m happy! It’s all about the baby steps.
13. Day: What’s the best way to market your books?
K: For my genres (paranormal romance and urban fantasy), I find sneak peeks, and tidbits from the books work best. Let people read a little, and then they want to know more.
14. Day: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
K: So much research. There is a two-word phrase in my second book I spent three months researching the Etruscan language to use. It’s a problem.
15. Day: How many hours a day do you write?
K: I’m a binge-writer, so I don’t write every day. When I do write, I sit down and finish 5-10k words at a time.
16. Day: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
K: Yes. Many, many secrets. The books are practically 80k words of inside jokes.
17. Day: What was your most harrowing scene to write?
K: A character near death. I’ve had a couple, and I think I cried during both for different reasons.
18. Day: What is your favorite time to write, and why?
K: Late at night. I don’t really have a choice. It’s when my brain cooperates.
19. Day: Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists, or C) Epic settings?
K: Selfishly, I’m going to say strong characters since that’s what I focus on writing and like to read.
20. Day: Can you give a shout-out to a fellow author?
K: R. Raeta! She writes my favorite book boyfriends.
K. Thomas’ Kindle Vella is:
What if the Fae controlled the world’s currency, and humanity’s fate was in the hands of a magic addict, a car thief, and the one creature that just wants to be human? An heir on the run. A heist gone awry. And a childhood romance that will be their salvation or start a war.
Her books are:
Time to Wake is the award-winning first book in the Time to Wake Series.
Senlis is your typical artist. Empath, hater of mornings, and the bearer of a strange name passed down from her grandmother. With a penchant for caffeine and a pet ghost, she’s just trying to live her best life.
Did she mention she also happens to devour souls? No? Well, it’s a bit of a conversation killer… no pun intended.
When new neighbors move in across the street, Senlis strikes up an unexpected friendship with the equally quirky Katie. The two get mixed up in a party circuit that leaves a string of missing girls– and a trail back to Senlis’ less than human origins. At the center of it all is Hunter: a guy not smart enough to keep his distance. He’s arrogant, frustrating, and terribly distracting… Just, please don’t tell anyone she admitted that last part.
Is Hunter involved in the mysterious murders? Or is he just in the wrong place at the right time?
As she tries to figure out Hunter’s motives, Senlis ends up learning what it means to be a Nephilim, and how her past is playing a role in the murders. “Time to Wake” is the first book of a new-adult paranormal romance series brimming with suspense and quirky laughs!
Book two of the Time to Wake series unravels the deep history between the characters while taking readers further into the lore and world of the Nephilim, with our favorite snarky caffeine-addict leading the way.