Angie Azur is a YA Sci-fi Writer.
Writer for PALEO Magazine.
Former Intern at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
SCBWI & COWG Member.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author: Kaitlyn Cross

 I reached out to Kaitlyn on Facebook for an interview and even during the busiest time of the year, she said yes. Kaitlyn rocks! And she's funny too. 

This interview is full of helpful info, interesting answers, and I promise you will laugh out loud.

Kaitlyn is enjoying her success as a New York Times Bestselling author. She kept her butt in her writer's chair and worked hard to get there. But I wouldn't be surprised if someday she opens a bakery shop where customers could enjoy a glass of wine with a sweet-- and read her books. 

Below are the questions I asked her:

You have a photo of an amazing cake on your Facebook page right now. It’s making me hungry. Does it have to do with one of your books?
It does. Sugars is a dessert lounge in Fate Interrupted 1 & 2 and has always been a dream of mine because I love baking and drinking. Lol!

Why do you write?

I write because it’s what I always wanted to do. I went to college with the goal of becoming a writer for TV and movies. At that point, I figured it was too late to go down the novelist path. 

I hadn’t been submitting stories to magazines or querying editors like you always hear about other writers doing. I thought it was too late, and that kind of thinking almost held me back. 

Fortunately, I ended up writing for radio and learned a lot from some extremely talented people - which afforded me the opportunity to take a shot at my dream.

When you found out you were a bestseller, what did you do first?

After the room stopped spinning, I went out and bought a four hundred dollar purse at Von Maur. Lol! 

In the past, I had paid for most of my purses with Kohl’s Cash so I decided a little splurge was in order. My husband…not so much.

You love scoring deals on purses and shoes. What’s the best site to use?

Piperlime, Zappos and are some great sites to find sweet deals.

How long do you sit butt in chair and write per day?

I like to knock out a few hours in the morning, take a lunch break, and then get back at it until my husband comes home from work.

Is there anything on your writing desk is a must have for you before you can write? Say a favorite pen? A stuffy? Your favorite coffee mug?

             A couch and coffee. And Diet Coke for when I hit my coffee wall.

Where do your ideas come from and when do you get them? 
Ideas always come from ‘what if’ situations that can pop into your head at anytime. Usually when I can’t get to a pen or my cell.

What did you do before you were a writer?
I was a part of some really fun morning shows on different radio stations across the country and sometimes I really miss it.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My husband. I could have never written any of these books without his help and encouragement. He is my Dean J

How can my blog readers help you to become an even bigger success?
If a book really strikes a chord with someone, they usually leave a review or tell their friends, which is extremely helpful. 

I remember a Facebook message from a reader saying she had just recommended FI1 to her mom. My jaw dropped. I mean, I still haven’t told my mom the names of any of my books. She would have a church lady heart attack! (i.e. Ben’s mom in Brooke & Ben: Before Fate Interrupted…) 

But every author loves hearing from people who have enjoyed their books.

What TV shows are you watching right now?
I love so many shows right now and I don’t think any of them are on network television. 

Shows like AHS: Coven, SOA, The Witches of Eastwick, Betrayal, Revenge, Hart of Dixie and I can’t wait for the second season of Orange is the New Black.

If you were one of your characters in your books, which one would you be and why?

I’m probably a cross between Evy & Brooke. I have some of Evy’s big heart and some of Brooke’s big mouth. 

I wish I had their boobs.

Any big news?
Fate Interrupted 3 will be out this winter! 

And I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. And thank you for the interview, Angie!

(Oh, it was my pleasure Kaitlyn. You rocked it!)