Author Interview: Kendal Waller

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Do you argue with your characters? Occasionally I will argue with them, in my head and it often comes down to me having not paid attention to begin with… as in with most arguments. I just have to back up and reevaluate a previous situation to determine the direction the story should have been going in.

If so, who wins most frequently? I hope we all win and the book goes the right direction to make the story complete.What makes a story interesting to you to write? It is best there is some suspense along with the romance for me. When the idea comes to me as a what if… then how would I handle it? Figuring out those two things allows me to create my different scenarios to those questions which in turn create the character development and their actions.  How about to read? I write what I enjoy reading. Romantic Suspense. However, the books I tend to read are a bit dirtier than what I write.

How do you escape writer’s block? I know this is redundant but I have to stop and go back to find out where I made a wrong turn in the story line. Once I feel comfortable and figure that out then my wheels start turning. For me the writing should be smooth and the characters should develop easily or it isn’t working and needs to be reevaluated.  A time or two I have actually woken up in the middle of the night, turned on my computer and changed the beginning of a book. Turned out that was what was wrong and from there the rest of the story fell into place. Another time, in Strong, actually I was 180 pages into the book when I had a dream of Wolf. I woke up and deleted everything back to like page sixty and started over. It was a decision that made the book for me.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Just keep writing, and let your heart lead you.

What’s your writing fuel? If I didn’t write I’d go crazy. I have these stories in my head and I have to get them out. It is my therapy.

The best joke you ever heard: My favorite joke is about a Blonde, a Brunette, and a Red head. They were all running away from some bad guys. When they came upon an old barn, they ran inside to find a hiding place. All they could find were three burlap sacks.  They each grabbed one and hid inside. When the bad guys came in they saw the three bags, kicked the first one where the Red head was hiding, she called out “Meow” and the bad guys said, “Why that’s just some kittens.” They kicked the second sack with the Burnette hiding inside and she cried out, “arf, arf” leaving the bad guys thinking it was a sack of puppies. Finally they kicked the third sack with the blonde inside and she cried out, “Potatoes!”
The Rapid Fire section:Ink, Typewriter, Computer: Computer

Coffee, Tea, or Hard Liqour: Coffee a.m. / Vodka or Wine, pm,

Hot, Cold or Warm: I want to be warm I’m most often cold.

Cat, Dog, Bird? Dog & Cat 
 
NC17, R, or PG13? Yes.
 
 
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