My Web Page (on my publisher's website)http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/author-kayla-bain-vrba/
Buy Link for Words of Divinityhttp://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=92&products_id=473
Q1. How long have you been writing? I've been writing professionally four years now. I wrote my first "real" story (something that wasn't a fanfic and longer then a one-shot) the fall after I graduated high school. I knocked it out in one month of full time writing and LTT picked it up right before Christmas. Non-professionally, I've been writing stories ever since I could pick up a pencil. Mom has dozens of stories I wrote and illustrated in 1st grade.
Q2.What first got you started writing? I used to write fanfic – My Chemical Romance, Panic At The Disco, Adam Lambert. I'd tried to write straight romance, I wanted to write for Harlequin, but I'd never finished one. I'm a fan of Cassidy Haley, an online artist, and I saw an add for LTT in one of his newsletters. I found out they had on open call for submissions, so I started my first gay romance. It was the first romance I ever finished, and it became my first published work. I've been writing for LTT ever since.
Q4.When you aren't writing, what do you like to do for fun? My current kick is weddings. My boyfriend and I have been talking about getting married in the next two years, and I love to spend my free time stalking Pinterest (you can check out my pins at http://www.pinterest.com/bainvrba/) and Kleinfeld Bridal. I like to fantasize about a Lord of the Rings themed wedding, even though my boyfriend doesn’t want it to bee to much of a costume party. Here's what I have planed so far: -"Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" for our first dance -A sweetheart cut bodice with boning on my dress -An outdoor ceremony -A beautiful reception area (not the local bar)
Q10.Are you more hands off when it comes to cover art or do you like to be involved in every step? I’m defiantly hands off. My publisher always asks if I have any requests, but I'm not very helpful. Once they give me prototypes, then I decide. I blame this on the fact that most mainstream romances, like Harlequin, have generic covers that look seductive but have nothing to do with the story. I’m that author who doesn’t know what she wants but will point out what she doesn’t like when the artist tries to please her. Sorry cover artists!
Q11.What kind of music (if any) do you listen to while you write? I like to listen to pop/alternative, so I'll play that while I write. If my book has a darker or more aggressive mood, I'll play rock or rap. Some of my books have sound tracks or theme songs I'll listen to constantly while writing. (For Words of Divinity, the theme song is Katy Perry's "Wide Awake.") I also watch movies if I'm writing by hand, usually Ice Age or Shrek.
Q16.Everyone has an indulgence they crave. What is yours? Anything that’s sour and chewy. It started out as an addiction to sour gummy worms, but it spread. Sour Jacks, Sour Patch Kids (I just tried the watermelon ones, yum!), Sour Skittles, Sour Starbursts. I have no self-control when it comes to sour candy!
Q17.Sometimes writing is stressful. How do you deal with it? Badly. I'm still new to the game in a lot of ways and it still gets to me. I get overwhelmed and beat myself down. Every time, I procrastinate and work right up to the dead line. I tell myself I won't do it again, but I do. I'm still working to make writing into a successful business. I know I can do it, I just have to stop procrastinating.
Q19.What was the highlight of your writing life so far? When Words of Divinity came out in paperback. I'd been published in anthologies so I'd seen my name in print, but this was the first time I got to hold a book that was just mine. J
Q20.What is coming out next for you? On the horizon, I've got a Christmas novel I'm working on. You'll probably see it Christmas 2015. And I'm in the very early stages of a SciFi series I'm planning. Actually on the books, so to speak, is a space fantasy romance between an officer and his subordinate, coming out in September and called Tell Me Something True.
Q21.When it comes to writing are you a planner or do you just go with it? I'm a planner. I outline most of my book pretty extensively before I sit down and start writing. I find that if I don’t, I get writers block easily. Also, if I make an outline, I can jump around if I get stuck with a particularly rough section.