It’s taken me all week to come up with something to post. I’m the world’s worst person to put a time limit on, because it just simply will not be done. So here I am at the eleventh hour, trying to figure out what to talk about, about me.
Who am I? I’m Kayla but my friends call me Kat. I’m a mom of two kids, who can sometimes act like demons but I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
I’m also a wife. I’ve been married 9 years to my husband. In addition to that, I write books, so far I’ve published three of them with the fourth coming out in just 3 days.
I’m a personal assistant to some amazing women authors, I blog when I can and I am an avid reader, although life has really cut into my downtime.
I craft when I can, and keep them around the house. My kids love craft time. We make bracelets a lot, and I make key chains. They relax me.
There’s something rhythmic about looping the strands of the plastic lace together or stringing beads together until you get the desired effect you want.
I do a lot of things. I don’t have a niche, I write, I craft, I read wherever my heart pulls me to.
My writing, like my crafting relax me, unless it’s making me cry. With my new release coming up I think I cried about at least four buckets of tears maybe more.
Soulmates is the story of one man’s journey of redemption to try to get his marriage back and save it. Cameron made a huge mistake, he’s not sure it can be fixed. Holly doesn’t know if she’ll ever forgive Cameron for what he’s done. Can these Soulmates, learn that love is timeless, or will their flame for each other burn out?
The subject matter in Soulmates was a little hard to write at times, but in the end I am happy with the book I wrote. Cam and Holly are special to me. And I hope they are special to you too.
I happen to be releasing Soulmates on my 30th Birthday. I’m not sure how I made it this far, but yay! I made it.
I still remember my grandmother taking me and my little brother to the library and her getting One Fish, Two Fish by Doctor Suess and teaching us how to read. It was all, downhill, I guess you could say from there. By the time I finished First grade I was already reading third grade chapter books. We’ve always been readers in my house.
I grew up reading a lot of paranormal books, not much romance, my grandmother detested Romance. I never knew why, but she wanted nothing to do with those types of books. It wasn’t until my Step-mom, my mom, my sister, a few aunts, a few cousins all formed a book club that I found Romance. This wasn’t your traditional book club, either. Instead of everyone buying their own book, we had one set. It was a series read. One set of books, and everyone would take turns. They each had two weeks until they had to pass it on. It was a Round robin style book club, which was cool. The series they were reading was the Tyler, Texas novels. Each novel was a letter like A, B, C, you get the idea.
I can’t remember how old I was, my dad and step mom moved a lot, but it was the middle of Summer and I was staying with them. I needed something to do. I was utterly bored, and I didn’t have a cell phone. I asked my Step mom for something to read. I ended up reading a Harlequin blaze novel and that’s how I discovered Romance and all it’s sub-genres.
I’m not sure I have a favorite book, I don’t have a favorite author either. The series that I could read over and over and over again, like it was the first time I’ve ever read them is the Night Tales series by Nora Roberts. There’s just something about that set of books, that transports me. Instead of being “here” It’s 1993 and I’m in Colorado, even though I’ve never been. I can get lost in them, I think I’ve owned a copy of every recover she’s done.
Lately, I’ve moved away from reading traditionally published (E.G Authors who are with big name publishing houses) authors and went to the independent scene. Authors who self publish their books have become my rockstars. I know a few of them personally, and they’re amazing people. Currently, I’m trying to find the time to finish Unconscious Hearts by Harper Sloan Get it here
and Unmistakably Us (Book 5 in the Imagine Ink Series) by Verlene Landon. Start your journey to the Florida Panhandle here
I haven’t bought a traditionally published novel for myself in over a year. All my purchases have been from Self-published authors.
There is so much talent out there in the author community both traditional and self-published, don’t limit yourself to one author or only “known” authors. Take a chance and you might actually find a new to you favorite author. I’m not going to lie, doing the self-publishing thing is a lot of work, but we’re all just crazy enough to love it.
Well that’s about it for me. I’m just an author, Mom, wife, blogger, and all around weird human.
Thank you Naelany for letting me stop by!