Author Spotlight Interview: K.T. Rose
Today’s interview is with horror author K.T. Rose. She shared a lot about her writing and the challenges she has overcome. It was a pleasure getting to know more about K.T.’s writing style, and life outside of writing!
HG: How would you describe yourself to somebody who isn’t familiar with your writing yet?
KTR: I write horror. All of it is on the darker side of the spectrum, so reader beware.
HG: What feeling do you hope readers are left with when they finish one of your novels?
KTR: There is hope on the other side of a tragedy and true life lessons can be learned through horrific experiences.
HG: Ah, I love that. Could you tell us a bit about your publishing journey? How did you know you were ready to take on the “author” title?
KTR: Back in 2016, I was dealing with some personal trauma and decided to finally write a book like I always wanted. It was a bucket list item. I kept going since then, and truly enjoy it. It’s taught me a lot about people and how we react to situations beyond our control.
HG: Good for you. What have been the challenges you’ve faced in your publishing career?
KTR: I stressed when I thought that quantity was the best for publishing. I would get angry at myself for not writing fast enough and not publishing more and more. I’m a scientist, so I tend to think deeply about everything, scrutinizing every detail. But when I rush, I’m not putting out my best work. Quality is more important than quantity. I’m just not one of those authors who can pump out a story four to five times a year—I’m lucky to get one out. And that’s okay. I also learned that you get what you pay for. Luckily, writing books isn’t my only job, so I can take my time and save up for better covers and editing services. I also am apart of a critiquing group who I read a chapter to every other week. They are a talented bunch, and their notes (and praise) are important to me. I feel so much better doing things this way.
HG: That’s fantastic advice. Is there anything you’d do differently? Advice to aspiring authors?
KTR: I would’ve taken my time and not worried about what other people were doing in the industry or what’s selling the most. You have to ask yourself why you write and what you hope to gain from the process. Yes write often but make sure the story IS a great story that you want to tell.
HG: Tell us a little bit about your actual writing process. Do you write at home? Do you set a word count goal?
KTR: I write at home whenever I can. Since I’m doing some things with my career, I have to work on my books when I have time. Right now, my career is taking the front seat because science is also a passion of mine and it pays the bills.
HG: Understandable. Do your books require a lot of research before writing?
KTR: Yes, and I also get my manuscripts fact-checked early in the process and again late in the process by someone else.
HG: Awesome. The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel was a 2020 release for you and is available in KU. Tell us a bit about this story and what readers can expect.
KTR: It’s a story about a group of terrible people who’ve been invited to an elite party at a haunted hotel. They have to face what they’ve done in the past and either repent or face the consequences for an eternity. The main characters unearth secrets about the hotel and its history, which helps us understand how the hotel is used and why they were stuck. It’s a horror story with some gore, so reader beware.
HG: Oooh, sounds interesting. Any writing projects in the works? What can you tell us about those?
KTR: Right now I’m working on a vampire horror series. Book one is in the third round of edits and I’m working on book 2. There will be 4 to 5 books in the series. It’s a story about a vampire named Trish who has a ring that gives her humanlike features, but she still has to feed on human blood while in her monster form. She stalks prey and disposes of bodies much like a serial killer would. Things were going well until, somehow, one hundred fifty something years later, she ends up pregnant and has a child with her husband of a decade. She spends much of the series looking after her son, watching the one-year-old for signs of carrying her vampiric trait. She hopes that he is all human like his father. Also, she lost track of a victim who she bit, and they have been reported missing by their tightknit family and college classmates. Lots of things happen that knocks Trish’s life off kilter, and it’s fun to see what she does once she loses complete control after flying under the radar for so long.
HG: That sounds awesome. We’ll have to keep an eye out for the release! Switching gears, what do you enjoy doing when not writing?
KTR: I play a lot of video games. Mostly RPGs.
HG: Awesome. What was your last 5-star read?
HG: For fun, before we wrap up, let’s do a fast five! First one…coffee or tea?
KTR: Good one. I drink coffee at work and on weekend mornings, but I drink tea sometimes before bed. I’ll go with tea.
HG: Bonfire or fireplace?
KTR: Another good one. Bonfires. I love sitting around a bonfire on a chilly fall night and sometimes on a summer night if it’s not too hot.
HG: Tropical beach or rustic mountains?
KTR: Tropical beach because the water is so warm, and the breeze feels good while I’m buzzing.
HG: Are you a morning bird or night owl?
KTR: It depends. On the weekdays I am a morning bird because I am eager to get the commute to work over with and I also love the opportunity to leave work at a decent time to beat traffic. I’m a night owl on the weekends. I like the night though. It’s the best time to write.
HG: eBook, audiobook or paperback?
KTR: Paperback. I like to hold books in my hands as I read them.
HG: For readers that want to find out more about your stories and keep up with you, where should they go to connect or learn more?
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