Being an author is like breathing to me. It's effortless. It's who/what I was born to be. I'm actually surprised it took me so long to begin sharing my writing with readers like you! With three books and one short story published and one work-in-progress, this is just the beginning. I don't have the luxury of writing full time yet which can hinder my creativity at times, but this is my life and I love it because it's all part of the journey. So I guess the answer to your question is: the hardest part about being an author is when I'm not being an author.
2. Can you give us a short synopsis of Summer Solstice: Enchanted?
Katrina Summer is a girl that most teenagers can relate to in one-way or another. Awkward by nature, sheltered by her mother, an outcast due to being the "new girl" around Apollo Beach, admired by some, hated by others. As she's learning to cope with the tragedy of her mother's death, she's thrown into a completely new environment, one that forces her to deal with her insecurities head-on. Secrets from her heritage are slowly unfolding, bringing Kat closer to her new life, and ripping her from the only life she's ever known. The terrifying visions and dreams only escalate as she nears her sixteenth birthday, the day of the summer solstice. She's about to learn the Summer family secret her mother desperately tried to conceal—but is Kat ready to embrace all that's in store for her?
3. What inspired you to write this book?
My first answer to this question is always: Nature, Magic, and Love. Here's why . . . When I first started writing Enchanted (Book One) I had just moved from Seattle to Florida. I was the new girl with dreams of living on the beach and falling in love. I'm a writer (wink) it doesn't take much more than that to inspire a story idea. Initially The Summer Solstice was supposed to be a young adult contemporary romance, centered on the innocence of being young and growing into oneself while falling in love with the boy next door. Kind of boring, right? Maybe not, but that's what I thought to myself when I was done with the first draft of the story. I knew immediately it was lacking something. That's when I started to research elements of Greek Mythology I could weave into my story. It all started flowing from there, one idea after the other, until something clicked. Katrina Summer finally had a purpose, and love was no longer central to the story . . . not yet anyway. Enchanted (Book One) became more about Kat learning who she is, because one can't love completely until they love themself. The rest of the series builds upon this and romance unfolds in surprising ways—even for me!
4. How many hours per day do you spend writing?
My goal is to spend three-five hours each day writing (or 3-5K words), but sometimes that's hard to do with a four-year old and a 50+ hour work week! I end up averaging around 10K words a week and I'm more than happy with that for now.
5. Name your Top Five Favorite Books.
Tough! 1) A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks 2) Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella 3) Slammed by Colleen Hoover 4) Where She Went, Gayle Forman 5) Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - as you can see I don't read much Fantasy or Young Adult, but I love writing it!
6.What are you working on now?
My current work-in-progress is a New Adult Contemporary Fantasy titled "Up In The Treehouse" that focuses on a childhood friendship that ends in tragedy, only to follow two of the characters into their early adult years when they are finally forced to deal with the past. This story is very different from the Summer Solstice series and I'm excited for my readers to get to know a different side to K.K. Allen.
Title: The Summer Solstice Enchanted
Author: K.K. Allen
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
After Katrina Summer’s mother dies a mysterious death, she is hurtled into life at Apollo Beach where she learns the legends of her Ancient Greek ancestors. Kat’s world unravels as secrets from her heritage are exposed—secrets that her mother purposefully concealed. Leading to her 16th birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat becomes frightened when enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams haunt her. As her visions become reality fear turns to terror as powerful forces threaten the lives of those around her. Amidst the turmoil, Kat meets Alec Stone, who becomes her sole solace in an evocative world of mythological enchantment and evil prophecies that lurk around every corner . . .
K.K. Allen is the Contemporary Fantasy / Romance author of stories inspired by nature, magic and love. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve snow cones on the side of the road. K.K.’s Summer Solstice series (The Summer Solstice Enchanted, The Equinox, and The Descendants) are now available! Her short story, Soaring, is available in the Echoes of Winter YA anthology.
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