Hey there! For this blog post, I am doing my first ever Author Interview! I am so excited to share this with you guys, so without further ado, let’s get started.
The book and the author featured for this post is ENSHRINE by Kay Bensson.
I’ve asked her several questions about her book, process of writing and where she gets inspiration from. So here is her answers! Happy reading!
1. Can you please tell us something about yourself?
Hello! I’m Kay! I’m twenty-eight and I live in Connecticut. When I’m not writing, I teach kindergarten and I’m a competitive Irish dancer.
2. When did you start writing stories?
I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve been able to string sentences together. As a child, I often wrote my writing prompts as fiction instead of essays and I carried a note book everywhere (This is a habit I still try to keep). As for serious, publication worthy stories, I’d say I’ve been at that for around five years now.
3. Tell us something about enshrine. Is that your first ever book?
Enshrine is my first published work. Honestly, it would probably still be in my Google Drive if my fifth grade class two years ago hadn’t convinced (begged) me to read it to them. I read them a “watered” down version. They loved it and it gave me the nerve to start querying!
4. How did you come up with that story?
I had a dream that I was running for my life. I never saw who was chasing me, but I knew if they found me, I’d be wishing for death. Just when I was starting to despair about being found, a man ran out and asked for me to trust him. We ran through an ancient city until we reached the ocean. I woke up as we were clawing our way through the surf. I could not stop thinking about my dream, so I wrote a quick synopsis on my phone. A few months later, I finally sat down and started working on it. The rest is history.
5. What is your writing process like?
I used to just write whatever came to mind. I find that I’m far more successful if I outline. Things will move around or get tweaked, but more times than not I actually finish a manuscript when I outline.
6. Where do you find inspiration for your characters? Do they resemble a particular person in your family or circle of friends?
I taught general studies at a Hebrew Day School for three years. So many of my character’s names are based on the students’s that went there. I knew a real Naomi, Tehila, Nev, and more. Sage’s sisters Nira and Eden were based on twins that are going into sixth grade, Ora was a student I had in my room, and Nev was the sweetest kid in the school. In other stories, I’ve used friends, family, and even myself as character inspirations. A word of advice: don’t use love interests as character inspirations! I have a finished manuscript that will never see the light of day because an old flame would know it was him.
7. What do you do when you have a writer’s block?
I’m current dealing with this! I’ve been busy with my new day job and preparing for my competitive dance season and haven’t done much writing these last few weeks. When I did have free time I was a lazy bum! To combat writers block, I write little “one shots” that could be used later. I also have extensive story playlists on Spotify that I listen to on the way to work or dance class. I enjoy reading manga and drawing so if I need a break from a manuscript, I often turn to that.
8. What is the most difficult thing in writing a story?
Finishing a story is hard for me. I often know what I want to happen, but getting to that cliff hanger or “they all lived happily ever after” can be a challenge.
9. How do you deal with criticisms? Whether it is constructive or destructive.
I feel very blessed that most of feedback has been positive. If there is negative feedback, I try to learn from it as I do with other areas of my life. This is my first published book and I”m still very young. I have my whole life to perfect my craft.
10. What is your advice on aspiring writers?
Just go for it! I spent many years of my life hiding my writing from others because I was afraid they’d hate it. You won’t know what you are capable of if you don’t try. Also, don’t worry about fitting into a category. Write for you and the rest will fall into place.
Are you now interested in book ENSHRINE? Here’s the blurb so you can get even more interested!
Book blurb: When Sage Wolfe is accidentally mistaken for a peace offering, her world turns upside down. Dayton, the young, handsome, and insane King of Rosementh whisks her away to his castle to be his bride with the promise that he can give her the world and anything she desires. These offers becoming tainted as Dayton’s true colors show themselves; he is cruel and violent and Sage vows to run away or die trying. Just when Sage thinks she is hitting rock bottom, a hooded stranger named Jonathan Kreider comes to the castle. He doesn’t say much but his actions speak for themselves. Not only can he wield a sword or shoot an arrow better than most of Dayton’s men, but he always seems to be a step behind Sage, and though it should terrify her, for the first time Sage finds herself filling with hope. Sage is faced with a choice. Should she run away from the wicked king who took her away from her family? Or should she stay to learn more about the man who lurks in the shadows, the man that makes her heart race and almost makes suffering Dayton’s wrath worthwhile? Sage is about to discover that nothing is as it seems and everyone has secrets; Dayton, the man that calls himself Jonathan Kreider, and even herself.
I did enjoy this book and this author interview. Make sure to check her book on amazon and goodreads!