Sunday, February 14, 2016

Author Interview with K.C. Sprayberry

Author Bio
Born and raised in Southern California's Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in Northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond. (Twitter: @kcsowriter.)

Amazon Author Page

Where did the idea for your novel come from?
The Canoples Investigations books were born during the horrifying hours after the attacks on 9/11. Not only was I horrified by what I witnessed but my then kindergarten age son wanted answers about why bad people would do such things. This child, now twenty, was my active one—creating stairs out of dresser drawers and climbing them, peeking at his daddy working on a computer and asking the hard questions, always into some kind of hijinks. Four days after those attacks, BD Bradford came to mind with his friends, Carl and Cassie Wills, and Terry Ashley. These were kids unafraid to try what others said was too dangerous. They leapt into trouble and sought answers without thinking. Canoples Investigations was a book for kids to seek their own answers to the bad people in the world.
How did you start writing?
I started writing in my teens, with a diary my brothers loved to steal and tease me unmercifully after they read what I’d written. My love of the story was taken further when my Advanced Creative Writing teacher in high school, Mr. Frank Jansson, encouraged me to run with what he saw as an awesome talent. Even during my time in the military, I was jotting down stories in notebooks, finding ideas no matter where I was.
What does your writing process look like?
Usually, I make notes about character names and locations, to reference later. However, with the Canoples Investigations books, I’m keeping a spreadsheet with all kinds of information so I don’t get a detail wrong later.
Where is your book set?
Canoples Station orbits Jupiter, in the year 2364.
Are your characters based on real people?
They’re based on kids I’ve known who will fearlessly leap off the top bunk bed, roll down a snowy hill, and dive into a pond during the summer. This is about doing the right thing despite restrictions.

Did you always want to write?
I’m fairly certain I did. Writing was a quiet fun retreat for me, when I wasn’t reading.
7. Which character is your favorite and why?
BD Bradford, mostly for his plucky, “I could care less” attitude and the fact that he readily admits he doesn’t get girls.

What authors do you enjoy reading? Why?
Robert Heinlein is pretty much at the top of my list, but Frank Herbert (Dune series) and Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time) aren’t far behind. Oh, and any of the authors in the Star Wars universe. I understand they’re calling those books the “Legacy” line now. Awesome adventures.

What are you reading right now?
All I Have by Felicia Rogers – one of the many books on my TBR list that I need to finish.
10. Dog or Cats?
Both but I’m more of a cat person.

What’s next for you?
Hmmm? Well, that particular project is still very much in development. Haven’t even got a title for it yet. It’s going to be a romantic suspense. That’s pretty much all I can say now.

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