Author Spotlight: E. Kay Sims
April 3, 2018 • News
1) How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
I’ve always been a writer and storyteller since I was in about 1st grade. My high school Creative Writing teacher encouraged me to become an author my sophomore year. I never pursued it until my sister read my work and she really gave me the confidence to go Indie and self publish.
2) What hurdles have your overcome while striving towards your goals?
At first, I had no idea where to begin. I was new to the Indie Book World. It took me a while to figure things out, but I’ve met some amazing people––-authors, photographers, editors, book cover designers and readers–– who helped me navigate my way around in the book world. Now I have my own PA and author manager. She’s a tremendous help! I rely on her for just about everything. The other hurdle was ‘coming out’ as an author to my friends and family. Most were very excited and offered their support and encouragement. Others, not so much. I’ll leave it at that.
3) Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
They are all my favorite! I love them all equally. I have about eleven books outlined and at present, I’m actively writing four different books.
4) For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
Always write for yourself, no matter what. Write from the heart and write a story you would want to read.
5) Favorite motto?
I have so many. But if you put me on the spot, I would say my most ‘go to’ motto is this: I am exactly where I am supposed to be in this moment. Every experience up to this point in my life has shaped who I am today and I like who I am.
6) In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
Well everyone wants to be unique or original. I would describe my writing as ‘distinctive.’
7) Which author inspires you the most and why?
Many authors inspire me. But, I must confess, BT Urruela inspires me immensely. He was the first Indie Author I’d ever followed and most of what I learned in the beginning about the Indie Author Book World came from watching him in his live feeds online as he openly answered readers’ and fans’ questions. I took notes! Lots of notes! And let’s face it, he is an inspiring person. He is humble and genuine even with all of his success.
8) What is your writing process like?
It can be grueling sometimes as I pore over research for my stories. I’m very meticulous about details and accuracy. Months of research goes into each story, sometimes before I can even begin to sit down and write a story. And most of the time it’s like the characters talk to me in my head and tell me their stories out of chronological order. I have to write when the mood strikes, and then go back and sort it all out finding which order things go in. It’s definitely a mental journey into another dimension.
9) Goals for the remainder of the year?
Make it to all my signings. Get at least one, if not, two more books in my Soldiers of Destruction Series done and finish the first book in my Ghost Warriors Redemptions Series. And…Kiera Jayne wants to co-author another book together. That is going to to be a fun one!
10) What new projects are you currently working on?
I am working on a World War Two Prequel to Eve of Destruction, Book One of the Soldiers of Destruction Series. And I’m involved in a secret project which is a group effort for an upcoming anthology in which the proceeds will go to a veteran charity. That’s all I can say about it.
11) Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
I can’t wait for you all to see my upcoming book covers from both of my series and my co-authored books, especially since the photographer for nearly all of them is Christopher John of CJC Photography. I’m truly grateful to all the readers! They encourage and support my work. I wouldn’t be an author without them! So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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