Kasi Blake: My love of books. My mom taught me to read before I even started to school, and she bought me all the classics before I was in Junior High. It seemed inevitable that I would go from reading to writing.
LBBB: How long did it take for you to write your first book?
KB: Years. I started it when I was 12 and didn't finish until I was 19. Boy, that book really sucked. lol
LBBB: How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
KB: Variety of ways. Other books, shows or movies, real life events, dreams, and sometimes things that people say to me will spark an idea.
LBBB: What is your writing routine like? Do you have a set schedule or are you flexible?
KB: I try to write first thing in the morning, before breakfast or even changing out of my pajamas. Then I clean the house, run errands, etc. In the afternoon I write some more, and a lot of times I write late into the night.
LBBB: What inspires you to write?
KB: BICHOK. Butt in chair, hands on keyboard. Funny, but true. Most of the time I do not feel like writing. I'd rather daydream about the book, listen to music, or talk about it with other people. But if you want to finish that book, you have to force yourself to sit down and write.
LBBB: Are any of your stories written from personal experience, or any character traits that mirror yours?
KB: I think there is actually a little bit of me in all of my characters, and I have added some real experiences here and there to my stories. For instance, my first kiss was with a movie playing in the background and I laughed. The guy wasn't thrilled with my reaction. I think I used part of that in Crushed.
LBBB: When in a slump, what do you do? If you read or listen to music, what are your go-to books or music?
KB: Listening to music that goes with the scene always jumpstarts my writing.
LBBB: How do you respond to negative feedback/comments with your work?
KB: It used to really upset me. Now, I usually laugh about it. The things people say, oh my. Most of it is stuff that isn't even true. They insist I didn't give them a clue or make something clear when I know it's in there and they just missed it. Not everyone is going to love my books. I'm used to that now, and I try not to take it personally. It helps to hear from fans who love the books.
LBBB: What is your writing space like? Do you work anywhere or do you have a special place just for your writing? Messy or clean?
KB: My office is a mess right now because I just threw everything (tree, decorations, etc) from Christmas when I took the stuff down. I really need to clean it up. It's a nice, private room with a desk, comfortable chair, pics of my book covers on the wall, and various writing tools.
LBBB: Do you have a favorite author? Series?
KB: It changes, but at the moment I love Cassandra Clare the most. The Mortal Instruments are my favorite books, and I have read them several times.
LBBB: Any fur-babies?
KB: I have a big dog outside and two beautiful cats inside. One is a Manx (they resemble bears and don't have tails) and one is a Persian mix.
A number of uses for my writing skills presented themselves over the years. I used to write letters to my parents when I was in trouble or when I wanted something. Somehow it worked. The letters were able to change my parents' minds in some instances. In high school, a few of the popular kids grabbed a story I was working on out of my hands, and they read it. Although I was sure they were going to ridicule me over it, they actually loved it. After that, they knew my name and treated me differently. In college, I was failing History, but a well-written essay raised my grade and impressed the instructor.
So now as I look back I can see I was always meant to be a writer. It's funny how things work out, how an awkward teen can become a happy author. Dreams do come true. My advice to anyone (especially young people) who want to write (or sing or act or anything) is don't give up. Don't let others talk you out of your dreams. If you want it, work for it.
I've done some pretty crazy things over the years in the name of becoming a good author, like petting a mountain lion (because I couldn't keep my hands to myself) and venturing inside of places when the smart thing would have been to stay outside. Researching through books is the easy way to find stuff out. But it's more fun to actually do them.
I was born in California. Now I live in the Midwest on a farm with tons of animals that I have to feed each morning before I can write. When we get snowed in, I work in my pajamas. I think you know enough about me now. Haha