The Seventh Question – Kay Kauffman



A mild-mannered legal secretary by day, I wrangle words and kids in my spare time.  I’m a proud member of the Alliance of Worldbuilders and a band geek for life.

The Questions

1)  How do you describe your writing style?

Fluid?  I tend to write lots of long, flowy sentences, and I think my love of poetry has influenced my prose to some extent.

2)  What has been the high point of your writing career?

So far?  Probably speaking to my son’s third grade class as part of their poetry unit.  I talked about writing in general, poetry specifically, and shared some examples of my writing over the years, including a story I’d written in third grade.

3)  What one thing to do with writing most makes you want to scream?

Trying to fix plot holes!  I’ve been trying to patch up a bunch while rewriting my current WIP and it’s driving me crazy(er).

4)  Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere!  Much of my inspiration for my poetry comes from nature, but the other day I had an idea for a horror story based on a conversation two of my coworkers had about cows.  I’m not exactly sure yet how to turn it into the story I want to tell, but someday… 🙂

5)  What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m finishing up a round of revisions on the first book in a fantasy series.  I should have done this a long time ago – maybe if I’d started then, I’d be ready to query now!  I’m also collecting bits and pieces for a new poetry collection, and I’m trying to get back into writing short stories.  It’s been far too long since I wrote a new one, and I miss it.

6)  Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favourite… and why?

I’ve written an awful lot of characters over the years, but I think my favorite one (as in, the one I’ve had the most fun writing) would have to be Malsato, the villain in my fantasy series.  My motto in writing him has always been, “Villains are the heroes of their own stories.”  I didn’t want to make him a flat, stock kind of character, and I’ve had a lot of fun peeling back his layers to see what makes him tick.  He’s not the most likable guy in town, but he’s been a fun one to get to know.

7)  The Seventh Question… What question do you wish people would ask you, and what is the answer you’d give?

I’d love it if someone asked me if I’d like to borrow their time turner.  I would have to say yes. 🙂

Kay and Her Books

A geek to the core, I reside in the midst of an Iowa cornfield with my husband and four children. When I’m not chasing the kids every which way but loose, you can find me penning fantastical tales of great heroism and twue wuv…and possibly procrastinating online.

As for my books, I have two poetry collections available, Tuesday Daydreams and A Song for All Seasons. From frost-covered windowpanes and snowy vistas to rolling green fields and bright blue skies, each poem is a peek into a fading world of untamed beauty.

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I’ve also been honored to have some of my short fiction featured in anthologies. 416 features scary stories, each of which are just 416 words long and stemmed from a challenge on the writing website Authonomy (which has now been closed). Strange Portals features fantastic stories with a holiday theme from the Ink Slingers League. And A World of Their Own features work by the Alliance of Worldbuilders, a great group of writers I’m proud to have joined back in my Authonomy days. Proceeds from A World of Their Own are donated to the World Literacy Fund in honor of our fallen member, Lindsey J. Parsons.

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You can find me in all the usual online places: At my blog, where I share random pictures and silly poems; on Facebook, where I share things about cats and books; on Twitter, where I share whatever pops into my head; on Pinterest, where I share delicious recipes and images from my fantasy world; on Instagram, where I share pictures of pretty sunsets; and on Tumblr, where I share all of the above.



1 Comment

  1. Tricia Drammeh

    Great interview! Kay, I can definitely believe speaking to your son’s third grade class would be a highlight. What a great experience for you, your son, and the other kids. Your son must have been bursting with pride!


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