Q&A Thursday with K A Davur

Today’s Interview is with author K A Davur.

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What is the worst
thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you
learn from it?
  Like most writers, I
have this old folder of angsty teenaged po-e-treeeeee that makes me cringe,
especially when I remember that I actually read most of it aloud at various
events.  The raw emotion does have to be
respected, to some degree, though. 
Maybe. 
Why did you start
writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve never not written. 
I have diaries from when I was in Kindergarten or earlier filled with
stories.  I still remember the first time
I was recognized and singled out for my writing, which was in first grade.  They created a beast!  I took nearly a decade off from writing;
people go out of their way to tell aspiring artists of any sort all of the
reasons that we will never, ever make it. 
It gets so discouraging and effectively strangles one’s muse.  While I’d like to strangle my muse at times
(her name is Cecelia and she’s a fickle little monster), I think that’s one of
the greatest disservices we do our children. 
Help them dream; they will discover reality on their own. 
Do you write in more
than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?
  I have written a great deal of non-fiction in
the past.  I used to be a doula and a
midwife, and was published in some professional journals.  I’m surprised at how much I incorporate the
knowledge I gained there in my work now, though I guess it makes sense.  Birth is a naturally dramatic event!  Now, though, I’m writing speculative
fiction.  The novel that was just
released was a vampire themed comedic thriller for kids.  My next two are for adults. 
Do you read other
author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or
something different?
  I cannot read
my same genre.  Either I start to
subconsciously mirror their writing, or I get intimidated.  I’m always reading something, though.  Right now I’m reading “Raising Riley” by
Brick Marlin and “The Others” by Thomas Tryon.
What is the most
difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches,
editing..etc.
The hardest part for me is anything that is technologically
based.  I’m a bit of a Luddite!  I write everything in comp books that I buy
when they are on super clearance for back to school.  I’ve always said that a notebook is an
invitation but a cursor is a demand!  The
moment comes, though, that I have to actually type it up and edit it and that’s
when the problems begin. I take care of all of my own publicity, which means
pinterest, twitter, a website, goodreads, etc., so I’ve had to learn
quickly.  I’m not good, yet, but I’m at
least proficient. 
If you could have the
same type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?
  Kevin Smith! 
He gets to go to cons and hang out with all the same amazing geeky folks
as I, but THEY pay HIM.  They seek HIM
out.  That would be awesome!
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