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K.C. Sprayberry has been Living a dream since she first discovered the magic of books. She traveled the U.S. and Europe before finally settling in the mountains
of Northwest Georgia. She’s married to her soul mate for nearly a quarter of a century and they enjoy spoiling their grandchildren along with many other activities. A multi-genre author and prolific writer, K.C. Sprayberry
is always on the hunt for new stories. Inspiration strikes at the weirdest times and drives her to grab notebook and pen to jot down her ideas. Those close to her swear nothing or no one is safe if she’s smiling gently
in a corner and watching those in the same room interact. Her observations have often given her ideas for her next story, set not only in the South but wherever the characters demand they settle.
Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, others in magazines. Her sense of adventure now takes it turn on the pages of her computer screen as her translate a lifetime
of discovery into stories for those who love her work.
Her books and stories include, Who Am I?, Darkness Within, Softly Say Goodbye, The Wrong One, Lost & Scared, Family Curse ... Times Two, Evil Eyes and Right Wrong
Nothing In Between just naming a few.
Hi K.C., So glad you could do this interview.
When did you decide to write your stories down?
I’ve always written down my stories, starting as a teen. There were so many in my head that I had to give them a voice. Fortunately, those early stories have vanished and the ones
I work on now are far better.
Did anyone in particular inspire you to go to the next step and publish your works?
Yes, one person set me on the path to become an author… Mr. Frank Jansson, my creative writing teacher at Monrovia High School. He took me aside one day and told me I had a fabulous
talent and that I should consider writing books. That encouragement stayed with me, until I finally decided it was time to go forward, after my husband said it was time to write all the stories I had percolating.
To my delight, I recently learned that my old high school is considering renaming their library after Mr. Jansson. Along with many others who are his former students, I’m pushing
hard for this honor to be given in this man’s memory!
Absolutely. Every book I’ve ever written has a bit of me in them.
Does your work usually convey a theme or message?
Most do as I write for middle school and teens. Some are for pure enjoyment and fun, though.
What was your ambitions for your writing career to start with and have you reached it?
In the beginning, I thought being part of the Big 5 was the only choice for my writing career. Over the years, I learned that there are many, many authors out there who have done well without
these publishers. I did know from the beginning I wanted the comfort of being associated with a publisher and found a wonderful indie company in 2011 in Solstice Publishing.
What genres have you written in?
Young Adult, Psychological Thriller, Paranormal, Historical, Western, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Military Romance, Romance, and Mystery.
What author or authors influenced you?
There are many authors that have influenced me. All of the fantastic authors who are part of the Star Wars universe, Robert Heinlein, Robert Jordan, and Steven King are just a few.
Can you share something about yourself you want your readers to know?
I love my puppy, Socks, cooking, discovering new places, and photography. Of course, reading and writing are at the top of my list!
Who do you read?
Robert Heinlein, Robert Jordan, Steven King, Lisa Gardner, and Tom Clancy are my current preferred authors. I’m always on the lookout for great indie authors to discover!
Blaze is a psychological thriller that introduces a new kind of Superhero, a group of Elementals. They all have “day” jobs but their primary mission is to keep humanity safe
through the use of certain elements. At this point, Blaze is in the early stages but I’m hoping the kick will happen soon and I can bring this story to the plotted conclusion. Anyone who knows me will tell you that my
plotted conclusions rarely happen. Once the characters take over, anything goes!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Never give up on your dreams. Keep fighting for them, no matter what anyone tells you.