Author Interview: Kayti Nika Raet
Your Name (as it appears on your books):
Kayti Nika Raet
Your Blog or Author Website:
Don’t have one (I know sacrilegious!)
How would you describe yourself?
Slightly weird (in a good way, they tell me, in a good way). Outgoing, I love to talk about books, and writing, and some more books, kpop (I will buy blockb’s album one day!), the world in general (I try not to rant). Booooooks!
How would you describe what you write?
Sarcastic, funny, sexy, slightly dark fiction. Usaully with a fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi bent, I have yet to write “normal” fiction. I don’t think it’s in the cards.
What inspired you to start writing your first book?
I read a lot of books, typically fifteen to twenty five a month and I wanted to read a book where the main character was self-confident, where the other characters didn’t need to sing her praises and she still feel like she wasn’t good enough, or pretty enough, or whatever. I also wanted a book where if the main character is African-American they aren’t used to moralize to the reader about what ‘proper’ conduct teens and young adults should be exhibiting.
Niko was actually the first book that I was rather deliberate on how I wrote it, setting up a schedule, outlining (I hate outlining), the works. I’m really happy with it.
Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla. It has a smoother taste in icecream and candies. And actually I didn’t really start eating chocolate until I was around 15.
What authors influence your writing?
Sarah Rees Brennan, Dia Reeves, and Laini Taylor, they’re awesome ladies and I encourage you to read every one of their books.
What one writing tip do you have for new authors?
Have a semi vague idea of how things are going to end, try to write a thousand words (or three pages a day), breath and realize it doesn’t have to be perfect from the starting gate that’s what revisions are for!
Did you self or traditionally publish, and why did you choose that route?
The Outsider Chronicles is self published. I had a chance for it to be traditionally published but it wound up not working out in the end :’( so after getting thoroughly depressed I stumbled across The Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck (awesome book btw) and learned that it was originally self-published. After doing a bunch of research (I’m a nervous nelly) I decided to go the indie route.
Do you have a blog, and how has it helped with your promotional efforts?
I have a tumblr http://knrwrites.tumblr.com/ and a wordpress http://knrwrites.wordpress.com/author/knrwrites/
I did my research so I hadn’t expected anything major in promotional gains but it’s helped me connect with other authors and reader’s and I’m a chatty person so it’s been fun.
What one thing are you OCD about, in general?
Numbers! I like palindromes and other number patterns. I was really obsessive about them a couple of years ago but I’ve gotten better now
What is the most creative way you have promoted any of your books?
Ummmm, I’m actually a rather bad promoter (still a noob) I’m going to do better this year though! * determined*
What would you do differently if you had to start over?
Research more, plan better, and be patient.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
Well book wise I’d love to have seven books out, after that to be able to live modestly off my books.
What are the first three rules you would make if you took over the world?
I’d probably be one of those rulers who think they’re good are actually quite paranoid and people plot to overthrow. ^^