Hello, my friends!
I have a super fun post today and one that I really enjoyed putting together! One of my amazing writing friends, Kaley, is doing a blog tour to celebrate the launch of her author blog, Words. The tour has been amazing so far and if you haven’t already, go check out the first post here!
Today, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Kaley–She has some fantastic answers, and her WIP (work-in-progress) sounds amazing.
Anyway, let’s get started!
Welcome, Kaley! In case some of my readers haven’t met you, would you mind introducing yourself?
Thanks for having me, Pearl! I’m a teenage author and musician with a passion for the Lord and helping others through relatable characters that go beyond stereotypes or the norm to be as unique and supportive of those around me as possible.
What is your writing mission statement?
My mission is to give everyone a mirror that shows how beautiful they are through powerful words and relatable situations. I love creating characters that are normal, not super pretty girls who happen to be in the dork group and hence they act like fools and the mean girl hates them for no reason. Everyone is deeper than that. I’m trying to write the reality of the soul, not just the stereotypical teen.
What’s your current WIP about?
I would say my most current WIP is one I’m not ready to explain, but I’ll tell you a little bit about the one I recently finished, What Matters Most. It’s about three teen girls in their first year of high school getting lost in a desire to be worth something and nearly losing the very people who saw it from the beginning. It’s about realizing that your worth doesn’t come from Tricia liking your hair or Lily thinking you’re fat or Mike having a crush on you. It comes from who you were inside, all along, and I believe that true friends are those that see it in you.
I also believe that this worth was predestined by God, long before even the world began. He loves us and so we have worth, not because we’re good or perfect but because He chose us and we are His. I don’t highlight this point as much in the book in order to reach even those who don’t believe in the Lord, but I believe it with all my heart.
What is one thing you like to do, besides writing?
I spend most of the time when I’m not writing (or doing school or wasting time, for that matter) on photography and music. Music is like putting on a stethoscope and magnifying the heartbeat of writing and I love it so much. I play guitar and ukulele (and technically piano). Writing songs isn’t counted as writing for me because I rarely get writer’s block or lose motivation. I just feel the flow or I don’t. Photography is seeing the simple, basic things from a whole new angle, appreciating how they are and what they are. Really, all of my hobbies are about changing the light cast on everything and learning to love things that a lot of people don’t care about.
What is the first book that made you cry?
I’ll be honest here: I’ve never actually cried over a book or movie except my own. And I only cried over my own once, when reading a sad part out loud. But I came very close to crying over Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt… it is the saddest book I’ve ever read, starting from chapter one, but he inspired me to really think about people in a new light. His books make me write how I do.
Who is your favorite author?
Gary D. Schmidt gets first place, but Kara Swanson is a very close second with Jonathan Auxier as a third. They all take things from the perspective people think of first and swap things around. They play with the rules and make classic things their own. I love it.
What is your favorite character that you created?
A month ago my answer would have been different, but I’ve become really appreciative of my character Amelia. She’s a lost teen in her first year of high school, unsure of why she really wants what she wants but knows she wants it. I thought her character was weak at first and then I realized that no teen girl one hundred percent knows who they are, especially not when they have nobody to look up to that isn’t on a screen. So I’m letting her remain just a little lost, just a little unsure. She has interests and desires but she is growing and that’s what matters to me.
What genre do you write?
I write realistic fiction most but I write in whatever genre best fits my latest idea. I have a plot for a thriller floating around, a new realistic fiction in the works as well as the sequel to What Matters Most, a sci-fi/fantasy on the back burner, and one without any specific genre at all at the worldbuilding stage.
What do the words “writer’s block” mean to you?
Writer’s block is really a mental block where your brain says “I can’t write right now because I don’t know the perfect words for this part.” I’ve learned to not let it win when I write and it rarely gets in my way now, although I still deal with it sometimes.
When did you start writing?
I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. Forever. The moment I could form letters on a page and spell enough words is probably when I officially wrote my first story. I’ve lived in many worlds, and this earth is just one.
What is your blog going to be about?
My blog is about my passion for words and for others. I’m a little bit of a Christian Abbie Emmons blogger for teens who’s determined to remind you how much WORDS MATTER. Because they do. They’re so important. So you’ll find anything and everything words on my blog. I try to keep it simple, keep it free, keep it fun, and keep it positive. That’s my goal.
And that’s it!! Thank you so much for reading friends, and have a lovely day! Thank you Kaley for the wonderful interview. ❤
Click here to check out the next stop on the tour which will go live tomorrow. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the tour. 😀
Kaley Kriesel is a 15-year-old Christian author from Oklahoma, USA, where she pursues Jesus and studies from her home. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and when she isn’t writing, learning, or socializing, you can most often find her playing ukulele or reading a book. She has two blogs, Words and Sketch Scribble Scribe. This tour is for Words.