Please help me welcome Author Kitty Bullard to my blog today. Here is her pic and my interview with her:
What is your name? Do you use a pen name (if so, why?)? My name is Kitty Bullard and to be honest I write with a partner, her name is Amber Rendon, and we have yet to put out our first book so we’re not sure if we’ll use a pen name yet or not but it’s always a possibility!
Tell me a bit about yourself: Well, I am 40 years old, I own and run GMTA Publishing aside from being a writer myself and I often like to call myself the ‘unpublished publisher’ it’s actually a little joke I have with a few people. My partner, Amber Rendon, and I have at least 3 books in the works we have been slaving over for the past 3 years. The only thing holding us back from getting them done is publishing but we wouldn’t change that for the world. We still find time to write when possible and we’re sure to get our works out soon.
What type of genre do you write? Amber and I aren’t set on one genre. As I said we have 3 books in the works, one of which is modern supernatural, one epic fantasy, and one fantasy erotica. There are many more in the ‘creative imagination’ stall right now kicking and whinnying to get out but we have them securely locked up for now. ;)
What genre to you personally read? I like all genres, I really don’t have any that I don’t read. But I would say that my most favourites are fantasy, horror, and historical fiction.
Tell me about your latest? Well the 3 latest are a modern supernatural that’s not too much different than what you usually see out there other than a lot of our supernatural’s are a bit different in the make. Let’s just say they aren’t your run of the mill supes. The other is a fantasy called “The Legend of Tremuir” this as well as the other work is destined to become a series. Tremuir is about a land that has become the playground of the gods and goddesses and not in a good way. They tend to enjoy wreaking havoc with the lives of petty humans and it can get quite interesting. The last which is the erotic fantasy is basically a story with quite a bit of naughtiness that derives from a young girl that unwittingly created an imaginary friend when she was younger that turns out to be quite a nasty bit of work in her future. We’ll leave it at that. ;)
What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story? The passion for books actually began when I was first old enough to read. I started reading and never stopped and I have only grown to love books more with each passing year. I started GMTA as a review book club and it eventually turned into a publishing company when I began to realize how many unpublished authors were out there that were worthy of a good publishing home. Since then we have grown by leaps and bounds and things have been going very well so far. I long for the day when GMTA can be up there in the ranks with Penguin, Harper Collins, St. Martins, Simon & Schuster and the rest! :0)
Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way? Yes, actually, there is a series or was, I should say that started in the 70’s called “Elfquest.” They began as comics, then magazines, and finally novels that were written by Richard and Wendy Peni. This series sparked my love for fantasy and I have been enthralled by it ever since. I still collect everything that has to do with “Elfquest.”
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp? To be honest there aren’t really any messages other than the hope that they read our work, enjoy it, want more, and pass it on. All we care about is adding to the wealth of amazing literature out there and hope that it takes off and does well and people are happy with it. If we can pull that off then we’ll be very happy!
What challenges have you faced in your writing career? Though it’s always challenging to write a novel, I feel the true challenges are yet to come. We have to get our work out there first and if we do that, half the battle is won. After that we can only hope.
Who is your author idol? My author idol… hmmm good question I really have so many but I’d have to say that George R.R. Martin for the present and J.R.R. Tolkien for the past. Those two men really have fantasy down!
Do you see yourself in any of your characters? Oh yes, in every single one. My partner and I have often discussed how there are bits and pieces of us both in all our characters.
What does your workspace look like? Believe it or not I am so well organized it’s scary. My partner always tells me that. So my workspace is actually well kempt.
Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit? Every day of my life! I know that sounds harsh but there is always at least one thing that happens during the course of the day when you just want to throw your hands up and say, “I’M DONE!”
What do you do when you’re not writing? Publish. Easy answer!
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? Writing is the most important part of remaining sane! Really do you know how many authors would be in mental wards with multi-personality disorder if we didn’t write?
Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer? Oh yes, I think mine was about when I was 14 and my cousin and I decided to write a fanfic… yes as old as I am we did that even then. I’m not going to divulge who it was about for fear I’ll be laughed at…. but yeah. When you are at a sleepover and you are about to finally get some sleep but you wake up because you had a genius idea for the ‘book’ you were writing and can’t go to sleep until you get it on paper… that’s when you know you must be a writer!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Never give up! Write until your fingers bleed and get those characters on paper. If you give up, you’ll never know what might have been!
Your website? The only site I have right now is our publishing hub: http://www.gmtapublishing.com/
Your blog? http://greatmindsthinkaloud.blogspot.com/
Other websites? Other sites pending.
Where can your book be found? Can’t be yet! But hopefully soon! ;)
Please check out Kitty's blog and look for her book soon!