This week we got to speak with author Skyler Kingsley. Thank you for answering our questions! We know that authors have busy lives and we appreciate being able to ask some questions and have a little fun! Skylar is currently working on book two of the Orion Protection Series. Skylar writes humorous characters along with some very steamy scenes. Her books include action, drama, thrills and some hot marines! We love that she used a real marine for the cover photo and took the pictures herself! Check out our book review here!
Q: What got you into writing? A: I’ve been writing poetry since I was in the 4th grade. However, though my dream was to write a novel, I never prioritized writing in my life. After graduating from law school I felt as if my creativity had been stifled by analytical writing. Law school was the catalyst behind my writing because it helped me understand how much I needed to express my creative side. Once I committed to writing the Orion Protection Series, I couldn’t stop. I’d go to sleep dreaming up the next chapter and wake at 5 AM to type it out before my kids woke up.
Q: How do you keep your story straight/organized? A: I type notes on the side and re-read what I wrote. I’ve tried a more detailed outline, but an informal organization works best for me.
Q: What is your favorite character from your book? A: At the moment I’m in love with Mia, the heroine in Stripped: Book 2 in the Orion Protection Series. However, Logan will always have the biggest piece of my heart. I gave him several of my husband’s attributes. I’ll let you guess which ones.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about writing? A: The most difficult aspect of writing is time management. I work a job, have three young girls, coach soccer, skate on the Okinawa Roller Derby Team and am working on my next novel. It’s difficult some days and I’m forced to be creative about my time.
Q: Any recommendations for someone looking into writing? A: Sit down and start. Write a little every day. Start with 500 words a day and work your way up to bigger daily word counts. The key is to write a little every day. Before you know it, you’ll have the first draft. Also, find yourself a supportive writing community. Cheer each other on and celebrate accomplishments together.
Q: What is your favorite writing spot? A: I love to write next to a window when it’s raining. I live in Okinawa, Japan and we get quite a bit of rain here. Truthfully, if my kids are distracted, I’ve been known to sit on the kitchen floor to avoid being seen. I type as quickly as possible until they find me. I will literally write anywhere I can.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot? A: I love anything with mountains and lakes. I love Lake Tahoe (I’m from the Tahoe/Reno area) and I adore Colorado.
Q: What is your favorite food? A: I love breakfast burritos. I eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Q: What is your favorite book/series? A: I fell in love with the “Song of the Lioness” series by Tamora Pierce as a kid. Her books helped me realize how beautiful it is to create a world in the mind of another.
Q: What is coming next from you? A: I am currently working on Stripped: Book 2 in the Orion Protection Series. I use real Marines on my covers and do the photoshoots myself, so I’m putting that altogether for the readers. It’s a big project but it’s going to blow you away- I promise.