Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

I get questions from a lot of different people. Readers email from time-to-time, and certain
questions are staples during online appearances. It seems like the time is right to answer some of those
questions, for the record. It makes sense to refer people to one location to make it a little easier
than to attempt to answer all the individual questions when I’m participating in an online event.
So, here goes.  I'll still answer personal emails, though.– KC
Why does this FAQ page keep loading incorrectly?

Beats me. I just know it's very frustrating to have to repeatedly reproduce this page. But I refuse to let the
Internet gremlins get the best of me. I'll keep fixing it as long as people keep stopping by to read it.

When did you start writing, and why?

I actually started writing back in 1995 when I got my first desktop computer. It was just for fun, and
unfortunately, I didn’t keep a backup of those files. When that first hard drive crashed, all 512 MB of it, a lot
of little stories vanished. That’s okay, though, because they were pretty immature pieces of writing. But
once I started I wanted to prove to myself I could actually write a book.

Do you write full time?

No, but I wish I could. I work a forty-plus hour week and write evenings and weekends. My favorite times to
write are early morning and after about eight p.m. I plan to retire from my day job within the next few years
and call myself a full time writer whether I spend forty hours a week at it or not.

When were you first published?

I signed my first contract in 2003, under a different pen name. It was for a traditional heterosexual romance. I
hope to one day revisit that story and bring it up to my current level of writing ability.  I was first published
as KC Kendricks in 2008.

Why do you write gay romance?

I love reading it, for one thing, and one of the old writing adages is to write what you love. Another is to
write the story you’d love to read. In 1975, a dear friend gave me his copy of “The Front Runner,” by Patricia
Nell Warren, and told me to read it. That was his way of officially coming out to me. That story is one of the
most haunting and powerful stories   I've ever read.  Even after thirty years, that story stays with me.

How will "going indie" change your writing?

At the end of the day, I think becoming an independent author will improve my skills. With that said I'll
confess going indie isn't my first choice at this point in my career. I work full time so having a competent
publisher was a real boon. I'm up for the challenge, though. I worked with several good editors over the
years and learned a lot. I'm part of a network of authors who work with each other to proofread and evaluate
each new manuscript. Making my own covers is actually a lot of fun. Being an "indie author" makes me
responsible for every facet of the writing/publishing process. It also gives me total control of each book.
I think that's a very good thing.

One thing I've quickly noticed is my "professionally edited" manuscripts are not as clean as I once believed
them to be. I'm not at all pleased by that since I gave up 60% of sales income to the publisher for that
inclusive service. We live and we learn.

Do you think what you do matters?

Yes, I do. I think writers have a huge impact on the world one word at a time. Change doesn't happen
overnight. People have been writing gay romance for decades. Some folks think it's fluff but it has helped to
change attitudes about same-sex relationships.

On a smaller scale I think it's pretty cool when someone tells me they've read one of my books and learned
some trivial thing like they make wireless speedometers for bicycles.

How much research do you do?

Research means different things to different people. I've seen authors totally ripped to shreds in forums
and chats because they don't have actual hands-on experience at something they've written about. Let me
ask you this? Do you think every author who writes murder mystery has killed someone as part of their
research? No, I don't think so, either.

I tend to stick to things I know about from living several decades. If I come up with something I'm not sure
about, I ask questions or resort to a good search engine. If a story gets through my beta readers, critique
partner, content editor and line editor, then I can be confident I got it right.

Why do you write HEA (happily ever after) endings? Life isn’t always like that.

I hope I never stop believing love can last. And you need to read the endings a little closer. I do like to end
my stories on an upbeat note, but there are plenty of doubts and questions expressed on the way to THE
END. The story has to end somewhere, after all, and some end on a "happy for now" note. But there is always
hope for a bright future.

If someone told me twenty years ago I’d still be happy with ‘Whaz-hiz-name’ out there in the living room with
his butt growing into his recliner,  I’d have laughed. Yet, here I am. And I  don’t think we’re still together
because we’re a heterosexual couple who got a license, paid a fee, and repeated some religious rhetoric at
each other in a church to satisfy the demands of family and earn the right to go broke in the divorce
proceedings.  I think we’re still together because we’re two people who learned to have patience,
tolerance, and forgiveness with each other, and those qualities have nothing to do with gender.

So do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes, I do - when speaking about mature individuals. To reference  'Whaz-hiz-name' again, he's never gone
home from our very first date. He picked me up, we went out, and he forgot where he lived. He thought it
was here and he stayed. Which was fine with me.

But we both a little older and knew ourselves very well. It requires a certain amount of maturity to know
yourself that well and some individuals who are never blessed with that much self-knowledge. They tend to
heckle those who have it.

Where to you get ideas for stories?

Ideas come from everywhere! Movies, television shows, songs, other people, and even the Weather
Channel. Sometimes I have just the kernel of an idea and I need to really build on it, and other times I can
see the whole story, beginning to end. Those are fun to write – they just flow onto the page.

As a published author, what's the most difficult thing for you to do?

Organized promotion. Maintaining an online presence is time-consuming. We all lead full lives with family,
friends and jobs. When writing is the second career - and your passion - you have to plan, plan, plan time for
everything. I look for what I call passive opportunities to do promotion. Free sites like RomanceWiki are a
wonderful way to list my work in a permanent way and not have to spend hours every week repeating that

Time is the one thing none of us can get back. Use it wisely.

Do parts of yourself sneak into your characters?

The best answer is that try as I may to avoid it, yes, there are bits and pieces of the real me scattered
throughout my stories. I think it would be hard to create a character who doesn't view the world similar to
myself. How would I get the emotions correct if they didn't? On what experiences would I base their beliefs?
I can envision and build a community such as Marionville, but when it comes to the shared human longing to
be loved and to have someone to love, I have to tap into myself to make it real.

Do you ever write anyone you know into your stories?

Oh, hell no! They'd shoot me!

How do you balance your personal and writing time?

I’m supposed to balance it? Really? It’s a challenge to live a normal life and write. Writing is such a solitary
pursuit. I work full time Monday through Friday and write in the evenings and on weekends. It’s tough
especially when I’m deep into a story and I have to cook dinner.

A few years back, I wrote a few short essays on time management. Maybe it's time to repost them.

Do you have any bad writing habits?

Yes. All of them are bad. I have no good habits so you don’t want to be influenced by my behavior.
Developing your own bad habits is one of life's guilty pleasures.

Has being published changed your life?

Of course. We stretch and we grow or we stagnate. My horizons have been expanded in many ways. I’ve met
wonderful people. I’m more at peace spiritually because I’m finally doing something I love. I'm still a work-in-
progress, and I hope I never stop looking for ways to grow and improve myself, which in turn improves my

As a reader, what makes a good book for KC Kendricks?

That's easy. Any book I remember a month after I read it. As I mentioned earlier, I remember The Front
Runner with vivid clarity all these years after I first read it. I can't say that about every book I've read, and I'm
sure some people can say that about what I've written. A "good book" is a very personal preference. The
same book speaks to every individual differently. That's why we all love to read.  

As a reader, who are your favorite authors?

That's a tough question, and I cringe every time someone asks it. As I stated above, a "good book" is a very
personal preference. I've read some absolutely wonderful stories that blog site reviewers (think back seat
drivers) have ripped to shreds. I've read some real stinkers, too. So this is one of those questions where I
can't separate the reader from the writer and give a comprehensive answer.

What are you working on?

The Sundown and The Men of Marionville series are ongoing so I always have a story in each in some phase
of development. I recently began a collaboration with Christiane France - The Amethyst Cove Novels.
Together we developed the community of Amethyst Cove and plopped our characters in the center of it. Our
characters are partners in a private investigations firm. Christiane writes stories about Greg, and I write
stories about Ian.  Do Greg and Ian ever meet face-to-face? You'll have to read and find out.

What would you want readers to take away from your books?  

I’d like to tell everyone out there who is lonely that love is possible and to never, ever give up hope that
they will find it one day. In the interim, learn to be your own best friend and be good to yourself in all things.
Practice tolerance, patience and forgiveness with yourself.
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