About the Author
A. K. Smith is the author of the debut novel, “A Deep Thing” from The Wild Rose Press. Release date 12-19-2016. Pre-order is coming soon! She is also a freelance travel writer under the name Anita Kaltenbaugh.
A.K has lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and abroad in London and Mexico. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University (BA) and has a Master of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University and Western Maryland College in Student Affairs and College Administration. She stopped negotiating hospital contracts for Corporate America and moved to Mexico, after the death of her father, focusing on writing and Real Estate. She holds a broker license, real estate instructor license and is a Realtor for the State of Arizona. A.K. has written for various national and international publications and blogs including Flight Network, Examiner.com and has been a monthly travel columnist for Rocky Point Times Newspaper for the last six years. Published in various print publications including two cover features in Mexico Living Magazine she continues to trek the world to experience off-the-beaten-road destinations.
Fascinated by the ‘What If’s’ in life, she still wonders if Shangri-La and The Holy Grail exist—hidden somewhere—waiting to be discovered. Her favorite question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” led her to both marriage and writing her first book.
Her big loves are her husband, family, friends, and kindness. Her goal is to step foot on every continent on Planet Earth—she’s slowly getting there.
What inspires you to write romance books?
My novels typically have an ocean, beach or island in them. I wnt to be taken away and escape when I read, so I write what I would like to read. Happy endings are usually a must.
Tell us about how you write:
I'm a combination writer. I plot in a big picture scale and write off the cuff.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Hmmm.. They talk to me as I'm writing but sometimes I listen, other times I think I know what's best. I created them right?
What advice would you give other writers?
Write with your heart, create a love story so incredible it stays with you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published a travel secrets book and decided I wanted the experience of a Publisher. For my young adult book, I would like to experience an agent and then who knows…I might go back to self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing is going to continue to change, but I hope there are folks out there who will always value print books. It will be interesting to watch over the next ten years how technology changes book publishing. Here we go!
What genres do you write:: Mainstream, contemprary, Romance, thrillers
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print