Author K.M. Golland Shares Her Story @KellyGolly
About the Author
K.M. Golland was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. She studied Legal Practice for two years, and worked as a Land Conveyancer for four years before putting her career on hold to raise two beautiful children. She always had a love of reading, and decided rather than returning to the Legal Industry, she would become a Writer, publishing her debut novel Temptation (Book 1 in The Temptation Series.)
“I am a writer, I am married, and I am a mother of two adorable little people. I’m a Bookworm, Craftworm, Movieworm and Sportsworm. I’m also a Shop-aholic, Tea-aholic, Strawberry-aholic and Choc-aholic, and have a love of flowers, perfumes, dogs and frogs.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Well, like most women, I love ,love, and the notion that there is someone out there who completes you entirely. Reading a good romance leaves a warm cozy feeling in your tummy, but when I write, I like to add a hot spine tingling feeling to that as well.
Tell us about how you write:
My stories initially form me in my head, by way of visualisation. I picture the characters; what they look like, their body language etc and this helps me form a personality for them. I then picture the setting and atmosphere and try to get a good feel for its description. I use the software package ‘Microsoft OneNote’ to makes notes, paste reference and research links etc. It also allows me to form a chapter by chapter timeline. This timeline is pretty much my only pre plan platform, where I add ideas in point form for basic chapter outlay. From there I am pretty much a seat of the pants writer, writing one chapter after the other.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course I do, my characters are my naughty, cheaky alter egos. They say and do what I want them to say and do, but would never say or do myself………….. well not ‘never’ maybe sometimes!
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t sugar coat it. Be true to the scene, be explicit, but stay clean (to an extent). Describe the scenes and actions in detail. Personally, as a reader, there’s nothing worse than getting involved in a scene, and when it is just about to get hot and steamy, the description ends and you are then left to conjure up the result on your own.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Obtaining a Publisher, especially in Australia, is very difficult. I wanted to get my book out amoungst the ‘story world’ as quickly as I could, I didn’t want to spend months or years submitting to publishing houses, that sometimes don’t even give your novel the chance it deserves. So many great books never make it to the shelves, which is such a shame. Self-publishing through sites like Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords.com, allows you to get your book out there, therefore it becoming discovered on it’s own merits. It is such a great platform for indie authors to get noticed.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m torn really, as a reader I love the ease of ebooks, they are available at the click of a mouse, they reduce paper consumption and they cost a lot less. As an author, I love the fact that you can take it upon yourself to easily publish your own ebook, and with no real initial outlay. Traditional publishing does not allow you to do that. However, nothing really beats holding a paperback in yours hands and physically flicking through the pages, and having the knowledge that as an author you have a major Publishing House behind you. I guess how it stands now, is that we get the best of both worlds.
What genres do you write:: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult
What formats are your books in: eBook