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Q & A time!

Hello, my dear readers!

It’s a new year, so why not do a new Q & A? (This is my attempt at trying to be cool, but I know it is failing miserably.) On a more serious note, I realized I have not done a Q & A in quite some time, so I thought it would be fun to answer a few nonsensical questions for you guys. And I want you to answer as well!

So, without further ado, let’s commence!

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Random Route 66 finds. What am I wearing? (Tucumcari, New Mexico // August 2019)

1. Are you a dog person or cat person?

In all reality, I’m a guinea pig person. I’m kind of scared of dogs and cats since I’ve never had them as pets. That being said, I would much rather be around pups!

2. Are you a fan of any sports team?

I used to be a diehard Carolina Panthers fan (NFL football). But now I do not watch sports at all. (Too much time devoted to this blog! πŸ™‚

3. Are you a good cook?

I’m getting there. I do enjoy cooking, but I’m not the biggest fan of trying new things. That being said, my friend and I did make a nice chicken penne pasta dish a few nights ago, and our cooking skills were put to the test. We didn’t burn anything, and we didn’t get sick, so I find those two traits the sign of a slightly average chef in the making.

4. Are you a hoarder?

To a certain extent, yes. What do I mean by this? I hoard books. I’ve got hundreds at this point, so I should probably donate them soon to the local library. But I love walking by all of them and reviewing what I’ve read. (You may relate to this.)

5. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Naturally a morning person. I enjoy rising with the sun. During college I was a night owl because everyone else was, but my natural self is a morning gal.

6. Are you close to anyone now that you initially disliked?

Yes! I won’t name names, but yes. Which is a life lesson of… Give people a chance! You never know who will end up being extremely important in your life.

7. Are you high maintenance?

I hope not!

8. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?

Avoid, avoid, avoid. IΒ hateΒ conflict. I wish life were always rainbows and unicorns, but that’s not how it goes. When certain lines are crossed, a certain beast in me is unleashed, and I engage it head-on, but that has to be an extremely rare occurrence (such as an attack on friends or family).

9. Are you named after anyone?

Yes! My middle name, Kay, is after my grandmother’s middle name. So whenever someone says Katie Kay, he or she is honoring my grandmother! ❀

10. Are you scared of heights?

Nope. I guess that’s a good quality to have when one is a pilot. πŸ™‚

11. Can you dance?

I’m the worst dancer in the history of mankind. But I do enjoy a good electric slide!

12. Can you do a split?

I’m also the least limber human being in this universe, so the short answer is no.

13. Can you touch your nose with your tongue?

What kind of a question is this? Who has a tongue that long?!?! Is that possible?!

14. Can you whistle?

Yes! Finally something I can say yes to.

15. Describe yourself in a single sentence?

Katie Kay is a redonk individual who loves to ask questions, blog, study UFOs, and take quick trips across the sky.

17. Did your mother go to college?

Yes! She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in English Literature.

18. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

I do enjoy a nice membership at Costco. There’s something pretty entertaining about getting lost in this warehouse store for a little bit. Normally I hit up the book section and find some cheap keyboards to play.

19. If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be?

Don’t be a creative writing major in college. (More on this to come, I promise!)

20. If you could live forever, would you rather stay one age forever or get older?

Just because I could live forever doesn’t mean I’d choose to. πŸ™‚ Maybe this is a sad outlook, but I don’t want to live forever on this planet. There are better things in store. Plus, it would break my heart if I was on Earth forever while my loved ones were not.

21. If you could save just one, would you rather save Humanity or the Earth?

Another weird question. How would I save humanity without Earth? Whatever, I won’t question too much. Duh, I’d save humanity! While Earth is amazing and a great home, humanity far outweighs Earth.

22. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Pilot!

23. What do you call carbonated drink called?

Soda?

24. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

I’m pretty lucky with my sleep cycles. It takes me a few minutes to fall asleep, but I always plan out stories with this spare time. But on the rare chance I can’t sleep, I toss and turn or listen to music to calm my brain down.

25. What do you do most when you are bored?

Unfortunately I look up nonsense on my phone. Another favorite is messing with my sister.

26. What do you like about your home?

Family!

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A perfect description of my life.

THERE YOU GO!

Some random nonsense from me! But seriously I want to see your responses, so don’t be afraid to comment below with your own answers. ❀

Well, for now I’m gonna go, and I’ll probably still be pondering question #21, because how in the world would we have humanity but no Earth? All right. Enough rambling today.

Until next time,

-Katie Kay

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HELLO AGAIN: Q & A

Hi, my wonderful readers!

I’m so sorry to have been incognito in these past few weeks. A lot of great things have happened, and I will be writing a blog post on that for Monday. Please know that I have missed my blog so much, and especially hearing from you guys! It gives me great joy to be able to connect to so many different people across the globe, as you guys are truly amazing. ❀

Since it has been a while since I’ve posted anything, I decided to do another Q & A, since I haven’t done one in a long time. This gives you guys a chance to get to know me better, and I really do enjoy answering some of these ridiculous questions.

I hope you are all doing well, and I am looking forward to reading your blog posts as well. Without further ado, though, let’s get into the Q & A!

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Malibu, CA (March 2019) When am I not wearing tennis shoes?

1. Read on a Kindle or paperback book?

Paperbacks are the best in my opinion. There is no greater feeling that having a book in your hands, the pages glimpses into the soul of the writer. I love old books too, the ones you get from a used bookstore, because I feel as if I am connecting to not only the author, but any previous readers too. That being said, I do have a Kindle, and it is a convenient method to reading popular novels.

2. Go to a play or musical?

Though I am in love with music, I have never been big into musicals or plays. I am very much a movie person, but plays and musicals have never been my schtick. My friends will make fun of me for how much I’m not into musicals, though there are good ones here and there.

3. Go to the theater or a movie?

Definitely the movies. I am obsessed with film, and I always have been. I can attribute this to my dad’s love of movies too, as I grew up watching the classics with him. Another fond memory of mine is Friday family movie nights, where I’d pop some cheesy popcorn, pick out a movie, and critique like Roeper. Even now I am addicted to movies. Back home it is an absolute joy to forget the world, hop into the air conditioned theater, and pretend for a while. At college my friends and I hop aboard $5 Tuesday movie nights at AMC so that we can see the newest releases on a budget, since movies are so expensive these days. Just this past Tuesday I saw Pet Sematary, the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller.

4. Have a Margarita or Pina Colada?

Diet Coke. πŸ˜‰

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BLAST FROM THE PAST! (August 2015) Random pictures with my guinea pig

5. Crash with friends or stay in a hotel?

I honestly have no idea what this question is. I love staying at people’s homes, since it is such a personal experience, but at times I’m an introvert who craves the peaceful aura of  a hotel. I have the travel bug, so I’ve stayed at countless hotels, motels, Airbnbs, hostels, and cabins in the past few years. I’ve found that one method isn’t better than another; it’s who you’re with that matters.

6. Visit Europe or Mexico?

I have never been to either. I spent a year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, so I’d probably go to Europe if I had the chance. And there isn’t just one country I could go to; I’d want to see them all!

7. Vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?

Both. I think both states are incredible, with their own strengths and weaknesses. I think Hawaii would be a great family trip, whereas Alaska would be something I’d want to do with hikers and outdoorsy individuals. I’m not sure I could pick between the two.

8. Choose a free trip or money? This may tell you whether the person values experiences over dollars.

This is a weird question. I think I’d have to know where the free trip would be, and how much money I am being offered. If someone handed me a thousand dollars, a good portion of that money would be going to travel anyway, if we’re being honest. Though I am a broke college kid right now, I know that a big portion of my future income will go to exploration of this amazing planet!

9. Travel by plane, train, or automobile?

Plane. πŸ˜‰

10. Go climbing or zip lining?

Probably zip lining. I have done rock climbing once, and it was so much fun. However, I zip lined in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and it was so incredible to whoosh down a mountain. My heart wanted to burst out of my chest, but it was such an unforgettable experience, and I would love to do it again.

11. Hike or bike?

Hike. Though biking is fun too, I enjoy a nice hike now and then. While I’m not a fan of extended, rigorous hiking, I do love getting lost in some wilderness and walking through forests and deserts and the beautiful world in which we live. This is something else I inherited from my dad, as we both value National Parks here in my home country of the United States.

12. Go to a comedy club or dance club?

I’d prefer to stay at home with a book (LOL). If I had to choose between the two, it would depend on 1) with whom I’m going, and 2) what kind of a comedy/dance club we’d be going to. So many comedians are too crude for my liking, and so many dance clubs aren’t my cup of my tea. I like dancing, but I’ve had some bad experiences at clubs in the past, so I’d probably choose a comedy club.

13. Have a night out or evening in?

It depends on what the night out would entail. I love going out to movies and grabbing a good dinner, but I’m an early bird who prefers seeing the world in the daytime. That being said, I’m an adventurer who wants to really dive in deep to the place she lives. Living in Los Angeles has given me so many opportunities to see and do things I would never have the chance to do otherwise, and many of those experiences are more memorable because it happened at nighttime. So… Another response in which I say I am not sure I can choose.

14. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

I’m not sure there is a specific statement that has changed my life, but I can give examples of ethic that have been key pieces of advice for my life. My parents instilled hard work into my brain from an early age on, and I have learned to set goals for myself that are realistic but will propel me to where I want to go.

15. Go canoeing or waterskiing?

I’ve never been waterskiing, and my canoeing skills are quite limited. One time I almost died while kayaking, so there was that situation. (While I’d like to think this is an understatement, it was a very tense moment during my freshman year of college.) That being said, I’d love to try out waterskiing, but I really do enjoy canoeing. A great memory I have is of canoeing on an Ohio river with my cousins while trying not to A) encounter a snake, or B) topple us over.

16. Camp in an RV or stay in a tent?

While I do consider myself an outdoorsy person, I’m not the biggest fan of tents. I like air conditioning and heat and running water. While an RV isn’t the best lodging in my opinion, I wouldn’t mind taking an RV across the country.

17. Use Facebook or Twitter?

Neither. I’m not big into social media. The only reason I have a Facebook is for college purposes, and the only reason I use Twitter is to network with the writing community. Instagram is a waste of time in my opinion, whereas I do use Snapchat.

18. Win the lottery or find your perfect job?

Perfect job. While money can buy some happiness, I’m looking for joy, and I know joy comes from long-lasting things.

19. Swim in a pool or the ocean? Salt water and waves crashing on the beach or temperature controlled, lovely water all year round.

Ocean! I’ve never been really big into swimming, but I do enjoy hopping into the sea now and then. I love hopping on a bodyboard and pretending I can surf, when I have the gracefulness of a newborn giraffe.

20. Travel by sailboat or cruise ship?

I’ve never been on either, so I’m not sure I could accurately choose!

21. What’s your favorite candle scent?

Anything fall scented! There is nothing more I miss than a good Southern autumn, since I haven’t had one in three years. I love when the leaves start to change color, from a deep emerald to bright scarlet or orange. I love corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and the crisp weather. And when it becomes fall, I always bring out my favorite fall candles.


THANK YOU.

Well, only 21 questions today. I promise to get back into the rhythm of two posts a week, and I’m excited to do so, because I have so much to update you guys on. But in the meantime I hope you all have a wonderful Friday! ❀

Until next time,

-K.

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Malibu, CA (March 2019)
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Q & A (Round Two)

Hello!

Since it is Monday, it’s time for another blog post. I’d like to take a few sentences to tell update you on my school year and how writing is coming along, before we get into the meat of this Q & A (just get ready).

Time is honestly flying by, and I am surprised it is already mid-October. There is a lot that needs to be done in these next few months, but I’m eager for new challenges, as each challenge that one receives is an opportunity to grow. That being said, I am excited for the Christmas season to roll around, so I can go home and see my family.

On the writing front, I am not getting much done. I started a new psychological thriller that was ultimately scrapped, since I was not enjoying the material. A week or so ago I started a new Southern Gothic book, but I’m still not writing like normal. For my new readers, I’m a voracious writer who normally cracks out around a thousand words to two thousand words a day (depending on the project I am working on). Now that school has come to claim my freedom, I am a little more strapped for time, and my passion has dissipated a little bit. It’s definitely something I’m working on.

Now let’s get into the reason you clicked on this article: It’s time for some questions… And answers. πŸ™‚ This list I selected is from a random website, and I chose the first forty questions. I will answer honestly and stupidly, so please keep that in mind.


1. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you touch?

This is going to be one ridiculous Q & A. I’ve got condor arms, so I can definitely reach my friend’s backpack that is on the chair in front of me.

Maybe I should have picked some existential questions or something. This is going to be brutal.

2. Before you started this survey, what were you doing?

Unfortunately, I was working on Spanish homework. I should probably do that right now, but sometimes you just have to put things off.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

I don’t watch much TV anymore, but I do binge Netflix and Hulu occasionally. A friend has me hooked on 30 Rock, and I did watch an episode last night… (My version of a wild Saturday night hehe).

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.

Sunday, October 14. It is probably 2:30 PST.

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

HA! I was off by one minute. As I write this, it is Sunday, October 14, at 2:29 PST.

That is a fun fact about me: I’m a human alarm clock. I can wake myself whenever I want, and this has only failed me once in years of the gift. My dad also has this special quirk, so it’s gotta be in my family genes.

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

I’m listening to Spotify in the “Release Radar” category, so the song playing is one I’ve never heard in my life, and it’s quite slow. Let me look up the title…

“Lilo” by The Japanese House. Give it a listen, I suppose, if you’re in a speculative mood.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?

The last time I was outside was approximately two hours ago. I was leaving the cafeteria for the library, so not really anything super satisfying…

I do love the outdoors though. I’m a big fan of hiking and letting the sun soak into my skin (as long as I wear sunscreen).

8. Did you dream last night?

Yes… And it wasn’t the best dream. It reflected some things that have been on my mind recently, and these are things that are taking time to heal. πŸ™‚

9. What is the last film you saw?

Crazy Rich Asians. It was pretty cute! I would recommend it.

10. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Somewhere near mountains, my family and friends, and a Mexican restaurant that has full access to chips and queso.

11. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?

Well, hopefully I’d invest a lot of the money into the stock market and savings accounts… I’d probably want to buy a house in the middle of nowhere and take my family on a trip somewhere beautiful.

12. Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.

Most people in my “normal” life as a college student have no clue that I am a writer. Some of my closest friends still don’t know, even though I don’t keep it a total secret. Pretty weird, right?

13. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?

I’d change the fact that gas in California is so darn expensive.

14. Do you like to dance?

I am atrocious at it… It’s like watching an octopus on the dance floor.

That being said, I do love to dance. I took a tango class in Argentina that was torture, but regular dancing is pretty fun.

15. Would you ever consider living abroad?

I lived abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a year. I’m good for a while.

I do love traveling, though, and I really want to explore everywhere I haven’t been.

16. Does your name make any interesting anagrams?

Who knows. However, I do have some pretty incredible nicknames, including Katie Kay.

17. Who made the last incoming call on your phone?

Momma J.

18. Last time you swam in a pool?

Probably over the summer. I go to the beach a lot, though.

19. Type of music you like most?

I love everything, as long as there’s a good beat and meaningful lyrics.

20. Type of music you dislike most?

I used to hate country music, but now I am a fan. I don’t know if there is a particular genre I don’t like, come to think of it.

21. Are you listening to music right now?

“Ship to Shore” by Stars.

22. What color is your bedroom carpet?

Ugly gray.

23. If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?

About my dorm? The fact that people leave clumps of hair in the shower.

24. What was the last thing you bought?

A double chocolate chip frappuccino at Starbucks.

25. Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?

No, but I’d love to try it out! I had a four-wheeler when I was a kid, and it was always a lot of fun.

26. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?

Sky diving, 100%. Bungee jumping, probably not.

27. Do you have a garden?

One day!

28. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?

Yes.

29. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

Do I really have to get up this early?

30. If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?

I used to care about my celebrities, but now I don’t. If I could eat lunch with someone right now, I’d probably want to eat with my sister. πŸ™‚

31. Who sent the last text message you received?

Chase.

32. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?

TJ Maxx…

33. What time is bed time?

9 o’clock. Early bird catches that worm, my friends.

34. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?

Nah.

35. How many tattoos do you have?

Absolutely not.

36. If you don’t have any, have you ever thought of getting one?

No.

37. What did you do for your last birthday?

I was in Argentina and thought that I’d probably treat myself to a nice Coca Light (the South American Diet Coke), but my friends threw me an incredible surprise birthday party with home-cooked pasta and dessert. It was amazing!

38. Who was the last person you ate dinner with?

My memory fails me…

39. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Half full. Optimism is key! (Kudos to The Forever Optimist.)

40. What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?

Ushuaia, Argentina, which is the southernmost city in the world!


AND THERE YOU GO!

Another ridiculous Q & A… Hopefully, this wasn’t the worst thing you’ve read today. I will probably write a “writer’s” blog post next week, so more to come. πŸ™‚

Until next time,

-K.

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Ushuaia, Argentina, with Maggie Givenchy!!! (February 2018)
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ANOTHER ONE (new book!!)

Well, I feel like I’m publishing books left and right. Today I am announcing the release of my newest libro, Mystic Mississippi, that is a swoon-worthy romance set in, you guessed it, Mississippi.

Since I’m in Argentina, I’m especially missing my good Southern roots, and I felt it was time to write a romance novel set back home. This book isn’t my magnum opus, but it was fun to write, and it’s probably a little cheesy at parts, but I think it serves its purpose.

Q & A over the book

Has your time abroad had any influence on your writing?

For sure. Being abroad has made me appreciate my home country (the USA) much more. I have also taken for granted having my family near me, and so I am quite excited to be reunited with them.

In Mystic Mississippi the main character has a strong bond with her mother, and I think that is highly representative of the fact that I miss my own mom. Family is hugely important to me.

Last year, after my freshman year of college, I wrote my favorite novel to-date, a magical realism that I hope to someday publish publish, not self-publish. Therefore, my best writing comes from being away, from exploring new areas and new ideals, but remembering who I am along the way.

Is there a guy who has inspired this romance?

While there is no one significant in my life right now, the main character of Cameron is based on someone I do know… Not to be too cryptic, but…

As for Clara, the book’s heroine, she is not based on me. While we have similarities, Clara is outspoken, sarcastic, and fiery. Therefore, I wanted to write a character who was unlike me, and I think Clara qualifies!

What are you working on next?

I am still working on a magical realism I wrote over my Christmas break. I hope to be done with it in the next few weeks, but I’m not sure if I will self-publish that one just quite yet. It is set in Tennessee and revolves around a family who moves into a (sort of!) haunted house.

THANK YOU!!

As you guys know by now, I write for you, and I’m really happy to share  this latest book with you guys. I hope you enjoy it, but I’m probably going to shy away from romance for a little while.

As always…

-K.

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Mystic Mississippi (Out on iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and the Kindle Store)