Romelia: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Anita Kirk: My mum has written 2 children’s books just over 10 years ago, I decided to have a go at writing myself as a hobby about 10 years ago on holiday in Whitby, North Yorkshire, I have never looked back enjoying every second writing, I have always had a good imagination, writing little bits as a child that I never published and I never kept unfortunately, writing is my passion, I can see different ways that my books end, it can be hard to choose which ending that I choose.
Romelia: how long does it take you to write a book?
Anita Kirk: It depends on how much time spare that I have to write, with me working full time, I do not get much spare time when I am not feeling too tired to write, it can take a few years for me to feel that the story is finished.
Romelia: where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Anita Kirk: I get my ideas from dreams that I have, everyday life sometimes, and my thoughts, a combination of things.
Romelia: what literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Anita Kirk: I have not been on any literary pilgrimages yet, but I would like to.
Romelia: what is the first book that made you cry?
Anita Kirk: I have read many books that have made me cry, I am not sure which book that made me cry first.
Romelia: what is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Anita Kirk: I think that it is wrong how much some publishing companies want to charge for their help, but I think that writing is an amazing talent that few people have.
Romelia: does writing energize or exhaust you?
Anita Kirk: Writing relaxes me, making me go into different worlds that I love in my own head, with it making me feel like I never want to stop.
Romelia: what are common traps for aspiring writers?
Anita Kirk: My most common problem is not having enough time, distractions stopping me sometimes concentrating, also family life sometimes taking over my time.
Romelia: does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Anita Kirk: I think that having a big ego makes you feel and look confident, but some people don’t like that, I appreciate every day that I am well enough to write, with so many people in the world ill now, and I do feel confident and hopeful that people will enjoy reading my books.
Romelia: what is your writing Kryptonite?
Anita Kirk: My Kryptonite is really hoping that people enjoy reading my books and sharing that they have enjoyed reading them through reviews left for me to enjoy reading, and I really dread to look in case I get any bad reviews that may be left.
Romelia: have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Anita Kirk: I never get writer’s block; I always know what I want to write.
Romelia: did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Anita Kirk: I have thought about using a pen name many times, but up to know I have used my own name.
Romelia: do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Anita Kirk: I love to be unpredictable so that people have no clue what is happening next to keep them wanting to read more, I do give them what they want, fitting it into my original layout of the story.
Romelia: do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Anita Kirk: I think that everybody has got a good book in them, most people do not know where to start, or their imagination isn’t working for them.
Romelia: what other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Anita Kirk: I have got many writer friends that I speak with, some ask my advice, one has helped me a lot, there is many good people out there willing to share their time.
Romelia: do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to buld a body of work with connections between each book?
Anita Kirk: Each book that I have written so far stand out different from each other, but in the future my books may connect.
Romelia: if you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Anita Kirk: Carry on writing you will love it, is what I would say.
Romelia: how did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Anita Kirk: Publishing my books makes me feel on top of the world, because people will hopefully enjoy reading my books and want more books from me, discussing the story with other people to spread the word.
Romelia: what was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Anita Kirk: I feel that the best money that I have spent is putting my books onto the website allauthor, because all of my books show up together, like they do on good reads and amazon.
Romelia: what authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
Anita Kirk: There are no authors that I have ever disliked, I don’t mind reading most books.
Romelia: what did you do with your first advance?
Anita Kirk: I keep investing into more books that I am writing, with the many costs that we must pay out to get to the publishing process.
Romelia: what was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Anita Kirk: At school in my English class, this was always my favourite subject.
Romelia: what are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Anita Kirk: I do not buy magazines, but if I do need help, I do have many author friends that I could ask for advice.
Romelia: from where you get inspired with your first book?
Anita Kirk: My first book, ‘In a Quarter of a second and the glowing rings’ I woke up one day on my holiday and I was feeling very confident and full of ideas how the story in my book should go writing my ideas down to begin with.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Anita Kirk: I enjoy helping people in my job, socializing, music, films, walking, swimming, travelling to different places, gardening, playing board games and having fun with family and friends. I have written a Christmas book called Christmas Sparkles that is for all ages to enjoy, and a book for adults only called Sexy shenanigans with four in detail stories inside. I hate pollution in the world, and I try to recycle as much as I can.