Proud author of book one in her “Garden of Eden” series, Kiki Page has provided her editing services to many up-and-coming writers. You can find her book one Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1548790885/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=
1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing was what you wanted to do with your life? What is it about being a writer that you love the most?
I think I’m just as excited if not more. This is surreal to me. I see you started with an easy question!!! (Wipes sweat!) I’ve always loved writing. To me it goes hand in hand with my other passion, reading. I’ve been writing since elementary school. Yet as much as I loved it, it didn’t dawn on me that I wanted to make this a career until the idea for this Eden was birthed. As for your second question, writing is so freeing. When I write I feel as if I’m painting a picture, an alternate reality for people who love reading just as much as I do. When I was younger my mom would get irritated because when she called my name while I was reading I wouldn’t answer. The craziest part about the situation was it wasn’t that I didn’t want to answer, it was that I couldn’t because I didn’t hear her. I was in whatever distant land my book had taken me.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you? What projects are you currently working on?
My book is called Eden, and its a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve. What I love about my book is that it’s written from Eve’s perspective. In it you can feel her every emotion; the joy she felt when she tasted her first piece of fruit and the wonder you yourself feel when you realize if her and Adam indeed couldn’t die then YES they’re really breathing under water. You get to delve into her innermost thoughts, feeling that first tendril of yearning she has for Adam, or her anguish when she feels pain right after the fall. How beguiling did the serpent have to be to get her to go against her very nature to bite the forbidden fruit? Did he excite her as Adam did? What is she thinking as they leave the garden? Is she afraid when she feels the first stirring of the twins in her womb. She’s the first woman to experience birth. She has to watch her body go through changes with no mother to guide her. I truly enjoyed weaving this tale. -Eden is available on Amazon as a Kindle download as well as in paperback. As for other projects I’m working on book two of the series, as well as another book of decadent proportions. LOL
3) What does a typical writing routine look like for you? Do you have a set schedule you like to stick to that makes you more productive? Do you outline for your books? How long does it generally take you to finish a project?
To be honest I have absolutely no structure. My writing is beautifully chaotic. I write whenever it comes to me. If I’m busy I’ll literally stop, and record my thoughts to pick up later. When I deviated from what I’ll call ” Keisha’s way” I got writer’s block. So I just let my thoughts flow. I finish projects quickly( in less than six months), but I find for me that’s generally not a good thing. Sometimes I get so excited I want to push myself, but when I do I make mistakes. Now I’ve learned to pace myself so project times vary on the project itself.
4) What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you? Who is your favorite author whose books you just have to read when they come out with a new one? What book are you currently reading?
This question has me smiling at some really cool memories. The book is, Immortal, by Christopher Pike. It was an amazing read! It had gods and goddesses, murder, and betrayal. It was great!!! I found myself gasping at certain parts, and crying at others. Your second question however really has me stumped. There’s so many. I literally eat books. 🙂 It was R.L. Stine was I was younger. I read all of the Goosebumps and Fear Street books. I couldn’t even pay attention in church. They were so addictive that I’d hide them inside my Bible and read during the sermon. As for now its any author who draws me in with the supernatural. The book I’m currently reading is, Sacred Woman, by Queen Afua. It’s totally different from my normal reads but well needed at this particular juncture of my life.
5) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
Giving this question serious thought, I’d say my most significant achievement as a writer would be giving Eve a voice. Her name is surrounded by controversy and the cause of many debates. In giving her a voice I was also able to expand the reader’s mind and open it to new possibilities. In five years I see myself on Oprah’s bestseller list, as well as seeing Eden converted into a movie script.
6) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What are your thoughts about the publishing industry in terms of traditional publishing versus self-publishing?
I knew that Eden would be controversial due to me painting my own picture and only using the Bible as a timeline, so I self published. In that I didn’t have to deal with rejection. I was so afraid of rejection from readers that I didn’t fully put myself out there, hence my relaunching now. When it comes to publishing I believe it has its pros and cons. I’d say the biggest pro would be the cash advance/ royalty checks that are given. Secondly, the marketing team that’s at the writer’s disposal. Being self-published you aren’t privy to those pros but you’d definitely benefit from the con which would be not having to adhere to any writing guidelines/ rules. For me that is priceless.
7) So many writers hate to go back and read their own work. Do you ever go back and sit and read your work as if you weren’t the one who wrote it or is that too weird for you to do?
I tried to go back and read Eden, but I had the hardest time. Even attempting to go back to check for grammatical errors was truly hard.
8) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
Absolutely not. You could be 80, and come out with something so amazing that your career instantly shoots through the roof. Writing doesn’t have those types of limitations. It all boils down to how many hearts you can touch with your work.
9) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
A part of me knew this question was coming. I believe its my ability to understand and identify with my characters. When they hurt, I hurt. I’d also say that I’m not afraid to go where most minds won’t. I love stepping outside the box. Being that person gives me a sense of excitement. Its really quite liberating. I’m empowered each time a reader opens their mind to different possibilities. That point when they begin to question other possibilities. To dare to let your mind dance with the “what if’s”. Reading Eden will cause you to do just that. To really and truly push you to go back and take another look at the story.