About K. Lache
K. Laché loves getting lost in a good story, whether it be writing one or reading one. She has fan fiction to blame (or thank, depending on how you look at it) for introducing her into the world of slash fiction. What’s better than one hot guy in a book? Two hot guys in a book!
She’s dabbled in various genres and prefers horror/paranormal, but drama and hurt/comfort are her go-tos. She admits writing in the spy genre is a new avenue, but she took a chance and it definitely paid off. Valor, book one of the Vigilance series, is her first published work, and definitely not going to be the last.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully by then I’ve finished the Vigilance series. Valor was finished in 2015, so 2020 (that’s weird to say) all five should be written, but maybe not all edited.
What is your favourite food?
It’s potatoes, hands down. I don’t even know why I love potatoes because they’re not particularly awe-inspiring, but I guess favorites don’t have to be
Choose two celebrities to be your parents. Why would you pick these celebrities?
I’m tempted to pick someone hot, but that’ll make things awkward. It’ll have to be Steven Hawking and Andrew Lloyd Webber. I find most of Steven Hawking’s work fascinating, and I’ll leave that reason there so I don’t end up writing a dissertation. Andrew Lloyd Webber is, by far, my favorite composer for musicals, and the band-nerd in me still loves compositions.
If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be and why?
I would be a sloth. Not because I’m lazy but because I’m pretty easygoing and let’s be honest, sloths are hilariously cool.
What would you do if you were the last person on earth?
I’d go exploring places that people aren’t allowed to get close to, like the Pyramids of Egypt. I’d break all the “don’t touch” rules in museums and the like, making a mess of probably everything.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Fan fiction. Reading isn’t the problem (most of the time). Fan fiction is the problem. I love reading antics of characters from shows, books, and movies I watch/read that wouldn’t (or didn’t) happen in the final product. Fan fiction is the number one reason why I don’t get as much writing/editing done as I need to.
What made you sit down and actually start writing a book?
An epiphany, really. I had always had a passion for writing, but for years I never finished a story. Freshman year of college I decided to knuckle down and strive for my dream of being published. I knew I couldn’t get published until I finished a manuscript, even though the novel I finished isn’t the one that I’ve gotten published.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
It’s a tie between starting the work and getting over the thirty thousand word hump. Narrowing down ideas and figuring out a good point at which to start the readers off is just as hard for me as forcing myself past the thirty thousand word blues. At about thirty thousand words, there’s enough story for you to see it taking shape and, coincidentally, enough story for you to second-guess every…single…thing.
Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I hate to say it because we all don’t want to be judged solely on our looks, but yes. The cover and by extension, the title have to draw me in enough to read the blurb on the back.
Where do you source information whilst writing?
It depends on what information I’m looking for. If it’s weapons and fighting related questions, I email my Creative Writing instructor and martial arts sensei from college. He’s a third-degree black belt in Kime Ryu Karate Do, so he knows a thing or two about a thing or two.
What do you think makes a good story?
The characters. If I can see the characters in my head doing the antics the author is having them do, it is a good story. Plot comes a close second for me.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I tend to see what I’m writing in my head, which is good for the story, bad for appearing sane. Sometimes I make faces at my computer screen when I’m typing certain parts of the story. It’s weird, but I don’t realize I’m doing it until it’s too late.
How important to you are character names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
Character names are super important to me. How I choose names is based on what I am writing. If the meaning of the name would be good foreshadowing for the plot—and isn’t too cheesy—I’ll use it for the meaning. Other times I either like the way it sounds or I’ve made it up.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I tend to write stuff that I would enjoy reading. That’s what narrowed it down for me. Putting in countless hours in writing, editing, and re-writing, it would be a huge pain in the backside if I didn’t enjoy the genre.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I plot in my head, and, when the general plot is finished brewing, I outline my story in main events by chapter. I found that if I don’t outline, my imagination take my hands hostage and the story becomes severely out of control. I have quite a few unfinished stories saved to my hard drive because of it.
Is anything you write based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
About ninety-nine percent is imagination. The other one percent is drawn from human interactions.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to write their own book?
You should definitely go for it. It’s going to be difficult—very, very difficult and there are going to be times when you wonder if it’s even good enough. But don’t write for other people, write for you. If you want to tell a story—tell it.
Thank you for participating in the interview K. Lache 🙂