Name S.Courtney Killian
Where are you from
Fort Worth, Texas
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m currently a college freshman planning on getting a degree in special education, and work part time as a caregiver for a special needs child. I currently live with my parents and have one sister that is married and out of the house with three little kids. I’ve always lived a simple life in the country. It’s so peaceful out in the country and I can’t possibly imagine living anywhere else.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I guess the biggest news is that I will be having my first book come out very soon! There’s no set date yet, but everything is happening fast, so I have no doubt that it will be out before 2015 is over.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written short stories growing up, but only just over a year ago did I start writing seriously. I started being serious about it because one night I got an idea for a book and it wouldn’t let go. Once I did, I started getting more and more ideas. Now I have no choice if I want to keep my sanity!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess it was when I first got the idea to write Days of the Kill. It was the first manuscript that I was ever determined to see completed.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
It came clear out of the blue. I woke up one time in the middle of the night and thought, “What if I wrote a murder mystery through the murderer’s eyes?” That feeling came on so strong that I just had to get up and write for the rest of the night!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. I just write how the book comes to me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I had a hard time with this title, strangely enough. There’s a murder on every single day of the week in the book, so I just started thinking about days. The title Days of the Kill came pretty quickly after that!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Mostly I just want readers to be entertained. Although, if I absolutely had to say there was a message, I would say it would be to watch your back. Not everybody is always how they seem.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I would hope it’s not very realistic at all! Although I have seen in the news lately where teachers are being thrown in jail for various things, so unfortunately, some of it is realistic.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not the experiences thankfully, but one of the characters is. There’s an ex-boyfriend that just doesn’t know when to let go in the book. There’s an ex-boyfriend that doesn’t know when to let go in my life!
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Any books by Agatha Christie. I love her work! She has never failed to keep me guessing until the very end. She’s definitely my biggest inspiration.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Haunted Montana by Karen Stevens. It’s a book about all the ghostly activity in Montana. It’s so interesting and has me wanting to visit these places!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
She’s not really new, but I recently discovered Karen Kingsbury. Anyone looking for an inspirational read should definitely go to her books.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Oh, goodness, where do I begin? I’m currently working on The Path to Biological, a suspense book about three adopted girls searching for their biological family. That was just sent off to beta readers. There’s also two other suspense books – The Child of Fault and Bethany’s Corpse. Both are still in the early stages of writing. We’ll see where my imagination takes me with those.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Actually, family members have been the least supportive. I can’t just pick one person that has been supportive. All of my friends have been super supportive about my writing and will let me go on for hours about it if I feel like it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I can’t really think of anything, no. It’s not perfect, but no book ever is.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As I said earlier, I’ve always written short stories. I guess that really started way back in second grade. I got the award for being the best story teller. If only my teacher could see me now!
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s still in the early stages, but Bethany’s Corpse is a murder mystery. The skeleton of the victim can still talk. She helps the detectives find out who killed her. I don’t know about you, but if I saw a skeleton talking, I think I would run the other way!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The editing! It’s all too easy to start a new project, but it can be a real struggle to make myself sit down and edit the said project.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I would have to say Agatha Christie. I love how she keeps me guessing until the very end. Just when I think I have it figured out, there’s a new twist.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Unfortunately, no. I wish I did, though, just so I could have an excuse to travel more!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I actually don’t have a cover designed yet, but my publisher said that there’s a team of professionals that can do that, so I will definitely be using them.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Again, the editing. It was so painful to go through it and make major changes. I didn’t want to rip apart my baby!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I have to be able to take criticism in stride. I’ve always had a hard time accepting criticism, but I had to learn to get my pride out of the way to make my book the best it could be.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Make time to write. There are so many people that say they want to write, but claim to be too busy. I have school, work, and everything else going on. If I have time, why don’t you?
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I really hope you enjoy the book. Any feedback you have, good or bad, would be greatly appreciated!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One of the first books I read was a Junie B. Jones book. I remember loving that series when I was in elementary school.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Oh, goodness, so many things! My best friend of 15 years never fails to make me laugh with pretty much anything she says. As for crying, if any of my friends are in pain, I would definitely be in tears. I even cry over heartbreaking things in any books that I read!
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
If I had to pick one, I would definitely want to meet Agatha Christie. I would definitely want to ask her how she got so many ideas for all of her books. I want to learn her ways.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
“Hold on, just one more chapter!” I’m always having to finish the chapter before I go do something else. I read every chance I get.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
My biggest hobby would be reading. Everyone says that I’m reading a new book every time they turn around. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks and putting together latch hook rugs.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Oh, goodness. I like watching Bones, American Idol, Jeopardy, Survivor, and so many others. My favorite movies God’s Not Dead and Do You Believe.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I can’t say that I have a favorite color, but my favorite foods are definitely Mexican and Italian. I think my favorite style of music would have to be country.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
As I said earlier, I’m currently a caregiver for a special needs child. If I wasn’t writing, I would be more determined than ever to become a special needs teacher.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I actually have three. It’s insane, I know. One of them is for help with writing, one is more about my journey, and the last is an encouragement website.
What Not To Write And Writing Tips: http://whatnottowriteandwritingtips.com/
My Life According To Courtney: http://mylifeaccordingtocourtney.com/
Hope For The Hopeless: https://hopeforthehopeless1.wordpress.com/