Name: K-Trina Meador, pen name: K. Meador
Where are you from: Cross Plains, Texas
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I am the youngest of five children. After High School, I attended college to become an aircraft mechanic. I met and married while in college and had two sons prior to entering the aviation industry. Currently, I have spent 15 years in the business and now work in Oklahoma City as an Aircraft Inspector. I also have my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Reflections is my current book with its release date right around the corner of December 5th. It is my first non-fiction book and the second book in the Heart and Soul series. The first in the series is Transcendence, which is currently available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats.
Previously published books include Journey to Freedom, Their Journey Begins, The Knight of the Dixie Wilds, Princess Alexia and the Dragon, La Princesa y el Dragon, On Top of the Rainbow, and Encima Del Arco Iris.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I don’t think there was ever a time I haven’t written. As a teenager I wrote short stories after receiving positive responses back from essays by English teachers.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I published my first book, Journey to Freedom.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
When growing up I loved to read and I was particularly fascinated with historical drama. The American Civil War Era was actually my second choice. I wanted to write a story surrounding World War II, but there is so much information about that time period I couldn’t narrow it down. Therefore, I chose the American Civil War.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Each title of the book seems to come to me and I have a special “feeling” that it is the right one for each novel. I have had working titles until the “right” one showed up.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In my fiction works, some. For example, Princess Alexia and the Dragon written for children has a subtle lesson of sharing. On Top of the Rainbow written for very young children has a subtle lesson of not running away from problems and the love one has for family. Of course in my Heart and Soul series which is Christian devotionals/inspirational I would like my readers to grow in their spiritual walk.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
In my fiction works, it varies. In Journey to Freedom and The Knight of the Dixie Wilds the time period of the American Civil War and the years after, good and bad, are depicted of that era.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
In my Heart and Soul series, many of the stories, poems, and devotionals are gathered from my own past experiences and variations of people I have encountered.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I grew up reading and therefore I can’t say that only one or two books have influenced me. I think the book market as a whole influenced me. As I keep reading, I grow as a person and an author. I do have one friend who has mentored me along the way. She is humble, bright, and energetic. We entered the book business separately in 2010 and we met approximately two years ago. She is the one I go to when I need to vent or if I have questions and she helps me edit my stories as well.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I have started a new release be C.E. Wilson called Five Seven Five. The first book I read by this author was To Nowhere and I really enjoyed it so I was excited to see another release. I have also started Fang and Claw by Markie Madden. I just finished reading Paul Williams poetry book, Unfinished Business.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Many. Some are listed above and there are many more I am looking forward to read. It seems my ‘to-be-read’ book list is full of talented Indie Authors such as: Scott Borgman, Paul White, Kirsten Campbell, Jessica Wren, Phillip Stephens, Lu Whitley, Chrissy Moon, and many more.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Book three of the Heart and Soul series, which is Illuminance and will be published in February 2016. I also have a Christian thriller in work called The Inner Chamber.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Other Indie Authors and supporters who ban together to support one another and there are many.
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?
My first book, Journey to Freedom, is undergoing a complete re-write because I have learned so much since it was first published. Other than that book, I am pretty satisfied with the other books.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. Books have always been a part of my family’s culture.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here is an excerpt from Reflections and from the devotional titled Sara:
The words rang in her ears and in an instant, Sara was awake. Car. Accident. Hospital. Her son, Steve. Surgery. Midnight.
It was a phone call no parent wanted to receive. Uncontrollable tears spilled down her cheeks. Panic. Don’t panic. Absentmindedly, she stumbled to the closet, grabbed random clothes and dressed.
On her way out the door, she snatched her purse and the Bible lying next to it. The cool night air brushed her face, and the stars lit the path to her car. She backed out of the driveway and headed for the hospital praying, God, please save my son. Please be with the surgeon operating on him. Help him to have steady hands and be able to fix what’s wrong.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Indirectly, editing and marketing. As for writing, sometimes I switch tenses and when writing the rough draft I use too many adverbs. Although, I don’t enjoy editing I am able to catch many of these mistakes at that point.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have a favorite. I read almost all genres and when a story is told well that author becomes my favorite until I read my next great book.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I travel for book signings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have had several book designers. For my children’s books, the illustrator did them. I have done a couple with the help of a friend and I have hired a book cover designer for a couple too.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Don’t give up, because this is a difficult business if you are an Indie Author. Make friends with other authors, not to promote your books, but to learn the business. Writing the book is the easy part. You must learn how to format, design a book cover, edit, and market unless you are able to afford to hire this part of being an author out to professionals.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I appreciate all my readers and I love to hear from them. On the rough days, I look back on their comments and it encourages me to continue forward.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love when an author is able to move me to any emotion including laughter and crying, or despair and anger. That means the author did their job.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would like to meet Frank Peretti. I enjoy the way he entangles his characters in real life dilemmas with the spiritual world without preaching.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Life is only a short moment in time; do what you love.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy photography, hiking, traveling, and snorkeling.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am one of the rare few who don’t watch television or movies, but if I do go to a theatre it is probably for a Disney movie.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food is chocolate and favorite drink is Dr. Pepper. Green is my favorite color and I listen to classic country, classic rock and contemporary Christian music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Work on airplanes. J I actually wish I could turn back the clock and start writing professionally, earlier in my life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
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