Author Interview: KD Wood
Some frequently asked questions that KD has received from readers!
Q. How many books are in the Unwilling series?
A. There are three books in the series.
Q. Who is your favorite character of the series?
A. Hands down, Andrew. He is the reason the book finally started to gel in my head. It's very much Neely's journey, but without him, she'd have never started the trip and turned into the character I always new she could be.
Q. When did you decide to become an Author and how long did it take you to see that dream come true?
A. I decided to publish after the 3rd revision of Unwilling. It took me a total of 6 years, draft to release day.
Q. How long did it take you to write the series?
A. The first draft of Unwilling took me six months start to finish. I immediately started on Unloved and it took another six months. Both books were drafted in a year. For a total of 450K words and some change. I realized after finishing the second one that it was way too long. So, what was once only one book has been split into Unloved and Book 3 because it was so huge.
Q. As someone who is new to you and hasn't read your writing yet, how would you describe your style?
A. I have been told it's a very fast paced, intense style of writing in the Unwilling series. I also love to write in a way that mirrors movies. So lots of action. I am super flattered by and agree with that description since that was my design. I love books that hook me fast and won't let go. So I write what I like to read most of all because OMG do I have to read them a lot on the road to publication. I stopped counting how many times I have read Unwilling at 15. But I know it's more now because that was before I signed with BTP to publish. It went through more reads with them. I love stories that edge reality too. If I can make you have to struggle to blink your way back from the sto
Q. Has the endgame of the story remained the same throughout the years/drafts or has your characters taken the story in a different direction then you originally intended?
A. Surprisingly, yes, it's pretty much stayed the same start to finish on a broad scale. There are a few details that changed in the middle that surprised me. But the solid ending has remained constant. I love to hear people tell me what they "think" will happen. Because trust me, you have no idea. LOL! I just have to sit quietly and bite my lips closed because I want to talk about the story SO BAD! I had no one to talk to about this story for so long! And there have also been twists and turns that shocked even me. One in particular I fought against and the character and I spent a LONG time bitching back and forth about it. WEEKS. Eventually of course, the character was right but DANG did it nearly kill me to write. A lot of that is because with such a big complicated story it took me a long time to really know them as people and watch them grow before I could do the story justice. But I was never impatient to hit publish. I wanted it right more than I wanted it published. And I am so proud of what it's become.
Q. What are you most excited to work on next?
A. I have a New Adult Paranormal with dystopian themes in production for 2016 and that story has been incredible to write. It's my first stand alone romance between two characters. That was a challenge for me too as I'm not the A-typical HEA writer. I like my twists and turns. I like that puzzle too in my stories so even though this book "fits" into the romance box it's still stamped with my style.
K.D. Wood lives in north Mississippi with her family and a very spoiled White Waug. She creates love stories and smokin’ southern erotica, but not your mama's happy ever after. She’s a consumer of chocolate but not spiders and completely composed of liquid awesome. When not in her office pounding the keys she can be found under a snuggly blanket, cup of Donut Shop close by, with her nose in a book.