Interview with Kayla Krantz

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Author of Premonition

Scary Short Story Contest Winner

1) Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

The inspiration for my story came from the little ‘what if’ in your mind that you get when you walk home alone or when you get a bad feeling in the pit of your gut that makes you change whatever it is you were about to do. Those “gut” instincts have always fascinated me with the wonder of how and why we come across those feelings.

2) What made you decide to enter this “Whatever You Do, Don’t Turn Around” contest?

I entered the contest because I loved the theme and thought it could easily blend supernatural elements with psychological. I like to put my characters in situations that they can’t explain and this contest offered the perfect situation.

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

My top three favorite authors are Stephen King, Lynn Weingarten, and Gillian Flynn because I absolutely adore psychological thrillers. Books that keep me on the edge of my seat are the best kind because they’re the easiest to get lost inside.

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

I loved Caroline Kepnes’ “You.” As a writer of psychological thrillers, I thought this book about a modern stalker was quirky and well-written because Joe, the main character, is so well fleshed out that the book is absolutely captivating because you know you should hate him, but you also just can’t bring yourself to do so.

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

Never give up, and most importantly, never writer for anyone but yourself. There will be times when you feel discouraged and you might think about quitting or writing to fill a predetermined niche, but don’t do it. Write because it makes you happy, and there will be plenty of reward to reap.