KA Sands

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How did you get started as an author?

A woman I barely knew was in a beta team with me, and somehow she cajoled me into sending her a manuscript I'd been writing (one of many). I'd only sent it to one other, so was understandably nervous. I don't really know how it happened, but she pushed me to finish what I'd sent. Funnily enough, the book she read ended up being the third book I released and not the first. The first book (a prequel) was down to Nina Levine and some excellent advice she gave. I have been writing for a very long time, but had never finished anything until L made me. I owe her a lot!I wrote poetry and short stories. 

What was your first book?

First published was Taylor in September 2018; a 10k prequel to the ongoing Razer Series. My first book was Jersey 24, which is not published, but there is a plan to do so in the future. 

How has your writing style changed?

I think I've matured. You always learn from the mistakes you make, and writing is no different. I've learnt a lot about the craft in itself and tried to hone my own style. Cohesion of complex plots and connections come far easier now. I'm particularly proud of how my dialogue has developed, but I still need to snag that humour!

What are you writing about in the anthology?

Autism. 

Why are you taking part in this anthology?

IAwareness is extremely important. I'm a huge advocate of educating people when it comes to mental health. My husband does Movember every year, (he looks like a Mexican cartel member with his handlebars haha), but it's important to us both.

Why do you think it's important to spread the message of this anthology?

Education. It's a known fact that when you educate people, they understand better, practice better patience.

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What is your favorite line from your manuscript?

Dead people don't love you back.

Did you research your story?

Yes. Personal experience for the last nine years.

Is there any one thing you have to have when writing?

Not really, no. I am not a creature of habit in that way. I do write my first drafts with pen and paper though, so I guess I would need those. 

What influences your work?

A character. A sentence. A song. Just about anything... if my head won't let go of it, out the pen and paper comes. My book, Descent, started off with the first line of the first chapter that I couldn't shake. I wrote 27k organically, and followed on with two more books over two months. A fourth is on the way.

Who is your favourite author?

Argh... you're not supposed to ask that question! I honestly have no outright favourite because there are too many fantastic authors out there that write a multitude of things and are spectacular. I do have a myriad of unicorns and they change often.

Any book that holds a special place in your heart.

Christine Hughes's - Three Days of Rain. TJ Klune's - Wolfsong. Carey Heywood's - Stages of Grace. (I couldn't give you just one).