For my next Author Spotlight I’m joined by the amazing Kamisa Cole! We talked about conversations with characters, the newly released second part of her duology, and her love of aesthetic bullet journaling.
Over to you Kamisa…
First things first, please introduce yourself!
Hi, I’m KC and I am… I’d say normal, but that would be a lie. I love living in my dream world and I am often found having numerous conversations with myself—ahem, I mean, with my characters.
Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
I am a rather angsty writer. While I love reading fluffy and sweet stories, mine usually tend to run on the grittier side. I am currently writing contemporary MM romance, but I won’t say I’m never gonna write any other genres. One day I absolutely want to write something fluffy.
Describe your books in only three words.
Angsty. Comforting. HEA.
What’s you next book about and when is it coming out?
My next release is the second part of my duet and it actually releases on the 14th of July. It’s called Sacrifice my Life and it concludes the story of Niccholò Bianchi and the priest he fell irrevocably in love with. In book one we met the two and one had to come to terms with loving someone holy, while the other had to get used to the idea that maybe God wasn’t the only man in his life. In book two they now need to find a way to work out their differences—and to fulfil all the naughty fantasies Nicco’s little priest has.
Out of all your books, which one are you most proud of?
It has to be Completely Changed, the first book in my DiverCity-Series. Why am I proud of it? Because When Kash and Alec started to talk to me, I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do them justice. Now? I love what the book turned into.
What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
That’s a tough one. It has to be Saffron Blu, who introduced me to MM-books. She and then there’s a whole bunch of authors who just influence how I see myself as a writer, like Beth Bolden, K.M. Neuhold, Alice Crane aka. Aurora Crane and so many more.
What inspired you to start writing?
That’s a tough one, but in the end it has to be that… I needed to get these damn voices out of my head.
What’s your writing process like? Do you have a typical “writing day”?
I work full-time, so I don’t have a writing day per se. But I do get home, have dinner, and then make myself sit down and write for at least one or two hours. I’m on a Discord-server for sprints and it keeps me on track. On weekends, when the days are really mine, I actually tend to write for hours and while it exhausts me it also makes me happy.
What comes first for you – the plot or the characters?
Characters. I’m a pantster, I never plot. So… Always the guys.
What’s a book that you wish you’d written?
I don’t think there really is one because I couldn’t have written it the way that person did. There are quite a few I absolutely love, but I do that because I DIDN’T write them.
If you could only write one trope for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Best friends to lovers probably. No, second chance. No, wait… I’m kidding. It would be either of those two, really, just because I feel like the potential is endless.
What would be your three desert island books?
The Red-Zone by Beth Bolden, King Me by Lucy Lennox, and Blindsided by Eden Finley.
If one of your books could be made into a movie/TV series, which would you choose and who would you cast?
I don’t think I would want any of them made into a movie (I mean, yes, but not really). I think it would be so incredibly hard to find characters that fit, and let’s be honest, usually we all go, “But in the book…” So that would be probably a question I’d leave for the fans.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
I journal, as in bullet journal, although I prefer to just to the aesthetic pages. You know, all pretty stickers and nice quotes. I also actually love to write fanfiction, which is basically a hobby, so even when I’m not serious-writing, I’m writing. I love reading, but don’t have enough patience to really sit through days of it for the single reason of me wanting to write when I have the time.
Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
Parasaurolophus. They just look like I want to own one for petting and transportation.
KAMISA COLE: I’m from a tiny town in the middle of Germany. Actually, it’s even tinier and right in the middle of nowhere. I work as a system admin during the day, but fell in love with MM-writing and needed to do it! So here I am. I love long walks on the beach and… Hold on, that was Dean, not me. I love chai latte, reading, and meeting new people.