A genuinely talented and wonderful author took time
out of her very busy schedule to sit down and answer a few questions
for us here at Joyfully Reviewed. So, without further delayÖletís
Midnyte Dupree a.k.a. K.L. Bjork
Did I read that you
have only been writing for a few years? Before this did you ever
want to be a writer of did you have a different plan for yourself?
Gracie! Yes, I have only been writing for a few years. I started
writing in 2004 when I came across writing.com. I wanted to write
before then, but when I found all the support and information on
writing.com I really got the boost I needed to start seriously. I
never set out specifically to be a writer, but in the back of my
head I wanted to get published. I use to be very career oriented
before I had children, so my main focus was working at my day job.
When I had children my focus shifted to them and I found I had a
little more time away from work and them when I could explore
something else in my life. Thus, my writing career blossomed.
How do you find a
balance between your family, your writing, and your full-time job as
a telecommunications analyst?
Balance? Thatís a very good question. Itís very difficult and
often my writing is pushed to the side. I try to write a little
something everyday, but the kids and husband are often demanding and
unfortunately my writing suffers. But every chance I get at
lunchtime, I pull out my laptop or my notebook and write down
something for my characters. They are never far from my mind
When you first
started writing you used the name K.L. Bjork, but now you are
writing as Midnyte Dupree. Why the change? Will you still use K.L.
Bjork was a name I used before I thought to use a penname. LOL.
After talking to some editors and other authors, they suggested I
change my name to something a little sexier. So I went with it and
Midnyte Dupree was born. I doubt I'll ever go back to K.L. Bjork.
Tell us a little
about Midnyte and who she is.
believes in happily ever after and the challenge to get there makes
its more deserving. She wants to think that everyone has a soulmate
out there waiting for the right time to show themselves. Love,
magic, faeries, vampires, and anything else paranormal or
extraterrestrial is believable to her and she wants those worlds to
come alive for others.
What are some of
your favorite foods, movies, authors, and music?
absolutely love Mexican food. There is a little Mexican place by
our house we love to go toÖoften. LOL. I donít get a chance to go
to see movies very much, but some of my favorites are Youíve got
Mail and Must Love Dogs. Love stories, of course. Favorite authors
are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, JC Wilder, Shiloh Walker,
and gosh, there are so many others. I love all sorts of music. I
donít really have a favorite right now. But some songs that are on
my iPod right now are Smashing Pumpkins, Shinedown, Three Doors
Down, and Linkin Park. I also have some Celtic music on there as
well. I love of sorts. LOL
Your stories all
seem to have a paranormal element to them. Do you see yourself
writing something different in the future?
always loved to think about the possibility of more out there in the
world. Life would be truly boring if we were all there was with no
possibility of anything else. Thatís why I love to write
paranormal, because it really brings to light the idea of more. If
I were to write something different, I would love to explore writing
something about Scotland or Ireland. I love the idea of the Fae and
What is your
perfect writing environment? Do you prefer quiet or do you need
Actually I can write in perfect silence or with a room full of
yelling children. LOL Iíve learned to adapt a little in that
department. I guess though, I would prefer absolute silence, but I
donít get that too often.
How do your stories
develop? Does the whole story come at once or does it develop as
you are writing?
the characters show themselves to me first, sometimes in the heat of
a battle with the bad guy. The story usually develops as I write,
but every once in a while Iím able to outline the whole thing. I
actually like doing that better even though most the time it doesnít
end up the way I originally planned. LOL
What are you
reading right now? Do you have a favorite author that is a must buy
Right now Iím reading Meganís Mark
by Lora Leigh. Itís a great read so far.
a lot of authors I simply must have. Some are Kresley Cole,
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Laurell K. Hamilton, Cherry
Adair, and JC Wilder to name a few.
If you could bring
any character from one of your books to life who would it be and
goodness, probably Eli from Thorn of a Rose. He is
such a tortured soul I just want to bring him to life and give him a
huge hug. He needs it. Thorn of a Rose is coming out
in December at Twilight Fantasies. Itís the third, never before
published, story in my Elixir series. Itís a vampire paranormal.
By the way, the first story in the Elixir series will be re-released
in October; In My Hands is the title.
Do you have any
advice for aspiring writers?
The absolute best advice I ever received was to write. Write
everyday. It doesnít matter if it is for five minutes or 5 hours,
but write something down everyday. It will improve and advance your
Do you ever get
writerís block and how do you handle it?
necessarily get writerís block, more like story block. LOL When
that happens I take a few days away from the story or I take the
story in a completely crazy direction just to get my mind on
something else for a little while. I like to the leave the
characters for a few days though then come back to them fresh. The
story seems to come easier that way.
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and how should they contact you?
absolutely. My readers can
email me or
they can find me on myspace .
They can also leave me a comment (which I love to get) on my
Do you have someone
who you consider a mentor? How have they influenced your writing?
really have a mentor, but the girls that influenced my writing the
most and got me started in this direction are the ladies at
writing.com. I havenít visited them in a while, but they include
Carol McKenzie, Frankie Belleville, and S.D. Grady. They are a
great group for encouragement and gave me helpful tips. I miss you
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us?
just released my first and probably my only mťnage story at
Fantasies, titled Finding Her Place. It got released
on the 4th of July! Itís a really fun story full of
adventure and love. Also, my story Witch, that was
released at Mardi Gras Publishing went all the way to number 3 on
the Fictionwise (Mardi Gras) bestsellerís list. I was very excited
about that and thank you to everyone who bought it. I truly hope
you enjoyed it.
you so much Gracie and Joyfully Reviewed for the interview. Great
questions and I had a blast!