Kaya Quinsey Holt writes romantic comedies. She holds her undergraduate and master’s degree in psychology. Her first novel, Paris Mends Broken Hearts, was released in April 2018. Since then, her books have sold in seven countries. They have been translated into multiple languages and been formatted into audiobooks. Kaya’s passion for culture, travel, and psychology intertwine for books that are romantic and full of surprises. When she’s not typing away, Kaya loves chatting with friends over a glass of wine, playing with her fluffy Pomeranian Shih Tzu, spending time with her family, and indulging in one too many cups of coffee. Always planning her next trip and adventure, Kaya’s favorite places are usually near a beach. She lives in Toronto with her husband.
What inspires you to write?
Great question! I am predominantly inspired by two things: relationships and travel. I love writing about the places that I have been. You can see this in my novellas Paris Mends Broken Hearts, Valentine in Venice, and my novel, The Marseille Millionaire. Relationships are endlessly fascinating. I actually met my now-husband in a psychology of relationships class back when we were in university. Romance books allow for so many facets of human emotion to be explored–love, heartbreak, joy, anger, hope… the list goes on!
Tell us about your writing process.
I would have to say a bit of both. When I begin writing a book, I have a general idea of where things are going but I'm certainly not a strict outliner. Sometimes, I'll even surprise myself with a twist. I'll usually get inspired for an idea when I'm travelling with my husband. Occasionally, I'll start outlining while we're still away. Other times I'll wait until we get home to start putting pen to paper (metaphorically speaking–I need my Macbook!). If I'm in the middle of writing something when another book idea comes up, I'll jot it down and put in the queue. I have a bunch of ideas I cannot wait to dive into!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wouldn't say that I talk to them, but I definitely have an idea of what they would say to me! In the initial stages of writing, I'll come up with a character profile. I'll write down their likes, dislikes, their favorite things, what lights them up, and what drives them nuts. It's such a fun process. My characters often feel so real by the end of writing. It's hard letting go!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, Carl Hiaasen, and Peter Mayle.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book, Paris Mends Broken Hearts, was initially self-published in 2018. I was delighted when it was acquired by a publisher later that same year. Since then, my books have been released by publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is definitely exciting! I think that more and more people are looking for connection with their favorite authors–who they are, why they write… Social media helps to facilitate all of that and allows for more transparency.
What genres do you write?
Romance, sweet romance, contemporary romance, chick lit, women's fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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