Hi everyone and happy Sunday! I don’t know what it’s like in your corner of the world, but here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s absolutely gorgeous! I see a bike ride in my immediate future!
Before I go, let me introduce you to new-to-me author Kayla Bashe. She dropped in to share some answers to our questions. Enjoy!
Q&A with Kayla Bashe
Introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you and what makes you tick?
I’m small, but very loud. My favorite things are fairies, dance music, and Jamie Alexander. I love writing the kind of fantastical adventures that I grew up reading, except with more girls who have each other’s backs!
What does it mean to you to be an author? What makes a writer a writer?
A writer is somebody who puts their dreams on paper and makes them reality. Motivation and dedication are so, so important.
Are you promoting a specific book? Tell us about it. Include the book blurb if you’d like.
I’m promoting Screaming Down Splitsville, my new 1950s-set F/F release. It’s about two teenage girls who stage a daring cross-country escape from the research facility where they’ve been held prisoner. Emma’s upbringing in the Southern backwoods, combined with her inability to speak, has left her wary and self-sufficient. After years of harsh treatment, she doesn’t believe in hope. Flip, having spent years in a world of magic, has always been surrounded by people who seem flashier and cleverer than she is. Constantly being overlooked has caused her to feel unassuming and unimportant. After years of thankless work, she no longer believes in herself. When a raid on an illegal laboratory throws the pair together, they have to work together to overcome their pasts.
In Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, to you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night and eat Nutella with your fingers?
I love fanfiction, the trashier the better. Your original character makes out with a death god or becomes best friends with the LOTR squad? Odds are I’m reading it in bed while eating seaweed chips.
Tell us one thing that you’re passionate about. For example, would you strap yourself to an oil rigging a la Lucy Lawless with a Greenpeace sign in your hands?
Umm… could I strap myself to Lucy Lawless? (Just kidding!) I’m super passionate about dogs; I’m going to spend my spring break helping homeless pets in the Middle East.
What’s your writing process? That is, do you have a particular place you write and/or time of day? Do you have any particular things you do before you write? (e.g. do you listen to music, drink coffee, take dance breaks…)
Stephen King would have people believe that all writers have a fancy desk at which they sit with their mobile sky notebooks and tortured expressions, but I’ve actually done most of my writing on my phone while waiting for the subway.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you (unless you’d have to kill us, in which case tell us something that some people don’t know).
Quirky fact: I collect scented soap! My current favorite is one I just ordered- it’s shaped exactly like a chocolate frosted doughnut, and apparently smells the same, too.
Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written?
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block. Found families and unexpected love? Magical vintage sequined clothes? Giant fusion-cuisine buffets and teen-bop pop? It’s the most charmingly powerful novella ever. I love how it fits into my backpack when I carry copies to lend to friends.
If time and money were no problem, where would you most like to go in the world?
As an expatriate, I’m always complaining about how I want to go home. And then I’m like, no, my real home! I would love to be on the beach in Tel Aviv right now, drinking mint tea and eating couscous and petting stray cats.
And finally, what sorts of writing projects are next for you?
More sparkly dramatic out of this world lesbian romance, for sure!
Kayla Bashe is a theater student from the East Coast. Her work has appeared in Vitality Magazine and Solarpunk Press Issue 1, as well as The Future Fire, Liminality Magazine, and the Outliers of Speculative Fiction anthology. She tweets about speculative fiction at @KaylaBashe.