Interview with novelist K.K. Weil

I’m
kicking off a new week with an interview with author K.K. Weil. We’re talking about her new adult
novel, Shatterproof.

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K.K. does her virtual book tour, she will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes
and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky, randomly chose winner. If you’d
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Bio:
K.K.
Weil grew up in Queens, but eventually moved to New York City, the inspiration
for many of her stories. Weil, who attended SUNY Albany as an undergrad and NYU
as a graduate student, is a former teacher. She now enjoys writing her own
dramas and lives near the beach in New Jersey, where she is at work on her next
novel.

Welcome, K.K. Please tell us about your
current release.
Thank
you so much for having me today! Shatterproof is a New Adult contemporary
romance. My hero, Griffin, spent his life witnessing domestic violence in his
house. He’s begged his mother to leave time and again, and cannot for the life
of him understand why she insists on staying. He flip-flops between loving her
and resenting her as he takes care of her after each episode. His worst fear is
that he will become his father. He knows how likely it is that he will repeat the
cycle, so he focuses on his sculpting to keep him grounded and away from any
serious relationship in which he might hurt someone. But then, while
volunteering at a nearby women’s shelter, he meets Frankie, who reminds him of
how vibrant and spontaneous his mother used to be. He decides she is worth the
risk, but is terrified that Frankie’s free-spirited, sassy ways will trigger
the part of him that he needs to keep buried.

What inspired you to write this book? Griffin was a character in my first book,
At This Stage. I never intended for him
to take on the life that he did in that book, but the more I wrote about him,
the more I fell in love with him. I decided then that I’d give him his own
story and explore what made him tick. There had to be a very good reason that
he was as serious and brooding as he was. Something must have happened to
someone he loved, not just to him, because he’s the type of guy who’d always
put himself second. And who could he possibly love more growing up than his
mother? That’s how Shatterproof came alive.

Excerpt
from Shatterproof:
“You
need to grow up, Griffin,” my father spat at me. “Life isn’t perfect. You need
to get over it and move on. Your mother can. She’s happy with me and whatever
we have between us is our business, not yours. Grow the hell up, and start
acting like a man instead of a petulant child.”
Heat
shot through my body at lightning speed. “Act like a man—like you?” I shouted.
“What should I do, go pick some amazing woman who’s full of life and beat it
out of her until she can’t even recognize herself any more, until she can’t
even differentiate between love and pain? Is that what a man does, Dad? Is that
what I should do?”
My
father broke into a smile. An evil, condescending, terrifying smile. “You think
you’re so different from me?” He hovered over me. His tone was sinister, as if
he was trying to cut through my skin with nothing but his voice. “Get up.” He
yanked my arm and pulled me by the elbow into the bathroom. He grabbed the back
of my head and forced me to face the mirror. “Look at yourself, Griffin. And
look at me. Everything about you comes from me. You may deny it now. You may
put yourself on a pedestal, thinking you’re above being human, but just know
that the fire inside you, that’s my fire. That passion, it’s mine. And when you
have an uncontrollable desire to love, to hurt, to possess a woman, it’s from
me. Nothing is yours alone. Even this face.” He snagged my chin between his
strong fingers. I tried to yank it away from his grasp, but he held on too
tight. “It’s mine. And there’s nothing you can do about it. You can try to mask
it in this mess of hair and clothes and tattoos you have going on, but know
that every time a woman falls in love with that face, every time she says she can’t
resist you because of it, every time she can’t walk away from you…it’s because
of me. It’s because you are me. We. Are. The. Same.” He released my chin with a
shove and left the bathroom.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

My
current work in progress is about a young woman who owns a small creperie with
her grandmother. She has a special interest in helping the homeless and uses
her creperie to do so. When a gorgeous, mysterious stranger comes into her
store and starts leaving her songs on napkins, she’s not sure what to make of
him. Because of certain family issues, she’s reluctant to enter into anything
complicated, but she can’t seem to stay away from him. The more time she spends
with him, though, the more she fears he’s not what he seems.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I’ve
written since I was little, so in some sense I think I’ve always thought of
myself as a writer, even if it wasn’t my career. I can’t remember a time when I
didn’t have a notebook filled with scribbles somewhere in my vicinity.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

Right
now, I am writing full-time. As soon as my kids are off to school, my computer
goes on. My coffee sits next to me and if the weather is nice, I either work
outside or open all my windows. Fresh air inspires me. Usually, I take care of
any “business” first, like social media or communications with other authors – or
blog posts ;). After that, I dive into writing. What that means depends on the
day. It might be picking up where I left off and spewing out tons of words or
maybe I just go over what I did the day before and tweak it. Of course I find
the days when I get more pages out to be more productive, but both kinds of
days are necessary. I work until the kids come home and again after they go to
bed, which often means losing track of time and neglecting everything else that
needs to be done. So on any given day, laundry might be piled to the ceiling
and my family might be near the brink of starvation. But if I put more words on
the page, it’s all worth it.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
When
I’m starting a new story, I like to write random scenes, out of order as they
pop into my head. I jot them down in notebooks (yep, old school) until I have
so many I’m totally confused and have to start at the beginning.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

First
I wanted to be a teacher, then I wanted to be a lawyer. Eventually, I did
become a teacher, and interestingly, I was trained in teaching writing. But
regardless of what I thought my career would be, I always wanted to be a writer
on the side. I just didn’t know I’d be doing it full-time one day.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

My
favorite part about writing is creating something out of nothing. But within
that, the best is when a scene takes on a life of its own and suddenly
something is happening that I didn’t plan or expect. There’s that aha moment when I think, “Wow, where did
that come from?” And when it actually works, that’s pretty cool.

Links:

Thank you, K.K. Happy
writing!

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39 thoughts on “Interview with novelist K.K. Weil

  1. K.K. Weil says:

    Oooh, Mai, I'd love to think of all the ways! After sharing with those closest to me, I think a lot of it would go towards traveling all around the world. I'm not that big on "stuff", but visiting places I've never seen, and trying the local foods, are great passions of mine. Of course, I'm not saying I wouldn't also buy a beautiful boat to guide me on my travels 😉 How about you?

  2. peggy jaeger says:

    Hi K.K. I'm a New york gal myself. Born and bred in Brooklyn then moved to Staten island. I love that you write about real issues – domestic abuse, etc. It's important. Good luck with sales and keep writing!

  3. tiago rosado says:

    Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a very intriguing book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the book!

  4. Stormy Vixen says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt and the interview, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing and Good Luck with the tour!

  5. Barbara Bettis says:

    Don't you love the way secondary characters take on lives of their own so that you really can't let them go after a story is over? I enjoy books based on people from other books–it's like revisiting old friends. Best of luck with the release.

  6. K.K. Weil says:

    Thank you, Cali! I get my inspiration all over the place, but I'd have to say interesting, thought-provoking conversations with friends and family seem to really get my ideas flowing.

  7. Mary Morgan says:

    Wonderful interview, K.K.! I've been a writer since I was very little, too. Yet, I would daydream and write inside my head. I did keep diaries as a teenager and would write poems about life, my cats, or my current boyfriend. Now as a writer, I keep a leather journal for each of my stories. There's something about having a pen in my hand and the feel of paper that inspires my writing. I can't do outlines on the computer. It's all in my journals. Additionally, I stuff them with pictures, Gaelic translations, etc. They're my "work" bible. Wishing you all the best with your new book. 🙂

  8. K.K. Weil says:

    Thanks so much, Mary. I agree, nothing replaces the feel of a pen and paper. I'll always love my notebooks. Still have every one!

  9. Vonnie says:

    Now THAT is a great excerpt. Why? It predetermines the course the protagonist will take in his life. Many novels mention men that 'don't what to be violent like their fathers' but your excerpt explains clearly how this can happen, why it happens. All kudos to you for firming up the backstory to such an extent that it is not glossed over, not facile.

  10. K.K. Weil says:

    Vonnie, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I'm touched that you connected with my excerpt. It was important to me that I showed Griffin's history in a meaningful way.

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