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An Interview with Erica Kyles

We are pleased to announce today’s release of For Fate’s Sake by Erica Kyles. The book follows the journey of a woman who deals with a narcissistic partner and her recovery from an abusive relationship.

How would you describe your book?

It is a self-help novel for any woman who has been or is in a mentally abusive relationship.

Who is your reader?

Women of all ages, as anyone is vulnerable to being tricked by a narcissistic.

Tell us about the story of your story.

I first had the idea almost twenty years ago. I was inspired to do something positive from a traumatic time in my life. I didn’t start making notes until five years later. Add on another four years, and I attempted my first draft nine years before self-publishing. I had to learn to write whilst writing this story. Plus, I have to balance full-time work and life.

Where do your ideas come from?

I was taught early on in my writing journey that I needed to have a higher perspective in life to be able to add depth to my story. The same person taught me about show and tell.

How long did it take to write?

Almost a decade. I took summers off to move more. My full-time day job is sitting behind a computer screen, so I was conscious of my wellbeing, both mentally and physically.

 

Erica taking time for herself

Did you enjoy writing it?

It was hard at times because of the subject, but ultimately, writing has felt like having a companion. I took a notepad with me to most places.

Do you plan out your story?

The idea of the story came to me in one go, apart from the ending. I wasn’t sure what relationship status I wanted for my protagonist. I started with 25 chapters but ended up with 28. That’s mainly due to shortening lengthy chapters.

Erica admits to loving Sticky-Notes to help her plan!

When you are not writing, what else do you do?

Thinking about ideas to add to my story!

What did you read growing up?

Not much. I was never a reader, actually. It wasn’t until I commuted to London in my early twenties that I exhausted magazine options and bought one with a free book, and then I was hooked.

What’s your biggest groan when you read other people’s work?

One thing that stands out to me is scenes about eyes. I was on a writing retreat a few years back, and someone read a funny piece about how people have written about eyes. It was very funny.

Any advice for a new author?

Try to set boundaries with allocated writing time; otherwise, you avoid doing it, or it seeps into the rest of your life.

Is the book how you imagined it to be?

Thankfully, yes! I adore the front cover design by TAUK Publishing.

Are you writing anything else?

No! I need a rest. I wrote this story to help others and not necessarily because I wanted to be an author.

What was the best thing about working with TAUK Publishing?

I was feeling exhausted, and I wasn’t sure how to get the book over the finish line and upload it to Amazon. Thank goodness I found them; otherwise, I’m certain another year would have been added to my writing duration.

For Fate’s Sake is now available on Amazon.

 

 

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