It’s Thursday and we have another exciting #WriterSpotlight interview for you. Today’s guest is Vivian Kay, author of two books. Apart from the great advice she gives, Vivian let’s us in on some secrets social media doesn’t know about her. You don’t need us to tell you that this is an interview to read!
Hello Vivian, please introduce yourself to us.
Vivian Kay is my pen name. I’m a Christian fiction writer, a mother, wife, and therapist living in Canada. When I’m not writing, I enjoy playing scrabble, dancing and snuggling up with a good book.
When did you start writing and how has your writing evolved over the years?
I started writing at the age of twelve. I now know the type of stories I want to tell. I have also gained confidence in my ability to tell them in a unique voice.
You are a faith writer, how easy is it to write based on this theme?
I think when you’re passionate about what you do, it’s more fun than work. I must say that it’s still hard work. But, as a faith writer, I also see this role as a ministry. I believe that anyone whom God calls to a task, He equips.
How rewarding has writing in this niche been?
Christian fiction is a niche market. Most Nigerian Christians only read non-fiction Christian books. The good thing is that impacting lives for God’s glory matters most to me. I’m happy when readers tell me how my stories have helped them in their faith walk.
Do you think you were born to be a writer?
On some days, I think so. I’ve always been fascinated by words. For some writing is a natural gift and like other gifts, it needs nurturing. That’s where the dedication, perseverance, and willingness to learn from others comes in.
You have written two books, which was the toughest for you to write?
I would say Secret Places because of the themes explored in the book. I wasn’t sure how people would respond to a story about Christians who were swapping their spouses.
How much did reading help shape your love for writing?
As an early reader, I fell in love with stories and their power to entertain and educate. To be a good writer, you should read across genres. My writing is stronger for it.
What’s your take on the belief that ‘talk is cheap’?
I have a ‘let’s get things done’ personality so excessive talking about issues without a concrete action plan tires me.
Tell us two things social media doesn’t know about Vivian Kay?
Vivian loves straight forward people. She’s also an aspiring Karaoke queen.
How do you know that a story will be a hit or do you just write hoping that somebody will relate to it?
I just write the stories that come to me.
Tell us three ways social media has helped your writing career?
It has helped me connect with readers, other writers and brought professional opportunities my way.
What do you love most about being an author?
It’s the moment when I hold my books for the first time. I get the “At Last” feeling.
What is your advice to other writers who want to merge their talent and faith together but don’t know how to start?
Pray and ask God for guidance. Some dreams need you to exercise faith. If you believe that this is what you are meant to do, stay the course and enjoy the process.
Kindly give us information on where readers can get your books.
I love to hear from my readers. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any question or comment.