Please give a warm welcome to author Kaylin Peyerk
Tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Kaylin Peyerk, and I live in the beautiful state of Michigan. I have five full bookshelves, a bursting Kindle library, and a total love for the written word. My favorite genres to read are paranormal romance, fantasy, and the occasional contemporary novel. I am a lover of swimming, video games, and my golden retriever/corgi mix Gannon.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
I’ve loved reading and writing stories ever since I was seven years old and first picked up Harry Potter. That love grew until I wrote my first novel at fourteen years old. It was never my number one plan for a career, hence my bachelor’s degree in accounting. However, I took the leap of self-publishing on KDP in November 2019 in my free time and it has snowballed ever since. Now going into 2021 I am a full-time author and business owner. The moral of this story is to follow your dreams while having a backup plan for security! It gives you peace of mind while pursuing your true goals.
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
My inspiration for my book series is always the covers. It’s a little unorthodox but I purchase the covers before writing the stories. If I see a cover that inspires me I hop on it and begin writing right away. All of my stories started that way, plus, I’m a pantser so my inspiration comes and goes with my daily life as well. My current book series, Hell to Pay, was inspired by covers from Lumiencsence Covers on Facebook! She’s the leading designer in paranormal romance.
**A pantser is an author who writes without an outline for the story, coming up with it as they go**
What are you working on now?
I’m working on book two in the Hell to Pay series, Chaos in Hell. This is a demon reverse harem paranormal romance series. I’m also completing a 60k side project this week. It’s my first time writing MM romance and was inspired by an omegaverse Webtoon story called Our OmegaleaderNim. The way the author plays with social constructs, trauma, and hierarchy in a political sense was truly inspiring. I wanted to play around with my own omegaverse story, and I honestly think it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever written. This is also the first story I’ve written without a title or cover to inspire me first.
Do you have any quirks while working?
I need to listen to music. Writing in silence isn’t something I’m capable of! I’m not sure why. I guess other creative outlets help to motivate me.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to publish 1-2 books per month through the year 2021 and expand my income by taking the Ads for Authors course by Mark Dawson that I just purchased. Making this a viable option as my full-time job for the rest of my life is my top priority. Well, that, and meeting as many of my readers as possible and vibing with them through Facebook, Tiktok, and Twitch. Make sure to look for kaylinpeyerk_author on all platforms to join forces with thousands of other readers!
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
It is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. It’s extremely hard to get noticed by readers, and the only authors that do have a level of professionality that rivals big-time publishers. This means paying for quality editing services, having a professional cover created, and formatting your titles using a program such as KindleCreate for free or using a paid program like Vellum. Plus, you’re the creative and the business mind behind the operation. Be ready to learn all of the nitty-gritty parts of being an author, including advertising.
All I’m saying is that it’s more than just writing your story and uploading it to KDP. You could be the next Stephen King but no one will ever know about your great book if you don’t publish correctly using the steps above.
Do you have anything to say to your followers?
Yes! Thank you so much to my dedicated readers, ARC team, and BETA team! You guys are the real reason I do this. Hearing reader feedback and being able to bring them joy through my stories warms my heart and makes me so excited to continue writing. I really appreciate each and everyone one of you! You’re the best!