06 April, 2018

#Interview with Veronika M. Kaye, #Author of Happiness Scorned

About the Book:

In this tour de force inspired by true events, Veronika M. Kaye tells the story of a girl, ruthlessly scorned by Jason, the man she believed to be the love of her life. Veronika is forced to cope with heartbreak. Spending months in angst and depression, she begins to cycle through her moments in an attempt to uncover a loophole in her ended relationship. Veronika probes memories to discover how her past lead to her pain. 
Reminiscing back to her love expenditures, Veronika begins to question, how much pain is enough? For a woman who has it all, why does she still feel empty? Veronika sets off to find these answers, but with the truth she uncovers, she will never be the same.

An Interview:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I realized I wanted to be a writer when I was in the first grade. I used to love writing since that time but I did not officially pursue this passion of mine until after college when I had a series of experiences which I wanted to influence the young adult audience by. 

What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is knowing that I have a story to tell and the motivation to inspire woman of all ages.  

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
Since college, I always wanted to write a novel about relationship struggles and romance. There have been a number of experiences and personal struggles that I went through which I believe I can reflect onto young adults or even women of all ages in hopes of inspiring them to read a book that consists of romance, reminiscing and realization.

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
There aren’t specifically written stories other than some personal journals and poems. There is an abstract poetry compilation that I did not publish based my struggles and ventures. 

Tell us about your writing process.
I usually begin with an outline and a timeline. I then, organize as well as categorize my ideas in the outline.  I like to get comfortable with a blanket and cup of tea as I write in my comfort zone. This is what helps my thought process and word flow. I need to be comfortable. I like to invest about an hour or two each night or afternoon to write. 

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is in the beginning where the main character, Ronni goes on a hike with her friend Joey in her favorite forest during chapter 1. There she has an emotional scene with the trees. She looks up and hears the roar of the forest while the rain drops that were nestled on the branches just blend with her tears and pain that she is feeling on the inside. The nature is where she goes to feel better in hopes of it taking her pain from her broken heart away.  

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
The main character is mostly based on me as a person. In the book she is in a completely different field but characteristics reflect myself. 

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
My best work comes during my darkest and emotionally painful moments but I must always have a physically comfortable setting in which my words flow freely. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
Lately, I read books based on self-help and inspiration as well as psychology of people’s behavior. I’m always striving to be better person and understand why people do what they do. My favorite author however, is William Shakespeare. He is my favorite because of the creativity incorporated in his work. I like a piece of writing from which I have to analyze a meaning from. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
I was told that a writer’s work is never over and that I should always write from the heart in a relaxed setting. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Organize your thoughts through some sort of outline before beginning to write and slowly add into it as the writing progresses.  

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
I would love to play the main character, Ronni, myself. But the dream cast would be:

For adults:
Josh Hartnett for Leon Everett
Bradley Cooper for Arick Spencer Keleman
Channing Tatum for Jason Liam Andrews
Jenna Dewan for Ronni Marlene Kaye
Nina Dobrev for Rosy
Jack Black for Mike Fane
Robert De Niro for Dave Hampton
Susan Sorandon for Mother Zoe
Tom Hanks for Father Ira
Ewen McGregor for Donovan

For young versions of Ronni, Rosy, Mike, Leon
Caitlyn Charmichael for Ronni
Bailee Madison for Rosy
Sprencer Breslin for Mike Fane
Diego Joseph for Leon Everett

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
My phone for music and pictures to look at (since there probably wont be wifi), my phone charger and a survival seed pack. Seeds include 20,000 seeds with over 100 variety of vegetables and fruit. 

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I like to read, binge watch some shows and swim. I absolutely love travelling. My favorite place is the forest near my childhood home. I grew up in going to that forest during all my good and bad moments. Whether it was to unwind, vent or just hike, walk or bike ride or just chit chat with my friends, this was the place for me to go to. I would clear my head and come back refreshed. The forest in the book called Willow Forest is based on the same one I always go to. 

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
Something that is on my bucket list is to actually go zip-lining in Costa Rica.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
I went to acting and modeling school as a teenager. I love any outdoor adventure and I have a souvenir turtle collection. A unique collection of turtle souvenirs that I bought in every city I have ever visited in the world.   

What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m in the process of finishing my over three yearlong abstract poetry project which I hope to publish soon. The next novel will be based on relationships and advice for women and men as well.  

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
That this book is based on romance, reminiscing and realization. My biggest motto in this book is that a great deal of our problems come from within us. It comes from what we are lacking in ourselves and until we find ourselves, finding someone else will only bring us back to square one. We attract what we currently feel. My goal in this book is to have readers enjoy and relate to a series of love stories but at the same time, look into what it is they want to better in themselves to help prevent a broken heart from affecting them at all or so harshly.  Only then, will they feel confident in true love and true happiness. 

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