Author Kylie-Anne Evans – I am a victim of incest. I lost people I loved to suicide, natural causes and murder.
Why Author Kylie-Anne Evans chose to tell her ‘incest’ story?
My name is Kylie-Anne Evans, and it’s time to tell my story as the truth will set me free. I am a survivor. I am a victim of incest. I became pregnant after rape and lost my daughter when I was 15. I suffered domestic violence. Depression stalked me. I attempted suicide. I lost people I loved to suicide, natural causes and murder. And I lost my sons. I could not look after myself, much less my children. My life was not worth living. I survived. More than that – I lived. I found resilience. I fought my way back. I overcame. And I became me – a mother with wonderful children and an amazing life. Every day I am grateful for the joy of waking up. Come with me on a journey through darkness and despair, and know that if I can triumph, so can you. We are stronger than we realise.
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
It’s taken me three years of hard work and a whole lot of tears. I will most likely lose what remaining family I have left, but the truth must be told.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
Not changing people’s names properly was something I didn’t give much weightage to. I had put my sibling’s middle names as their name. I was actually going to be sued by my brother, because I didn’t have his permission to use his name in my memoir.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
Yes, I am writing my second book ‘Fighting for My Boys’. It’s about the ten years I spent in the family law court fight to get my boys back. It was a vicious and bitter fight, that cost me $22,000 but I won in the end.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
Get the cover first, if you can. Once you work out the book cover, then your story works itself out from that. I tried this and it worked as a motivating tool to complete writing the book faster.
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
Walk away, for an hour or so come back. If you are still stuck, walk away for a week, don’t forget about it or you’ll never finish.
How often do you read other novels?
I read 4 to 5 books a month, it all depends on the length and whether I am enjoying the story or not. If a book doesn’t grab my attention in the first 5 pages, I most likely won’t finish it.
Who are your favourite authors?
Susan polis Schultz, Robert Anton Wilson, Stephen king, Dean Koontz are some of my favourites.
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