Author Interview: Keisha Acuff

1. When did you know you were born to write?

From the moment I found out what writing was I have always kept a journal. I still have a little note pad with Lisa Frank artwork on the front of it from when I was around 5 years old and I would write music, poems and my daily life on it and I’ve been writing ever since. I’ve written almost every day since. I have stacks of notebooks, journals and binders full of writing that will most likely never see the day of night. Mostly I write for myself there is just something I’ve always loved about putting words on a blank page.

2. How long after that did a novel evolve?

I didn’t write my first novel until I turned 25. I dabbled in writing novels but my main focus before that was writing poetry and mostly journaling. I started many novels prior to that I just never finished them.

3. What brought you to Smashwords?

I published an anthology in June of 2020 with several writers from around the world and one of the other writers introduced me to smashwords. It was one of the platforms that the anthology was published on.

4. What do you like about it?

I love that it makes it easy to publish your work without having to publish through a publisher.

5. What is your least favorite part of the publishing process so far?

EDITING. ITS TEDIOUS! I’m not a fan of the editing process. And paying someone to do it in order to publish is awful as well. That’s the only real downside to publishing for me.

6. Can you describe your perfect writing room?

My perfect writing room would be soundproof. I have two children and a good portion of the time my house is rather loud. It would be a large rather dark room with bookshelves up to the ceiling filled with all of the books I love. A large wooden desk with a lamp just bright enough to light up the desk. And the the comfiest chair you could imagine. I would also have a comfy chair shoved in a corner somewhere for casual writing and reading.

7. When hard at work, what drink is in the cup you’re sipping on?

Water. I drink water most of the time but every once in a while you will catch me sipping on some hot cocoa in the colder months.

8. What one thing would you change about 2020 if you could?

Being able to get together with people again. I miss going to conventions and get togethers. If Covid could have just not existed that would be great. On a more personal level though I would have preferred my husband not getting into a car crash.

9. Can you tell us a little bit about the farm life (I’m a city girl)?

Honestly it’s hard work. More honesty… I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love living on a farm and have wanted to since I was a little girl. I get up without an alarm clock at sunrise and go take care of all of our animals and spend a little time with them just soaking in some quiet time if you don’t count Sir our rooster crowing and the other animals as noise. There is always something calming that comes with taking care of animals and tending to your fruits and veggies. We have a small orchard and several gardens that I tend to in the spring and summer. Right now in the colder months I spend a lot of my time carting water to the barn or bringing in firewood to heat our house. There is a lot of work that comes with owning and caring for a farm and not all of it is glamorous. You get rats and mice and other creepy crawlers. You also have to have the willpower to go out on freezing nights to check on the animals. And you always have to be prepared to run into a fox or a skunk and have a little stare down.

10. How do others react when you tell them you’re a writer?

I’m not sure that a ton of people know that I write. Of course my closest friends and family know but generally I don’t really talk about it often unless someone else tells me they love to write. Then the flood gates open. Those who do know that I write don’t really make a big deal about it. Most of the people I know aren’t really into writing or reading so they aren’t too excited by my writing.

11. Is writing more of a career, or a hobby for you?

Right now it is more of a hobby. I would love for it to be a career but I still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to write full time. Also I hate editing with a passion so if someone could edit all of my writing for me we would be in business.

12. What can we see from you in 2021?

I’m looking at publishing some of my poetry as well as I am in the process of working on a few more anthologies. I’m excited to see what comes of both of them.

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