An Interview with author Kacie Davis Idol
What was your inspiration to start (and keep) writing?
I’ve always loved writing, ever since the 5th grade. When I first started writing The Tulip Factory I didn’t even think about what I was going to do once I finished it. I was just so content with the idea of having this story that I dreamed up and created on my own. The whole thing poured out of me in just four months. The story itself was already in me, I just needed to be vulnerable enough to put it out there.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write in and how it found you?
I really enjoy the realistic fiction genre because I like to write about things that I can picture happening to myself or someone I know. I just wanted to write the kind of stories that people can relate to in their own life experiences: a past relationship, a faded dream, a missed opportunity or the one that got away—that sort of thing. The more realistic the better. And to me, personally, the more bittersweet the ending, the better!
Is there any author whom you’d admire and read every book they publish? Who and why?
I’m kind of all over the place when it comes to authors I like. I read a lot of John Green, Nicholas Sparks and Emily Giffin. I guess you could say I’m a true sucker for chick-lit. I admire how these people can tell a story where I can fancy myself a character every time, even when I’m not particularly proud of the person I can relate to. They write great books that are easily translated into great movies and I aspire to be like them in that aspect one day!
If you watch TV what are your shows right now?
I am really into this show called Forensic Files but I also love catching reruns of The O.C. And, last one I promise, The Mindy Project is hilarious and brilliantly written. Absolutely love her!
Do you have any talents other than writing that your fans maybe don’t know about?
This might sound weird but I’m really into what I like to call “iphone photography.” I have always loved photography so having my phone with me at all times is like never missing an opportunity to capture something beautiful. I’ll drop down on the ground or climb a tree to catch a good angle or dreamy lighting at any time.
If you could go on vacation anywhere where would you choose and why?
I would love to travel to the Cinque Terre towns of Italy. It is truly a majestic and magical area along the coast of the Italian Riviera and I have never seen anything like it. I would need this vacation to be more like a sabbatical lasting for at least a month so I could fully submerge into the culture instead of feeling like a total tourist.
Do you have any writing rituals we should all start doing?
I have to physically exert energy before I sit down to write, so I like to do burpees or jumping jacks for about a minute that way my body feels relaxed. It’s a quick tension and stress reliever so my mind feels freed up too.
What is your favorite movie? & then book to movie?
I am such a movie watcher. I can literally watch the same ones over and over, it never gets old. If I had to pick my absolute favorite I would say Dead Poets Society. My favorite book to movie would have to be The Notebook. It’s just too good, the book and the movie!
What are three foods you can’t live without?
I absolutely love peanut butter, coffee and tomato pie. This bakery in downtown Winston-Salem has the best tomato pie I’ve ever had. I found a mock recipe on Pinterest and made it a few times myself and I must say, it was pretty dang good.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I really can’t stand when people take a sip of a drink with food in their mouths. It really grosses me out and I can’t help but picture the two swirling around in there, haha!
About the Author:
Kacie Davis Idol lives in Kernersville, North Carolina, with her husband, beautiful baby daughter, and beloved dogs. The Tulip Factory is her debut novel.
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About her new book:
Before they exchange even a single word, Corrine knows that James will change everything. And sure enough, their serendipitous meeting in a North Carolina coffee shop sets off a whirlwind of desire and possibilities for the two.
Timing, however, isn’t on the couple’s side. After their relationship ends, Corrine finds that years of putting her career and passions on hold for love have led to a stalled life. She once saw her receptionist job as temporary but got too comfortable and, before she knew it, lost sight of her dream of becoming a writer.
Now, as Corrine makes her way into her late twenties, she’s on a quest to find herself. As she struggles to figure out what she really wants, she’ll discover that sometimes you have to take happiness into your own hands and that a fulfilling life is built on opportunities—even the missed ones.
What Readers are saying:
“The Tulip Factory is a realistic tale about how difficult life and love can be… A different and enjoyable happily ever after.” —Examiner.com
“…a timely, inspiring story with honest, likable characters and compelling North Carolina settings. I very much enjoyed following Corrine as she navigates the choppy waters of early adulthood, sorting out her desires and dreams as best she can. A poignant read for those of us who have floundered through it ourselves.” —Angel Schroeder, Owner of Sunrise Books
“Being in my 40s I look back at my 20s and realize how anxious I was of the future. The Tulip Factory brought me back to that time in my life and made me laugh…. Great beach read!” —Suzanne Lucey, Owner of Page 158 Books
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