Who’s coming to the Warwick Children’s Book Festival on Sept. 28th? K.L. Going will be there! She’s written several Young Adult books, including Saint Iggy, King of the Screw-Ups, and of course, Fat Kid Rules the World, which some of you may remember as a Battle of the Books choice from 2012. She’ll be signing books AND giving a talk about being an author and getting published at 2:30pm in the Park Avenue Elementary School library. Recently, Warwick sophomore Lauranne Wolfe interviewed her via email. Learn more about K.L. Going and her work below.
Lauranne: What made you decide to become a writer?
K.L. Going: I always loved to write as a hobby, but it took a long time for me to consider turning that hobby into a career. In the end, it was a combination of perseverance and opportunity. I kept honing my craft, so when the right story came along, I was able to write it.
Lauranne: Are any elements in your novels based on your own life experiences?
K.L. Going: A writer always draws from their own life. I don’t directly copy people or events though. Instead, I use the feelings I remember from my own history to infuse my stories with emotion.
Lauranne: What inspired you to write your first book, Fat Kid Rules the World?
K.L. Going: I was listening to Nirvana and researching the history of punk rock, and the idea came to me to write about a kid who gets roped into being the drummer for a punk rock band even though he doesn’t actually know how to play the drums. The idea felt new, and I was able to come up with a compelling voice for Troy, so I decided to go with it.
Lauranne: What sort of research do you do for your writing?
K.L. Going: Actually, I do a lot of research and it’s a fun part of my job. I end up researching the craziest things – what makes parrots talk, when did Star Wars come out, who was president in 1954, men’s fashion, apple orchards, horse back riding, drumming, the history of young adult literature… you name it!
Lauranne: What is the best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring writer?
K.L. Going: Live a great life. The more you experience, the more you’ll have to draw from to create inspiring stories.