Welcome to the online home of K. A. Jones.
The first, and most important, thing you need to know about me is that I’m a writer. It makes me a little strange. Or maybe I’m a writer because I’m a little strange. Who knows? Either way I have written stories since I was six, although those stories weren’t great, and my dream has always been to make a living writing. The way I want to make a living has changed, because the world of publishing has changed a lot, but it is still my dream now to make a living writing, and I’m pretty certain that my definition of making a living is different to most people’s.
I’m Kayleigh and I’m in my mid-twenties. I currently live with my partner of six and a half years in a small village on the south coast of England. Some days are better than others, because we’ve both led difficult lives, and there are days when neither of us are in a good mood. When I was a child I witnessed domestic violence on a regular basis, which, unsurprisingly, made me into a different person to the one I might have been had that not happened. Fiction was my way of travelling to another world, where good won against evil, people fought for what they believed in, and love could change everything. Now I write fiction, knowing how much it can mean to someone.
Writing, for me, is a calling. It’s something I have to do, otherwise I feel like I’m letting down the characters who need me to tell their stories. Like I said I’m a little strange. When I’m writing it’s like I’m channelling real people who want their stories told. They live on magical worlds, with creatures that don’t exist on Earth, deal with situations that would never happen here, but that doesn’t make them any less real to me.
At the moment I write in parts. There was a time when I wanted to publish complete stories, but I, unfortunately, am a perfectionist, and I find writing the way I do now much easier than I did before. Every story I have written will be available to read here, and on my two mirror sites at Livejournal and Dreamwidth.
Until I started blogging at Livejournal I’d never heard of crowdfunding, because it’s not well known in the UK. Now it’s the way I want to make a living writing, as it allows my readers to get involved in what I’m doing in different ways. I have prompts sessions, where my readers can ask for the stories they’d like to see; anyone can name a character, permanent structure, race or setting; and I love being able to do these things. If I was publishing traditionally I wouldn’t be able to do these things.