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Thursday, January 11

Interview with K.C. Hilton, author of Cars, Coffee, and a Badass Ninja Toilet


Now available on Paperback, Kindle, and Nook is the hilarious novel Cars, Coffee, and a Badass Ninja Toilet by K.C. Hilton. The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk about her newest book.



When did you become interested in storytelling?

Since I was young, I had always expressed my creativity through photography. "A picture says a thousand words," I was told, but I wanted more. A picture may say a thousand words, but a book will give you the details of the story. About ten years ago, I had a dream. Two months later, I decided to write about the dream in detail. It wasn't long before I realized I had a story to build on. So, I began researching and learning the art of writing. That story was 90 Miles to Freedom.

What was your first book/story published?

The first book published was actually the second book I wrote, which was The Magic of Finkleton.

What inspired you to write Cars, Coffee, and a Badass Ninja Toilet?

I own and manage a used car lot with my husband. The experiences in my real life make for excellent material in the Julia Karr Series. I'm a used car dealer by day and a writer by night. I don't get much sleep. I was actually in the middle of writing another young adult book, when Barbie came to visit. That afternoon, I decided to write a book from the perspective of a female car dealer.

What character in Cars, Coffee, and a Badass Ninja Toilet is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

That's easy! Julia is basically me, in every way.

What is your favorite part in Cars, Coffee, and a Badass Ninja Toilet?

My favorite part would be Romeo and Julia's home life. The love they have for each other and the amusing things they say and do at home. It balances out the crazy stuff that happens on the car lot.

What was the hardest part to write?

That would be the story about the car jacker. Recalling that memory was one of the hardest things I've had to do. Just writing that chapter took me two days and had me shook up for a week. I wondered if writing it was even worth it.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

As a career, I'd choose to be a Dental Hygienist, because I literally fall short of the height requirements to be an Airline Stewardess. However, working at Disney World would be much more fun, in my opinion. Although, some people might consider that a job, not a career.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

In the beginning, I do read some of the reviews and I do pay attention to them. I can't say that reviews influence my writing, but I do want my readers to be happy. So if I need to tighten up my dialogue, add more or less of something, I'm all for it. I can honestly say, that my writing has changed over the years.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Janet Evanovich, Diane Kelly, Darynda Jones, Sarah J. Maas, Lisa T. Bergren, Karen Hawkins, Robyn Peterman and Jenny Lawson.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I'm currently writing the second book in the Julia Karr Series. I'm writing it more like a novel, we get to know the characters in more depth and it's funnier. After that, I plan to dive back into the world of Finkleton and finish writing the last book, Saving Finkleton. I also have a young adult book I want to finish writing.



About the Author

K.C. is a wife, mother and entrepreneur. She owns and runs a used care lot business and currently resides in the great state of Kentucky with her amazing husband and spoiled dog. K.C.'s husband refers to her as a Hobbit size and claims she is "nuttier than a fruit cake." She owns a complete set of pink tools, believes in aliens and secretly wants to become a badass ninja. In her spare time, she can be found daydreaming about leaving work early to eat chocolate and drink wine. Sometimes dreams come true.

Learn more about the author at: www.kc-hilton.com

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