Book Giveaway & Interview: KP Smith, Author of the Growing Pains series

SmithKendra'sDiariesEveryone, please give a warm welcome to author Kenyan Smith. We chat about favorite TV series, pop culture, obstacle courses, and plenty more! Also, don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post – International ebook and USA paperbook copies of Kendra’s Diaries!

If you could be an extra on a soap opera what would it be and what would you be doing?

It would be on General Hospital. As much as I love their talented cast they are just too many sooo I’d be an extra who was a bus driver and drive about 30%-40% of the cast away lol!

Is there a genre or literary niche that you feel hasn’t gotten it’s deserved amount of attention?

Good question. I’m going to say no. I think self-publishing and social media has leveled the playing field. This is great news because every genre/niche can get the attention it deserves.

If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?

The Practice. It is my favorite tv series of all time. It dealt with so many relevant social ills and issues. It would be interesting to re-watch it again and compare and contrast the issues of today versus over a decade ago when it went off the air.

How does modern pop culture influence your work? Do modern cultural references date a piece or add touchstones for the reader?

It doesn’t necessarily influence my writing. But it does influence how I’m able to connect with readers. Pop culture gives authors a plethora of avenues to connect, share and engage with their readers. It gives us an opportunity to develop a relationship and a connection that goes beyond that of our writings.

What makes you fall in love with a story?

Two things: great storylines/plots and compelling characters. If you do that, I’m in!!

What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?

I’ve been a worker’s compensation adjuster for almost 20 years. It has been increasingly more difficult to do it when my heart is somewhere else. But my passion for writing and the dream of ditching my day job for my dream job keeps me plugging away on a daily basis to make it happen. Nothing compares to writing for me.

SmithNewBeginningsIf you could own a famous or historical art work, what would it be? Would you put it on public display or keep it privately?

I’m sorry to say I know close to nothing about historical art work. The extent of my knowledge is The Mona Lisa so I’ll say The Mona Lisa. I’d keep it on private display only.

In this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?

I love self-promoting. I mean who knows me better than me. Who has a more vested interest in me than me? It’s enjoyable to be able to reach out to people near and far. And not only to talk about me but to get to know more about them as well. It’s really a win-win.

The most challenging part was trying to keep the professional me separate from the personal me especially on social media. But it was exhausting so I gave up. I’m just me. I’m an author but I’m human first and foremost. So that means I have ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc about life and the world around me.

I’m free to be me and everyone else is free to be themselves.

What were you like as a kid? Did your kid-self see you being a writer?

I kept a lot of my thoughts and feelings inside. That’s really how I really started writing. I journaled a lot. Pen and paper kept me from internal combustion most of my adolescent years.

I didn’t really consider becoming an author until my 20’s. But writing has always been a big part of my life. It’s still my favorite way of self-expression.

What is the first book you remember reading on your own?

Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.

You have to run an obstacle course. Who do you invite along (living or dead, real or fictional)? Will there be a tasty libation involved?

Kevin, my significant other.  We’ve been running this obstacle course of life for about 10 years. There is nobody else I’d want by my side. Kevin, a Heineken and me, a Budweiser.

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SmithKendra'sDiariesBook Blurb for Kendra’s Diaries, Book 1 in the Growing Pains series: Doesn’t growing up remind you of a roller coaster? You are going up, up and up and as soon as you make it to the top yeah life will try and drop you back down. Even when you steady yourself make sure you hold on tight; don’t forget about those gigantic loops!

Growing up can get some kinda crazy huh? No worries you are not alone. Meet Kendra Foster she OVERstands. She experiences all the highs, lows, ups, downs and everything in between.

Her family seems to be in a permanent state of disarray. There is only one high school she wants to attend but it’s going to take a miracle for her to go. She’s finally become a cheerleader, the best thing to happen to her in forever, but it wreaks havoc in a totally unexpected way. She’s only got one year to capture Jamie’s attention but with the new girl everyone’s going crazy over she doesn’t stand much of a chance does she?

Kendra’s Diaries is Book One of The Growing Pains Series. It’s a heartwarming Coming of Age Series which will inspire us all to stay positive and never give up. Life has a way of working itself out.

Kendra’s strapped in and ready to ride. Come along!!


Kenyan has generously offered up 5 ebooks of Kendra’s Diaries (open internationally) and 2 physical paperbooks of Kendra’s Diaries (USA only). You can enter the appropriate Rafflecopter below (and yes, USA can enter the ebook giveaway) or you can answer these questions in the comments: 1) Paperbook or ebook? 2) What country do you live in? 3) Did you go through growing pains as a kid? Giveaways end August 31, 2016.

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