Kandis Tolliver, an Alabama native entered the literary scene in 2017 with her debut novel If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Another by an independent publisher, T’ann Marie Presents. As an avid reader, she began writing herself at a young age. Always passionate when it came to written word, her own writing became a therapeutic release that brought a sense of calm to her life. Today, Kandis is the author of ten novels and currently working on her next release. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending quality time with her family.
Allow me to introduce you to…Kandis Tolliver.
KG: When did you decide to write professionally?
KT: About four years ago. An author friend of mine challenged me to write a story after I kept telling him about all the ideas I had in my head.
KG: What is one word to best describe your writing style?
KG: Describe your writing life.
KT: I try to write at least three to four times a week. I write mostly at night and to music. If I don’t have music, I can’t focus without it.
KG: What is your greatest literary accomplishment to date?
KT: Making the UBWA Top 100 authors of 2019 list.
KG: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
KT: Stay true to your writing style. Don’t let anybody change it. Write what you want to write and do not let anyone discourage you for wanting to keep your voice.
KG: Who is the target audience for readers of your work?
KT: Women between the ages of 22-40.
KG: Tell me about your latest release and what made you write it.
KT: Locked in Love with a Jailbird is my latest series. I was always reading stories about the bad things male correctional officers do; I thought it was time to show the readers that women do things too and they could be the villain. It was like a sense of awareness with a twist of urban fiction.
KG: What are some of the current projects that you are working on besides being an author?
KT: I’m trying to learn about the business of self-publishing but more so what services new authors like me would need and how I can help them even if it is by typing up a manuscript but my goal is to be able to be of some assistance.
KG: What are some of the biggest obstacles you personally face as an author?
KT: My biggest flaw would be that I always second guess myself. I’ll write a book and constantly wonder if it’s good enough or if people will like it. Even if my test readers say it’s good, I’ll still question it, I am my own worst enemy at times.
KG: What do you personally see wrong with the industry? What do you think could improve it?
KT: I think there is too much competition. Many feel that they have to sabotage the next to get ahead and or do things that are not the most ethical approaches, but there are enough readers for us all to win. Ultimately if we were more supportive, things would be better.