1) Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Kana Wu. I used to work in an office as an accountant and decided to be a writer in 2018. I grew up in a Southeast Asian country and moved to the US in 2000.
2) What are you currently working on?
My new novel, A Warm Rainy Day In Tokyo, will be published on March 31, so I’ve been busy working on advertisement materials.
However, I’ve begun working on my fourth book and tried to finish a story for Kindle Vella.
3) Can you tease us with something from that WIP?
For Kindle Vella, it is about a shy woman who suddenly becomes a mom of a six-month-old baby once her sister and the sister’s husband passed away because of a car accident.
The fourth book is about a nurse being tricked into flying to Bali by her sibling and bumped into a handsome but arrogant man. It is an enemy to lovers’ kind of vibe.
4) What was the first scene you ever wrote?
The kissing scene of Rory and Peter in the backyard on my second book –No Secrets Allowed.
5) What does your writing routine look like?
Except weekends, I will try to write at least a page or two of my WIP a day. If there is no flow of ideas, I don’t want to force writing it. But I will read a book because I don’t like being idle.
6) Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me most of the time, and I love the feeling. If I feel exhausted from it, it is because I am in the editing process.
7) What does literary success look like to you?
Literary success for me is if I make readers smile or chuckle at funny scenes or feel sad when reading the sad or tragedy scenes. The funniest thing happened after a few bloggers or reviewers read my new book, they said they want to visit Tokyo because of it. Although it isn’t my intention, the statement makes me happy.
8) What books are on your TBR?
I want to read another 30 books this year and already have some books from mainstream and indie authors.
9) How many books did you read last year?
I wish to read more, but since my job is writing, I need to balance between two activities I love the most. So last year, I read 30 books, and nine were from indie authors. This year, I will try to read more from indie authors because they need more people to read and appreciate their works.
10) What is the best writing advice you were ever given?
Try not to rush it because writing is a long and challenging journey. Being patient is one of the characteristics that authors should have. Also, be persistent even when you are in a down moment during the process because writing can be frustrating at times.