Meet kc dyer
kc dyer resides in the wilds of British Columbia in the company of an assortment of mammals, some of them human. She likes to walk in the woods and write books.
kc has spoken with thousands of kids in schools across Canada from British Columbia to PEI; across the US and in Europe and Asia. She is a director and long-time participant at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference.
Her most recent novel—a romantic comedy for grown-ups—is FINDING FRASER, first published in 2015, and reissued in a new Berkley edition in 2016. For teens, kc’s most recent work is FACING FIRE, a sequel to the acclaimed novel, A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW, and published by Doubleday. She has been writer-in-residence at New Westminster Secondary School, and a featured presenter at the National Council of English Teachers in both Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, Ill; YouthWrite in Penticton, BC; Young Authors in Kamloops, BC; WORD Vancouver, Canadian Authors’ Association in Victoria, BC; Ontario Library Association Super-Conference in Toronto, ON; Simon Fraser University Southbank Writers in Surrey, BC; WriteOn Bowen and many others.
kc is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary agency.
An unrepentant geekgirl, kc can be found on-line at www.kcdyer.com and sweetly tweeting @kcdyer.
How did you come up with Emma’s story? It is so realistic and at times extremely relatable.
“I can say so myself I have fallen in love with multiple fictional characters over the years.
Ha! I thought of it one day in the shower, when I was having a particularly difficult time with another project. That day I was meeting my friend for a writing session, so I told her, and she laughed. That laugh was enough motivation to get the project underway!”
Including blog posts within the story and comments was brilliant. Did you write the blog entries before, after, or while the story itself was progressing?
“Oh, totally wrote them as a part of the narrative. I never write to an outline, so when I start a book I only have the vaguest idea of where it’s going to end up. In the case of FINDING FRASER, it was so much fun to watch the personas of the various other bloggers develop. I have a particular fondness for HiHoKitty. She was just an idea to start, but by the end she was as real to me as she is to Emma.”
What would be one thing you want readers to take from Emma’s story of finding herself and her “perfect” man?
“Ugh – that there is NO SUCH THING! Emma starts off this journey as an airhead, without a clue, really, about what a legitimate relationship looks like. She goes in search of someone fictional, and it takes quite a journey for her to realize that her need to mold herself into something she’s not is just as unrealistic as expecting her partners to do the same thing. This was a journey in search of self [with a beautiful travelogue thrown in as a bonus!].”
How did you go about discovering who Emma’s love interest would be?
“I seriously didn’t know until Emma did. In spite of all her foibles, I was pretty fond of her while I was writing her story. I just hoped things would work out for her, and they did!”
What makes the “perfect” man in your eyes?
“[See question 3!]”
Where to find kc:
Websites: kcdyer.com & FindingFraser.com
Twitter: @kcdyer and @FindingFraser
FB: kc dyer Instagram: kc.dyer on Instagram!
kc will also be at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, which she participates in every year! For more information about the conference, click here.
Thanks kc for your time! It was a pleasure reading Finding Fraser.