Interview with Kaizen Love , author of MY NAME IS THANK-YOU

Title: My Name Is Thank-You 
Author: Kaizen Love 
Publisher: Self
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: July 13th 2014
Length: 918 KB 
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My Name Is Thank-You allows us into the worlds of two very different thirteen-year-old girls. Each girl’s voice carries its own unique tone, as the girls beckon us to follow magically into their lives. One is a joyous story of hope against all odds, the search for acceptance, and the longing for unconditional love; the other a sad tale of unspeakable abuse, constant rejection, and an overwhelming sense of loneliness. Thank-You and Josephine create around us a world rich with emotion, one that will leave you inspired, breathless, and yearning for more words.

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Please give a warm welcome to Kaizen Love.

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

I believe I have always been a writer. I don’t recall a moment in my life where writing wasn’t in the back of my mind.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

"My Name Is Thank-You" is about gratitude, and having the ability to find the beauty in every situation.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

My characters are based on all of us. I believe the only thing that separates us from each other are the way we perceive the details in our stories. We all have a beginning, middle, and an end. We fill those chapters in different ways, but all using the same vocabulary.

How did you come up with the title?

My main character has such an interesting name; it only seemed fitting to name the novel after her. Also, her name is who she is, and I wanted my readers to grasp the concept of living a life filled with gratitude from a young girl named Thank-You.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I believe that so much of writing is based on the message that I want to convey. For this novel, my message was one of gratitude, like I said before. It is also a message of hope against all odds, finding beauty in every circumstance, and learning how to become a light.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I think there is something beautiful in all three; although, I always love the smell of book.

What can we expect from you in the future?  i.e. More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I have never been one to focus on genres. I write stories that feel good in my spirit. However old the characters may be, or whether or not they fall in love, or even if they live on this planet, all of that is up to them.

Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?

I suffer from writer’s block fairly often. For me, I view it as a blessing over a curse. When my mind hits a roadblock, that’s my signal to walk away for a while. I never force myself to write, what fun is that?

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never be afraid to be yourself. One of the greatest things bout writing is being able to release the contents of your mind in a very special way. Don’t spend so much time focusing what kinds of books are the most popular, or what you think will make the most money. Write what you feel, and allow the story to lead you.

Now for a little fun:

Do you write to music? If so – play list please.

The name of my playlist is "If You Write It, They Will Read It". I listen to it every time I write. It is filled mostly with classical music, and meditative music.

What are your pet peeves?

Dishonest people, mean words, and the sound of a metal fork scraping against a porcelain plate (screams).

Cats or dogs?

Both, for different reasons of course.

Fangs or fur?

Fang, fur gets hot.

Wine or liquor (or beer if you just have to)?

Wine and beer; I am not a fan of liquor.

Coffee or tea?

Both, depends on my mood.

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Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Definitely chocolate!

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

My phone, my glasses, bottle of water, and snacks.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

My laptop, because it goes every where I go.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Anytime is fine for me, and anywhere as long as I have space to get into a creative zone without much disruption.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous / fictional people you would want with you?

Inspector Gadget, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

One of your favourite quotes.

This is a tough one, as I have notebooks full of them. But this is definitely one of my favorites. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” -Hellen Keller

List 3 of your all time favourite books?

I Know This Much Is True by Wally lamb

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

List 3 of your all time favourite movies?

The Notebook


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Once again thank you so much for being here today, it is truly an honour to interview you.

"They say that a child’s imagination is one of the most powerful forces on this planet. As children we are able to tap into the mystery that exists outside of the walls of our minds. We are free from the cage of reasoning and ignorance. We are able to look beyond what is directly in front of us and see the path that lies ahead. As we grow, we begin to lose sight of these things. The mystery becomes overshadowed by the wall that grows bigger with each human experience. Eventually, we forget the magic and wonder that we once found in the belief that anything was possible, and the word impossible becomes the box that we use to shove God into. "

(My Name Is Thank-You)

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Kaizen Love is an up and coming writer, spinning words into a beautiful web that should enrich the lives of all who read them. She has a positive and fresh take on life, and has mastered the art of storytelling. She grew up reading books by authors from every style, race, nationality, culture, and religious perspective; drawing inspiration from each one. Her greatest mission is to share love.

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    • Mary Preston on October 21st, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I enjoyed the interview.

  1. Thanks for hosting!

    • momjane on October 21st, 2014 at 6:53 am

    What a great interview/ I loved it.

    • Rita Wray on October 21st, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great interview.

    • amy bowens on October 21st, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    A really great interview.

    • bn100 on October 21st, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Nice interview

    • SHELLEY S on October 22nd, 2014 at 1:44 am


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