Born and raised in the back woods of the Carolinas, my love affair with books started at age 3.  Growing up in a small town didn't allow for many big adventures.  So, I took to writing to create some of my own.

My most recent and first published work is an ebook I co-authored called This Is How We Do It: A Survival Guide for Busy Moms.  I'm currently hard at work on my first solo fiction novel, Forever Branded, slated for a Spring 2014 release. 

 I currently reside in North Carolina.  I'm lover of all things fashion (clothes, shoes, makeup, etc) and have an obsession with Paris (the city), horses, books and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.


.......About the Author
       K. Elizabeth McCoy

Is K. Elizabeth your real name or a pseudonym?
K. Elizabeth is my real name.  I do have a name reserved for pseudonym but I have yet to publish anything under it. 

Why do you initial your first name?
My first name is very masculine.  So, I've always loved my middle name.  However, there's no denying that K. Elizabeth sticks out more than just Elizabeth.  It's kind of the best of both worlds.

When did you know you wanted to be an author/writer?
I've been carrying around paper and pen probably since I was conceived in the womb. LOL.  I discovered a love for the adventure and fun that books could provide at a very young age.  I just knew that it was something I would get into one day.

Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson was the first author who wrote adult fiction that I fell in love with.  There's nothing like a good suspense mystery or crime novel.  His books are easy and quick to read, but his writing style and evident passion makes readers fall in love with the characters.  10 years and counting.

Walter Dean Myers, Earnest Gaines, Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou are African American literature royalty.  They don't write fluff.  They have each tackled difficult subjects like racism, self hate, rape and molestation. The characters in their books go through some hard times.  You'll get angry, cry, laugh, feel disgust,  or joy when you read books by these authors.

Shel Silverstein will always be my favorite poet.  As a child reading Where the Sidewalk Ends helped me to discover a love for both reading and writing poetry.  He wasn't afraid to write poetry that might have sounded silly to adults, but kids totally understood and got what he was saying.

Christina Jones and Kristin Hurd are two young up and coming independent authors that are on my Must Watch list.  These ladies have such a passion for their writing and it's evident in their works  Their characters go through heartbreak, divorce, swearing off love and everything else in between finding true love.  They are definitely on the right track to making big moves in the world of African American romance novelists. 

.......Books & Writing

What made you write about postpartum depression in This Is How We Do It?
I just wanted to let other moms who are afraid of the stigma that comes with postpartum depression know that they are not alone.  Also, I wanted to give a different view of motherhood.  There are already too many rainbows and sunshine depictions out there.  It's crucial the women (and men) know that parenting and pregnancy does have its less than stellar moments.

Is Forever Branded fiction or nonfiction?
It's fiction.  This will be my first published novel.  As of now, it's currently Book 1 of a three book series.

How did you come up with the title Forever Branded?
I took to Twitter one day asking other authors for advice on how they named their novels.  It was bothering me to always refer to my novel as Untitled.  Christina Jones actually tweeted me back and told me to take it from something inside the book that stood out or spoke to me.  And I did.

Why the indie route?
Like Beyonce recently did, I want to cut out as many middle men as possible.  I am very passionate and protective of my art.  I just want the chance to put out something that is creatively all me.  I've read horror stories of how authors manuscripts cut and diced until it's barely recognizable in comparison to the original draft.

I don't think that's fair.  Then you're not really hearing the author's voice, but an editor's or publishing house's voice.  I want readers to hear me and then decide if they like my work or not.