Kayil York is an accomplished writer hailing from the vibrant city of Houston, TX. With a profound belief in the healing power of words, Kayil pours her heart and soul into her writing, aiming to not only heal herself but also touch the lives of others. Since her earliest memories, writing has been a trusted outlet, allowing her to navigate life's diverse circumstances with grace and resilience.
Driven by an unwavering passion for the written word, Kayil embarked on a journey to inspire and uplift through her powerful storytelling. With a captivating and empathetic voice, she weaves tales of triumph and perseverance, encouraging her readers to stand tall and never lose faith in themselves, regardless of the challenges they may face.
Kayil's literary accomplishments are a testament to her dedication and talent. She has authored six books, each one a testament to her commitment to creating impactful narratives that resonate deeply with her readers. With an innate ability to convey raw emotions and a keen understanding of the human psyche, Kayil's writing has garnered praise for its authenticity and relatability. Her words have the power to uplift, heal, and empower, making her an influential voice in the literary world.
Beyond her writing, Kayil actively engages with her readers, nurturing a supportive and inclusive community that stands united in the pursuit of personal growth and resilience. Kayil York is not just an author but a beacon of hope, inspiring countless souls to find their inner strength and embrace the beauty that lies within the struggle. Her writing serves as a reminder that, even in the darkest of times, there is always light and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as a writer?
I have been writing since I learned how to hold a pencil. Creating stories with words was fascinating to me, and I wanted to create what I could, however I could. Writing has always been ingrained into my soul and quickly became a passion I couldn't be without and use as my outlet for the struggles and blessings in my life. I grew up having very difficult relationships with all the people in my life, and so writing was the only outlet I could find solace and healing in.
2. What inspired you to start writing, and how did you develop your passion for storytelling?
I've had a lot of heartbreak, broken relationships, and hard times, as well as beautiful and amazing moments in my life. Writing has been what I use to get through and process those times. It is healing for me. Because you can find other people who can relate or help you through what you're going through. So sometimes the only route is putting words to paper that you don't have to sensor in order to truly process what's goin on inside of your heart.
3. What genres or themes do you typically explore in your writing?
I generally do freelance poetry. I like to write about my experiences in life and hope that by sharing my words that it will show others going through the same thing that they aren't alone. Explaining the real and raw feelings we experience with the ebb and flow of life. Explaining things that aren't always the easiest to voice.
4. Could you share your experience with Jack Wild Publishing? How and when did you become a Jack Wild author?
It has been an incredible experience. Chris asked me back in 2020 if I wanted to be a part of it, and I jumped at the opportunity with no regrets.
5. Can you describe your writing process? Do you have any specific routines or rituals that help you get into the creative mindset?
I always start off with music. I have to have some music playing when writing. It is a huge muse to me. I try to make it a point to write something new every day. Sometimes a glass of wine or a gin and tonic helps with the creativity as well.
6. How do you handle creative challenges? Do you have any strategies to overcome them?
I listen to music, watch soul crushing movies, and/or have a drink while watching or listening. Those are the easiest ways. Putting myself into a different mindset can easily trigger more creativity. For overcoming it when nothing helps, I will just write. Even if it's crap, I'll just write. Because the more you do it, the more that comes. You just have to be persistent and keeping writing no matter what is coming from the ink.
7. What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an author published by Jack Wild Publishing?
They really give you the freedom to express yourself and not control the work you are creating. The cover especially - I had it already created and they were on board with it. That is truly wonderful. Another thing I appreciate about them so much is the ability to create through the work you love and them supporting every single aspect of it.
8. Can you share any upcoming projects or works in progress that you’re excited about?
Currently I am working on a new poetry book that I am wanting to release early fall. It is called "Lacrimarium" and I can't wait to bring it to life.
9. What advice would you give to writers who are struggling with self-doubt or fear of rejection? How do you stay motivated and confident in your craft?
Be motivated to not give up. When you're passionate about what you want, you stop at nothing to achieve your goal. So despite the rejection, just keep writing and reminding yourself that even if this doesn't work out, there is always someone who will see the beauty in what you do. You just have to put in the effort to find them.
10. Have you ever experienced a “breakthrough” moment in your writing career? Can you describe a time when you felt a significant shirt or improvement in your skills or creative approach?
When I gave birth to my daughter, that truly changed me in a way I can't describe. When she came into the world, there was a huge shift of purpose in my life, and that has definitely shaped me into a whole new creativity that I can't wait to share.
11. How do you stay connected with your readers and engage with your audience? Do you utilize social media, book signings, or other methods to interact with your fans?
I use social media all the time to stay connected with my readers. It's the only way to really get my work out there and engage with my audience. I hope to do book signings in the future, but for now, I am grateful for the platforms that allow my work to take off.
12. What do you hope readers take away from your poetry? What kind of impact or connection do you aspire to create through your words?
I hope my readers learn to heal, to be able to forgive themselves for the past, and be able to achieve their most wildest dreams. I am a firm believer that whatever you speak into existence will come to pass. You just have to believe it.
13. Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring poets who are just starting their journey? What lessons have you learned along the way that you would like to share with others?
Don't ever give up. All major writers start from the ground and move up. You just have to have the courage, the bravery, and the drive to keep pushing out the words that are on your heart. An important reminder is that the world can't give you what you can. You are a uniqueness all on your own. So even if some don't understand or like what you do, doesn't mean others won't. Just don't stop pursuing the ones that will. You'll get there, just know it won't always be the easiest path. But you will make it.
Best Selling writer Kayil York's newest book Brave Soul is dedicated to the ones who give everything they have to fight their way to live through the brutality and hardships of life. This book is a battle cry for the ones who are struggling to make it on their own difficult journeys, who need a powerful message to help them push through the parts of life that burn and change the way their hearts beat. This book is for the weak, the strong, the coping, the struggling, the tormented, the disturbed, the daring, the valorous, the growing, and the fighters. This is all for you.