Alysha Kaye was born in San Marcos, TX, where she also received her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also received her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin, TX and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning. She dreamt about The Waiting Room once, and offhandedly wrote her boyfriend a love poem about waiting for him after death. Somehow, that became a novel.
My personal motto:
I live by two quotes by two of my favorite writers.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou and
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings
- A typical work day begins with… caffeine, caffeine, caffeine! Gotta’ have it to handle pre-teens all day!
- I lose track of time… during the summer, when I’m not teaching! Every day feels like a Saturday!
- I have always… been obsessed with the color yellow. I can’t really explain it, but you should see how bright and sunny my apartment is.
- I have never… traveled to South America and it’s killing me. My goal is to make it to Carnival next year!
- Home means to me… staying in my pajamas til late afternoon and not having to fight anyone about it! Ah, the joys of a one-bedroom.
- I am inspired by… love that I had and love that I lost.
- I would like to meet… Amelia Earhart. Seriously. I did a project on the mystery of her death in elementary school and I still to this day think about it.
- My worst character trait… I am extremely impatient. This doesn’t mix well with teaching OR with publishing at times. It’s a struggle.
- My best character trait… I’m quite determined – to a fault, really. I can’t leave anything unfinished.
- The best advice I was given… Follow your dreams, your passions, your happiness. Don’t let others guide you based on their dreams, their passions, their happiness.
The Waiting Room:
Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.
Next stop on Alysha Kaye’s Blog Tour on July 14, 2014: