Kay Bratt is the author of eleven full-length novels and two children’s books. Her writing became her solace and support while she navigated a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult. After working her way through the hard years, Kay came out a survivor and a pursuer of peace—and finally found the courage to share her stories.
As a child advocate, Kay spent a number of years volunteering in a Chinese orphanage, as well as provided assistance for several nonprofit organizations that support children in China, including An Orphan’s Wish (AOW), Pearl River Outreach, and Love Without Boundaries. In the USA, she actively served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Georgia, as well as spear-headed numerous outreach programs for underprivileged children in the South Carolina area.
Kay currently lives on Windy Hill, a 40-acre spread of gorgeous land in the rolling hills of South Carolina.
Questions With Kay Bratt
Ask Me Anything with Kay Bratt
What inspires you or motivates you to write your novels?
What inspires me and motivates me to write my novels is the need to highlight the ups and downs that we all as humans go through, and the circumstances in which we can always turn things around.
Do you base any of your characters on anyone from your life?
Many of my characters have been based on people from real life, some from my life and others I learn about in some way. For example, in Wish Me Home the main character, Cara, grows up in the foster care system. The only solid person she had in her life was the court-appointed advocate, called a CASA. That character was inspired by a woman I worked with when I was a CASA in Georgia. The woman had spent more than twenty years advocating for children in foster care before she was killed by a drunk driver. The children and the world lost an amazing person and I had to write her into my book.
And the main character of The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters was inspired by a real person who was a poor scavenger around a train station in China. Over the years he found many baby girls who were abandoned just left outside around the depot and tracks. He took each of them in and raised them as his own and I thought what a wonderful story it would make. It’s now at 5 books strong and has made it into the hands of over a quarter of a million readers.
What would your goal be for your readers to take away after reading your books?
What I want readers to take away after reading my work is that there is always hope, even in the worst circumstances, and ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
I have to ask, how do have such a positive outlook on everything?
I do try to see the good in everyone and because I’ve been in just about as hopeless place as anyone could be, I remind myself constantly that I was given a second chance at love and a good life. I don’t want to waste it by allowing negativity to steal my joy.
Kindle Daily Deal & a Giveaway!
To celebrate her latest novel being an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal today, (and don’t forget to grab it while it’s on sale!) Kay Bratt is offering up a signed copy of Wish Me Home. Some of you may not know Kay but she’s a huge animal advocate and this book will appeal to readers who like her, have a special animal in their lives. To enter the giveaway, post a photo of your favorite critter while tagging a friend. As usual, LIKE this page and LOVE this post, then SHARE. Check out what reviewers are saying about the book, or download it at this link: http://amzn.to/2lY5MBn