Thanks to Tessa Stokes for tagging me to be one of the authors in this blog hop, and giving me a chance to share with folks what I’m working on now!
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Q: What is the working title of your next book?
I’m working on two simultaneously. One is called the Kel’tara Trilogy, and the first book is “Kel’tara: Outsider,” and the other is “Written All over Her.”
Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
“Kel’tara: Outsider” is me finally tackling epic fantasy, because I’ve always loved the genre. It was where my love of adult fiction started, with authors like Piers Anthony and Terry Brooks, and it’s what I started writing. But that was the bad stuff that I can’t bear the idea of reading any more. I then went off into other genres and became too intimidated to go back to epic fantasy, but now I’ve returned. The ideas are an amalgamation of themes I’ve loved in what I’ve read and ideas from years of online role-playing games; the geeking out.
“Written All over Her” is the fourth book in my Adelheid series, and it follows Detective Nykk Marlowe, who is terribly scarred. Her book finally reveals her story to the reader. It is a more classic police procedural, so it takes one of the tried and true routes of a case that reminds her of her past. But I like to think that her past is different enough to make it interesting. The kernel of the idea for her came after reading Chelsea Cain’s “Heartsick.”
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
As I mentioned, “Kel’tara: Outsider” is epic/high fantasy — swords and sorcery. “Written All over Her” is paranormal suspense.
Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
There are too many in “Kel’tara: Outsider” to name, I think. I have five main characters, and many secondary.
In “Written All over Her,” I see Sarah Carter as Nykk. Vance Johnston is Dominic Purcell, while I don’t have a clear actor in mind for Jackson Lang, but Posey Kai is — and I feel silly even saying it, but… — Posey Kai is a “realistic” version of the anime character Sailor Neptune. *lol*
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“Kel’tara: Outsider” — A five hundred year old prophecy is about to link two worlds to heal one.
“Written All over Her” — You’re about to find out how Nykk Marlowe got those scars.
Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My Adelheid series is self-published, and I imagine I will self-publish Kel’tara as well.
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I haven’t finished them yet. Unfortunately, life has taken many turns in this latter quarter of the year, so they are taking longer than average.
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Well, I don’t dare qualify myself as good as the big authors I read as a kid. More modern authors with comparable stories to Kel’tara would be Jeffrey Poole and G. David Walker, while Adelheid… I have yet to read any indie authors similar, but the world built in the series began after reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake stuff.
Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A very big piece of “Kel’tara: Outsider” was actually inspired by the song “The Promise” by Within Temptation, and some ideas of my husband’s. “Written All over Her” doesn’t have specific inspiration I can recall, aside from what I already wrote.
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think anyone who has read any of the earlier Adelheid books will be interested in “Written All over Her” because we’ll be in the same town, learning things about previously secondary characters, but getting to revisit previously seen characters too.
There are no original ideas any more, but I still like to think that I present the “earth people in magical world” with some fresh ideas in “Kel’tara: Outsider.” I think I have managed to create some emotionally charged characters and a world set-up/danger that isn’t too much like many other stories in the genre.