So ladies and gentlemen I now give you K.J Colt and an exclusive cover reveal…
I love making everything up from scratch. Granted, I do use a lot of very familiar human themes and I often write in medieval times based settings. But it’s when I add a twist of magic that I get drawn into the wonder of my books. Magic changes the structure of the societies, the customs, the priorities of those in the world as well as sending my protagonists on grand voyages they never expected to go on (and often taking me along for the ride). My worlds become a place of discovery and it’s that sense of adventure that excites me about fantasy. It’s also why I don’t like sticking to the conventional rules of Epic Fantasy, if you read my Healers series, you’ll find out why.
I was raised by strict Christian parents, and while they encouraged my reading it never occurred to me to write about anything but God. Even as a teenager it never occurred to me to write stories (even though I wrote dark angsty teenage poetry about love and all-consuming dramas *sigh*). It was only when I was in my early 20s a friend put the idea in my head. So I guess I’d go back and tell my 12 year old self to start writing then, because my head was constantly filled with fantastical ideas that as a young girl I had trouble separating from real life by writing them down
So all of these writers influence me in different ways… although my style is more like a mix between Maria and Kristin.
I think the majority of self-published authors would tell you the experience can be both positive and negative. The onus to work hard and produce is all on you, the writer, and so you should not take that role lightly. My experiences have been great so far, I’ve only been published for about 7 weeks, and I have low expectations as a result, but already I’ve had excellent reviews, heartfelt fan messages and a lot of praise for my stories (I honestly became teary when I got my first fan praise). I want my readers to connect with my characters and to see parts of themselves reflected in my protagonists.
If I make any sort of living from this down the track then I will be the happiest person in the world. I’ve always felt like it’s a calling for me to either tell other’s stories, or listen to people’s stories, both fictional or real.
But the genuine part of me, the artist who is attempting to discover the truth in the world, sees herself as a developing author with a good fifty years of writing left (I’m 28). And so compared to the writer ten-twenty-thirty years into the future. My writing is probably at a 6. As a story-teller, I would say my rating is much higher already. I know people. I know conflict. I know the western societies traditional story arc structure like the back of my hand. Can I write good stories? Yes. Can I write them as well as they could be written? No. But not because I don’t try, but because I’m still developing – and probably always will be developing—the techniques of a proficient writer.
I haven’t actually received a bad star rating at all. I’ve received negative feedback but people still seemed to really enjoy my stories. I think I’m quite insulated from the disappointment experienced by other writers in regards to reviews so far because I haven’t received a 1 or 2 star review. If I ever worry about them though, I’ll go to a book listing by Robin Hobb, Kristin Cashore, Maria V Snyder or Trudi Canavan. I’ll read their bad reviews and laugh, because I know they are brilliant writers and I aspire to be like them. So if someone can give them bad reviews and be nasty to them, then I think I am just as likely, if not more, to receive a bad review. It’s a matter of when, not if.
Both. I get a vision of one or two scenes, a feeling will spread through my body and completely captivate me until I start writing and the muse creates an all-consuming flow state. But the muse is fickle and will fade the more I write, once that happens my characters take over and write the story under my logical and critical guidance.
Rarely do my dreams influence my writing. I have an overactive imagination and don’t need dreams to guide me in creating ideas. I have had an idea for a short piece of sci-fi fiction before. About a young girl wandering a post-apocalyptic landscape and is protected by a robot that kills everyone she comes into contact with. It’s probably been done before, and I’m probably not going to write it, but I really felt her sorrow and it’s the kind of passionate, yet strange, feeling that spurs me into writing my books.
I try to market, I do it all myself. I think I’m a pretty personable and chatty person and I think that kind of warm engagement is what readers are looking for. I try to invest time in both my readers and my beta readers. I’m a very introverted person and while I love people, and I am totally energised and fascinated by them, in general I don’t seek out a lot of human company.
Push through. Be meticulous. Be ruthless. Editing is the hardest part, it sucks, but you need to do it so no complaining… your fellow writers understand your pain.
The idea for the Healers of Meligna series came to me while I was at the doctor's office for my annual check-up. An impression imprinted on my mind, and I realised I wanted to write something controversial, yet still in the genre of Epic Fantasy. I wanted to build a world full of loveable characters, and interesting societies, that when forced together, create conflict and tension based on differences of beliefs, rather than alluding to cliches of good and evil.
The editing. I wish I could clone myself and have Kylie.2 (that’s pronounced Kylie-point-two) come in and take over so I can put up my feet and catch up on television shows or books (of which I have hundreds!)
A small blurb of what your current WIP or published piece is about.
"There was an illness much worse than anything I had ever seen, and that was the sickness of my country."
Fourteen-year-old Adenine is the last carrier of the Death Plague that wiped out thousands of her country's people twenty-five years ago, she must avoid contact with the outside world.
When her mother fails to bring her food one day, Adenine begins to starve. Driven by hunger, Adenine ventures into the house and discovers her mother bedridden and sick. Despite her terror of infecting others, Adenine fumbles her way out into the streets of Borrelia in search of the town's doctor.
Soon, she is surrounded by new friends... and enemies she never knew existed.
― Kristin Cashore, Graceling
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