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1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I can get lost in a story for hours, whether I am reading it or writing it. That helps a great deal when you’re pushing to finish a chapter at 11 at night.
2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I don’t genre when I start a story. Why restrict what it is you’re writing to one particular style? I think characters, then plot, then the rest is what it is.
3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m a pantser that stops along the way to plot. I think in scenes, not really plots. I don’t start thinking about a book as “Well let’s write a story about such and such” usually. Scenes for something just pop into my head and I write the story around those.
4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? Not yet.
5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? I am self published so my own deadlines are self imposed. I was trying to get Sacrifices out before my blog tour started so I basically just came home from work and wrote every night. One day I did about 10000 words, my editor was impressed.
6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Since I am neither a fighter nor have special abilities I think in most cases if I switched placed with one of my characters it would not bode well for me. 🙂
7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I have my computer on a coffee table and my chair is a recliner, that’s the only place I write. I live in a small apartment by myself. As far as comfort food, I would have to say I need Chai Tea, which technically is not a food but I’m a writer so I can make my own rules up as I go.
8. Writing inspirations? Butcher, Brust, Briggs, Eddings, Joss Whedon, the writers of the TV Shows Supernatural and Arrow, Orson Scott Card and just good writing in any form in general. I don’t read as much as most authors do. I used to but I’ve become more interested in shows and movies. In some ways I think it is much harder to write a TV show and keep it interesting than a book as there are so many other factors involved in producing it.
9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I have actually met Jim Butcher and I didn’t have a particular burning question. I went to Comic Con because I saw he was going and made a point to go to every panel he was on. I learned a lot that weekend.
10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I’m pretty solitary but when my friends and I discuss movies or shows we tent to dissect them as far as continuity and loopholes for fun. Some other people don’t quite understand how that is amusing. We get a lot of laughs out of it though.
HONOR BOUND: Awakenings By Kat Loveland
X-Men meets the Real World. “This was an amazing book while steeped in fantasy it tackles a huge subject , the subject of human trafficking. Instead of a bland preachy PSA against it, this story uses amazing imagery, action, intensity, and heart to keep you reading well into the night.”
Children and teens with unique abilities are being sold on the black market. When twins John and Clara made a vow several years ago to help children that had abilities, they never thought they would be forced to fight hardened criminals. Honor Bound Awakenings shows the beginning of the journey they and their friends from idealism to reality and what sacrifices they will be forced to make to keep their vow.
She heard gunfire in the halls and several guards ran by her door.
“Don’t move!” The guard that had been assigned to watch her said, waving his gun at her.
For the first time in weeks she felt a glimmer of hope but she didn’t let it show as she went back to focusing on the white powder on the table in front of her. Her vision shifted, she focused on the geometric patterns of the substances and with a simple thought turned something harmless into something deadly.
The door to her cell burst open, a masked figure in a black tactical suit burst in moving so fast she could barely see what it was doing. The guard turned to look at the door, brought up his gun to shoot but it was too late, the black figure struck him across the face with a metal rod, stepped closer, grabbed and spun the guard around, wrapping his arms around the guard’s throat and holding him until the guard collapsed. The figure in black looked at her and seemed about to speak.
“Behind you!” She shouted.
The figure’s head whipped around as something landed in her cell. The next thing she knew the figure in black was rushing towards her, picking her up and throwing her onto the ground near the wall of her cell while covering her body with their own as an explosion shattered her hearing and caused the walls to shake.
“You ok?” The figure asked. His voice was not too deep and was genuinely concerned.
“Yes, I think so.”
He moved, faster than anything she had ever seen. The guards that had been waiting for the smoke from the explosion to clear never saw what hit them. Within seconds both guards were laying unmoving on the ground.
She sat up, still stunned by the explosion and noticed the piles of rubble all around her. The walls of her cell had been ripped apart by the explosion. Another masked figure in black walked into the cell and stood by the man that had thrown himself on top of her. The newcomer was obviously a woman, no baggy vest or shirt could completely hide her curves.
Honor Bound: Sacrifices By Kat Loveland
Picking up the moment Awakenings end – John and Clara are forced to choose which of them will continue to put themselves in the line of fire, Cesco has to make peace with what he may have to become to keep the others safe, Min-Ji confronts her painful past head on, Sarah and her family must learn to adapt to the results of her Awakening and Jessie has to struggle to keep the group emotionally stable.
He couldn’t move, Min-Ji was screaming, he felt searing heat and smelled burning flesh, pain raged through his shoulder. Min-Ji, she couldn’t!
“Min-Ji! Don’t!” Cesco screamed. His eyes flew open, harsh light blinded him. Someone was holding him down. His right arm wasn’t moving, his left arm shot full speed at the face hovering over him, the punch connected, flinging the man across the room where he landed against the wall. Cesco tried to get up, as soon as he moved the intense pain in his shoulder and face floored him causing him to curl into a tight ball. “Min-Ji! Holy crap! What happened?” The phrases coming between waves of pain.
“Cesco! Stop!” John’s voice barely cut through the pain.
“Yes, I’m here. Lay back, you’re hurt.”
“Where are we? Is everyone ok?”
John’s hands pushed against his chest easing him onto his back.
“My shoulder, I can’t move it.”
“You were shot. The bullet shattered your collarbone and put a hole in your shoulder blade. You just punched Dr. Rothstein. He was sewing you up. Clara was shot too but she’s all right. Doctor, are you ok? Sorry about that.” Continue reading Kat Loveland: Honor Bound Series