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First of her Kind by K. L. Schwengel #FREE through Dec. 23!

An online writing buddy with whom I’ve been sharing snippets for WIPpet Wednesday for some time now is offering a free book for the next couple of days!

Here’s the description for First of Her Kind:

Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.

And that won’t be easy.

Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants? Or her power?

None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn to use her gifts.No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control.

Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?

K. L. Schwengel is a great writer. We’ve traded beta reads, and I’ve really enjoyed her books. I highly recommend checking this one out. Hey, it’s free, so what do you have to lose? 🙂

Blog Hop: My Writing Process

I was recently tagged to take part in the “Writing Process Blog Tour” by the lovely and talented K. L. Schwengel. This particular “meme” (as these things are referred to nowadays) is about authors sharing something about your writing process by answering four questions. In turn, we pass the torch to other authors. This way, it spreads like wildfire. When I googled “Writing Process Blog Tour” I got almost 24,000,000 hits. 🙂

Anyway, here’s my own contribution to the meme:

1) What am I working on?

Right now I have two main projects going:
A Wasted Land, the third novel in my Pendragon Chronicles series that started with Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur. This novel revolves around Yseult’s son Kustennin and the fate of Britain after the Battle of Camlann, when former alliances begin to fall apart and the Saxon kingdoms on the fringes of Britain are growing stronger again. I’ve been working on this one for over a year now, since the publication of Yseult and Shadow of Stone — and a number of readers started asking for more — but for some reason, it’s still not completely coming together for me.
– Final revisions for Island of Glass, a YA novella. The novella tells the story of Chiara, a young glassmaker of Murano, who makes glass shoes for a prince of Venice to help save her uncle from prison. But the magic works in a different way than she had imagined…
– At any give time, I also have several other projects in the works. Right now that includes revising a novella I wrote with Jay Lake for publication, Recontact, as well as brainstorming further works in the worlds of Island of Glass and Looking Through Lace.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Anyone brings their own experience, their own way of looking at the world to what they write. Not only that, we each have different priorities, different interests, and different kinds of stories that move us the most. Any author who writes out of their own experience and interests is going to produce distinctive work, work that is recognizable in some way.

5th century Britain
One of my passions is for historical maps and what they signify. Make of that what you will. 🙂

For me, a couple of the interests that probably distinguish my work is my interest in literature, politics, linguistics, and cultural differences in general. For example, there is a lot of big picture cultural conflict in my Arthurian novels, Yseult and Shadow of Stone, probably more than is generally common in that genre. Or take my science fiction novellas in the Looking Through Lace series: they revolve around the linguistic and cultural misunderstandings of a first contact mission.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write the books I would want to read, it’s as simple as that. My books and short stories contain the things that move me: events that break my heart, topics that get my back up or that I’m passionate about, my fears and my dreams.
I tend to package those passions in the genres of science fiction and fantasy because those are the genres I most enjoy reading. I have enough contemporary in everyday life. What I read and what I write is somewhere beyond or apart from that.

4) How does my writing process work?

Before I start writing a novel or short story, I usually do a lot of brainstorming and pre-writing in longhand on scrap paper and in cheap, sprial-bound notebooks. I’ve tried to use those beautiful Paperblanks notebooks for the purpose, but they’re too intimidating. I guess in order to free my playful brain, I need something that looks like it can be thrown away if it’s crap.
Once I’ve worked out the basic details of my world, my characters, and my plot, and have started playing with ideas for scenes to go with all of that, then I will start writing, jumping around here and there in the timeline as more scene ideas and plot twists occur to me. I don’t have everything mapped out from the moment I start to write, but neither can I start without any inkling of where the story is going to go. At the very least, I need to know the ending, so I will know what to shoot for.

An now, the folks who will be answer these question next! I did write three other writers, but one didn’t respond. Without further ado, here are my two “followers” who will be posting next week:

Shah Wharton: Shah loves fiction; horror, paranormal mystery, dark fantasy, and sci-fi are her favourites, although she also enjoys dark comedy, some romance, and an occasional young adult fantasy. She also writes poetry (two published in anthologies), short stories (one published), and ghost writes fiction as a freelancer.

Shah studied psychology, hypnotherapy, and counselling eons ago and once worked in a social work capacity with children, women with mental health issues and the homeless until her own mental health issues began to encroach on her abilities in 2005. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and speaks freely on her blog about how bipolar disorder has impacted her life.

As an infant, Shah’s father taught her to appreciate the written word through poetry. Now you’ll usually find her immersed in a story while slurping tea, cuddled up with her little family. Shah lives with her huge German Shepherd and her husband, anywhere between Dubai and United Kingdom.

Outside of reading and writing, Shah enjoys theatre, movies, zombies, varied music from old jazz to rock, travel, great food … and dogs.

Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part-time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part-time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty-six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.

Interview with indie author K.L. Schwengel – and announcing her new book Emergence!

Today I have something special for my readers, an interview with the talented K.L. Schwengel, founder of WIPpet Wednesday and a multi-published indie author.

K.L. Schwengel

First off, please tell us a little bit about your work.
I mainly write fantasy, although I have delved into paranormal as well as dystopian, and there are some SF bits in my notebook. Basically, if my muse throws it out there, I run with it. My writing tends to veer toward the heavy, dark side of things, even when I try to keep it light, though I still try to interject some humor along the way.

When you write fantasy, how do you go about world-building?
The same way I write: by the seat of my pants. Okay, so maybe that’s not entirely accurate. But I don’t do a lot of note-taking or planning for my world. It tends to unfold with my story. My worlds are so complete in my head that I don’t really need to ‘build’ them in the involved way some authors do. For the most part, I like my world to unfold via my characters; what they come up against, how they react, who they are…all those details define my world.

What kind of magic systems do you use?
I’ve always had a problem with movies and books in which magic is the answer to everything, and doesn’t have any real consequences. That’s given magic a bad rap, I think. Especially healing magic. Although I have healers who also possess magic, it’s not the wave-a-wand-or-say-a-spell-and-you’re-all-better type. Magical healers get drained when they help someone, and their patients still need time to recover. My magic always comes with a cost, and is never the first resort in a situation.

Do you have a writing routine?
Not really. I work full-time, and have a busy schedule outside of the day-job, so I have to sneak my writing in where I can. The only constant is music. I have to have music while I’m writing. Usually sans lyrics or I get caught up in those and forget where I’m at.

What made you decide to become an indie author?
Ah…that’s a complicated question. There wasn’t just one thing and, to be honest, I went in kicking and screaming. I had this notion that indie authors and the books they put out were somewhat less than traditionally published books. Go ahead, idiot slap me. My Sage helped me to realize the errors of my way and I jumped in. A lot of it had to do with me being somewhat *cough* of a control freak, as well as my desire to get my stories out there in front of readers. I was anxious for the world to see what I accomplished. I don’t put out anything I don’t love. And if I love it, I want to share those tales with others, hoping they’ll love it as well.

What have you already published?
I have a novella in Best Selling Author Devin O’Branagan’s anthology Witch Hunt: Of the Blood based on the characters from her book Witch Hunt.
There is Greylands … I think it’s being called a serial collaboration … it started as a writing exercise of sorts on Krista Walsh’s blog, and became an intertwined dystopian story that was published several months ago. Nine authors contributed, creating characters that got to play in Krista’s world. It was great fun, and really came together nicely. I was amazed by the final product. Truly.
And then there is my fantasy series Darkness & Light. The first book in the series First of Her Kind was published last year. The second book, Emergence, just came out. I hope to have the third, Edge of Darkness, out by the end of the year.

Emergence by K.L. Schwengel

What are you working on now?
Edge of Darkness, that whole end-of-the-year deadline looms. I also have a sword & sorcery piece tentatively entitled The Coinblade Chronicles, that I’m working on. Those are the two main WIPs. On the back burner is another fantasy I was thinking of serializing, and a contemporary urban fantasy/paranormal romance. As well as…well…others.

Do you make your covers yourself or do you hire a cover artist?
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and worked in advertising for a few years, so I’m cocky enough to believe I can create my own covers. I revealed the full spread from Emergence here and I’m actually quite pleased with it. But I’m also my own worse critic, and can be a bit picky (which is why I’m currently re-doing the cover for First of Her Kind). I think I would drive an artist crazy if I were to hire one to do them for me.

What do you think are the advantages of indie publishing? Of traditional publishing?
On the indie side you have complete control and total freedom. You truly own the entirety of your book’s fate. That’s a bit daunting for some, but I enjoy it.
On the traditional side, there’s that highly touted monetary advance, and the knowledge that you have a whole team of people handling (or at least helping with) editing, marketing, marketing, editing, distribution, all those things you have to figure out on your own when you go indie.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Write. No excuses. Every day if you can, even if it’s only a few words. Get that first draft on paper and don’t look back until you type ~Finis~. Yes, it’s going to suck. Yes, it will make you cringe. That’s its job. You can’t fix it until the story is told.
Be true to your characters and their tale. Don’t shrink from something because it makes you uncomfortable, or because you’re worried what others will think.
Most of all, find one or two people who will be truly honest with you about your writing. We all want to be told our writing is phenomenal, and we’ve penned the next great tale. But empty praise won’t help you grow. Yes, it will hurt. You’ll need to develop a thick skin. But when you emerge on the other side, it will be a wonderful thing, and those tears and blows to your ego will have only made you stronger.

How can people get in touch with you?
Blog: http://myrandommuse.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLSchwengelWrites
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kathils01/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KLSchwengel
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6871795.K_L_Schwengel

Thank you very much for joining us here on Indie Adventures, Kathi, and best of luck with Emergence!

Kathi’s new book can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes&Noble, and will soon be coming to Kobo as well.