Wow, what a trip!
It's been an amazing past few days, running the free book promo on Amazon and going on a blog book tour.
We stopped by Emma L. Adam's blog, and she hosted an awesome interview!
Tell me something cool/crazy/quirky about the book – it can be anything!
I’m obsessed with naming. Almost every name has a convoluted backstory with multiple layers of meaning. Take Kiellen Corr, the heroine of the story, for example. ‘Kiel’ is similar to ‘ciel,’ which means ‘heaven’ or ‘sky’ in French. Kiellen is a pilot obsessed with flying her Mechalarum suit (in the sky). ‘Corr’ is similar to ‘coeur,’ French for ‘heart.’ Kiellen is passionate and headstrong, usually acting on her instincts and emotions. Her last name also evokes the word ‘core’ - after all, Kiellen is the main character, the ‘core’ of the story, central to the the plot and action.
C: When did you get into serious writing? How did you decide to start writing a book?
EL: I’d taken some creative writing classes in college, and received positive feedback, but I still didn’t think I could write a whole novel. I’d tried a few times in the past, but never gotten very far. It wasn’t until after I graduated that I had the idea of writing slowly – committing to just fifteen minutes a day. I challenged myself to write 50,000 words without editing or judging my work. Six months later, I mastered the challenge! It felt like a huge achievement.
Wendy shared a fun guest post about "Cross-Training Your Inventive Brain" on her blog, Write On Wendy.
Athletes know that performing the same activity too frequently is the perfect recipe for plateauing. Muscles get accustomed to repetition, minds get bored and distracted. That’s why runners hop into the pool on their off days, and football players practice yoga (really!).
The same applies if you’re a writer. If you’re feeling stuck, exploring different creative mediums can be just what you need to kick your work back into high gear. The following suggestions are meant to act as simple, accessible methods that will get your creative juices flowing.
Another great interview on The Reading Head.
Who do you feel supported you aside from family members?
I’m lucky to have built up a strong support network of creators who I can turn to when the going gets tough. I also have my Kickstarter backers and other online friends, who really care about seeing me succeed.
And, finally, another stop on Maryann's blog (It's Not All Gravy) where I had the opportunity to interview Kiellen.
Emma Larkins: Hello everyone! Today we’re chatting with a very special guest – Kiellen Corr. If you’ve read about Mechalarum, you already know all about her rebellious attitude and skilled aerial maneuvers, so today we’re going to try and get to know the ‘real’ Kiellen hidden behind the stunts and antics. She’s running a few minutes late, but I’m sure she’ll be here any moment.
A dark figure crashes through the ceiling. Green lights blink on the black surface of her Mechalarum suit, illuminating the swirling cloud of sheetrock dust and fluffy pink bits of insulation.
The blog book tour was fantastic. And to top it off, I received a fantastic response on Amazon. More than 700 copies of Mechalarum have been downloaded (and counting!) It hit #10 on the free Post Apocalyptic eBooks, and #40 on free Science Fiction books. People are already reading the book and loving it!
Huge, awesome thanks of thankfulness to everyone who has supported me through this journey. I couldn't have done it without you!
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