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Monday, June 30, 2014

Get to Know the Authors Blog Hop

Thanks to Annette Bower for passing on the torch for the Get to Know the Author blog hop.

I've been writing professionally for about four years now. It's been a fun and rewarding ride that I don't plan to end any time soon.

My first forays into writing was when I was a youngster, not quite high school age. I started on two stories, one fantasy and one an action-adventure.

The fantasy story is where I get my online handle 'Kalinda.'

1) What am I working on?

I'm currently working on four projects, two actively: 'The Andromedans' which is book three of the Empire Series and is due out at the end of the year, Mrs. Beeston, my sci-fi/fantasy/humour epic, and untypically for me, two short stories, an eerie YA/sci-fi piece, 'The Tunnel' about a young girl who finds herself in the creepiest circumstances and 'The Piece' which is about music and a young man who cannot let it go.

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

Mine is not the typical sci-fi fare and yet it has many trappings of it. It certainly is set in the future and has a lot of future science as well as society surrounding it, but for my stories sci-fi is the backdrop to stories about the human condition. No matter how far flung into the future my stories are or how we have evolved or devolved, they are still character-driven tales about people who happen to live in the future or in future circumstances.

3) Why do I write what I do?

While I read a wide range of genres, my first loves are sci-fi, fantasy and mystery fiction so it's not surprising that is what I tend to write.

Why do I like them? Perhaps it's because I like to explore different aspects of our modern world as they would be if we continued the way we are or if we changed even one aspect of it. It's all the 'what ifs' which fascinate me, building a better world or avoiding a disastrous one.

4) How does my writing process work?

For me, the characters come first. In each of my tales, there is a person or being who represents the heart of the story, who is the emotional core. Until I have that, it's almost impossible to write without feeling like I'm pulling teeth, my own. Once I understand the heart, the reason for writing the story, then words fly onto the page and it's hard to stop. It becomes a labour of love.

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, I could only find two authors who will pick up the torch on July 7, 2014.

Ta da!

Mysti Parker

Mysti Parker is a wife, mother, and shameless chocoholic. She has published

three fantasy romance novels and several flash fiction stories. Currently,

she’s writing her first historical romance and has two children's books in the

hands of a hard-working agent.

Bree Donovan

Bree Donovan has been a South Jersey resident for most of her life, yet her fiction transports her readers to far away mystical places where otherworldly beings mingle with humans as part of the regular course of things.

She published her first book in 2008. Steve Prefontaine Rocketman is the biography of legendary runner and Olympian, Steve (Pre) Prefontaine. Bree worked with Steve’s sister Linda, his closets friends and fans in an effort to bring his inspirational story to young readers. To date, the book royalties have raised close to $5,000 for Steve Prefontaine’s former Coos Bay, Oregon, Elementary school to restore arts and physical education programs.

Bree’s Magic Realism novel, Blackthorns of the Forgotten was published in 2012 by IFWG Publishing. It is in this novel that angels, collide with demons, humans make bargains with the devil, but also learn about the true nature of love, and redemption. Ireland serves as the beautiful and mysterious backdrop to the book’s ethereal events.

Over the years, many of Bree’s short stories have been published for various blogs, websites, and Internet magazines. She even had three of her stories translated into German and published for German anthologies. She is currently working on completing her Masters in the MALS program at Rutgers University, Camden. Her latest writing effort is of non-fiction-her Capstone. Bree’s focus of study is, Equine and Hippotherapy, as her greatest passion is working and helping animals & humans.