Ian, hero of Betwixt and Between, reveals a few tips about living with dark elves and battling evil.
Today I’m interviewed by Veronica Scott for her Happily Ever After column on USA Today. It was a great interview with some thought provoking questions about inspiration and the story behind the characters. Thank you, Veronica!
Today I’m kicking off a new feature on my blog. I’ll be spotlighting books, authors and interesting literary phenomena on hopefully a regular basis.
Author extraordinaire K. Ferrin is doing me the favor of being my first featured guest! Read on to find out about K. and then check out her new release, Desidirium.
Welcome to Chateau Alexis, K.!
What are some of your absolute favorite things other than writing & reading?
K: Traveling is probably my favorite thing to do outside of writing and reading. I also love camping, mountain biking, movies, and dinner with friends.
If you could read only one book for all the rest of your days (a horrifying terrible thought, I know!) which book would it be?
K: Horrifying indeed! I’m going to break the rules a bit here and say it would be the Lord of the Rings books. It’d have to be the entire trilogy though, I couldn’t handle having only one of the three!
Give us one of your absolute favorite lines from a book you’ve read.
K: There are so many! Recently a line from Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina stuck with me. “That’s the secret to performance: conviction. The right note played tentatively still misses its mark; but play boldly and no one will question you.” So applicable to so much in life! I also fell in love with several lines from I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. “The road to Hell, you say, is paved with good intentions. Charming. But actually it’s paved with intriguing questions.” Or: “For you, my darlings, freedom to do what you like is the discovery of how unlikable what you like to do makes you. Not that that stops you doing what you like, since you like doing what you like more than you like liking what you do…” – That one makes me laugh every time.
Halloween or Christmas?
K: Halloween, full stop. It’s just plain fun! My husband and I put on a large party every year and deck the house out in some theme. I’m a bit of a history buff so they always include some element of history. This year our theme was Witches and the decor included excerpts from the Maleus Maleficarum (one of the definitive guides to identifying and destroying witches during the Salem Witch Trials), pictures and biographies of some of the victims of the trials and similar.
What are your favorite times/places to write?
K: I adore writing either while in motion (such as on a cross country train) or with a view (on a patio overlooking the ocean). Given unlimited funds this is how I’d do all of my writing! Day to day I’d have to say the mornings are best, where I’m most creative and fresh.
Who is your favorite character from your books?
K: I can’t say too much about her yet, but Port is a character in my current WIP, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. She’s got an interesting backstory, has some serious skill with knives, and some impressive tenacity in the face of … well, stuff.
If you were the last person on earth, what would you do?
K: Outside of scavenging for or growing food I’m sure I’d do a serious amount of reading. I’d also do a lot of writing, you know, recording the story of humanity for whoever/whatever comes next. I’d also clear out all the roads around town, find the fastest coolest car, and have my own super cool track I could speed around on as long as there was fuel.
How can people find you?
During the daylight hours K. Ferrin runs a web development and business consulting company. But when the working-day ends the world of business and technology shifts into one of magic, myth and adventure. K. Ferrin writes fantasy of all kinds-some epic, some dark, some young adult and some for mature readers. She lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and their two dogs. You can find Magicless and Desiderium on all major online book retailers.