Hello, Everyone

For the month of Feburary, I’ll be interviewing four Indie authors for you to meet. I’m so excited to begin this week--Feb. 6-19-- with our first two authors.

Let's meet Kay MacLeod:

First of all, tell everyone a little about yourself.

Hi guys, I’m Kay MacLeod, author of the epic fantasy series The Constellation Saga. I come from a little historical market town in England where I live with my fantastic husband and adorable kitty. I’m a huge fantasy fan- whether it’s games, films, books or just a good daydream, I love it all. I spend most of my time writing though, I must admit I’m a little addicted, there’s nothing you can’t do with a blank page and a cup of tea.

1.Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always made up stories, but for the majority of my life I just entertained myself with them. There were a few times that I wrote little bits and pieces but I mainly drew the characters I invented, I think I just never really had confidence in my ability to put the adventures I created into words. So, yes I wanted to, but it took a long time for me to work up the courage to actually do it.

2. What genre(s) do you write in?

Only fantasy, my current series is epic fantasy but I have some ideas I want to work on in the future that will marginally shift me to some urban fantasy and sci-fantasy.

3. Have you always been intrigued to write about fantasy?

Definitely! When I was a primary school kid and all my friends were reading the skinny little books they got from the library, I was delving into The Hobbit and Brian Jacques Redwall series. My dad has always been a huge fantasy fan and would get me excited about all the books he’d read, I just couldn’t wait to get into them. I devoured every fantasy book I could find and I wished I could write one too.

4. What is your writing process? Do your characters speak to you, or are you in charge?

I like to think we have a good relationship, my characters have a lot to say (I’m looking at you, Asher) and come up with great ideas on the way but you can’t always indulge every diversion and include every amusing piece of dialogue. I like to put a lot of effort into planning because it’s important when you create a series to know where you are going and to have a good foundation to build from, you can’t suddenly decide to throw a character a tragic background or a certain quirk if it hasn’t been present from the start. I think that people will see something new in the earlier parts of my series once they’ve read the later books. I’m more than happy to change any aspect of my plan during writing if a better alternative presents itself- the ending for Heirs of Power changed pretty dramatically when a very minor character became not so minor…

5. What authors have influenced you?

Anything you read has some kind of influence on you, if you really liked something you’re probably going to take inspiration from it and want to do something similar. All the times I’ve ever read anything with insta-love it’s made me firmer in my stance that I will never subject my readers to it!
The two authors that spring to mind are George R.R. Martin and Adrian Tchaikovsky and for the same reason- unpredictability. When you read their work you are terrified every time you read anything with your favourite character in because no-one wears plot armour in their worlds, every decision feels like it has a consequence and when something big happens there’s no way you saw it coming. Both authors are also masters of grey characters, everyone has flaws and redeeming qualities, no one is fully a ‘good guy’ or ‘bad guy’- just a person with their own agenda.

6. How many books have you written?

One so far, I’m about 70% of the way through the first draft of my second which should be out around the end of this year. There are so many more to come, I have way more ideas than time to get them all out!

7. What is the name of your latest book? And what inspired it?

Heirs of Power is the first book of The Constellation Saga. It’s about a group of people that have inherited different powers from ancient spirits that were first gifted to their parents. They are in a fight to save their world from an invading race of creatures that feed off life energy and are desperate to escape the destruction they have caused.

The inspiration first came from a power I had an idea for. I thought it would be a fun and unique ability for a character to be able to switch the position of two similar-sized objects if he’s touching one and can see the other. Yes, this includes other people so it’s great for combat or irritating your frenemy. I knew I didn’t want to write about a chosen one or a powerful individual, so I came up with other abilities for the rest of the team and then designed the conflict around the characters.

8. What's next for you as a writer?

Finishing the second book of The Constellation Saga, The Mage-Lord’s Legacy. I’m expecting this series to be four books long, I say expecting because it was originally a trilogy but, as I said, these guys have a lot to say!

9. What is the hardest part about being an author?

As much as I absolutely adore being an author more than anything else I’ve ever done, there are a lot of hard parts. I change my mind on the hardest thing depending on what’s frustrating me at the time but I think it’s just having patience. It takes a long time to plan, much longer to write, then rewrite, then there’s the bits you have to entrust to other people like beta reading and editing. The whole time you just want it to be done and perfected and out there and for people to be reading it. But the patience is what perfects it and you and the readers are always going to benefit from you holding back to make sure it’s done right.

10. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Do it. Start now. That thing that’s in your mind that’s always there and those characters that are speaking to you, get them out! Because as soon as you start you’ll always wish you did it earlier, more ideas will pop up and those characters will start bringing friends. If you think it’ll be hard work and you’ll have to put a lot into it to get it done, you’re right, but it’s the most fulfilling experience once you’re there. And the feeling you get when someone talks to you about something that only existed in your head before- words can’t describe that.

Here is where Kay hangs out:

Website- http://kaymacleodbooks.com/

Goodreads-https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

Amazon US- https://www.amazon.com/Kay-MacLeod/e/...

Amazon UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kay-MacLeod/...

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/KayMacLeodFa...

Twitter- https://twitter.com/KayMacLeodBooks


Heirs of Power (The Constellation Saga Book 1) by Kay MacLeod
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Kay Thank you for having me Groovy!


message 2: by Marie Silk (new)

Marie Silk Great interview, Kay and Groovy!! :)


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Kay Thanks Marie :D


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Groovy Lee Thank-you, Marie:)


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Carole P. Roman Nice interview!!


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Kay Thanks Carole!


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Carole P. Roman It is so nice to meet and get to know everybody this way.


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