Hello readers, it's time for another interview here on Just me: Writing Edition! This time we are talking to Kaitlin from The Mistiness Of the Future-Actor, Writer, Dreamer about her exciting new book series! Geared towards teenage readers and filled with sci-fi; futuristic and a dash of fantasy, this story is sure to captivate!
Thank you to Kaitlin for allowing me to interview her about her book!
1)What is your book about?Oh gosh...this is a hard question. ^-^' Okay, without giving too much away, this is basically it: In the near future, AFTER a devastating war, a teenage girl is growing up in the after effects (although, they aren't as bleak as it might sound after a war). Things have pretty much gone back to normal...or so everyone thinks. The main character goes on a normal business trip with her mother and best friend (because she has too). However, when they get to their destination, the main character starts noticing things are getting very weird around her. So instead of listening to her mother, she goes against all reason to find out who is trying to take control of the world and stop her world from collapsing around her. She finds that large corporations have started planting seeds of disruption to uproot the peace. But to match the growing threat, she slowly notices that she has powers. She is unsure if they are like superhero powers, or something...more. (DUN DUN DUN!!) :P (Sorry I couldn't help it.) Anyway, that is just book one. Over all, the story is about her finding out more about herself, and not being afraid to help everyone. She isn't like all heroes who just accept their job and save the world; she is scared. On the way, she meets a certain group of people and she asks them to help. (I can't say who they are just yet.) The story progresses through other plot lines and weave into time and space. Literally! ;) She finally meets the antagonist of the first four books. The crossing of paths scars her permanently, and that sets the next four books in motion, where she accidentally lets the true villain on the loose. (That's all I can say without giving away the whole plot. :P )
Anyway, this is basically a story of finding what you are looking for, who you are, as well as your place in the world, and that you are allowed to love even if you don't feel worthy. <3 ^-^ (I'm not that good at descriptions. Sorry!)
2) Who are your main characters?
The next character is "E". She is M's best friend. (She begins being 13 and ends up 16 in the final installment.) Her personality is: outgoing, crafty, teasing, violent, energetic, tomboyish, hungry(always), commanding, demanding, and caring.
The next two characters aren't really main characters, or villains, but they play an important part in this story, so I'll mention them here. There is the boy: "N". And the girl "C". N is an older teenager(19). He has a artificial outer personality to which he uses when he is around the protagonist, which leads her to believe he has some secret. Since he is so closemouthed, his true personality is a mystery. C is his girlfriend. She is bubbly, kind, supportive, and friendly. Though she seems like a ditz, there is more to her than it seems.
There is also another character I will call "D" (age 15). He doesn't appear til book 2. He is a main character, who might be even more important than the M. The choices he makes change everything. :) He is tied to every character in my book, (big or small) and is one of the most important gears in this story. I will try to explain his personality, but it is hard because he is sort of a mystery wrapped in a enigma. :P He is intense yet calm, strategic, pacifist, cool and calculating, oddly good at many things, trained in fighting for one reason or another, kind, protective, he is not easy to anger, and strangely happy/sad. (My sister and I like him the best out of all the characters. :P So I would suppose you will too! :D Though for me personally, it's a tie between D and M. ^-^ And don't worry!!! He is NOT a Mary-Sue. And not cliched. ^-^ )
3) Who is your villain?
There are four other villains who aren't as big/evil as Z. First is "G". She is a calculating woman who wants nothing more than power, and she is almost void of emotion except anger, triumph, and pride.
Second is another "C" But I'll call this one "CV" because he is a villain. CV is a team member along with "S" who work for "G". CV is closed off from the world, and only follows orders without protest. "S" is a crazy, violent, hot headed, and mentally hurt girl. She and CV are both a good team, but they don't know how to do anything but work for G. And they have many run-ins with M throughout the course of the story.
Lastly is "B". He is my least developed character, though I can say he is greedy, selfish, power hungry, and a sociopath. He appears in book 1 and is the antagonist.
4) What genre does your book fit into?
One other thing: IT IS NOT A DYSTOPIAN!!! More of a post ALMOST dystopian. ;)
5) What age range of readers are you trying to reach?
6) What style is your book written in? Is it first person? Is it third?
It is in first person. Originally, I had it in 3rd, but it just didn't sound right. It was like I couldn't convey my character's thoughts and feelings the way it was then. So I switched over to 1st and it felt so much more realistic!
7) Is this a single book or a series?
8) What are your goals for this book(s)? Is it just for fun or is it for publication?
9) Why will readers love your book?
10) Where did the idea for your book come from?
How the state of the world is in right now. I was frustrated one day, and said I wished I could be the one to fix everything, and BAM! I got an idea! :D What if a person had superpowers who could help fix political things instead of ONLY fighting evil bad guys from other dimensions, like in books I've read. :)
11) What is your inspiration?
MUSIC! I like to listen to it while writing scenes. If the scene is dark, I listen to dark music. If it is happy, I listen to happy music and etc... Also, I read and watch movies. I try my hardest not to copy anyone, but I do get ideas from other stories and it helps a lot. :D
12) Any writing tips for fellow authors?
DON'T beat yourself up about your work not being immediately amazing. (I am guilty of this. And I need to stop it. ;) Just keep writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing....
ANYWAY, make sure you enjoy yourself and don't try to do too much at once! Take it slow so that your story comes out as amazing as it can. Nothing is perfect, and nothing ever will be, so just do your best! ^-^
A huge thank you to Kaitlin at The Mistiness of the Future-Actor, Writer, Dreamer for letting me interview her!
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