Please welcome fantasy, action adventure, and thriller author, Karlie Lucas!
Intro: What’s your name, what do you write, where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythological being, what or who would you be?
My name is Karlie Lucas and I like to write a mix of fantasy, action/adventure, and I guess suspense/thrillers of a sort. I generally write for the young adult audience, but have a children’s picture book to my credit as well. If I could be any mythological being, I would totally be a dragons because they can fly, and, if they’re the ones in my books, they have magic and can transform matter.
Readers can find me online at the following locations:
Amazon author profile at http://www.amazon.com/Karlie-Lucas/e/B00N8Z86H8/
- What got you interested in writing?
I’ve always seemed to have an interest in the written word, and since I’m more of an introvert, it’s actually easier for me to communicate that way. I love stories as well, so writing them out is pretty much second nature to me. I can’t seem to help but want to write. But I guess what really got me interested in writing stories was reading them from other people first, like Tolkien and Susan Cooper.
- When did you become SERIOUS about writing?
I became serious about writing in waves. The first wave was in college when I worked on my writing while learning more about the craft, but I had too many things going on and it became a sort of hobby. Then the real push came after I married my husband, who encouraged me to get those stories out there. I’d toyed with the idea before but hadn’t had the confidence until he told me I should make it more than just a dream.
- What inspired your book series?
This series was inspired by a dream I had about a girl watching a swirling mass of dust play out a scene of dragons flying in the sky. It was so magical and just unusual that I had to find out what led to it and what happened after. The rest, as they say, is history.
- What is your most recent book about?
My most recent book is the conclusion of the Tarragon Trilogy, where Anwen must learn to control her powers as a dragon mage while uniting the dragons and other mages as one to defeat the dragons’ mortal enemy.
- What are the characters like?
Each character has a different personality, though there are definitely common threads. Anwen is an introvert, similar to myself, and often tends to be self-sacrificing for the sake of her friends or what she thinks others expect of her, but she comes to realize that she has to take control of her life and destiny by the end and do things “her way”.
Tyler is a mix of young and old. He’s so used to parading around as a teen-aged human that he’s taken on some of the mannerisms, though his true heritage as essentially an ancient dragon lord will always come through, along with his sense of responsibility and leadership. He has a very strong protective urge towards Anwen and has an affinity for mortals.
Courtney is a mage who’s struggled with self-esteem, going more to the end of overdoing her ego and trying to twist all the available boys around her finger. When she meets Anwen, she’s jealous of her but learns to be more than a shallow, threatened young lady and becomes a woman of courage and leadership.
- Who should pick up your books and why?
I honestly think that anyone could enjoy my books, though they are written more with a young adult audience in mind, early teens and up. I think older audiences can relate as well, even though a lot of the characters are younger. Everyone still has insecurities and things they struggle with and I think they can relate to that. It’s a story about overcoming insecurities and whatever life throws at you, even if it ends up being a bit messy in the end.
- Favorite quote from your own work?
Oh goodness, there are so many good ones. I think my favorite from the last in the trilogy would be this: “I’d pay good money to see that.” Walter Watkins says this in response to a potential mage battle between Anwen and a much more experienced mage and it’s just hilarious. I can see him setting himself up with a soda and popcorn watching it like some people watch Wrestle Mania.
- Traditional or Self-publishing? Why?
I am self-published. I tried to go the traditional route but no one really seemed to take a good bite. I had a few interested parties who wanted longer samples, but they decided it wasn’t what they were looking for in the end. And since I knew I had a great story, I wasn’t going to waste away waiting for others to come along and “be in the right mood” to accept, or to make me change things up from the way they are in the story. So, I went and did it myself to prove I can and to share what I think is a great “coming of age” story.
- If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
I would write in fantasy because you can pretty much get away with just about anything in fantasy that you want. It’s your world(s) and you can do what you want with it.
- Name one book that changed the way you write.
I would have to say it’s more a series of authors than a single book. The primary three authors who have inspired my writing style are J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Robin McKinley.
- Three authors you recommend and why?
I would recommend the three I just mentioned, Tolkien, Rowling, and McKinley because they each have a different take on fantasy that makes it a cohesive whole. Tolkien practically pioneered the genre and created such realistic worlds that it’s insane. Rowling took the real world and made it more fantastical. And McKinley created stories so deep and entrancing that it’s hard not to get caught up in them, with retelling so fresh it’s like they’re being told for the first time.
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would change the way we see each other, not as different groups, but as a cohesive whole. We’re all in this together and should act like it.
- What do you believe is your main purpose/motivation as a writer?
I believe my main purpose as a writer is to bring stories to the world that will help others to know they are not alone in their struggles, they can overcome them, trials are worth it, even if they suck, and that everyone can make a difference.
- What’s your favorite writing-related memory?
I’m not sure I have one, to be honest. I guess it’s more the feeling that your characters are talking to you and you just lose track of time writing. And when you finally look up, you’re like “wow” because of how long you’ve been writing in that one sitting.
- What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work?
I love to hear what people think about my books. I think one of my most favorite moments is hearing a fan voice theories about different characters and realizing they have something going on there I can use in a later book.
- One fun fact most people don’t know about you?
Um… I used to pretend to be one of Santa’s elves when I was a teen, even when I was in school. I had a choir teacher who indulged me in this idea, allowing me to pretend to be this elf personae whenever I chose, with just a hint of “I’m in elf mode” today when I wore earrings, which I don’t usually do.
- One piece of advice you would give to new writers?
I would tell new writers to just write. The first draft is all about the characters telling you the story. Let them tell the story, even if it doesn’t go the way you want. After that, edit it so you can tell the story to others and they’ll understand too.
Thank you for the awesome interview, Karlie. Don;t forgot to follow her
Amazon author profile at http://www.amazon.com/Karlie-Lucas/e/B00N8Z86H8/
As always, keep making magic, word weavers!