|K. A. Lentz|
Tell us a little about yourself.
Okay, but only a little. History fascinates me on an epic scale. Kings and Queens interest me well enough, however, it’s the ordinary people I seek to know as their tale is nearly always more interesting. I’m an avid daydreamer with a mind that asks lots of questions. My love for potato started young and is well nourished to this day, literally, I’ll be munching some down in an hour. I try not to take myself too seriously; I'm well aware that I’m a clumsy goofball. On that note, I love to dance, freestyle of course.
What genre do you write in?
Currently, I write in the epic high-fantasy genre, blended with a bit of history, folklore, and mythology.
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book, The Reaper Realm: Threads of Compassion, is based in an alternate realm of existence from our own. The reaper realm is a constructed reality where powerful supernatural beings siphon energy from planet earth, and its inhabiting souls, to create a world in which they rule with unquestioned dominion. Beings from eight, natural realms of existence must fight these evil abominations or be lost to the reaper's growing, nightmarish reality.
Two souls, unwillingly caught in the struggle, learn that together they are the key to turning the tide of war, and possibly saving reality. While both, main characters are human, they differ greatly in their origins; Thistle is a human spirited away from the Earth we know, while Miach’s ancient soul is trapped in an elven body, forever to serve his Reaper overlord. Soon, they form a tentative relationship, born from necessity, and eventually become close confidants. It would seem Miach’s master, Lesdaeonna, attracted the attention of her peers by spiriting Thistle to the realm, and now they too want the reaper’s prize. Barely a day passes before Miach learns he must not only defend Thistle from his master, but all Reapers.
As with all good heroes and heroines, Miach and Thistle need help from others to help win the day. Four, additional characters play central roles in the battle for reality. Their stories explore the ravaged lives of Reaper realm inhabitants, each soul forever touched by tragedy and war.
This book is also a bit of a creature feature. There are many creatures in mythology worth exploring, top that massive list with all the fantastical birds, beasts, and bugs from Earth’s past, the options are boundless.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
Oddly enough, as I sat down to write this book I finally realized, since I was young, stories were a part of me and writing them down was how I wanted to share them with the world. Before that, I never thought I could do it; a silly, daydreaming past time that really amounted to nothing. How wrong of an assumption to make, especially looking back on the fact that I did do it!
Are there any books or writers who have particularly influenced or inspired you as a writer?
Dr. Seuss deserves due credit for orienting my mind in a wanderly, ponderly direction at a very young age. Following a long pause in pleasure reading, lasting from third to tenth grade, I picked up Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. That book, along with the first in the series, got me reading for enjoyment again. From there, Anne Rice became a big influence through her Vampire Chronicles. As well as Terry Pratchett, whose whimsy in all things gave me confidence. For non-fiction, I'd have to list Graham Hancock, another writer who focuses on his topic with a wide-view angle lens.
What is your proudest moment as a writer so far?
Overcoming my perceived failings to accomplish something that, for a long time, I never thought possible. Following the fourth and final edit, I felt confident in myself and my abilities, and that feeling felt fantastic!
Have you ever considered branching out into other genres? If so which other genre/s would you like to write in?
Oh yes, definitely! I’ve begun work on a children’s series, as well as a historical thriller. The latter is a style and topic I’ve no wish to delve into at the moment, so that tale is simply in the research and outline phase of development. The one writing project I’ve ever had the urge to outline.
If you answered yes to the above would you write under the same name or use a pen name for each genre? What's your take on writing in multiple genres under one name?
Hmm, that’s a good question. Possibly. I think a pen name adds whimsy, however, I've never felt tricked in the past when picking up a different genre by a favored author and decided not to read it.
Why did you decide to be an independent author?
When I heard that was an option for authors, I was immediately on board. While self-publishing certainly comes with its headaches and challenges, I like the freedom and control; I have the last say on all decisions.
If one of the big 5 publishers offered you a contract tomorrow would you swap indie for traditional publishing, stay as you are or try to do both?
I’d stay the course I’m on. I don’t like the idea of pressure from corporate to produce a product they want, I prefer the encouragements of people waiting for the next book as my incentive to keep me on track.
What's the biggest challenge you've faced as an indie?
As with all indie authors--I'd imagine--my biggest challenge is buyer confidence. The general public lacks confidence that indie authors are capable of writing books worth reading. This outlook will change as trends shift more toward the internet.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on book two in The Reaper Realm series and a short-story project, wherein I'm exploring ideas and characters unlikely to make it into the books.
Where to Buy
The Reaper Realm:Threads of Compassion
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