Today we're spending some time with author
- Kris Austen Radcliffe -
who has kindly agreed to answer our questions for her.
1 - When did you first start writing?
All my life, but I got serious about it three years ago.
2 - Do you read much? If yes, have you always loved reading?
I read non-fiction science, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.
3 - Who’s your favorite author? What’s your favorite book?
Ann McCaffrey’s Pern novels sparked my love of mixing fantasy and science fiction. Neil Gaiman, for his flow and his exquisite character building. Ann Rice, because of her brilliant setting and environmental descriptions. I can’t say I have a favorite book.
4 - What writers have influenced you the most?
5 - Do you have a favorite fictional character? Either from a book or movie or a tv show?
When I was a kid, my favorite character was F’nor, from the Pern books. Nowadays, I’m partial to Cullen Bohonnon from “Hell on Wheels.” Excellent character who’s written and acted superbly.
6 - What are you working on right now? Can you tell us something about it?
Right now, I’m working on “Fifth of Blood”, the book 3 of the Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon series. Like book 2, “Flux of Skin”, it picks up right after the events of the book before it and follows Rysa and Ladon through the final trials of her activation.
7 - Is there anything in particular that you do to get in the mood to write, or to get in the ‘zone’? Any particular pre-writing routines?
Getting my little one on the bus is first thing. I need quiet to write. Then it’s making sure I have enough caffeine in my system to form coherent sentences.
8 - Where do you do your writing?
During the summer, I write in my office, as long as I have help with my little one. During the school year, I tend to write at the kitchen table next to my big dining room windows.
9 - How do you approach your writing? i.e. - Do you do outlines? Character bios? Etc.?
I sort of outline. I know my major scenes—the midpoint, the black moment, the climax—and I aim my characters at them. Other than that, no. I never stick to an outline, so for me it’s a waste of time.
10 - Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write every day. Write the best book you can. Then write another. And another.
11 - Are you a morning person or evening person? Day or night?
I’m by nature a night person, but my nature and my daughter’s school schedule do not coordinate, so I’ve been forced to become a morning person.
12 - Do you have any pets?
One kitty, Midnight, aka “Handsome Cat.”
13 - What’s your favorite ‘I need a break from writing’ activity?
Writing is my break from everything else.
14 - How do you approach writing sex scenes? They can range from mild to wild. Where are you on the mild to wild meter?
I’m not graphically hot, at least not with the characters I’m writing right now. It depends on the POV. When I’m writing Rysa, the love scenes are more about her emotions than the sex itself, but that will change as the series moves forward and she becomes more sure of herself. When I’m writing Ladon, the scenes are more explicit, but only because he uses a different vocabulary.
I do have a couple of Erotic Romance stories I’m planning on writing. They will be hotter than what I’m writing right now, because that’s the story, and the characters.
15 - Do you write in one genre? Or more than one?
I like the science fiction and fantasy sandbox and I don’t think I’ll be moving out of it anytime soon, except for the erotic romance novellas I have planned.
16 - Are you self-published or with a publishing house?
I have my own publishing house, Six Talon Sign Media. Six Talon Sign has three imprints: The main Six Talon Sign, which publishes the Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon series; Talon One, which publishes my science fiction; and Six Love, which will publish my erotic romance.
17 - What are your thoughts on getting a literary agent?
Don’t bother. I suggest reading Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog for a much better explanation as to why than I can give. http://kriswrites.com/
18 - What about marketing? How do you approach that area?
I’m an introvert, so I hire help, including Vicki at Innovative Online Tours, http://www.iobooktours.com/. She’s a big help. I’m also working with someone new (uh-hum) who’s helping me with the social media aspect of promotion. There’s also some traditional, publisher-oriented promotion stuff that I’m learning right now.
19 - What about beta readers? Do you use them? How many do you have? Where do you find them?
I’m weird about beta readers. Part of the problem is that I write too fast for beta readers to be of any true use to me. I can’t sit around and wait for people to finish, so I work with a content editor whom I LOVE, Annetta Ribken at http://wordwebbing.com/). Annetta’s a professional. She understands my process and deadlines and working with her is by far the best solution for me.
I also work with a copy editor I know and trust (Terry Koch at http://beyondgrammar.com/). After Terry’s done, the manuscripts go to my “Proofing Crew” who read for typos. They’re the closest thing I have to beta readers.
20 - What’s your favorite food?
I have all sorts of dietary issues—no dairy, no gluten, no this, no that—so my favorite food is what I can eat that won’t make me sick.
21 - What’s your favorite color?
22 - Is there a particular website or facebook page or blog that you, as a writer, find very helpful?
23 - What’s your favorite time of the year?
Early September. School starts, the weather cools, and I get back to writing 5000 words a day.
24 - What’s your most recent book about? And where can people buy it?
Here are the blurbs for “Games of Fate” and “Flux of Skin”:
Games of Fate:
Contains Adult Sexual Content and some violent imagery.
Rysa Torres misses information. Loses concentration. Her attention problems randomize her life but she pushes forward anyway, doing the best she can—until monsters activate a part of her she didn’t know she had.
As visions of the future whip inside her head, Rysa realizes the truth: She’s a Fate.
And she will set fire to the world.
All her options explode. Her family ripped away, what little control she had destroyed, Rysa is left with one choice: Will she die to stop the coming flames, or will she allow the man and the dragon she loves to die in her place?
Games of Fate begins Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon, a New Adult Urban Fantasy series with Strong Romantic Elements by Kris Austen Radcliffe. Set in the open spaces of America, the series takes Rysa and Ladon—and Ladon’s companion beast, Dragon—through a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures: Fates with the ability to see past, present, and future. Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid. Shifters who shape much more than their bodies. And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.
It starts here, now, with one young woman’s fight against a burning future—and against the death of the man she loves.
Flux of Skin:
Contains Adult Sexual Content and some violent imagery.
Flux of Skin, book two of the Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon series, picks up Ladon and Rysa’s story four hours after the events of book one, Games of Fate.
How many loves must Ladon watch die?
Ladon thought he controlled the rage. He thought he left his past—and his violence—behind. But the Shifters take Rysa and now no one is safe…
Ladon wanted a gentle life. But century after century, the call to battle malicious Fates, Shifters, and Burners always won. The world needed him. So he fought.
War took its toll and now, sometimes, his scars show. When it happens, Ladon ruptures—body, mind, and soul. And the world pays.
But he’s found a new way: a modern life with his beloved Rysa. He won’t give her up. Not because of family strife. Not because of the issues twisting her life into a raging cyclone. And definitely not because of war—until a new group of Shifters rain death onto everyone he loves.
Every Shifter understands fury. Now they learn rupture.
Flux of Skin, book 2 of the Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon series, a New Adult Urban Fantasy series with Strong Romantic Elements by Kris Austen Radcliffe, continues the story of Rysa and Ladon. Set in the open spaces of America, the series takes Rysa and Ladon—and Ladon’s companion beast, Dragon—through a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures: Fates with the ability to see past, present, and future. Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid. Shifters who shape much more than their bodies. And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.
25 - As a writer, what do you feel is your strongest gift or talent or skill that you have, that helps you the most as a writer?
I’m visual. My training is as a filmmaker and script writer. I’m also a photographer. It can be a problem sometimes because you can’t let imagery get in the way of deep POV, but I’m good at “showing.”
26 - Please share some of your links with us - facebook author page, website, where people can find your books –
The Kris Austen Radcliffe Street Team:
Most of the fun happens on the Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamKAR/
Information at my web site: http://krisaustenradcliffe.sixtalonsign.com/fate-fire-shifter-dragon-street-team-info/
Web site: www.krisaustenradcliffe.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKrisAustenRadcliffe
Facebook Profile page: http://www.facebook.com/kris.austenradcliffe
I’m also a photographer:
Six Talon Sign Media LLC Photography: http://www.sixtalonsign.com/photo-galleries/
Red Bubble: http://www.redbubble.com/people/krisradcliffe
Other contact points:
She has a Twitter account, but it’s the least reliable way to contact her: @KrisRadcliffe