Friday, December 30, 2011

(Keegan's Chronicles Blog Tour) Interviews With Authors: A Talk With Julia Crane + Giveaway!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and Happy (almost) New Year!  Today we have Julia Crane, author of Coexist, book one in the Keegan's Chronicles series with us today as part of the Keegan's Chronicles Blog Tour!  Julia was kind enough to answer my questions about her experiences as an author and many magical elements in her book.  Coexist takes place in the modern world, but really it is inhabited with magical creatures.  Keegan, is just one of them, as she is an elf.  However, little does Keegan know that she is about to meet the love of her life and be the center of a war between the creatures of the light and the dark.  Look for my full review of Coexist coming soon!

Now without further ado, as part of the Keegan's Chronicles Blog Tour here is, Interviews With Authors: A Talk With Julia Crane!

Don't forget to scroll down to win an e-book copy of Coexist as well!

A Talk With Julia Crane

Author of Coexist

By T.B.

1) Where did you get the idea to write your debut novel, Coexist?

I think the idea has always been in the back of my mind. Years ago, my husband told me he had a dream about a big elf battle. Which was strange because he never recalls his dreams. When I was halfway finished with Coexist, I remembered that. I figured it was always in my subconscious. Also, growing up I was always teased about having elf ears and coming from an Irish family. We heard many stories about sprites.

2) I've read that you used to write frequently as a child. Did you always know that writing is what you wanted to do?

Not really. I was one of those kids that changed my mind on a regular basis. However, I always got my ideas from books. I wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew, a spy, geologist, anthropologist etc... I've always loved reading and getting sucked into the stories.

3) Is it difficult to put into words what you envision in your head as you describe characters and scenes?

Yes, it can be. I don't usually have trouble with the big picture, but the smaller details I really have to be conscious to show and not tell.

4) Out of the wide range of supernatural creatures to choose from, why did you decide to make Keegan's family elves?

I tried to think of a creature that had not saturated the market.

5) In Coexist, the elves have various powers such as invisibility, healing, and teleportation.  If you were an elf, what power would you like to have the most, and why?

Hmm, I have always wanted to be able to read minds.

6) Coexist is told in multiple perspectives, alternating between characters.  Was it difficult at times to not give too much away, yet still give the reader enough to keep them interested?

For me, it was the only way I could tell the story and get out as much information as needed. I've heard most people find it easier to write in first person - that is not the case for me at all. I really struggle with first person for some reason.

7) What has been the most difficult challenge being a self-published author?

Finding a good editor.

8) Can you tell us a bit about what you are currently working on?

I'm working on a spin-off to Keegan's Chronicles which will be called "Anna"; I'm also co-writing a novel with Nolia McCarty; and in 2012, I plan to work on a witch series.

9) Do you believe that there is a possibility that mythical creatures exist in our day-to-day lives, as they do in Coexist?

Of course, anything is possible.

10) Lastly, what advice would you give to any young readers who someday wish to become recognized authors?

I LOVE hearing from readers who hope to someday become authors. My advice would be to write and don't stop. Life likes to get in the way, but don't allow it. Even if it just means keeping your own personal journal. Read tons, and watch people pay attention to the little details.

-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!

Thank you so much for stopping by as part of the Keegan's Chronicles Blog Tour, Julia!  Great reasoning on your part for why you chose elves to be the main fantasy creature in your story.  It was definitely very interesting to read about them!  If I could choose a power to have, I would have to go with super speed if that's even a power.  That way I could sprint to the front of the lunch line!  I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series!  Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions and for stopping by as part of the Keegan's Chronicles Blog Tour!  That's all for this Interviews With Authors: A Talk With Julia Crane!

Look for my full review of Coexist coming soon!

Interested in more Interviews With Authors?  Check out my Interviews With Authors page here, to find more exciting interviews!

Don't click away just yet!  Keep reading for a chance to win an e-book copy of Coexist!

Itching to read Coexist after that interview?  Well, thanks to Julia and Julie from A Tale Of Many Reviews for providing a copy, you can win an e-book copy of Coexist!

Now here are the rules:

-You must be 13 years of age or older
-Open Internationally!
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-Giveaway ends January 2, 2012
-Winner must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen

To enter all you have to do is simply fill out the Rafflecopter from below.  Good luck!

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Don't forget to check out the other stops in the Keegan's Chronicles Blog Tour, where you can read reviews, excerpts, interviews, and enter giveaways!

You can find the Keegan's Chronicles Blog Tour schedule here.

1 comment:

  1. Great interview! I love Julia Crane's books, especially the Keegan's Chronicles. I just love that modern day can possibly have mythical creatures living among us, and some romance never hurt anybody. ;)


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