I’d like to welcome author Kathleen S. Allen to Colloquy by Diantha. Thank you for taking the time to come chat with me.
First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
When I was five. Or maybe three. I remember scribbling lines on paper and telling everyone it was my story. I’d make up words to go with the lines. I was thrilled when I learned how to write actual words. I self-published my first book of poems when I was eight. I hand copied in my best printing several poems I wrote, put them together, made a “book jacket” out of orange construction paper, wrote on the cover “MY POEMS” in blue crayon and hole punched the sides. I threaded a red ribbon through the sides and tied it up in a red bow. Those were my holiday gifts for friends and family. I remember one of the ladies that worked with my mother was thrilled when she got my book. I distinctly remember her saying, “I guess you have a budding writer on your hands.”
I wrote a gothic romance in the same style as Victoria Holt when I was seventeen. It was called ROBINSHIRE CASTLE and it had lords, ladies, a murder, a kidnapping and romance in it. It was about twin brothers, Colin and Connor, one was evil but pretended not to be and one was good. When Colin’s wife dies in childbirth, the child (heir to the fortune) disappears. But late at night a baby can be heard crying and Colin thinks he is losing his mind because of his grief. I may rework it someday. I had several beta readers read it and liked it but I “trunked” it, meaning I put it away for good. Still…
Tell us a little about your young adult fantasy novel, Lore of Fei.
This book is about a world where both humans and faeries co-exist or rather the humans tolerate the faeries but only up to a point. They are considered an inferior race to the humans and when the humans get a chance to take over Fei---the Veil of Enclosure---the boundary that protects Fei is dissolving---they begin to steal and enslave the faerie children and take away their magic by clipping their wings (faerie magic is in their wings). The faeries are in danger of dying out and only a silver-winged faerie---foretold in the Book of Lore---can save restore the Veil of Enclosure. But, no silver-winged faerie has been born. Ariela is a wingless faerie. She looks human. The Faerie Council asks her to pretend to be a human to find out what the humans are planning for Fei. This is her story.
Sum the main character, Ariela, up in three words.
Feisty, tenacious and brave.
I love books about the fae/fei. What inspired you to write about faeries?
The fact that my great-grandmother came from Ireland has inspired my love of Celtic myths. I even saw a leprechaun once when I was 12. He was sitting in an old Oak tree on one of the branches and when I asked if he was a leprechaun he vanished. Too bad I didn’t know his true name. I could’ve found his pot of gold and been rich. Of course, leprechaun’s gold is usually fool’s gold anyway so there you go.
What is your writing schedule like?
I write early in the morning before my day job and again at night after work. I write more on the weekend if I can or if I have a deadline.
Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I’m more of the quiet type of writer but I can write with music, too it’s just that I prefer to write when it’s quiet.
Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
I have eclectic taste in books. I love classics, science fiction, young adult (all genres), steampunk, fantasy, mystery, horror (zombie books are my craze right now), and paranormal. I wrote a mash up of Jane Eyre and vampires called THORNFIELD MANOR I put up on fanfiction.net (in case anyone is interested). I read a book a day and have over 300 that I’ve read on my Kindle app on my iPhone. Right now my three faves are:
Anne McCaffrey – The Harper Hall trilogy
Gail Carriger – The Parasol Protectorate series
Deb Harkness – A Discovery of Witches
As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
I once got a compliment from a reader who thought my writing style reminded her of Anne McCaffrey. I still love that one. I guess if a reader feels like my book touched some emotion in them, made them laugh, made them cry, made them angry, whatever, is one of the highest compliments an author can receive.
Last, but not least, my Super Silly Question: Do you like gummi worms?
No. My fave candy is Caramels. I love the Fleur De Sel caramels from France.