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Into the Shadows is a YA paranormal novel and is available in eBook format at
Amazon.com - http://amzn.to/c4QRzo
Smashwords.com - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27298
BarnesandNoble.com - http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Into-the-Shadows/Karly-Kirkpatrick/e/2940011912733/?itm=1&USRI=karly+krikpatrick
It’s also available at Amazon UK.
A paperback version will be available later in November at Amazon.com.
Paivi Anderson has it all—friends, a spot on the varsity basketball team, wonderful parents, and quite possibly, her first boyfriend. It was everything a freshman in high school could ask for. Her perfect life begins to crumble when she discovers her name on a list distributed by a power-hungry presidential candidate. How could anyone think of Paivi as an Enemy of the State? Could it be because of her special powers? No one was supposed to know about them, but the mysterious messages in her tater tots say otherwise. In INTO THE SHADOWS, Paivi quickly learns who her friends are and is forced into a reality she didn’t see coming.
1. What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
I wrote Into the Shadows because it was a mixture of two of my favorite things – the paranormal and history. The book is set in modern day, but I used the historical elements of the Nazis’ rise to power and the early days of the Holocaust to create the plot. I teach high school and I see students every day that complain about learning history. My thought was if I took the main themes we hope to get from history and dress them up in modern clothes, it would still deliver a similar message. Not all my books are like that, but I thought it was an interesting approach.
2. Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I do a little bit of both. Usually, I take the characters I know and enhance their traits, so they are exaggerated versions of the original. I work in a high school and have access to a wide variety of characters on a daily basis, so that helps!
3. Where do you go to do your research?
I usually only need the Internet to do research. For my New Orleans book, I did purchase some books about specific people from New Orleans in order to make it more authentic.
4. How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
Every book is pretty much the same in terms of preparation. I like to take notes, sketch out the characters a little in words, as well as write down everything in my brain about the plot. It’s not super organized, just jotted in a notebook, but it gives me things to consider when I do write. I like to write from beginning to end, it sort of plays like a movie in my mind and I type it out as I see it. I only wish I could type faster. My first book took roughly a year to write. My second took about a month and a half. The third book required a couple of months of research, so I’ve only managed the 60 pages. I hope to write the next books in 1-2 months. I just have to make the time!
5. Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I have a completed YA contemporary novel, that I hope to release soon, about a drug-dealing cheerleader called The Green. I’m 60 pages in on another YA paranormal set in New Orleans, titled Rising Sun. I will put both of those aside for November, while I work on a new YA paranormal, called Bloody Little Secrets, for NaNoWriMo. In December/January, I hope to work on the sequel to Into the Shadows. I figure that should keep me busy for a while!
6. Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Write it down. The first obstacle is getting it on paper (or in the computer). So many people want to write and don’t know where to start. Start on page one. Don’t worry about rules and books and whatever. You’ve read books. Tell your story. And then join a writers’ group, like SCBWI, RWA, SFWA, something like that. They’ll help you find what’s good and bad about your writing.
It’s important to have a presence on the Internet, start a blog, or go on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads. Or all of them! And just interact with people. No need to sell your product. Just be yourself. That is sometimes the best marketing!
7. What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
Right now, I write when I can, which is mostly during my lunch hour at school. It’s been harder to find time this last year than it was previously; I have a daughter (she’s 3) who takes up a lot of time. My husband and I both work full time and we are both in school.
8. How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
My journey was a little different than the traditional path. I started there first, submitting to agents and editors, just like everyone else. But I was never successful in finding one. After learning about epublishing and eBooks, I thought I might take a chance and try it out with a book that, while people were interested, never seemed to sell in New York. With my first eBook coming out November 1, 2010, it’s a little early to say how it will go. But at this point, if it’s successful, I plan to continue to use this format to release my books. I have a pretty strong presence online, between social networking and blogging, and I hope that will translate into some eager readers.
9. How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My friends and family are super supportive. Never once has anyone thought that it was silly, or a waste of time. They’ve been behind me 100% from the beginning. Which is awesome, because I don’t think everyone gets that kind of support. I was always embarrassed to mention that I wrote books to my non-writer friends or to acquaintances, because they always ask when your book is coming out, and I never had an answer. But now that I do, I am a lot less hesitant to tell people about what I do.