Guest Author Interview – Carolyn Killion

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Title: The Alchemist’s Children

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal

Synopsis: After their mother disappears, fourteen-year-old Gabriella and eleven-year-old Holden decide to search for her. The problem is, she’s a human-sized leprechaun and has traveled to the leprechaun world, which they have never seen. With the help of their Uncle Robert, they journey to this mysterious realm, where they encounter goblins and dragons and unexpected surprises. What they find is both more enchanting and more dangerous than they ever could have imagined. A leprechaun king is determined to invade Earth through a magical portal. To save their mother, Gabriella and Holden must find a way to stop a war between leprechauns and humans.

Carolyn Killion, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Carolyn Killion. She has her head in the clouds, but her feet are firmly planted on the ground. Welcome to my blog, Carolyn.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read this Sci-Fi/Fantasy. 

CK: It opens up a new world of fantasy, where Leprechauns have the power of alchemy and they control other fantasy creatures such as dragons, gargoyles and sea monsters.

CH: This book is about children looking for their mother in a world that they’ve never seen. How did you come up with the premise for this book?

CK: This book started as short story that was a mixture of elements to entertain my daughter. It was blend of fantasy, but also rooted in reality, as it was based on a child that had physical scars. I’ve watched my child struggle with fitting into the fabric of society, with facial scars from a rare disease. I wanted to create a story where the character had these flaws, and show how—even though different—you can possess strength and overcome obstacles.

CH: Since the children have to stop a war between leprechauns and humans, did you have to do any special research to write this fantasy book or is it all imagination?

CK: Most of it was imagination, as I was re-imagining the mythology of Leprechauns.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

CK: I strive for simplicity and to keep the pace flowing. My daughter has always struggled to read and my biggest goal with this book was to create a story that was fast paced, and not mired in details and items that would lose a young adult reader.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

CK: I thought about how children would react to situations, and the way I viewed life when I was that age. This is how I created the situations and solved the issues.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

CK: The character that was the hardest to write is one that makes a minor appearance at the end. The father of the two children returns, and will play a major role in the next two books. It was difficult to write a small amount about him, when he has such an explosive story to tell.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

CK: The two main characters were my favorite and it is hard to choose between these two. It was fun putting them into situations and sending them along an adventure that would change their lives in fantastical realms they barely knew existed before their journey began.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

CK: The character of Gabriella was hardest to develop. I wanted to include so much more about her, and her personality and why she reacted to situations the way she did. Yet, I did not want to lengthen the book or get too involved where a young reader, that struggled to read, would have difficulty. I wrote a lot more that I have reserved for the second book.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

CK: The message in this novel is that people are not necessarily good or bad, and that adversity can be overcome.

CH: Does your fantasy audience consist of adults and children?

CK: My audience does consist of both adults and children.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book? 

CK: The main feedback is that it was quick, enjoyable, and ‘When is the next one coming out?’

CH: Are there any Sci-Fi authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

CK: Neil Gaiman, Phillip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, Rick Riordan are all a few of my favorite authors. They create amazing worlds, and I love how easy it is to escape into them.

CH: What motivates you to have the imagination to create fantasy worlds?

CK: It is an escape from the reality of life, and a way to entertain others. Also, as an avid reader, I tear through many books. Sometimes, I yearn to read more than what I can find about some fantasy/sci-fi worlds, so I create my own.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

CK: I started writing when I was a young child, and have always done it on the side. I was never serious about publishing until recently. I have so many stories that I’ve created and set aside, and it was finally time to focus more seriously on what I have always been passionate about in my life.

CH: What is your next writing project?

CK: I am finishing up the next novel in the Alchemist’s Children series and also working on an adult urban fantasy.

CH: How to Find Carolyn Killion:

CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?

CK: The book may be found at Barnes and Noble online and Amazon. It is available also as an eBook. There are also links on my website to where to purchase the book.

CH: Any closing remarks?

CK: Thank you for featuring me on your blog. I hope that you enjoyed the book. I always am welcome to feedback, and a link to contact me is also available on my website.

CH: Thank you so much, Carolyn Killion, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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