Sunday, October 21, 2012

Interview with Kate Lynd

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
I didn’t really pick this genre, the story did. I found I liked writing about dystopian themes so several of my upcoming books will be in that genre.

What inspired you to write this book?
It was NaNo time and I was searching for a story and saw the cover of a Love Inspired novel with the picture of a gladiator on the cover and realized I wanted to write a gladiator hero but not be constrained by the dictates of inspirational romance.

Please tell us about your latest release.
Gladiator tells the tale of Tristan Shane, man forced to endure the brutal rape and murder of his wife and the loss of his children. Enslaved for ten years and forced to fight to the death for ten years his life is upended when the queen orders him to kill the healer but must choose serve the queen or save the healer and thus, save the world.

Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
This is going to sound really bad but Gladiator was a joy to write start to finish kind of written in a caffeinated haze.

Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Tristan and Alexandra were my favorites to write for.

Do you have a formula for developing characters?

No formula I just spitball a few things and go.  Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write? Again this is going to sound sad but I discover as I go.

What is your favorite scene from the book?
The ending.

Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
I’m afraid I would give away the whole story if I did lol.

Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?
This is going to sound hideous, but I don’t really research all that much and what I do need I google for.

What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?
My life experiences, books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen, lately I’ve been watching a lot of political television and its been giving me anxiety. That comes out in the dystopian nature of my books.

Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in the book/series?
I wish I had a great answer here, but I just make stuff up as I go.

How does this world differ from our normal world?
There are paranormal elements in that there are healers and that they can command the elements. It’s set in the not so distant future. And the world has gone to pot.

With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of?
Characters reappear. The arc of the true leader follows all three books. Can these books be read as stand alones? But these books will all read as stand alones.

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?
Tristan has a lot of rage and he is very passionate about what he believes in. That a lot like me. And the healer is self-sacrificing. Which is also a lot like me.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
I go through periods of being burnt out. How do you deal with it? I try to take a break for a few days work on a different format creatively. The screenplay I’m working on now is for a contest but it’s just for s&g’s.

Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?
During the day I pretty much write and promo. Although I’ve backed off the promo because of this book blog tour and I’ve been pretty much writing and/or promoing since September of last year.

Do you write in different genres?
Yes. Scifi/f/f and Dark Romantic Suspense

Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
No. I just write whatever I want whenever I want.

When did you consider yourself a writer?

What are your guilty pleasures in life?
Food and movie star crushes

Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?
Reading, movies, television, love music.

What was the last amazing book you read?
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Where is your favorite place to read?

Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?
Not really.

What can readers expect next from you?
Bounty Hunter. Gunpowder and Lead, ORACLE, Breath of Life.

Where can readers find you on the web?
Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
“What is it you want, Veronica?”
She leaned in close and whispered seductively, “Why, you know I only want you, Tristan.”
He snatched her up by her throat, pinned her against the wall and kissed her passionately, brutally, and without clemency. When he pulled away she was smiling with a darkness that made him angry. She was a power-hungry mongrel who played on her husband’s weaknesses and jealousies. Tristan hated her. And he hated himself for f***ing her. But this was his life. He let go of her and walked away.
“Is my poor Gladiator jealous? There’s really no need for that, is there? You know you’re my favorite.”
“What is it you really want, Veronica?”
She came up behind him and seductively began to ease off his armor. He was covered in sweat and blood and he felt her shiver against his body. And as always there was a twinge of nausea that would precede the raw animal aggression.
She turned him around. He looked at her. There was no doubt about it; she was beautiful. But she was poisonous—a rattlesnake with crystal green eyes and flaming red hair. Her father had promised peace and a return to normalcy and democracy in the wake of economic and nuclear disaster, and instead this was what had become of the world. And she was no doubt always enjoining her father to maintain her life in this fashion. He loathed her. He detested her. And every time he had sex with her his intense hatred for himself deepened a little bit more.
“My dear, sweet Gladiator, as much as I’d like to celebrate your victory with you tonight, my husband wishes me to share his bed. But fear not—I do have a consolation prize for you.”
His skin began to crawl. Veronica had a twisted way of looking at what constituted a consolation prize; it was usually just a groupie who wanted to watch what the queen did with the equivalent of rock stars of the former United States of America. And he usually did the dog and pony show. But sometimes Veronica required something to prove his loyalty to her. That would be more complicated.
“What is it this time?”
She smiled. His response had given her the mistaken impression that he cared.
“The rebels have been restless. And it seems there is a young woman we have in our prison whom they want terribly. Well, frankly, they are in two minds as to what to believe. It is rumored she is the mythical Healer. The one meant to find her soul mate, so together they will lead our Nation out of the so-called darkness into which it has plunged itself.”
“And what do you want me to do?”
“Oh Tristan, why are you being so defensive? I just want you to find out whether she really is the Healer, and report to me if she is.”
“And then, what?”
“And then you let me handle it,” Veronica said, sliding back into the evil skin that was her natural state. “The rebels have no idea what it takes to run a country.”
The image of his wife being raped and murdered flooded him and it was all he could do not to throttle the queen right then and there.
“So can I count on you to do this for me or do I need to find someone else who can?”
He was no one’s hero. But she had said young woman. And he couldn’t just allow his wife’s fate to be visited upon some other unsuspecting girl. “I’ll do what I can.”
Veronica ran her index finger down his cheek and whispered, “Good boy, Tristan,” she purred. “Guard! She’ll be delivered before the night is over. I don’t know when I’ll be able to return to you, but I expect that you’ll have had enough time to gain her trust by then.”
Tristan’s stomach churned. The Healer? In the beginning there had been whispers of it. But he had never believed in such a thing. It had been years since the crown had feared anything. And now this. He said nothing as the queen was escorted away. He was left to think about the young woman he might be forced to turn over in the end.

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Erotica For All,

The Gladiator Chronicles, Book 1
Kate Lynd (Amy McCorkle)

Genre: Dystopian Erotic Romance

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

ASIN: B0094JN30M

Number of pages: 122
Word Count:  37,774

Cover Artist: Delilah Stephans

Book Description:

Ten years ago Tristan Shane had failed to pick sides and he paid with the ultimate price—his family. Enslaved as a post-apocalyptic gladiator, he is now faced with a similar dilemma, serve the despot Queen and murder her innocent sister, or face certain death himself. What will he choose?

Tristan Shane was a moderate before the nuclear and economic crisis which plunged the world into darkness. While his sister Aidia ran off to fight the rebel’s war he desperately tried to hang onto normalcy and lost his wife and children in the process. Spending the next ten years as the Crown’s favored and the mob’s favorite Gladiator, he never expects to meet the Queen’s sister, Alexandra, a Healer.

She claims to be the much whispered about Savior sent to heal the wounded Earth and oceans, the one who would bring about her cruel sister’s dethroning. But is she? Or is she just a fraud? But he quickly learns her erotic touch has the power to heal his heart and his to save her life. But as the passion heightens and the danger increases will they have forever or will he have to give up everything to save the planet?

About the Author:
Amy McCorkle was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She has lived in New Mexico and Texas as well but she currently makes her home in Shepherdsville,KY.

An award winning blogger she is also a successful author in both the sci-fi erotic romance genre with No Ordinary Love and the upcoming release a dark romantic suspense tale Another Way To Die. She also has been contracted for GLADIATOR a Mad Max meets Gladiator series set to be a trilogy. She has placed second in the 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Poll for Best Short Romance Story. And semi-finaled with Another Way to Die in the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival.

From Hydra Publications, Set Fire to the Rain recently released and her first print novel, Bounty Hunter is due out in October. She is also contracted for the Gunpowder & Lead series she is co-authoring with Melissa Goodman.

Her work is flavored by her childhood heroes, pop culture, music, and the cinema as well as the writers she still enjoys reading today.

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1 comment:

bn100 said...

Nice cover and excerpt.