KA: I read a book a day. Sometimes two. I don’t know if that’ll make you leery or just jealous.
BBB: What actors would you choose to play some of your characters if your book were made into a movie or a TV show?
KA: I’d prefer unknowns rather than “stars.” Think Harry Potter and what happened to those actors. Exactly!
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
KA: I keep a running storyboard, post it notes, sheets of paper, glossary, whatever I need to keep it all straight!
BBB: Please tell us more about Lore of Fei and the storyline that drives it.
KA: It’s about a faerie born without wings who thinks she doesn’t belong. She’s a faerie yet she looks human. She doesn’t belong in either the faerie world or the human world and that makes it hard for her to fit in.
In a world where faeries and humans have always lived apart and to “join” is punishable by death comes Ariela. She is a mutant faerie born without wings that should have been destroyed at birth. But she was not. Legend has it there is a silver winged faerie that will be born to save Fei from the humans bent on destroying their beloved land. But there is no silver winged faerie, there is only Ariela. She is told she is destined to save her race from extinction. Only she has no clue how to do it. When she discovers her true birth, is enslaved by the humans she despises; it is then that she discovers that her true strength is within herself. This is a novel about accepting yourself, believing in yourself and finding the true meaning in your life.
BBB: Will there be other books in this world?
KA: Yes. Book Two of the Lore of Fei series is coming out, Feb. 2013 and it’s called WAR OF FEI. I plan on doing a third one and that one will be called VEIL OF FEI.
BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?
KA: Yes, I needed to learn about how a forge works (blacksmithing), how to make bows and arrows and shoot them, how dragons fly and how much weight they could hold—surprisingly not much research on this. LOL. I also read up on fiefdoms in early Britain because I wanted to model Hege on those early fiefdoms.
BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
KA: For this book a Planster. I wrote it out first then I plotted it chapter by chapter and did a storyboard. For those that don’t know, storyboards are tools screenwriters (and artists) use to plot out each scene. They use pictures for their storyboards, I use words.
BBB: What types of creatures can readers expect in your world?
KA: Faeries, humans, dragons, dobbins (a pack animal similar to a donkey), Ino (unicorn),peisk (fish), yea (animal similar to a sheep).
BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2012 and 2013?
KA: In November during NaNoWriMo (30 days and nights of literary abandon) I am writing VEIL OF FEI, the third book in the Lore of Fei series. I wrote Lore of Fei during my NaNo experience in 2010. I wrote WAR OF FEI during this last NaNo.
In November, 2012 my second murder mystery, the Mel Thompson, P.I. series is due to be released, IF IT’S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE TROUBLE by Gypsy Shadow Publishing.
I just finished a YA Dystopian I am still editing. I am also working on a space opera/fantasy/paranormal romance I am beginning to query. I have a middle grade humourous zombie book I am querying right now. I have a YA contemporary I have out to publishers. And, I am writing another YA urban fantasy about a girl with supernatural powers.
Kathleen started writing when she was eight years old and self-published her first book of poems. She has been writing ever since. She has a MA in Children’s Literature with an emphasis in creative writing for Young Adults from Eastern Michigan University. Look for her books on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, Smashwords, Kindle/Nook. Look for her book trailers on You Tube.
Learn more about Kathleen S. Allen below:
LORE OF FEI: www.loreoffei.weebly.com
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