GP: I’m sure that our readers would like to know a little more about you. Please, tell us a little about yourself and your interests outside of writing.
KC: About myself… That covers a lot of ground, even when I manage to keep the pukah side of me under control.
I’m a full time grad student, mostly full-time author, and a full time parent to two cats who think I’ve abandoned them most of the daylight hours. Typically, when I’m home I’m either doing house chores that I’ve let stack up, buried to my neck in homework, or several air bubbles down into a work I’m typing like mad to keep up with. When the stories allow, I love to read, bead, draw, play with said cats and slavishly dote on them, garden (weather permitting), and write on things that are unrelated to school work or the main stories.
GP: I found your series to be rather unique from other paranormal fantasy I’ve read. How would you describe your books to people who’ve never read any of your books?
KC: ::Chuckles:: Considering I think of them as epic dark fantasy, that’s an interesting classification I’ll have to explore. The Followers of Torments saga is a tale of survival against the odds, self-discover, self-development, personal growth, and possibly self-redemption set against the backdrop of two different societies. One is a self-serving society that uses any means necessary to get ahead, and believes that women are to be revered. The other is a society that honors all living things, be they spirit or person, and feels that everything should be allowed to strive to reach its highest potential.
Within these conflicting views, I’ve turned the characters loose, and let them play however they wish.
GP: I found the Roman Gladiator style arena setting an intriguing format. What made you choose this idea for the Followers of Torments series?
KC: When I first developed Nameless’ character, it was for an online role-play room. There wasn’t much “fighting” allowed, but almost all the characters there liked to scuffle. When I finally settled on the White Wolf pooka for my race, I had to figure out how a race that liked to wreak mischief in the name of fun and laughter, or inspire artists and the creative muse, turned out as dark as Nameless did.
The obvious answer was because of abuse. However, I still had to figure out what kind of abuse. As the situation developed, and a small sub-group built up around Nameless, he wound up more and more often in the middle of brawls, and rather enjoyed it. And, so the setting was just a backtrack for where he learned his skills. The rest of his early childhood (most of “Out of the Darkness” early chapters) came from stitching together how he discovered his heritage, and why his heritage became as fundamentally warped as it is.
GP: After reading Into the Sunlits it seems that there is more to come in this series. Do you have another book planned as a follow-up to Into the Sunlits and do you have any other series that you are working or have planned?
KC: For the Followers of Torments saga, there’s 2 more books planned, and a series of 4 companion novellas. I’m hoping to have the first of the novellas out later this month, but it’s going to depend heavily on how much time I can pry loose from schoolwork. The next installment of the main series is planned for late spring next year. I’ve started on both, so it’s going to be interesting to see which one the story lets me work on the most.
GP: For new authors what do you believe is the best advice they could receive?
KC: Write. Be yourself, and trust your instincts. It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who is only comfortable plotting your entire story through, or someone who takes a concept and lets it grow on its own. What matters is that you write what feels right to you.
GP: How has publishing changed the way you view your writing? If so tell us in what ways.
KC: It hasn’t really. I love telling tales and having them enjoyed. The only thing I think publishing has done for me, in relation to writing, is to finally start hammering home some of the grammatical skills I managed to skip in school. (Don’t let my editor hear this, but I’ll admit to being a grammatical train wreck waiting to derail at any moment.) It’s also made me a lot more aware of the need for reviews.
GP: Where can readers find you and your books; please share you links with the readers.
KC: I’m published through Smashwords and Amazon both. Here are the main retailers, but there are even more I don’t have listed.
Out of the Darkness links:
http://ow.ly/LvwAm – Smashwords
http://ow.ly/LvTo1 – Barns and Noble
http://ow.ly/LvTrN – iTunes
http://ow.ly/LvTBF – Scribd
http://hyperurl.co/Out-of-Darkness – Amazon
Remember the Shadows links:
http://ow.ly/LvU1C – Smashwords
http://ow.ly/LvU99 – Barns and Noble
http://ow.ly/LvUaR – iTunes
http://ow.ly/LvUcH – Scribd
http://hyperurl.co/kmhx9g – Amazon
Into the Sunlits links:
http://ow.ly/RBZeQ – Smashwords
http://ow.ly/RODtN – Barns and Noble
http://ow.ly/RODn7 – iTunes
http://smarturl.it/IntoTheSunlits – Amazon
Thank you again Katheryn for being with us today. It’s been a pleasure having you here.
KC: Thank you Grandma Peachy. It has been wonderful coming over to visit. Thank you so much for letting the pukah come out to play for a while.
Readers, please check out Ms. Caffee’s books and links to her pages. Friday’s post here will be my reviews of all three books in the Followers of Torments series. Please come back and see what I have to say about these books.