Marian, thank you for letting me share my book with your readers. I’m excited to be here!
I can’t wait to read your latest book, Kayelle.
Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I wish I could give people a source where they could go and pick up ideas, but alas, I have no idea. I am struck with inspiration at the oddest moments, often when I’m somewhere that’s impossible to write anything down. I carry a pen and pad with me everywhere, make notes on my phone, and on trips, I carry a recording device so I can take verbal notes. I even keep writing material next to the bed for those moments where I think of something as I’m drifting off, or in a dream. I record ideas constantly. Most never make it to a story, but by having a large body of ideas to consider, there is always something I can use. I’m a hoarder of ideas.
What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?
Be prepared to work. If you don’t polish your story and get plenty of eyes on it, you will not make it in this business. You need input. You cannot see your own mistakes. They disappear into the haze while you’re reading. Edit. Edit. Edit. Write the best book you can and study the craft as you do. Always be learning.
Do you have critique partners?
Yes. I’ve been in critique groups since 2003. I facilitate a group of about half a dozen or so writers in the town where I live. They are vital to my success. I’ve published four books with this group being the first people who see them. I make meeting with them one of my highest priorities each week.
Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?
I was fortunate in meeting a fellow writer who loved my work. She mentored me in writing and introduced me to her publisher. I submitted the manuscript she suggested and it was accepted within two weeks. The rest of my books were the same way. I had rejections for short stories many years ago, but I’d submitted without understanding what they required. I view those as dumb mistakes. Currently, all my work is self-published. I prefer having complete control.
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
You can quit anytime you want, but if you do, you’ll never publish. If you want to produce a book, keep writing.
Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
Pietas is an Ultra, a race of genetically enhanced creatures who were designed to serve mankind. Under his father’s leadership, their people broke free. That event is the only point upon which father and son agree. Their animosity toward one another is legendary and for good reason. I won’t spoil the story by explaining that here.
Pietas is a tower of honor. He keeps his word no matter what it costs and he does not lie. His biggest downfall is that he hates humans with a fiery passion and cannot be bothered to judge them by their individual merits. So of course, I put him in a situation where he had to rely on one to survive. Putting Pietas through his paces and teaching him what a racist he had been was a lot of work, but a great deal of fun as well. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as having your hero get his comeuppance.
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
I intended the first Bringer of Chaos book as a single novel. My hero had other ideas. I was informed by Pietas that he is immortal and therefore requires a great deal more than one book. Once I accepted that, he began to reveal his story. You’ve heard how characters can rewrite the story you have planned for them? Pietas is the king of that. I’ve recently published book two and I’m working on three.
In Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas (book 1) Pietas must do the one thing he detests. Trust a human. Let me put it this way — it’s a test between an immortal and a human to see if genetics outguns honor. Writing Pietas and Six as they grapple with hatred leading into friendship was so much work! It was also a blast. This book has angst but also humor.
In Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire (book 2) Pietas is marooned on a barren world and must find a way to free half a million of his people, trapped inside their cryostasis pods. Before he can release them, he’ll have to take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father. In this book, Pietas reunites with a beautiful telepathic warrior he’s loved for lifetimes, bonds with a sentient panther, and deals with betrayal from a source he never saw coming. A word about the panther… Tiklaus is ginormous and the alpha of a tribe of panthers. But when this big bad feline warrior thinks no one else is looking, it’s time for a belly rub and cuddles from Pietas. These books have no profanity or explicit content.
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Where to find the Bringer of Chaos series:
Origin of Pietas https://amzn.to/28QOTpb
Forged in Fire http://amzn.to/2ABIcCI
or the author’s website https://kayelleallen.com
Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured. https://kayelleallen.com Twitter https://twitter.com/kayelleallen Facebook https://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author
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