Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author Karen Kincy Discusses Storms of Lazarus, Insta-love, & Writing (+ Giveaway)

Today we're bringing you an interview with Karen Kincy, author of Storms of Lazarus.  


This is the second book in the Shadows of Asphodel series.  This is a new adult dieselpunk romance and releases in July.  Check out the stunning cover, the author interview, and then enter the giveaway!

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Storms of Lazarus (Shadows of Asphodel #2)

Sometimes escape is impossible. Sometimes love isn't enough.
1913. Christmas Eve. Ardis hardly expects a quiet holiday with Wendel, between fleeing Constantinople and hiding from an ancient society of assassins. And they owe a debt to a certain archmage.

In Königsberg, Prussia, they work with Konstantin on the next evolution of Project Lazarus. Wendel once called Königsberg home, the city now besieged by the Russians and their clockwork engines of war. This may be Wendel’s last chance to save his family and find redemption, but he's tormented by nightmares and tempted by laudanum. Ardis fears her love isn’t enough to save Wendel. Her hands are full piloting the automatons, and she's terrified to tell him a secret of her own. Will they—and their love—survive the storms of war?


Author Interview

What came first, the characters or the story itself?
The characters came first. This is going to sound very Twilight, but I dreamed about the first scene in the book, where Wendel is bleeding out in the snow. And when I woke up and wrote down the scene, the rest of the characters and the story itself soon followed.

What about your characters surprised you while writing?
How quickly they had chemistry on the page. I know readers dislike "insta-love," but for Ardis and Wendel it felt like the right thing to do for their personalities. Yes, there's definitely lust in there, but it leads to something deeper. (Confession: I believe in insta-love in real life.)

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Shadows of Asphodel to write and why?
I really liked writing the scene in the cafe with the French toast, because of the banter between Ardis and Wendel.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
My ideal reader is someone who wants intelligent romance and a pretty gritty fantasy plot in the same book. Someone who wants two badass characters to meet and fall in love while fighting side by side in an intricate dieselpunk world. And this reader should appreciate steamy sex scenes. Really, any reader who genuinely gets the book works for me. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Every time a reader tells me they loved my characters I feel that first-page-of-a-new-book excitement all over again.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 
Pizza. ;)

What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?
My biggest challenge as a writer is doubt, and it's something I'm sure all writers struggle to overcome. If I stopped doubting myself, I doubt I'd ever improve. Of course, there should be limits--it doesn't help to angst over reviews or stop drafting out of paralysis. Fans and good reviews help a lot. Trolls and bad reviews, not so much. Still learning how to deal with those.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
Music! I can't concentrate in silence.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
I wish I'd written Harry Potter, because then I would be a really awesome writer and know how to do some killer worldbuilding. I mean, damn.

If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? 
The past! I'd be highly tempted to go back to 1913, the year of my book, and do some research for my alternate history world. Because I'm a researchaholic. And there were some really sexy men's suits back then.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title of the book should be? Why?

The title should be Boneheaded because it's true. ;)


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About the Author:
Karen Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

Find the author: Website | Twitter | Facebook 


Prize one:  signed paperbacks of Shadows of Asphodel and Storms of Lazarus. US only
Prize two: ebooks of Shadows of Asphodel and Storms of Lazarus. Open worldwide

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions

1 comment:

  1. I actually believe in insta-love though it has to be done right in a book for me to connect with it. I guess I gotta really 'feel' it. So often I don't like it in books but in Shadows of Asphodel it didn't feel like insta-love to me at all so I guess it was done right!
    Thanks so much for hosting an author interview!