Monday, February 03, 2014

Blog Ring of Power: Kelsey Jordan

This week, we're trying something a little different on the Blog Ring of Power. Instead of spreading the interview over five days, we're posting all five parts on the same day (Mondays). We hope this will make it easier for readers to read the entire interview. You can find the other parts of the interview at these links:

About You
The Writing Life
The Creative Process

Words of Wisdom

This week, Kelsey Jordan is here to talk about her current work, The Lycan Hunter.

Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it? 

The Lycan Hunter is currently available on all major devices through most major retailers (iTunes, Kobo, Amazon, B&N and Smashwords). You can also find a print version through Createspace.

Is there anything new, unusual, or interesting about your book? How is it different from other books on the same subject? 

In my world the term Lycan is used for god-created shifters. There are six different Lycan forms, each having their own technical names. In The Lycan Hunter we meet Kyran and his pack, who are Talas or wolf form Lycans. I also created a religion for the inhabitants of my world (ceremonies and all that jazz), which the gods will attend at their whim.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Writing the book was relatively easy. It was deciding which avenue to publish that killed me.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

Chapter 25 was the best for me. I loved being able to see Alexis really in action. I wanted readers to see that she wasn’t an inept Hunter.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? 

The best thing I took from this book was to be honest. Being honest with myself, my characters and my world, but most importantly my story. I had to be willing to step back, set my ego aside and hack my work apart to make it better. If I couldn’t be honest with myself then I’d do everything I tried to create a huge disservice.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?

I’d change some details I mentioned. Though they are minor, it bugs me.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Love may not conquer all, but it will make the trip through hell a hell of a lot easier.

Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like? 

First let me say that I designed my own cover. I had three images I wanted to come out. I wanted you to be able to get some idea of what was going on with just a glance. As far as design, the concept took me roughly two hours to nail down and another week to finalize. I’m not a graphic artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I knew what I wanted and learned enough to make it come to life.

Like everyone, Kelsey has her share of vices. They typically center around sinful frappes made with Blue Bell Coffee ice cream, late nights hanging out with her demanding muse, spending an embarrassing amount of time reading, and napping.
When she isn't indulging in her love of books, music, late nights with her muse, and delicious, but fattening frappes, she is spending time with her hubby and daughter.

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Kyran of the Blue Ridge Pack has spent most of his life searching for an end to the Forever War. Finding a Hunter among their greatly diminished ranks who was willing to forgo their "shoot first" mentality was harder than it seemed. Then fate—or the gods—gifted him with Alexis James, a petite Hunter with a nasty habit for killing his kind and a need for his surgical skills.
Alexis only has two wishes in life: make it through her next assignment, or die a relatively quick death. With a heart hardened by miserable circumstances and painful memories, her view of kindness and common decency was marred by scars of swift retribution. So when the blue-eyed Lycan saw fit to save her life, she wondered: At what cost?
After eight thousand years of war, the end is becoming a reality, but is the possibility of peace worth Kyran's soul and possibly Alexis' life?


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