Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing writer of the Samsara Trilogy, Teagan Kearney! If you are a lover of sci-fi and fantasy, her books are for you! Read the interview below.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: On and off for quite a few years, but, despite my aspirations, life often had a way of taking over, so my writing projects ended up on the back burner, and I fitted them in around everything else. A few years ago I decided to get serious and gained a Diploma in Creative Writing and Literature from the Open University (which IMHO is a brilliant institute), as well as learning not to send off first drafts! Since then I’ve focused on improving and developing my writing, and published three novels so far, which is barely a start compared to many writers, but I’m pleased with my progress.
Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?
A: I’m inspired by a love of stories, and I’m always gripped by the challenges characters face, and the drama of a story as it unfolds. I’ve been an avid reader since young, and found entering into a different world from the one I normally inhabited, fired my imagination. I don’t have a muse as such, but there are plenty of writers I admire, and I learn something from every book I read.
Q:Tell me about your book, Tatya’s Return. What was the original idea behind it?
A: Fantasy and science fiction is my favorite genre, and I’d written a sci-fi flash fiction which I posted on Wattpad, and was encouraged by the feedback I received. So when a name jumped into my head, Vance the vamp, (which struck me as humorous) the seed idea for a paranormal trilogy followed. Vance did make it into the books, but not as the protagonist. Tatya, the heroine, is a gifted healer, who has an independent spirit. She faces many challenges, learns the value of freely offered help, even from the most unwelcome sources, and discovers she possesses a great inner strength. There is also an eternal triangle with a twist, and a lot of action taking place as well. As they say, it gets complicated!
Q: How much ‘grunt work’ goes into your writing?
A: I’ve begun writing a lot more detailed outlines than I used to, though I still get caught out with plot flaws and character inconsistencies when it comes to writing the first draft—which is my favorite part of the process. I enjoy research, but editing is labor intensive, (I use ProWritingAid) though I appreciate it when I see some improvement in my writing! Editing also gives me a chance to look hard at what I’ve written, polish, tweak and, hopefully, bring it to a better standard.
Q: What projects are you working on now?
A: I have three projects on the go right now, so my head is really buzzing! First, there’s the completed first draft of Book Three, the final in the Samsara Trilogy, which is currently resting. I have a science-fiction novel written when I participated in the annual Nanowrimo a few years ago, which is seventy-five percent finished, and I usually work on that while the work in progress is incubating. However, last month I had a lightbulb idea for a mystery/detective novella, and outlined and wrote a first draft. So now I’ve two projects waiting for the next step, and in the meantime I’m finishing off the revisions to my nano novel. So it’s all go!
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: Wow, what a really great, but very tricky, question. I’m not sure I can condense my thoughts into one sentence, but here goes. Have goals, make plans how you’re going to achieve those goals, and don’t give up, because even if you don’t achieve the goal you’re aiming for, you’ll be nearer than if you did nothing. Another thought: don’t spend your life hankering and lamenting, because we have so much in our lives to be grateful for. Oh, and a final one—don’t forget to read!
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