(Questions and answers based on the “Next Big Thing” blog hop. Answered pre-publishing, answers left as-is)
What is the title of your work in progress?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I always joke that they say to write what you know, so I wrote headaches. There’s some truth in that, though. My headaches frequently send me to a dark, quiet bedroom, which means a lot of long, lonely, quiet hours for stories to percolate in my aching brain. I wondered what would happen if someone had headaches that turned out to be caused by something more significant than atmospheric pressure and aspartame, and my love of Fantasy led me to consider a magical connection.
That gave me the beginnings of a character. The plot came when I asked what would happen if a nice, fairly average girl accidentally rescued a bad guy, and their lives just kept on colliding. Those two ideas combined and took me places I never expected, but that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing about.
What genre does your book fall under?
I’m going with “Mature YA Fantasy.” Young adult themes, mature situations (though nothing as explicit as some readers would like, sorry!), romance, adventure, magic… it’s all so hard to pin down.
What is a one sentence synopsis for your book?
When nineteen-year-old Rowan Greenwood accidentally saves the life of one of her people’s most feared enemies, she learns that all of her childhood wishes might just come true– that is, if the one thing she’s always wanted doesn’t kill her first.
(hint- it’s not finding Prince Charming.)
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published. I hired a fantastic editor for developmental and line editing, and got to choose my own cover artist, both of which were lovely (and challenging) experiences. There are many reasons I chose to publish independently, but the most important one might be control. I have very definite ideas about where this story’s going that might not fit in with what a publisher wants, and this way I get to put out the books I want. If readers love a character and want to read his/her story, I don’t want to have to ask for permission to write and publish it (or worry about non-compete clauses). I don’t want readers to have to pay $9.99 for my e-books, and this way I can price however I see fit. I retain full rights to my work, and don’t have to worry that a book will go out of print if it’s not a best-seller right away.
I want to write the best books I can and share them with people who might love them, and this is how I’ve decided to achieve that. I have a lot of respect for every path to publication. This is simply the one I’ve chosen. I won’t say that I’d never work with an agent or publisher, only that it doesn’t seem right for me at this time.
I’ll have this book ready to publish in June 2014, and the sequel the following winter.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About 7 months for that draft… but all told, it’s been more than three years.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Bound is a story about flawed people- not clumsy girls who don’t know they’re pretty, but people who can genuinely terrify or annoy each other, who have strength and goodness in them, too. It’s a story about love, adventure, danger, lies, freedom, and (of course), magic. Asses are kicked, hearts are broken, enemies are outsmarted, values are questioned and boundaries are destroyed. It’s good fun.
And wait until you see what happens after that…
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September 12th, 2013 at 3:37 pm
Definitely looking forward too it! 😀
September 12th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Aww, thanks! I’m hoping to have it out before my birthday (in February 2014), but I suppose I have to put quality before deadlines. 😉
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August 16th, 2014 at 9:30 pm
I have read your book Bound and i loved it, but you have nothing on this website that tells me about any other books coming out or release date nothing. you really need to update this place.
August 16th, 2014 at 9:41 pm
You’re absolutely right. I don’t have a release date yet (aside from March 2015), but I should set up a Coming Soon page to keep folks updated. News is currently available on my Facebook page, blog posts, and via the newsletter, but I should have a landing spot here.
Glad you enjoyed Bound!
January 6th, 2015 at 8:10 pm
I’m curious how mature the sexual content will be in Bound. My daughter is a very advanced reader and is only nine. We read a lot of books together, such as Jurassic Park and most recently Between (which her teacher introduced to her). I began reading a sample of Bound and told my daughter how much I have enjoyed the book thus far. Now she wants to read along with me, but I am unsure if the content will be appropriate. Any advice would be great.
January 6th, 2015 at 8:40 pm
Hi, Becca! I usually say the book is mature YA, ages 16+, but I know one 12-year old read it. My rating is due to some violence and (non-graphic) sexual content. I’d be happy to answer questions about that if you’d like to e-mail me at kate.sparkes (at) live.ca, just so as not to post spoilers here. 🙂
I told my own son (age 9) he can read it in 4 years.
July 15th, 2015 at 2:27 pm
Greetings, is there a map for the Bound trilogy?
July 16th, 2015 at 9:00 am
There’s no official map yet. I plan to have one ready before we do a hardcover release, but I haven’t found the right artist or finished my notes for it yet.
July 17th, 2015 at 1:23 am
Hi I just finished reading Bound as part of the e-book collection “Fierce 16 stories of Fantasy”. Now I am hooked and getting ready to purchase Torn. I am adding you to my list of preferred Canadian authors with Charles DeLint and Tanya Huff. Thank you for a great read. I look forward to reading more of your work.