One of our librarians, Karen Klein, has published a book titled Torin’s Legacy. We decided to do a 5 question interview about her book and her inspirations.
What is your book about?
The short answer is that it is about adventure & fantasy. However, I will also include book description for more detail:
To choose magic…?
After Andrew’s dad died, his mom wanted him to have a normal non-magical life in Los Angeles.
His Aunt Mac had another idea – she wanted him to move to Chicago to become her apprentice.
Andrew chose the Mages’ Guild over his mother. He never thought his choice would land him into a world of High Magic, being chased by Shadows in a place with ever-changing scenery where you can’t rely on a map to get you home.
Who is your target reader?
I tend to write for myself or my brother and not think about a broader audience until the more business side of things come into play.
That being said, my book isn’t YA, but I think that teens could enjoy it as much as adults. I would say the ideal reader of my book is either someone who already loves fantasy and wants a new adventure. Or perhaps someone who may not normally read the genre, but is open to a fun story.
What are the major themes in your book?
I think that themes are more for readers than writers – what did the reader get from the book? A book isn’t truly finished until its been read.
However, if I had to say, identity & coming-of-age. Two of the main characters are teenagers and that really is a time for exploration. And answering the question: who do I want to be?
Who has inspired you, or who inspires you?
Great question. My younger brother inspires me. (He’s not so little anymore). He survived cancer at fifteen and never once complained during chemo or radiation. He fought so hard and thank goodness, he is now healthy and in college. The other person in my family who inspires me is my dad. He does it with his work ethic and always striving to be the best that he can be.
In terms of writing and art, I have many inspirations and influences. I adore Jane Austen, which doesn’t come out so much in this particular novel. However, in some forthcoming projects, I can see her influence. I am also inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, he did it accidentally, but he created what we now see as “modern fantasy.” A third author who inspires me is Neil Gaiman – he is never afraid to tell a story in the medium it needs. I am in awe of his ability to not only write novels and short stories, but also television, film, and graphic novels. I want to grow up to be him someday. Especially since he has had the opportunity to write episodes for Dr. Who, which is one of my favorite TV shows.
I could go on and on about how many writers have influenced me, so I will stop at three. But I would like to say that I am also influenced by the world around me – nature, travel, music and art. It all goes into the idea compost of my subconscious.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
There is so much advice out there and this may sound a bit cliche, but really read and write are the two biggest pieces of advice I would give any writer.
Read as much as you can as often as you can so you can see both the good and the bad that has been published. Read outside of your comfort zone and push your boundaries.
Then write, many people say to write everyday, which gets you into the habit of it. This is a piece of advice that I myself have difficulty in following. So if you can’t write every day, find time in your schedule and make it happen. Even if that is only ten minutes three times a week or an hour once a week. Make the most of the time that you have. You can’t improve without practice. And if you miss a day or week try not to beat yourself up. Instead, just make it to the next session and do it. (I know this is hard. I still struggle with this myself.)
Finally, go out and experience life, everything that you do and see. Every conversation you have or eavesdrop on is fodder for writing. Live your life to the fullest so that your writing will be as vibrant as your life.
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