Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Interview with AE Kirk

What inspired you to become an author?

If truth be told, I never really wanted to be an author, I always wanted to be an archaeologist and when I became an archaeologist I found creative writing as a fun past time. But when I found that I had people liking my story, I thought that maybe I could do this. My inspiration to being an author I suppose, was the support of my readers.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes I mostly write fantasy, sci-fi and horror. I never thought to write romance but I gave it a ago.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

My favourite genre to write in is fantasy. I love mythology and magic.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I usually have an idea of what the title is and will have a "dummy" title and if it fits the book, I'll keep it if not I'll wait to see if there is something in the book that will make an interesting title. 

What books/authors have influenced your life?

Andy McDermott and his Nina and Eddie series have played a big part in my books, especially when it comes to the action scenes. Also John Connolly and his Book of Lost Things, who gave me the courage to re-write famous books in a unique light. 

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

Currently I am participating in NaNoWriMo, 4th year running. I have my own NaNoWriMo project where I'm writing one book from my Barcode Series of 7 books, every year. So once the end of November is finished, I'll hopefully plan on finishing a small sci-fi novella by Spring next year.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Annoying as it is, I'm dyslexic, so writing anything is a challenge. My sentences don't make sense, or I'll use words which I think have a different meaning to what they actually do. My friend edited Loving In Time for me and I got to see how much I need help in writing.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

Yes and no. In Loving In Time, I have never been to New England, or Greece, but for other books I did venture to Norway, Hawaii, Japan, Egypt, Newgrange and Hill of Tara (Ireland), Spain, Italy, Wales and Glastonbury Tor (England). My next venture is to Switzerland to see a castle or to North Ireland to see Giant's Causeway. I love research and will go to great lengths to bring my readers into the places in my books.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

Yes, this Playlist encompasses Helen at the beginning of her adventure and some songs, I hope to think, give her an insight to her current situations and her feelings for the boys.

Justin Villarosa - I Hate High School
Nickleback - How You Remind Me
Thin Lizzie - The Boys Are Back in Town
He Is We - His Name
Imogen Heap -The Moment I Said It
Joy Williams - Speaking A Dead Language
The Wailin' Jenny's - Across the Sea
Stevie Nicks - Landslide
Dixie Chicks - You Were Mine
Avril Lavigne - I Love You
Hinder- Without You

Loving in Time
AE Kirk

Genre: Romance sci-fi, time travel

Publisher: Vanguard Press

ISBN-10: 1843868113
ISBN-13: 978-1843868118

Number of pages: 370
Word Count: 92,000

Book Description:

Living in New England, half Greek half American high school student, Helen, lives a relatively normal life; a mother and father and two bratty younger twin brothers. But it all changes when her mother welcomes two strange but devilishly cute boys, Marcus and Gus, into the house and into Helen’s life.

While the boys live with Helen, they help her discover that she is far from normal and she is, in fact, part of an ancient Grecian love story that has stretched to every corner of the world. She is Helen of Sparta from the myth, Helen of Troy. The boys however, ask a difficult favour from her, to leave her modern family and go back in time to help break an ancient cycle.

Given the ability to stop time and travel into centuries past, she and her new friends, Marcus and Gus, are joined by five other boys who try and protect Helen from the evil Decurion soldiers; ancient time travellers who wish to stop Helen from breaking the cycle.

Journeying to Ancient Greece, Helen must act as she once had but when the moment the war begins and Helen must break the cycle, she is given a life changing decision. The question is, will she choose wisely?

About the Author:

AE Kirk lives within the majestic Devonshire countryside in England, UK where she wrote her novel, Loving In Time, within three months for a competition. Winning joint runner-up, she continued to write a number of other books ranging from sci-fi, to fantasy and action and a year later, while she was in South Korea teaching English, found a publisher. Kirk, who is Editor in Chief for a fantasy and sci-fi magazine, Kingdom of Fantasy, loves nothing more than to write interesting and unique stories with unusual plot-twists. After gaining a Masters in Social Archaeology at Lampeter University, Wales, Kirk uses her research skills to describe, in vivid detail, the ancient locations in her books. Kirk's passions in archaeology shines through in Loving In Time, her first published novel.

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AE Kirk said...

Thank you for the interview! I loved answering your questions.