Happy Birthday, K.V.!
- Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in British Columbia, Canada. I am a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi books, action-comedy movies and all kinds of music.
- What do you write (genre, length)?
I write urban fantasy, inspired by various cultures and mythologies from around the world. I have written a trilogy of novels as well as a short story in the One Million Project Fantasy Anthology.
- What is/are your current project/s? Please give us some details.
My current project is separate from my trilogy. It’s a fantasy set in Earth’s distant future—a post-apocalyptic fiction that contains magic.
- Who (author or otherwise) or what book inspired you to write?
My mom was the most influential in convincing me to get my work out there. She read the drafts of my books and helped me to get them ready for publishing.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read a LOT. Take note of what you admire about your favourite books—the sentence structures that keep you engaged and the types of characters and how they’re portrayed. Reading lots also helps you to get a better grasp on language skills and allows the words to flow from you more freely.
- What do you do for a living?
I work in Driver Licensing by day. I also work for a friend of mine, Anastasija, who sings; I play piano for her—we have songs released online but do not perform.
- Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
J.K. Rowling, Kevin Hearne, Christopher Paolini, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman.
- What is/are your favorite book(s)?
My favourite series are Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
- What’s the best compliment someone can give you as an author?
I love it when people speak about a character of mine as if he or she is an old friend or when they tell me my characters are realistic and relatable.
- What is the strangest/most interesting/coolest/weirdest/scariest thing you’ve had to research for a book or short story?
The weirdest thing was probably how to insult someone in Scottish Gaelic. The most interesting things I’ve researched were spiritual beings and deities from all over the world.
- What is the most difficult part of writing for you? Why?
The most difficult thing about writing is asking others to read my work. I am a very shy person. I’m afraid of criticism and of wasting people’s time.
- What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
Crossover genres, such as fantasy/sci-fi. I love imagining a world like ours but with magical or futuristic elements to it.
- What are some little known facts about you? Hobbies, talents, anything?
I take lessons in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). We primarily learn longsword but also practice dagger, saber, shield, and sword & buckler.
- Do you like physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks better? Why?
I like physical books best because they can sit on my shelf for me to see every day. But ebooks are handy because they can be read anywhere and don’t take up space. I have yet to try audiobooks.
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