Hi, everyone! Today I am thrilled to be interviewing Kara Swanson, author of Dust and The Girl Who Could See. Every time I've talked to her she has been so welcoming, and her kindness is a true treasure! I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did.
I have slightly interviewed the interview to make it easier to read, without changing any of the author's answers. To see all of the interviews I've done in the past, including ones with Jen Calonita, Christopher Healy, and Kaley Rhea, click HERE.
To check out my review of Kara's book, Dust, click HERE.
The more I turned the idea over in my head, the more pieces clicked into place. And well…the rest is history 😀
Shadow, the sequel to Dust, releases in July 2021. What is a part of the story you’re most excited to share with your readers?
Neverland! I am SO excited for them to get to explore Neverland and see so many different sides to the island. There is also a HUGE aspect of Peter’s past that comes into play in this story and that twist is pretty wild, so I’m curious to see what readers think of it. 😀
Do you have a favorite candy or dessert? If so, what?
Fun question! I love cherry cheesecake 😀
If you could meet any character from your stories, who would you choose and why?
Ooooh great question! I think Peter would be so much fun to meet. I think Lily and I would get along best, though, and she’s the character I’d probably want to be best friends with. (Though, wouldn’t we all? XD)
Do you tend to base your characters off of people you know in real life? Why or why not?
Nope! I like to really create characters that feel very grounded and developed in their own worlds, so I don’t really pull from outside sources. That said, I may use certain aspects of influences that carry similar vibes — for example, Tom Holland is British and has the same youthful charisma that Peter has, so I’ve draft from some of his roles in some of the ways I tried to humanize Peter a bit. But in general, the characters stand on their own. 😀
What are some of your future projects?
I’m actually outlining a contemporary fantasy trilogy right now. 😀 I’ll share more on that when I am able to! 😄
What advice would you give to other writers?
I think the biggest thing is… just keep writing. Read a lot. Write a lot. Receive lots of feedback from other writers and readers. Those are the three best ways to internalize skills and put them to use, outside of looking into a mentorship program or joining something like the Author Program that I run with Brett Harris.
Thanks for joining me for this post. To connect with Kara, check out her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, or author website. And, of course, if you've never read any of her books, I suggest you go and start reading them. (Especially Dust. 😉)
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Stay tuned for another review next week!