Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes! When I was a little girl, I would write my own stories, draw the pictures, and bind them with cardboard wrapped in wallpaper to make them look like hard covers! Writing has always been my #1 passion and I’ll never stop.
I LOVE that! I hope you kept some of those original pieces.
What inspires you to write?
The fact that whenever I sit down in front of my laptop, or open a fresh notebook with a pen in hand, that I can retreat to an entire new world of my creation. I can be whoever I want and live a new life through my characters. The magic of writing is what inspires me. Having someone read what I’ve created is even better.
Do you have a daily writing routine/schedule?
Yes. I try to write at least 1,000 words a day. I usually sit down at my writing desk, turn up the movie soundtracks or Celtic music, and maybe light a candle. This relaxes me and helps me channel that part of my mind that takes me from the present and to my creative place. Usually, I write a little during the day, and then write more after work.
What is the current Book(s) you are promoting?
Right now I’m promoting my debut novel, The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld. A mixture of high-fantasy and urban fantasy, The Chronicles of Koa takes place in two worlds…our world (the human world) and the Netherworld (the world of supernatural creatures.)
Can you describe your main character(s) for us?
Koa Ryeo-won is a half-blood. Half human and half vampire, she was passed down the enchanted Lyrinian sword by her father. Along with her best friend, Halston, she works for a division of angels and humans that are determined to protect the humans from the various supernatural creatures that have been set loose. Koa is a strong female character that follows her own rules…sometimes to a fault. Still, she will do anything within her power to protect those she loves.
And now to my favorite, the quick fire questions.
Favorite Book? This is hard! But right now, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is my favorite.
Favorite Author? Stephen King
Favorite Food? Sam gyeop sal. It’s Korean BBQ. Yum!
I'm glad you clarified, I would have had no idea
Favorite Sport? Cheerleading is a sport! I was a cheerleader, and I still love watching the competitions!
Favorite Quote? “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov
Favorite Car/Truck? One day…I’ll have an awesome Porsche.
Card Game or Board Game? I’m not a fan of either!
Beach or Mountains? Beach!
Hot or Cold? Cold!
Book or Kindle? There is nothing better than a real book collection! I’ll never stop buying books and putting them on my bookcase.
Shoes or Sandals? Heels. Always! :)
Walk or Ride? I love to walk! I walk every day. It clears my head and helps me get over problems in my writing most of the time.
Early Bird or Night Owl? I am a total Night Owl. I hate waking up early.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
While I love to write, I also love meeting and interviewing other authors. Each week I feature an author on my writing website www.writelikeawizard.com
She was kind enough to feature me earlier this year :)
Where can people find you?
Where can people buy your books?
Amazon (Kindle & Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/The-Chronicles-Koa-Netherworld-ebook/dp/B00CR0T5KW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368410312&sr=1-1
Barnes & Noble (Nook & Paperback): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-chronicles-of-koa-k-n-lee/1115441501?ean=9781484993255
The world is a dangerous place. Our world is threatened by the creatures of an alternate land called the Netherworld. Good thing Koa and the Netherworld division are there to keep the vampire population in check. Koa is a feisty half-blood with a mysterious past. Her best friend is her boss, she has a cursed mother, an enchanted sword, and an attractive human pet.
Koa also has a problem. A Netherworld serial killer, with a taste for little girls, threatens everything Koa has worked hard to protect. Not even Koa's boss, Halston can stop him. But he knows one prisoner that can. Too bad that prison is in the Netherworld.
Is Koa ready to journey to the Netherworld to release the one creature that can break her mother's curse and protect all that she holds dear?
By, Kenichi Kamihara 5 out of 5 stars
The Chronicles of Koa focuses on the journey of Koa, a female, half vampire living in the human world with her guardian Halston, a "perfect man" of unique and mysterious powers to an underworld of evil and danger. From the beginning, it's clear that there will certainly be surprises as Koa has abilities that makes her character very different; for instance, in combat, she effortlessly wields a huge sword that detects evil and she can be exposed to direct sunlight. In a recurring theme, the author seems to play with the reader, taking your stereotypes of what is accepted about the rules of vampires and other fantastical creatures but presenting something different.
I throughly enjoyed Koa, the character. She is depicted as a strong and powerful protaganist, but one with flaws. She is frequently impulsive throughout the novel and quick to anger both, somewhat anti-thematic to the calm, cool grace that most vampires are associated with. But she exhibits feistiness and self-resolve as her past is slowly revealed. You learn that even what Koa herself knows is not all there is to her life and situation. In this sense, I felt that Netherworld was a bit of an origin story that seem to be all the rage in superhero movies these days. The main character is just starting to learn about her powers and how to use them in her surroundings.
The supporting cast that Koa and Halston meet in their travels is the other strength of the author's writing. I found several of the characters genuinely interesting and am anxiously awaiting their continuing roles in the next book. The others are a very eclectic mix and have their own background and abilities which I hope are expanded on in the future.
There are some light romance themes throughout as well. But to be clear, the story is NOT anything like the fluffy young adult drivel of a certain goopy all too long vampire movie series. This is a character driven adventure in a rich and detailed world which the protaganist learns about her past as we the readers do. Her self discovery changes her perspective on the few friends she has and we share in those moments of confusion and enlightenment as she struggles to figure out herself and her past.
Bottom line: this is an engrossing read that ends all too soon. A book that is part dark fantasy, part adventure with colorful and creative personalities throughout; think less Twilight Saga and more Arya Stark meets Ocean 11.
By, Nick Foster 5 out of 5 stars
Since I am neither an author nor writer in any sense, I typically don't write book reviews. It's hard for a lay-person to do justice to a complete work that took months if not years to complete, in just a few minutes. It's like trying to describe a Picasso by saying, "well, it had a lot of angles, and the colors were nice," With that being said, here's my 2 cents on the Chronicles of Koa.
The Chronicles of Koa is another great read for fans of the young heroine genre, such as Hunger Games and the Divergent series. While it has similarities to these other popular stories at the macro level, it carves out its own unique world and characters that make it stand on its own as an original series. Koa really keeps you guessing on how she's going to screw up next. Not that she is inept, but she is young, foolish, and strong willed. Like many of us were at her age. Ready to show everyone else that we have what it takes to conquer the world. However, in Koa's case she's taking on a Netherworld filled with creatures and beings with a seemingly limitless array of powers. Koa herself is on a journey to discover herself on a personal as well as supernatural level. Bottom line, the book is a fun read.
This was a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will be sharing my review in a later Tuesday Talk segment. Don't wait for my review, go grab your copy today!