Interview with RMACT Author Katlyn Duncan
I love interviewing people when they are passionate about a part of their lives that they want to share. How fortunate that I work with a very talented group of people. Today, I’d like you to meet one very special person: Katlyn Duncan. Katlyn has written and published a book that we want you to know about. So, rather than me tell you about it, here’s Katlyn’s comments on “Soul Taken”. If there are questions that I should have asked but didn’t and that you would like to ask Katlyn, post them here on the blog; I’ll make sure they get to her.
- Lisa: Tell us what you want us to know about the book. We want to know the title, the plot and the audience you are hoping to reach.
- Katlyn: The title of the book is Soul Taken; it is the first in an upper young adult paranormal trilogy called The Life After. Soul Taken follows Maggie, a Soul Collector (a transporter of souls from the Living Realm to the After Realm) who finds herself stuck inside of a teen girl’s body after her latest mission goes awry. I am hoping to reach a wide audience from teens to adults alike. I think YA (Young Adult) titles are reaching a wider audience nowadays and I’d love to be a part of that mix.
- Lisa: How did the idea of writing a book come to you?
- Katlyn: This one came to me about four years ago and it actually started with a question, “What would happen if a reaper got stuck inside of a human?” From there (and four drafts later) it formed into this book.
- Lisa: Why a book in this genre or style?
- Katlyn: I enjoy reading all different genres, but a few years ago I read my first paranormal which was Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong; after that I’ve been hooked on the genre so it was only natural for me to write in it.
- Lisa: Has the book been in your head and heart, just waiting to come out? Or did it take sitting down and writing before it started to really take form?
- Katlyn: When the question popped into my head, I immediately sat down and wrote it. Through rewrites it really started to form and then through research on how to properly structure a novel the final product was more cohesive.
- Lisa: How long did it take to write the book?
- Katlyn: About four years total. But I started off writing for fun. I didn’t start to get serious about my writing until almost two years ago.
- Lisa: Do you have a favorite character? If so, why?
- Katlyn: This is so tough because I love them all!! But if I had to choose I’d say Maggie. I don’t want to be cliché because she is the main character, but she is courageous and outgoing, something I aspire to be. And it is so fun writing in her voice.
- Lisa: Does the book have personal relevance for you?
- Katlyn: In a way, it was the starting point for me to get my words out there. Each time I tried something new I always went back to it as if deep down I knew this book was born to be published. Also, I never knew my paternal grandfather and sometimes I found myself wondering where he was and “if” there ever was an afterlife I would think it was like the one described as the After in the book. It is what I’d imagine for him.
- Lisa: What authors are you inspired by?
- Katlyn: Oh so many! Again I love Kelly Armstrong because she is an amazing world-builder. Melissa Marr’s writing struck a chord with me with her Wicked Lovely series and I always strive to make my readers feel the way she made me feel in that book. J.K. Rowling is just amazing and I am inspired by her Harry Potter world. I love Jane Austen for her romances and happily ever afters. Stephen King for his darker themes. James Patterson for his short chapters. And the list goes on!
- Lisa: What would you tell someone who loves to write, about creating their own book?
- Katlyn: Read a lot and write a lot. I used to run a book review website and I developed a critical eye for books (sometimes a good thing, sometimes not). I know what I like and when I don’t like something I try and figure out why. Then I use that for my writing. I always write what I like. I like to tell stories that I would enjoy reading, and with that comes a lot of practice. I will give the same advice that I was given from E.L. James (50 Shades of Grey) at her signing last year. And even though I’ve read this advice a million times while stalking other published author’s websites, it’s a bit different when someone says it to your face. I told her I was a writer and I wanted to get published and how I should do that. She looked up at me and said, “Stop talking about it and do it.” Writing can be hard some days and easy peasy the next but to actually finish a novel is an accomplishment and you can’t do that without sitting your butt in your chair and getting the words out.
- Lisa: Do you see a future for the book? Will we be able to follow our favorite characters farther along?
- Katlyn: I am contracted for 2 more books in the series so you will see a future for Maggie and her friends!
- Lisa: Why an ebook? Can I get your book in print?
- Katlyn: My publisher is the newest digital imprint from Harlequin UK called Carina UK (carinauk.com). This imprint is “digital-first” meaning my books will be available on all e-reader formats. But that doesn’t mean it won’t ever get printed. If there is enough of a demand then they will print. And one of the best parts of being with a digital-first company is that there are no printing delays so you will get the book faster. We are aiming to have the next book, Soul Possessed, out this fall and the final book (title TBA) around Christmas time.
- Lisa: Where can we get in touch with you?
- Katlyn: You can check out my website (katlynduncan.com) for all of my social media links and email. Feel free to email/Tweet/Facebook me with questions or just to chat!
Here’s a very short bio for Katlyn Duncan. Let’s obviously add author to it as well!
Since August 2012, Katlyn Duncan is the Andrology and Endocrinology Supervisor at RMACT. She has two Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of New Haven in Forensic Science and General Biology. She is so pleased to be a part of the amazing RMACT team!
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