Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Spotlight & Author Interview: The Lycan Hunter by Kelsey Jordan

The Lycan Hunter
Kelsey Jordan

About the Book:
When Alexis James arrives at her first assignment in months, she anticipates the danger and violence rife in her calling as a Lycan Hunter. What she doesn’t expect is a handsome, blue-eyed wolf saving her life and kidnapping her. Surrounded by the enemy, Alexis must not only survive her prisoners but the bonds of a different sort that begin to form against her will.
Mikko Kyran was chosen by the gods to lead his pack, and he has made it his mission to end the eight thousand years of war plaguing his people. The Alpha never suspected that the key to the prophecy ending the Forever War would be held by a smart-mouthed, sexy Hunter determined to kill him.
Can two people from different worlds set aside everything they know about one another long enough to survive retribution from the Hunters, the pack, and the gods? Or will their differences start a war that neither can win?
Written with intensity and depth, The Lycan Hunter is the first in a thrilling new series.

PRFL would like to extend a very warm welcome to Kelsey Jordan, author of The Lycan Hunter. Kelsey, to begin, how did you come up with the idea of writing a book?
I've been writing poetry since I was about thirteen, but one day in my early twenties I decided to challenge myself and write a full length novel based off of a writing prompt. I've been writing novels ever since.

Q: Where did your inspiration come from?
Different books have different inspirations. For The Lycan Hunter, the inspiration came from a song by Within Temptation's song "Howling".

Q: Does writing take time away from your family?
I think this is one of those things that every writer struggles with and in that regard, I'm no different. I tell people I spend a lot of time in my head. There are times when I am not entirely present in the moment, so of course there is guilt that I have because it takes away from my family and friends.
Q: Have you learned anything about yourself since you started writing?
I think the one thing I've learned is the less I stopped fighting the act of creating, the more at peace I feel in my life. The times that I don't write are accompanied by a tone of anxiety.
Q: What advice would you give someone who might be thinking of writing a book?
I'm big on world building. Plug the holes.  Even in the "generic" world we all live in there is world building to do, so plug the holes so that there is less work to do as you are writing. Also, take your time. Rushing to finish a book works for some people, but I'm all for taking the right amount of time to finish the book. What is the right amount of time? Who knows, but if you rush towards a preconceived deadline I can't say the book will benefit from it.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
Wow. Let's see, I have to pick from so many. I'll go with my favorite three. Karen Marie Moning, J.R. Ward and G.A. Aiken are among my many favorites, but they are easily my go to authors.

Q: Have you written any other books?
As of right now I have four written, but one--my first very first novel-- is in an ongoing rewrite.
Q: What’s so special about your main character?
Alexis is a woman with a terrible upbringing struggling to find a way to exist that doesn't involve dodging bullets or fearing for her life. She only manages to deal with the constant sense of danger by shuttering her feelings away. It truly is the only way she could survive being in the crosshairs.
Kyran is the type of male secure enough in his masculinity to express all the emotions that Alexis has had to shutter away. This in no way diminishes his ability to command and receive respect. To me, his ability to embrace his all of his emotions makes him a more effective leader and a better mate.

Q: Are you working on a book right now?
I'm always working on something. Right now, I’m finishing up book two and tightening up some loose ends on book three, which I wrote before book two.

Q: What genre are your books?
The Gardinian World Novels are paranormal romance.

Q: When did you decide to become a writer?
I started writing in the eighth grade and I've been writing off and on ever since.

Q: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Technically, I write part-time, but I live in my head so I'm always mentally working on something. I'm full-time in spirit.

Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Letting go. At times it's hard to move on to the next story or next book because I've grown so attached to the characters and their journey.

Q: What is the easiest thing about writing?
Honestly, it's starting. Once I have an idea, which I never have to work for, it's easy for me to create everything about the world rules, possible problem areas, and delve into the lives of my characters.

Q: How long did it take you to write your book?
The Lycan Hunter took me roughly ten months to write.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Until recently I didn't "believe" in writer's block. Then it hit me for a solid three weeks. So yes, I have gotten it, but it's rare. I think it happened because I was so overloaded between all of my various obligations.

Q: Do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I love the portability of an eBook. I always have my phone on me which means I always have access to my books. That being said, I have nothing against a paperback.

Q: Do you have a trailer for your book?
Unfortunately, at the moment I don't. I’m working on getting one though.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Kelsey. We really enjoyed the visit. Good luck and great sales with The Lycan Hunter. 

About the Author:

Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Lycan Hunter, the first book in her Gardinian World series. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.
As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion. Book 2 and 3 of the series will be published by Booktrope Editions late Summer/Fall 2014. 

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