My guest this week is the indomitable author Karina Kantas. She also has been a great help to the Indie Author community, offering affordable services that help authors promote and organize.
Karina Kantas is the author of the popular MC thriller series, OUTLAW and the loved romantic fantasy, Illusional Reality. She also writes short stories and when her imagination is working over time, she writes thought provoking dark flash fiction. There are many layers to Karina's writing style and voice, as you will see in her flash fiction collection, Heads & Tales and in UNDRESSED she opens up more to her fans, giving them another glimpse into her warped mind.
When Karina isn't busy working on her next best seller, she's designing teasers, book trailers, recording audio or videoing small readings and then working on Twitter and FB posts. Karina writes in the genres of fantasy, romance, sci-fi, horror, thrillers and comedy. Her inspirations are the author S.E.Hinton and the rock band Iron Maiden.
Here are some of the great books Karina has to offer. Just click on an image to find out more.
I was able to get Karina to stop for a few moments and answer some questions. Here's what she had to share with us.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do read reviews. But I don’t go looking for them. The bad ones (which I don’t get very often) really do pee me off. I get angry, have a rant and then I forget about it and move on.
What annoys me is when another author gives me a negative review. They know how career and soul destroying bad reviews can be. Why would you do that to a fellow author? I don't read as much as I would like, but when I do come across a novel that needs work, I contact the author and let them know the situation.
I’m known around the indie community as someone who doesn’t sugar coat it. If you ask me for an honest opinion, I will give it. I think being a member of Spoiled Ink shaped me up to be open and honest with my opinion.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I didn't have to do too much research for my MC thrillers, as I was writing about things I knew. I read books, but not actual research.
Stone Cold, even though it was very biographical, the book was based in Scotland and not Wales as it should have and so I needed to research the valley where these gruesome deaths were supposed to take place. I researched possession and the transference of another person's spirit into an object. I wanted to sound as though I knew what I was writing about.
How has your writing progressed or changed as you write more books?
I have learnt as I go. Not just about how to sell, market and promote my books but how to write better.
My books have become better with each one I have published. The writing is stronger and tighter and for that reason I have gone back to old books and added scenes, deleted some, edited the hell out of them. :)
What is one thing you wished you had known when you first started writing?
That it was a mistake to publish my first book so quickly. All those promises of agents, publishers - the glory, the money... I wish I had never dreamed so high, it would have saved a lot of heartache.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I have always written for me. No one else. Apart from when my fans demanded a follow up to In Times of Violence. They have also demanded a sequel to Lawless Justice, but that's not going to happen.
I'm certainly original. I may have been one of the first to write MC (motorcycle club) fiction. My books were written way before the script for SOA landed on the producer’s table.
Over 25 years ago, *coughs* showing my age there.
How have other authors helped you become a better writer?
From the beginning, before Facebook took off, I was a member of a group of writers called Spoiled Ink. It was a place where you could moan about the publishers and groan about agents. Where you would get your work critiqued and learn how to thicken your skin. I made some great friends from that group. And I was offered managerial position in the company's new scifi and fantasy writers’ group called SkyTribe.
I was in Facebook for years until I found all the writing groups, learned about events, about ads and posting and sharing. It was all new to me but with the help of authors and a lot of learning, I quickly became one of the family. In return, I help others, who either have no clue, is stuck in a rut or they just don't know how to promote and market themselves.
I want to thank Karina for answer my questions, and I hope you learned something from her answers. You can find out more about Karina Kantas, and her many books, by visiting the links below.
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