Hello! Welcome to PirateQueenRdz first ‘getting to know you’ author interview! I am so excited to be featuring new to me author Kasia Bacon. Her new book, The Highlander, releases 08/31/2017.
I wanted to know a little more about Kasia so she kindly provided a short bio and answered a few questions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. She has a mild coffee and lemon tart addiction. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.
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What makes Kasia tick? She answered a few questions of her choice. I have to add that I love Alexandre Dumas as well. Mine favorite was The Man in the Iron Mask.
What is the first book that made you cry?
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. The author’s craft, the strength of the characters’ friendship and the dramatism of the plot deeply affected me in my formative years. To this day, it remains my favorite adventure romance.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. *laughs* There are occasions when, after expressing my thoughts particularly well, I feel exhilarated. Other times, I swear my head off and reach for a drink, thinking, “What the hell am I even trying to do here?” Fun times.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym (or do you already)?
I did briefly consider it. But I’m bad at cloak and dagger stuff. Being a chaotic person, I’d probably babble out and spill the beans on my true identity sooner rather than later. So I decided against putting myself through the additional stress. I use one part of my double-barrelled name—my husband’s name, to be exact. At the beginning, I jokingly asked if he minded his family name being ‘tarnished’, in case this whole writing thing goes tits up. He said, “Tarnish away.” Well, here we are, then.
What does literary success look like to you?
*smirks* I’m a niche LGBT fantasy author who writes about Elves. I hold little delusions of future grandeur and fame. Even if only a handful of people find enjoyment and solace in my world, I’m happy enough.
What’s the best way to market your books?
I’m still trying to figure that one out. Any practical advice is highly appreciated *laughs*. I wish I were more of a businessperson, with a shrewd marketing strategy at the ready, but I ain’t.
How many hours a day do you write?
That varies, depending on my real life job. When amidst a translating project, spending further hours typing, crouched over a computer screen doesn’t appeal.
I’m a slow writer because I’m also a compulsive deleter. I hate padding in books, and I think about every word very carefully. I like aiming for 500 words a day during my writing phase.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I purchased a keyboard with a gel wrist rest and an ergonomic mouse. Worth every penny. Carpal tunnel is a bitch.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
At nursery (or kindergarten, for dear Americans). I told a scary story to other children—they cried and couldn’t sleep at nap time—and I loved every second. The teacher had words with my parents afterwards.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Three. Two paranormal novelettes: one about a shifter, and a fantasy novel about a hunter and a mage. I’m planning on revisiting them once I’ve completed my current projects.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I think the names are of vital importance in my genre. Fantasy is governed by its own rules. I mean, I cannot see myself writing about an Elven warrior called Bob or Tom, no offence to Bobs (or Toms). It just wouldn’t invoke the right vibe.
As a linguist, I love coming up with the names for my characters and geographical places where their adventures happen. Somehow, that’s always been a super easy and fun task for me, and the starting point of my writing process; they just come to me. I have to admit to being influenced by words of Celtic and Scandinavian origin.
My characters speak a variety of languages and dialects—I enjoy creating unique idioms and sayings. Most of them have accents; language diversity is tremendously important to me. In the Order series, I even came up with my own version of the Elven language.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do. I find reading reviews educational. So far, I’ve been lucky. I’m grateful to people who leave a comment or rating upon finishing my stories. Reviews mean a lot. However, in my view, any artist must be prepared for receiving critiques the moment they release their creation, whatever it is, into the world. So ultimately, developing a thicker skin and the ability to avoid taking things personally might be a good idea. Yup, easier said than done. But at the end of the day, all opinions are subjective, and there is no accounting for taste.
What is your favorite childhood book?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. My father recommended it to me, and I think it shaped my views on social justice and decency early on.