So I just completed my interview with the talented K.F. Breene, author of the Darkness Series which book one was amazing. You can read the book review that I did on this book by clicking HERE!
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How did you come up with the idea for the Darkness series?
There were a couple ideas that created Darkness. The major drive was that I wanted to write a paranormal book with a new concept. I wanted the concept of vampires without the limitations of someone else’s creation. This would then free me up to explore the super-natural. Like spells and swords. And dangerous villains with lots of power. Suspension of believe needed? Obviously. This is fiction. But within the world of this book, these beings could be real. And not your average paranormal heroes. That idea formed, it was time for a heroine. When I was about ready to write this, I was getting a lot of pressure for a fourth book in the Jessica Brodie Diaries. People love Jessica’s quirky humor and fun-loving attitude. I also wanted a girl that would jump into adventure with a can-do attitude. A physical girl that could laugh away the danger. I wanted to bring in these elements and splash the whole thing with magic. But what’s a fun, adventurous spin on paranormal without a side-kick? Enter Charles. I needed someone to bounce ridiculousness off of the heroine. A guy that didn’t take anything too seriously, and upped the fun factor. He’s young, for his race, and hilarious (without meaning to be). He gets stuck between the stern, domineering hero and quirky, fun heroine beautifully. Finally, I wanted a love like no other. With having to explain the paranormal aspects, I wanted something that couldn’t be explained. Two halves of one soul, each half tugging mercilessly at the other. The hero and heroine’s need for each other is at the root of all of this. As is Sasha’s wide-eyed approach to this whole new life. She wants to finally fit in somewhere, which is something I think many of us struggle with. What she finds with Stefan (the hero) is a neat new facet to her world, and a connection to her past.
With all that floating around in my noggin, it was time to start ticking away at the ol’ keyboard.
How many books are currently available in the Darkness Series?
I have five books written, three published, one about out, and another with a first draft. I have an idea for a sixth, but I want to put my finger in the wind and see which way the winds are blowing. If there is a demand, I’ll continue the series. If not, I’ll knock out something else. Up to the fans ?
What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Having an accountant’s brain, probably. Ha! There are a great many hard things. The hardest, however, would have to be wondering about approval. With accounting, my career before this, you have numbers. It works or it doesn’t, but there are set rules and guidelines. If your boss is pissed, it means you did something wrong. There isn’t a lot of gray area with math, until you get into calculus and imaginary numbers. And that’s just ridiculous.With writing, though, you could have a huge hit, and still have some serious ranting reviews to ruin your day. You can’t please everyone, and guess what? You won’t. Not even close. Some people just hate life, and they might decide you get their anger one day. And while I’ve posted a lovely little artistic sign saying “kick me” on my back, it still sucks when it happens. Oh, and guess what, it happens a lot with me. For some reason, I inspire rage. Long, colorful ranting reviews. With Into the Darkness, for example, I have over 430 five-star reviews on Amazon. But the first “helpful” review is a really angry reader. Oh man, she was pissed! I make people feel, which can be good, yes. But as I’ve learned through reviews, it can also make people want to beat you with their Kindle. Which is bad. It’s hard to know if you’re doing a good job when there are no real set guidelines to go by.
Who is your biggest supporter when it comes to your writing?
The fans. I haven’t really told many people I know that I write, which is starting to get awkward when they ask what I’m doing instead of doing accounting. I can’t explain why, but writing embarrasses me for some reason. The ‘art’ is kind of personal, and I put a lot of passion into it—I don’t like people I know seeing that vulnerability. Which means, when I get that horrible ranting review, or I have a terrible day, I just put it on blast to the fans. I’m already totally vulnerable to them– might as well go all in, right? But being the awesome people they are, they either tell me how great I am (thus making me uncomfortable because hearing that is just weird), or tell me to shut it and keep pushing on (which really helps). Someone even sent me a Wonder Woman bracelet, which I look at every time things get a little squirrely.
What one review really stands out since receiving your very first one and why?
Oh. My. God. I got this god-awful review on Amazon right after publishing my first book. Seriously terrible. This person had only read three pages, but that was plenty for her. She ripped my story a new hole, and then addressed her fuming anger at me. I don’t know and I cringe from Amazon reviews. I dread to look at them, knowing one of those bombs could be waiting for me—there are some really crazy people lurking around there, and they are not afraid to let loose. I still wonder at that first one, though. She read three pages of a FREE book. If she didn’t like it, she only lost 15 minutes. Move on. Instead, why waste another thirty on a ranting review? I’ll never understand some people’s time management ?
Are you currently working on anything else in the paranormal genre that you would like to share with us?
The Darkness Series is still rolling on, so there’s that. Beyond, I have a first draft written of two books in a new series. I think the first book is descent, but I haven’t looked at the second since I wrote it. I really hope I don’t go back to revise and find a steaming pile of doo-doo. We’ll see.
What one character from all of your books do you connect with the most and why?
Probably Jessica from Jessica Brodie Diaries. I wrote that with pure escaping in mind. I didn’t put too much effort into the characterization of Jess, so you’ll get a lot of me when I was 28 in that one. And for the record, my 28 can be compared to a lot of people’s college years. I was having a lot of fun. I look back now, though, years later, and kind of hate reading that book. I hate reading about my douchery –lol!
Do you have a favorite author and how have they inspired the writer that you are today?
now about favorite—I think I’ve read too much for that label to stick to any one person–but I really like Ilona Andrews. She writes strong heroines, and has a great balance of action and romance. Reading her work pushes me to keep up the momentum in my own writing—making it so the reader doesn’t want to put the book down. If I revise my work and find myself getting bored, I start hacking away. My aim is to keep things moving.
What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Do not expect an easy ride. If you want to do this job right, and stay out in front (or even in the comfortable middle), you need to work your butt off. I wasn’t a workaholic until I started this author gig. Now I am always at it—writing, revising a few times each book, talking to fans, marketing, accounting for sales—it never ends. There is always something to do, and you end up having to fit life in around it. But working hard yields results, so you will get from it what you put in. And also, don’t expect to be a great success right out of the gate. Aim small, miss small.