Today, I’m thrilled to be interviewing Kelley Lynn, author of FRACTION OF STONE.
Your debut novel, Fraction of Stone, was just released! Congratulations. How does it feel?
It’s weird because there really are no words, and yet I’m an author, so one would think we would have words for everything. J For me it doesn’t necessarily matter how many books I sell (though now that I’m published I have to set another goal so… NY Times Bestseller? Haha) I just want to get my stories out there and see what people think. Hopefully have them thinking about my work long after the last page.
How did you come up with the idea for Fraction of Stone?
I travel fairly often for my day job. I was on an airplane, working on my NaNo 2011 project, a YA Contemporary from boy POV, and I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I closed my laptop and asked myself what I was feeling. The image of a girl, so depressed and broken, popped into my mind. I wrote the first chapter and then decided I had to create a story around this girl so I could explore her mind, the way someone like her sees the world and interacts with it. I placed her in the plot line that became FRACTION OF STONE, and will continue onto THE FRACTION SERIES.
You designed your own cover art, which is so awesome! Can you take us through that process? Did you always know what you wanted your book cover to look like or did you research possibilities?
I knew what I didn’t want. This story is about two magic wielders, but it is also about so much more than that, so I really didn’t want any of my characters on the cover. I want these characters to live in the minds of the reader, however they picture them. The stone is significant, as is the weather torn world which creates the backdrop of the cover. This sort of theme will stay consistent through the series.
Working with the publisher to create it was actually quite easy. I sent them pictures and ‘drew out’, using my very horrible computer drawing skills, what I thought it should look like. It came to life before my eyes.
What’s some backstory to Rydan that you didn’t include in the story?
Wow, this is a great question. Rydan has had quite the past with the ladies, being such a handsome and powerful young man. This might not be too surprising to those who have read the story (and for those of you who haven’t, no worries, Rydan gets over himself pretty quickly since he has Akara to knock him down a billion notches). What might come as a surprise is one of these lovely ladies will pop up in the next book, the one after FRACTION OF STONE.
What’s some backstory to Akara that you didn’t include in the story?
What makes Akara’s character so unique is there isn’t a lot of backstory, as Akara has lead the same life, day in and day out, for as long as she can remember. There are a few fleeting memories, wearing a silk robe instead of wool, a few kind words from people who would turn around and throw her in chains later. But other than that, there’s just sadness and depression. And a fight even she doesn’t know she possesses.
Can you take us through your process of building Casden? What surprised you about the world you were creating?
Well, everything surprises me about my writing because I’m a complete panster. I didn’t even know what story I was putting Akara into when I started writing. The cool part about fantasy, is the writer gets to create the rules. They must make sense, and not contradict each other, but their mine to dictate. (Which is so fun. J) So Casden stemmed from the story organically growing. Eventually, to make sure I could remember what this place I was creating looked like, I drew myself a rough sketch. When Sapphire Star offered to publish my book, one of their major suggestions was to increase the world building, so I went back through a few times to do this. It is so cool to create your own world. J
Thank YOU so much for having me! I love talking writing so if anyone has any questions, comments…whatever, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at kger215(at)gmail.com.