Book Tour: Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr ~ Interview with Fallon
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Reflection Pond (Reflection Pond, #1) by Kacey Vanderkarr
Release Date: 04/01/14
Urban Fey Press 242 pages
Summary from Goodreads: Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you. Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted. Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power. Add to Goodreads
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1) What inspired the concept of another world through the reflection pond?
The initial concept came from a dream where I fell through a pond. I supplemented the idea with a loose recreation of the history of the four treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
2) You write about some very emotional and real topics in this book. Is this a very important topic that you intertwine for character purposes, or is it a topic you personally intertwine for emotion and awareness on this intense subject?
Yes. Both. For all the reasons you can imagine. I think that sexual abuse is a very real occurrence that people like to overlook because it makes them uncomfortable. However, to those who have been abused, I think it’s as important that they see characters like themselves overcoming obstacles and learning how to live again. It shares the same importance as say, seeing LGBT characters, or racially diverse characters. As a society, we all come from very different places and it’s crucial that characters are relatable to wide-reaching audiences, even if they fall in the minority of the readership.
3) The Fairies in this book when revealed in their Fairy form have a wide variety of characteristics. Did you ever sketch any of these characters?
Unfortunately, I’m not artistic in that respect. If I tried to draw them they’d come out looking like stick people, which wouldn’t do them any favors.
4) Have you always wanted to write?
Not exactly. When I was in school I enjoyed writing papers and English class. I just assumed I was a weirdo nerd. I’ve always been a reader. My mother constantly yelled at me because I read at the dinner table. In the car. At school. Everywhere. Writing came along later after inspiration struck. Now I can’t imagine my life without it.
5) At what age did you start writing seriously?
23. I’m probably a little behind schedule, but that doesn’t slow me down at all!
6) What has been the best advice you have ever received?
Read your work aloud. It doesn’t have to be to an audience, but for your own ears. You catch so much that way.
7) How long did it take to write Reflection Pond?
A few months, initially. If you include all the rewrites, edits, and changes (because I completely rewrote the entire book), probably about 2 years.
8) What is your process for writing, do you map everything out or do you go with the flow?
I prefer to “go with the flow.” Usually it starts with a scene and the rest of the story fills itself in over time. Often I’ll get an idea and write flat out for weeks and then abandon it when I get stuck. I find that time fills the holes and bridges the gaps in the story. Endings are especially difficult for me. I’m never sure if I get them right.
9) Have you started writing book 3 in the series?
I have, though it’s on the back burner to two other projects. I feel a lot of pressure to make sure that Torch Rock is perfect and accomplishes everything I hoped for when I started the series. It intimidates me a little, and I’m not ready to be done with the characters. It’s too much like saying goodbye.
10) Any sneaks on Torch Rock, Book 3? PLEASE ;)
Torch Rock…well, what I can say without saying too much, especially for those who haven’t read Reflection Pond or Poison Tree yet?
· There will be death(s).
· Rowan sacrifices something integral to who he is.
· Callie comes face to face with her greatest fear.
· The story is told from multiple points of view.
· Events from Reflection Pond come full circle.
· There are romances.
annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. Along with her novels, Reflection Pond and Antithesis, Kacey's short fiction can be found in Sucker Literary Vol 3, and the upcoming Spark Vol 7, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland. Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook Book Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours
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