YAPC would like to welcome Kristine Kibbee to the blog today. She is here to share some information and an excerpt of her book Devlin’s Door. If this looks like something you would like to read, please go get a copy!
YAPC: Try to describe your book in one sentence.
K: A richly descriptive rollercoaster, steeped in dark magic, adventure, and fantastical imagination.
YAPC: Tell me a little about yourself.
K: You know that writer—the one who pops up every now and again in movies . . . the one who holes up in a cabin somewhere, interacting with no one, and quietly plunks away on her typewriter until her skin is wrinkled and all her hair’s gone grey. Well, that’s me. I could live out the rest of my days, isolated from the world as I create my own. It’s a blessing, and a curse.
YAPC: Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
K: Without question, somewhere green . . . and with green comes rain, my friends! You can keep your sunny, sandy beaches, crawling with tourists, and your arid, cactus-dotted landscapes. Give me a grove of fir trees with a cozy little cabin at its center, and I’m a happy girl.
YAPC: When did you decide to become a writer?
K: This is a curious question, and one I’ve actually been asked a number of times. I expect that very few writers “choose” the profession, but rather it chooses them. Even as a child, I watched from the window as other kids played outside. I observed them, chronicled their actions in my own little notebooks, and then took them on fantastic adventures that reached far beyond the humdrum lives they actually lived. In my world, Johnny Smith sprouted wings on a Sunday afternoon and flew to a world that existed atop the clouds. That was far more exciting than the trip to 7-11 he actually took. Why would anyone want to dwell in reality, when fantasy awaits so eagerly?
YAPC: What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
K: I simply adore writing a book’s ending! There is this magical moment, a sliver of a second, between the time when you type that final word and editing commences, that your book is this perfect little being just thrust into creation. For that glorious speck of time, it is untouched, innocent, and ready to take on the world.
YAPC: How did you come up with your premise for your books?
K: Some years ago, I had a very dear friend who, upon learning I was a budding writer, shared a unique story with me. She told me of her childhood home in a rural city and the long, summer days she and her brother spent playing in the countryside surrounding their home. Apparently, on one very fair afternoon, when this brother and sister had travelled far beyond their typical boundaries, they came across a number of overgrown houses, deep in the wood. The homes had been long abandoned and at first, the siblings were both too frightened to venture near them. They stood for some time, gaping at these towering Victoria homes, choking in vines and vegetation, but as is so often the case with the young, their curiosity overtook them, and they ventured inside.
While nothing so peculiar or magical as what you’ll find in the pages of Devlin’s Door was discovered inside the houses, their mystique, and the image they created in my mind, always intrigued me. I decided I simply had to craft a book around them!
YAPC: Which genres do you prefer to read?
K: I’d say that my interest lies mostly with fantasy books. The “normal” world is so boring. We slog through it every day. Why on earth would someone want to spend their recreational time reading about it?
YAPC: Where can your fans find you?
K: I try to keep a presence on both Facebook (www.facebook.com/KKibbeewrites) and Twitter (@K_Kibbee)
YAPC: If you were stranded on a deserted island, who would you want for company?
K: Well, this may be a major cheat, but . . . my dog. Over time, any person on the face of the planet would eventually drive me mad. I could only tolerate a dog until the end of days.
YAPC: How many more books can we expect in this series?
K: The Forests of the Fae series is a 3-part collection. Obviously, “Devlin’s Door” is my first book in the series. Book two, “The Raven Queen,” is completed and presently warming my editor’s hands. It is slated for release in August of 2016. The third and final book, “Lang’s Labyrinth” is coming along nicely and will hopefully make its debut in February of 2017.
At thirteen, Anne did not expect to find herself traveling all alone, on her way to spending her summer with family she neither knows nor wants to know. But here she is; stuck on this train with a most annoying nine-year-old boy whose only interesting contribution to her journey is the strange story of an abandoned Victorian town hidden in the woods near her destination.
When Anne arrives at her backwoods stop, she is met by her ornery relatives and her horrific older cousin who is determined to spoil Anne’s summer with her maleficent tricks. Anne needs to
escape into an adventure and remembers the story of the forgotten town. Determined to find this place, Anne follows her cousin and friends to the abandoned town where they goad her into entering
one of the cobweb-filled old homes and leave her locked inside alone.
While searching for a way out, Anne stumbles through a hole in the floor and unknowingly steps into an ominous,ghost-filled mystery. As she digs deeper into the secrets of this house, she discovers a weathered journal that reveals a magic-infused history hundreds of years old and a tragic secret: a curse has trapped the town and its inhabitants in a place not meant to be found by humans. The more she discovers about the secrets of this place, the closer she gets to the chilling realization that she is not alone in Devlin.
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