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Thursday, May 9, 2013

#IndieAuthor Spotlight of K. L. Richardson @theGirlatWar Author of Blood of Zee: Unfinished Business

Name: K. L. Richardson
My family and friends call me Kiki.

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
 Blood of Zee: Unfinished Business

Where are you from? 
 I’m from Philadelphia, PA.

In what genre do you write? 
At present, action/suspense fiction. I’d like to venture into sci fi also. I have so many stories swirling around in my pretty little head.

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it?
Blood of Zee is the story of an 18 year old girl, Zoe—a troubled girl—who lost her father when she was 13 and began shoplifting as a way of coping. A few days before she’s to graduate high school, she embarks on a shoplifting spree and inadvertently steals something that belongs to some very dangerous people. This sets in motion a series of events that thrust Zoe into a world she didn’t know existed. And she finds out that the people around her are not who she thought they were and she’s not who she thought she was. She learns that she has a destiny and it has to do with her blood.

Unfinished Business is the first in the Blood of Zee series. It started out as a short story and became a prologue for the series. I’m working on part two now, “Old Blood, New Life”.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens?
I have to have an outline. Some rules I follow, some I just can’t. I use OneNote a lot. If something comes to me, I’ll jot it down in OneNote and then plug it in after I get it all out.

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
Yeah, “Blood of Zee”!

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself?
I edit myself. I did the cover for Unfinished Business, but I’m thinking of going with a cover designer for the rest of the series.

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy.
I have so many influences. I would have to say David Sedaris made me realize that writing is what I really want to do. He takes everyday life, the mundane and makes it so interesting. He breathes life into life.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
Right now, it’s just finding the time. Between school, work and being entertainment for my dogs…

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you? 
I think it’s a bit of both. They can grow and develop right before my very eyes.

Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
There’s definitely a bit of me in my characters. There’s also a bit of who I’d like to be in there as well.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak. 
I can’t live off of my writing. I love writing, but I have to eat. Write now, I’m really writing as a form of fun and therapy—a form of escapism.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
Queen Elizabeth I. She was such a strong and powerful woman. She’s been my idol since I was a little girl.

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre? 
Blood of Zee is unique in that it’s a different type of story. You don’t see many young, strong female leads without them being drenched in some type of romantic/sexual plot or subplot. With ‘Zee’, you have action, suspense, humor, strong female lead and no literary porn. J

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
Not yet. I’m still working on it. It’s funny because I’m a Communication major, concentrating in Public Relations and Journalism. I’ve found that social media helps. It’s like word of mouth to thousands of people. Whether or not they spread that word for you is another story. Joining forums, being active in reading communities and reciprocating likes, shares, info, etc. really helps.

Now give me your links so we can get people to your book sites!

Twitter: @theGirlatWar

Here is a sneak peek into part two, ‘Old Blood, New Life’.