Mega congratulations to another Silver Pen winner, Kristen S Walker, from Northern California. So excited to see another wonderful author added to the illustrious Silver Pen ranks, and we hope you keep crushing those word goals!
What is your favorite book and/or author, and what draws you to them?
Ursula K. Le Guin. I love how she writes so thoughtfully in many genres, including sci-fi and fantasy. Everything about her writing seems to be alive–the people, the plants and animals, the worlds, the cultures. She has a way of looking at things that’s totally unique and I find something new in her works every time I read them.
Is this your first book? If not, what was the first book you ever finished writing? Tell us a little about it.
My first book that I ever finished in first draft was during my first NaNo in 2001, when I wrote 60K words on a supernatural thriller called Death Lurks Here. It was supposed to be a YA novel about a teen girl who can see ghosts, but it got way off track when she developed a rivalry with another girl who was a vampire, and it turned out a total mess so I’ve never tried to salvage it. After several other false starts, my first complete novel was Small Town Witch for NaNoWriMo 2011, which I spent a year and half editing and polishing until I finally self-published it in 2013. Since then, the process has gotten a little faster and easier for me, thankfully!
What’s the working title of your NaNoWriMo17 project?
Give us an elevator pitch of your project.
My novel is YA fantasy in a Victorian-inspired setting, or as I’m calling it, ‘steampunk magical girl.’ Riwenne is an enthusiastic girl who dreams of being a priestess to serve the gods. When she discovers that the gods themselves are threatened by a new kind of power, she must become a sacred warrior and gather her friends to save everything she believes in.
Share your favorite line/short paragraph from your book so far.
My face grew hot at the compliment. “Um, well, you looked a lot prettier when you weren’t scowling for a minute,” I blurted out. I clapped my hand over my mouth, but the words were already out. Oh, Sawycha, just let me die of embarrassment right here.
How did you hear about the Mighty Pens?
I heard about The Mighty Pens through the NaNoWriMo twitter tag during October’s NaNo prep.
What inspired you to join the Mighty Pens?