Thursday, November 7, 2013

Interview Loving in Time by AE Kirk

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

My name is Abi and I live in Devon, England. I've had a mixed collection of jobs from scarer. where I get paid for scaring people in a local cave, to retail, to receptionist, to teacher and then to care worker. I studied Archaeology in Lampeter, Wales and completed a BA and MA. It was my love of archaeology and classical civilization that helped me create my books as they are, on some level, connected to archaeology or history.

 My main genres that I write in are fantasy, sci-fi and YA, but I have branched out into romance, action and horror from time to time too. As of yet I don't have a pen name that I've published in but I may do in the future.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest book, Loving In Time, follows the epic journey of Helen Xenakis, the modern day Helen of Sparta from Homer's Iliad. She meets seven guards from the past who have sworn to protect her from the evil soldiers, the Decurion, who have sworn to kill her as its Helen who is the only one who can break a continuous devastating cycle that guards started when they were granted the gift of the Gods; which was time.

 I started Loving In Time (LIT) in 2011 for a competition and came runner-up. To compete in the competition, I had to start and finish a novel within three months. I had already participated in NaNoWriMo in 2010 and managed to finish on time, so I took up the challenge and wrote something that I love about archaeology with its own modern-day twist. LIT is the first in a series that my fans have dubbed the "In Time" series. Though my publishers only wanted the first book to be published, I am determined for the other four to be published also.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I have dyslexia and have had trouble with my writing since I started. Editors, agents, publishers... no one really understands the difficulties surrounding it. It's something that I have to push past on a daily basis, but I've used it to be extremely creative. It's a win-win.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

Hobbies when not writing is either reading or baking or playing the piano, if I have time. I have 4 jobs at the moment and writing isn't one of them. Soon I'll be down to two. But I'll have time to breathe and get back into my reading and baking.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I think I'd like to have written The Hunger Games,  they are amazing books and I loved the concept as one of my favourite horror films is Battle Royale. I would have liked to have written them because I would have loved to have given Katniss a more, "Let's sort this out" attitude. I like strong character leads and Katniss could have been a good role model for those who are struggling in their lives. The romance in there could have been so much more and I would have loved to have understood Katniss and Peeta a little bit more than the books had shown.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I love writing Dom. He is slightly based on someone I know, so it was fun trying to capture my friend's personality and tweak it to write Dom. With that character I found that you could take him anywhere and put him in any situation and he'd come out looking like the good guy. He also has an interesting personality which shines more through the second book.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The next book has been written, its called Journey In Time and the entire book (plus spelling mistakes) is on Wattpad for all to read for free. I only have the next 3 books planned out. My fans call this the "In Time" series, but the publisher only wanted to publish the first book.

What book are you reading now?

Currently I'm reading The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. It's a brilliant book and series. Epic doesn't cover it.

What is in your to read pile?

The Hero of Ages, The Lovely Bones, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Help, The Strain, The Notebook, Dead Man's Folly, and The Desert Spear. All by amazing and talented authors.

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Loving in Time
AE Kirk

Genre: Romance sci-fi, time travel

Publisher: Vanguard Press

ISBN-10: 1843868113
ISBN-13: 978-1843868118

Number of pages: 370
Word Count: 92,000

Book Description:

Living in New England, half Greek half American high school student, Helen, lives a relatively normal life; a mother and father and two bratty younger twin brothers. But it all changes when her mother welcomes two strange but devilishly cute boys, Marcus and Gus, into the house and into Helen’s life.

While the boys live with Helen, they help her discover that she is far from normal and she is, in fact, part of an ancient Grecian love story that has stretched to every corner of the world. She is Helen of Sparta from the myth, Helen of Troy. The boys however, ask a difficult favour from her, to leave her modern family and go back in time to help break an ancient cycle.

Given the ability to stop time and travel into centuries past, she and her new friends, Marcus and Gus, are joined by five other boys who try and protect Helen from the evil Decurion soldiers; ancient time travellers who wish to stop Helen from breaking the cycle.

Journeying to Ancient Greece, Helen must act as she once had but when the moment the war begins and Helen must break the cycle, she is given a life changing decision. The question is, will she choose wisely?

About the Author:

AE Kirk lives within the majestic Devonshire countryside in England, UK where she wrote her novel, Loving In Time, within three months for a competition. Winning joint runner-up, she continued to write a number of other books ranging from sci-fi, to fantasy and action and a year later, while she was in South Korea teaching English, found a publisher. Kirk, who is Editor in Chief for a fantasy and sci-fi magazine, Kingdom of Fantasy, loves nothing more than to write interesting and unique stories with unusual plot-twists. After gaining a Masters in Social Archaeology at Lampeter University, Wales, Kirk uses her research skills to describe, in vivid detail, the ancient locations in her books. Kirk's passions in archaeology shines through in Loving In Time, her first published novel.

1 comment:

Abi Kirk said...

Thank you so much for the blog stop. You have a very professional and fun-looking layout. I've had a fun time answering your questions.