Kev’s Author Interviews Presents…
Kara L. M.
A Short Bio
I grew up at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch mountains in SLC, UT. I was certain there was no better place on Earth, but now that I live in the bay area it’s become a close race. While my husband pursues a PhD in Engineering I reap the benefits of perfect weather and unlimited things to do. After becoming a huge fan of the YA genre I decided to write my own. My many years of high school newspaper and creative writing college courses finally paid off. While I love my new home my roots run deep for Utah which is where my story ended up being based. When I am not busy being a Mom of two girls I love to rock climb, kick box, wakeboard, snowboard and cook.
Kev: What is your latest book called and what is it bout?
Electric Fog is a Young Adult romance mixed with Sci- Fi. Fifteen year old Liv is used to good grades, happy friends and virgin lips. All of that changes when the letter F shows up on her report card. Summer school is the definition of hell for a teenage girl but a tall, muscular blonde in the back of class is about to change that. Liv finds herself quickly wrapped up in a summer romance that most girls could only dream of, but there is just one problem, since the first time they touched sparks fly, literally. This electric phenomenon can only mean one thing, Austin isn’t human. The more Liv finds out about the truth the more lost and scared she becomes. Can Liv and Austin’s love conquer the obstacles ahead? All Liv wanted was a chance to grow up and be in love but what happens when lives are at stake? Will she rise to the occasion?
Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?
Naturally I wrote this story from Liv’s perspective based on my own teenage experiences. It was odd and fun to relieve some of those memories. Thanks to my engineer Dad you will find geeky moments throughout the book.
Kev: Who is the protagonist?
Liv is a straight laced, never been kissed sweet girl that is excited for high school and the chance to figure out who she wants to be.
Kev: What would you say is the protagonist’s greatest weakness or obstacle and why?
Liv is stubborn when it comes to her morals and views on life and love. When Austin’s world collides with hers all of her standards will be tested as well as any chance at a normal teenage life she desperately craves.
Kev: What would you say is the main antagonist’s greatest strength?
Although Liv comes off as young and naive she is strong willed. She won’t let anything get in her way when it comes to her goals.
Kev: Could you provide a short passage from your book to give us a taster?
I chose a seat towards the front. I was a good student, there was no need to fake that I wasn’t. I noticed a few girls in the back and several boys walked in after me. A guy with spiky brown hair and a black t- shirt sat next to me. He was cute and I finally felt like getting ready wasn’t a complete waste of time.
Then I saw him, six foot tall blonde perfection wearing a crisp button up shirt and khaki shorts. His skin was a natural olive tan that brought out his ocean blue eyes. His attractive level would raise flags in Utah let alone summer school. He was obviously a model from New York or something, but I wasn’t complaining. He passed by my seat and I inhaled his delicious scent. I casually spied over my shoulder to see him take a seat in the back. His tousled hair fell perfectly above his eyes. I thought about the fact that he was probably a smart guy who was too lazy to turn in assignments. A pit in my stomach formed when I realized he may be thinking that I was a complete idiot to make it to this class.
A short round man with little hair came through the door wearing a frown. “Welcome to pre-algebra, let’s get started.” You could tell he didn’t want to be here anymore than the reject students he was banished with.
Kev: When you write, do write off-the-cuff or do you use some kind of formula?
I wish I could claim to be organized with writing but the truth is I am not. For me it is addicting to sit down and just let it all out. I used to wonder if I was writing improperly since I never had a plan but somehow it all worked out in the end.
Kev: How do you deal with writers-block?
I usually take time off and read a wonderful novel. I feel completely recharged after and can usually get myself back into my story in no time.
Kev: Preference for writing: Day or Night?
With having kids night is my only choice. But the rare time I have had an afternoon to myself I am surprised at how much I can get done!
Kev: What is your process for editing your work?
Honestly it’s pretty horrible. I used to love editing in all my college courses but when it’s a 157 page book you wrote it becomes difficult to not glaze over mistakes! I am currently editing my own books and use help from my beta-readers and friends to triple check each novel.
Kev: How do you come up with your book covers?
I personally love covers that have real photos of people without their full face. I want an idea of what the character looks but leaving enough mystery for my imagination to fill in the rest. I also love bright colors and textures that pop so I usually start with that formula.
Kev: Do you think the book cover is important?
Absolutely, for me it’s the difference in buying a book or not. With the hundreds of thousands of books out there you need to stand out. But I also think it helps set the mood of the story which can really help the reader get into the world you created.
Kev: Do you face any daunting obstacles during the publishing process?
I wish I could write all day, but being a stay at home Mom as well as an event planning consultant on the side takes a lot of my time! In order to be discovered you need to keep writing and Electric Fog and it’s sequel came simultaneously. I have other writing projects that are not coming as quickly due to time restraints.
Kev: What methods do you use to promote your work?
At the moment I use twitter, my blog, facebook, goodreads and email groups. I have a list of bloggers I sent my book too which helps. I am also always searching for opportunities online to get the word out without spamming. It is easy to have your work lost in the sea of others. But some of my greatest success has come from word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to shamelessly tell your friends and promote your book to your church group or parent group you belong to!
Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?
The best advice I can give is to have faith in your own talent. I wrote Electric Fog with no expectation of having it published. I eventually broke down and gave it to one friend. I told her the classic line that it was a “friends book” so that I could gather an honest response. I was shocked and elated when she loved it and became even more confident with each positive review from friends/strangers. Also it’s tough to market your book. Do your best to research everything on book publishing so that you are ready to jump in.
Kev: Which social media platforms do you use the most?
Kara L. M. blog: https://karalmbooks.wordpress.com/
Kev: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Electric Fog will be available for a free download June 30th- July 2nd on Amazon to celebrate the second book coming out! Electric Surge is the second book in the series where Liv will face her greatest challenges yet and is slated to be published July 1st.
Amazon link to buy for or free download for three days: http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Fog-Kara-L-M-ebook/dp/B00VR4NNMA