Monday, August 29, 2016

Summer Splash Book Blog Tour: Meet C. A. King!

Carol "C.A." King was born and raised in Halton County. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her two sons.
After the loss of her loving parents and husband, Ms. King was devastated. She decided to retire from the workforce for a year or two to do some soul searching.  It was during this time that writing became her passion. She found she was able to redirect her emotions through her writing and in 2014 decided to publish some of her works.
Today her creation, The Portal Prophecies Series, comes to life.
Book One, A Keeper’s Destiny, Book Two, A Halloween’s Curse, Book Three, Frost Bitten, Book Four, Sleeping Sands and Book Five, Deadly Perceptions are currently available for purchase. Book Six is scheduled for release this fall.

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1. What is your most recent book?
Book 6

This fall the sixth book in my series comes out. That is the final book. You can expect a spin off series, but the main plot of this series comes to an end.
2. Why do you think people would want to read it? What is its most compelling quality?

After losing my mother, father and husband in a short time, I decided to take some time off work and do a bit of soul searching. I have always been a daydreamer with a vivid imagination. One day I started doodling and it turned into a story. I found writing eased the pain. So I kept writing. I knew the stories were good because they had kept me happily daydreaming for years. 
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If I have a bad day and close my eyes. I can travel to a world where things are just a little brighter and get lost there for a while. I want to share that with my readers. When they need to forget about the present even for a few minutes, I want them to be able to grab one of my books and smile again.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Obviously, Willow, the protagonist will resonate with readers. As for supporting characters ~ Jade ~. I love her! She evolves so much through the series that you won’t know she is the same girl by the end. It’s a spoiler but she has a big role to play.
I think of my characters like children. In the beginning of a series, they are in their “raw” form and that is deliberate on my part. I want the reader to be there and actually see what makes them who they are. 
Book 2... Reading this
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In my personal opinion there isn’t enough time in one book to experience the growing pains of life. In a series, however, you have a chance for not only the protagonist to learn, but, also really delve deep into expanding on the supporting characters as well. 
It’s important to me, that if a person takes the time to read my books, they can fully invest their emotions into every aspect. When you meet a character, they have a purpose and aren’t just there for page filler. To me, there is nothing worse than having someone introduced into a story and never hearing about them again.

4. What is the hardest thing you have to do when you create a character and what’s the easiest?
Names are the hardest. I use placeholder names until the right one comes to me. The easiest part would be personality.

5. How do you deal with writer's block?
I lie down and close my eyes. The story never ends. 

6. What is the one book that changed the way you write?
I believe writing is a form of art and as such should only be influenced by one person, that's me. 
I am an avid reader and admire every author and artist for that matter. Writing, publishing and marketing is not an easy task. The fact that anyone takes the time to pour themselves into a book for other people to read is an accomplishment that deserves recognition and applause.

7. What is the craziest/nerdiest/geekiest thing you've ever done?
I had my son make me a meme video for a ComicCon.

8. What is one item on your Bucket List that you haven't completed yet?
I have never been a size 8 or smaller. Unfortunately I am going the wrong way to attain this goal. I believe it may now be out of reach.  :)

9. If you could spend one week anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I love cruises. I can lie on the bed with the balcony door open. A breeze lightly caressing me, the waves rocking back and forth as I read. It's an amazing feeling.

10. What is your most prized possession?
The mother's day before my husband passed away, he bought me a very small rose plant. when it flowers on special days I know he is with me.

Book 3
11. What is the best piece of advice you have been given in regards to your writing?

Change the font size on the spines of my covers. I am in the process of doing that now.

Book 4

12. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to write but doesn't know where to start?

Just write. Don't worry about anyone else.

Book 5

Did you enjoy this interview? Do you have a question for Carol? Leave it in the comments and I will pass it on to her, and notify you when she answers! Meanwhile, keep an eye on S. D. Ferrell's blog for my interview, coming soon!