Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mini-Interview & Giveaway: Kaleb Nation, author of Harken

Today I'm excited to help announce the paperback release of Harken by Kaleb Nation! Hurry and pre-order your copy today because the first 2,000 copies will be signed by the author! to celebrate the release we've got a mini-interview with Kaleb and a giveaway!

Michael Asher is almost an ordinary California teenager, except for his unexplainable ability to see a glimpse of a person’s thoughts through their eyes. After surviving an assassination attempt, he discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy higher than any earthly power. A clandestine organization with authority over world leaders, celebrities, and the wealthy desperately wants him dead. Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to search for the identity of the puppet master and dig up the truth that humanity is not being told.

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

It took a long time for me to realize that I liked writing. When I was 9 years old, my mom suddenly dropped a spiral notebook on my desk and told me I had to write one page a week. I hated it! But she was unrelenting, so I wrote my first science-fiction story about a submarine that went under the North Pole. Slowly I started to realize that when writing, I could make up anything I wanted and when it was written down, it was far more real than in my head. After I finished that first story, I couldn't stop, and I knew I wanted to be an author.

Do you feel like being a published author makes a difference when it comes to your writing process?

Yes, it certainly does. There is a lot more expectation after you've been published. You have readers who are waiting for something new from you and deadlines that scream "write faster, Nation!" I learned how to plot my books out before writing so that I don't spend so much time trapped in writer's block. I spent 6 years writing my first novel -- if I spent 6 years writing every book, I'd still only have that one book!

If you could go back in time to when you first started writing Harken, is there any advice you'd give yourself or any tips that you know now that you didn't know then?

Let your characters be who they want to be. Don't try to push your characters into certain molds that you think people will like to read. Suggest interesting traits for them and then let them take over with their own voices. If they're real to you, they'll be real on the page.

Kaleb's Announcement Video:


Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the Author:

KALEB NATION is an author and online personality. His blogs and videos have received over 50 million hits online, and he has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more. While writing Harken, Kaleb documented his progress through video blogs at . A black belt in taekwondo, Kaleb lives in California with his chinchilla, Chilla. Harken is his first novel for teens.
Youtube.com/KalebNation

Kaleb regularly posts on Twitter (@KalebNation) and blogs at KalebNation.com.


For more about Harken check out these sites!


27 comments:

  1. I want the power of flight.... makes sense since I hate heights. :)

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  2. Awesome post! I really love his answer to the last question. I think I would want the same ability because I'm always so curious what other people are thinking...but I'd probably end up hating it lol! :)

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    1. I'd probably end up hating it too! It would probably start off really fun, but get annoying really quick :)

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  3. I really like the idea of teleportation, especially with being the mother of two children. It would be so much easier to blink myself to the store for a gallon milk and back home again.

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  4. The power to see into the future. That would benefit me most!

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  5. I would love to have the ability to move things with my mind.

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  6. I love how your mom got you into loving reading. It's adorable!

    OK, anyway... If I had a power, I would love the power to control time, so I can control when I can sleep without having to deal with schedules.

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  7. Hmm to control an element or all! :D That would be awesome!
    Samantha D

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    1. That would be cool! I'd definitely like to control an element. Maybe water? I can't decide!

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  8. Ooh, okay, I would definitely want the power to shape shift into any animal I wanted. :)

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    1. Shapeshifting! Yes! I want that one too. As long as it doesn't hurt to shift!

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  9. I would love to be able to jaunt - it's like teleportation.

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    1. Teleportation in any form would be awesome!

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  10. The power to freeze time! :D

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    1. Yes! Like Piper from Charmed! I always wanted her power!

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    1. Time travel would be cool, but I don't know what time I'd travel back to!

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    1. That would be awesome! You could make anyone believe whatever you say! Yes, I definitely want that one now!

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  13. I'd want to control the weather. I'd feel like a bad ass, making storms when I'm angry haha

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  14. Invisibility. Just thought it'll be cool

    Vivian M

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    1. Invisibility would be pretty awesome. You could avoid people you didn't want to see lol!

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  15. If I could have any power it would to travel back in time so I could go back and spend time with my great grandmother she was a huge part of my life and to be able to do so would be something amazing for me even if I just was able to do it once .

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  16. OMG! Thanks so much cant believe I won.

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