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