Author Interview: Kristin Bapst

Kristin Bapst

  1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.I’m currently halfway (almost) through writing “Davingale” which is a YA fantasy, Tolkien-esque in its nature of adventure. I’m also writing a very rough project that centers around the themes of faith and deed vs. intention.
  1. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way. “The Six of Salem” series was a first attempt at writing paranormal romance/horror/urban fantasy. “The Magic Awakens” explores the idea of the first accused witch in the Salem Witch Trials having descendents & I kept asking, “what if?” and it led to the horrific legacy of a family through the years. The main character discovers her family history & her powers, finds others along the way, and falls in love with someone dangerous. It culminates with a battle that, I think, was prep-work for the end of the second book. “Salem Moon” centers around the concept of the God & Goddess they worship in a way. Rose, the daughter of Rayna and Matthew, grows into womanhood through some traumatic events, but finds her soulmate, who also suffered his own trauma. And she discovers she has even more powers than she thought.“Davingale” centers around a teenager coming of age who lived secretly through the books he read while his parents always wanted him to be serious. It takes place in a sort of medieval age although there are a lot of liberties taken & fantasy elements incorporated. I tried not to be like “Middle Earth was my main inspiration!!” but I’ll let the reader decide how well I did avoiding that. A letter arrives for him, and…that’s as much as I’ll reveal; the rest has to be a surprise. It is a journey, which I did say before, and it is definitely a page turner.
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3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

Marketing and promotion. As an author with limited funds, it is hard to get word out about your book without having to spend the dough. I use Twitter, Facebook, and KDP to the best of my abilities, but “The Six of Salem” didn’t do too well, even though my free promotions often sold more books than I ever sold for money.

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

When I sit down at the computer, put on music that fits the book I’m writing, and an hour passes without notice. The ideas flow onto the page & my excitement and adrenaline pump when an interesting concept serves as a catalyst for something bigger & better.

5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

Definitely Tolkien’s language skills. I am currently using Google translate for parts of my book; I am not brilliant enough to create my own langauge! And Jan Karon’s style. She is so descriptive yet so simplistic. You feel like you are standing there in the town of Mitford, you taste the food, you feel whatever the characters are feeling. She is very talented.

6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

I would tell him, “Look, you had to leave. If you stayed where you were, you would become bored, be stuck in stagnation, and never ever have experienced these amazing places and met such interesting people. And you found what you only read about in a storybook! Who else can say that?!”

7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

The stakes are the magic of Davingale, my beautiful, illustrated copy of Treasure Island, and Rose’s powers. I would win because I know exactly how they will react & emote and when they are bluffing; the perks of writing your characters.

8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

My biggest problem I’m still working on is pacing & also I fail at showing & not telling sometimes. So I would say make sure you slow things down and don’t go through almost an entire journey in 100 pages unless you can go through a whole post-journey rollercoaster afterwards. Well, I guess everyone knows what I’ll be working on in the next few months! Lol

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

“Davingale”, I am guessing, will be out late autumn/early winter; which makes it a great Christmas gift for any teen or any adult that is into YA fantasy. As an interesting tidbit, I’ve learned cooking up a chopped apple or pear mixed with Saigon cinnamon is like a pie filling without the calories & sugar. If you want to follow me on Twitter, which I’m on more than Facebook, my handle is @dreamer984 – I tweet about my life, writing, my books, so it’s like having a close, personal connection with an author. And I’m currently being sucked into the David Tennant series of Doctor Who – when he did Scrooge McDuck I was in awe because I had only seen him as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, so seeing him as an alien doctor makes me REALLY realize his versatility and range.