I’m excited to introduce my good friend K.L. Pierce! I was gonna have her on the blog sooner, but she asked me to wait until “summer” because she’s a super important college student. Lol. Jk.
Kirsten’s book Two Lives Three Choices is a SciFi allegory with themes of hope and redemption. It has a lot of heart, has a very original plot, and ends with a great hook for book number two. One thing I love about Kirsten is that she is always looking to improve her writing craft and communicating authentic hope and truth through her work! Read my full review of her book here.
When did you start writing Two Lives, Three Choices and how long did it take?
I probably started writing Two Lives Three Choices when I was around 15. It took about a year to write the first draft. However, as I was planning on making this into a series, I wanted to make sure I was committed by writing the first draft of the sequel as well. Between writing, school, and editing Two Lives Three Choices, the grand total is probably around six years. I’m committing myself to spend at least a couple more years with these characters, so hopefully they don’t get sick of me!
Without giving anything away, what are some of your favorite aspects of this book?
That’s tough, but I’d probably say the deep bonds between the characters. Krysta’s friends are willing to sacrifice everything for her, and Krysta is willing to make the same sacrifice for them. The love Krysta has for both her friends and her family is what drives her to grow into the person that she’s meant to become.
How far are you on the sequel and what can we look forward to in this next book?
The story is basically written. Right now I’m in the editing phase. Fixing those pesky little typos and figuring out what parts of the story are important and which parts need to be cut out. I do have a title though: Two Lives Two Destinies.
As the title suggests, we’re going to be focusing on Krysta’s destiny throughout the book. What exactly is her destiny? How does her past play a role in that? Both Etans and King Immanuel have a destiny in mind for her. Krysta’s trying to figure out what those destinies are, and whether she has any control whatsoever.
I feel like I should know this, but I don’t: is there going to be a third book?
Haha yes there is. While it’s still Krysta’s story, it’s going to be focusing more on the reactions that a couple characters have to Krysta’s struggles. Specifically Dion, and another character who I can’t say because, spoilers. 🙂
What does your creative process look like? Has it changed over the years?
I’m a pantser at heart, so my creative process is a bit more free-flowing. I usually pray before I write, because God is an infinite source of inspiration for me. Then, I put on some music, and start typing away! Sometimes I have to start over because it doesn’t feel like the story is going the “right way” or could be improved. Once I feel like I’m going in the right direction, it’s a journey of discovery for both me and the characters. There were actually some parts of Two Lives Three Choices that I didn’t know about until I wrote them. I was like “What?! Cool! What happens next?” Other times I have scenes that pop into my head and I think “Hmm, wonder if that’ll fit in anywhere.” Then, five or so chapters later, I realize: “Hey! That scene is next!” I basically get the benefits of being a writer and a reader through this process. It’s fun!
How have you seen yourself grow as an author? What do you still need to work on? And do you have any goals for yourself?
As an author, I have grown in my writing abilities, the ability to use constructive criticism for my benefit, and marketing abilities. I know where my weak areas are and I have been striving to work on them as I write Two Lives Two Destinies. While not all criticism is constructive, a lot of the feedback I’ve gotten from reviewers has been very helpful. Finally, while marketing doesn’t come naturally to me, I am watching other authors, and slowly learning the tricks of the trade. Still, there is always room for improvement, in all those areas. My goals are to continue improving on my weak areas. I still need to work on making sure that all the elements of a good book are there while also being concise. I have a lot of ideas that flow through my head. Sometimes it’s a challenge to sort through them all! But sort through them I shall!
What are three tools you use as an indie author?
I use WordPress for my website and blog, Photoshop for book covers and graphics, and Microsoft Word for writing and editing.
Have you read any good indie books lately?
I’ve been on an indie-book marathon (if such a thing exists), so yes! Most recently I read Branwen’s Quest by Katelyn Buxton, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve also read Out of Darkness and Into the Void by E.B. Dawson (that name sound familiar?) Disclaimer: I was not in any way prompted to say this! Go read her books, they’re awesome! I also have a few other indie books/short stories on my TBR list on Goodreads, so the marathon continues!
What sets your writing apart/What is unique about your story?
I take aspects from different genres, insert my own spin on them, and synthesize something original. For example, in Two Lives Three Choices, while the protagonists and her friends are around 16 (typical YA novel age), there isn’t as much emphasis on romance. Instead, there’s more emphasis on familial relationships and friendship. Another example is, while there are super powers involved (arguably more Sci-Fi), those that have them aren’t going to be saving this world. My writing blends elements that people are familiar with but shifts the emphasis for a fresh take.
Has your major (computer science) helped you with your writing? 😉
Yeah, it has, although in more subtle ways than you would expect. When writing programs, my professors strongly emphasize elegance, time efficiency, and space efficiency. There are many ways to solve a problem, but some ways are better than others.
Writing is similar in a sense. You can write the same story in a number of ways. But what makes that story good is how elegant all the aspects of a book are developed. As well as how much space (e.g. pages or word count) it takes to tell your story. I’ve started considering my writing under a Computer Scientists eyes, and I think my writing will become stronger because of that.
Thanks so much for answering my questions (and thanks for that unsolicited shout out)! I loved learning a little more about you. If you want to learn even more about Kirsten, go follow her on Twitter: @KLPierceBooks
Or check out her blog/website: http://www.klpiercebooks.com/
Her book is available on Amazon.