Meet the Authors at utopYA is a series of blog posts where we introduce you to all the amazing writers who will be in attendance at the first ever utopYA convention. Some will be on panels, some will be exhibitors, some will be keynote speakers, and all are living the dream.
We asked the authors 5 questions we wanted to know, and hope that you find them informative and entertaining. These authors were hand-picked, so you’ll definitely want to read their amazing books if you haven’t yet. Get ready, because this is only the beginning.
Meet The Author: Elizabeth Kirke, More Than Magic Series
Elizabeth Kirke wanted to be an author before she even knew what an author was. She used to say that she wanted to be an artist, but that was only because she was too young to write and had to tell stories with pictures instead. She hasn’t stopped writing since she learned how. It wasn’t long before she dreamed of becoming an author and couldn’t be happier now that that dream is a reality. If she isn’t writing…well, let’s be honest; if she isn’t writing she’s probably on Facebook thinking that she should start writing. But, if she isn’t writing or on Facebook, she’s probably doing something involving books, baking, gardening, or yarn.
She recently signed a contract with Anchor Group Publishing to digitally rerelease her first novel, More than Magic: Semester Aboard. Thanks to a fantastic push from AG, her novel will also be available in paperback for the first time, just in time for UtopYA! She has plans for at least three more novels in the More than Magic series, as well as a related short story in an anthology from Anchor Group coming out this fall.
1. What’s your idea of ‘utopia’?
That’s a tough one. I’ll tell you my own personal utopia though! There would be water, ducks, a dog, cats, and plenty of time to sit and write! Oh, and my husband would cook me his famous “bacon balls” for dinner every night!
2. Who influenced you to become a fabulous young adult paranormal author?
Aww, you flatter me! The list of authors that I love is too big to count, I just read too much! That said, I have always, and will always, list JRR Tolkein, Frank Herbert, and George RR Martin among my favorite authors. On the YA side, Mercedes Lackey has always been at the top of that list. I used to keep a stack of her books by my bathtub and every night before bed I’d climb in and grab a random book from the stack. I never got sick of reading them. And my influences will never be complete with adding JK Rowling. (What is it about authors and initials?) I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan and always will be. And if you stop by my booth, you’ll see proof! Wrapping up my long answer, I’m also going to have to mention my father, who always supported me and my numeous (often odd) hobbies. And last, not a who, but a what: Semester at Sea. Without that program, my first novel would still be a stack of mangled papers in a file somewhere.
3. Paper or digital media?
There are so many answers to that. I prefer to read paper. Ebooks are amazing and convienent, but being able to hold a book and flip (not to mention the smell of an old favorite, you know what I’m talking about) will always hold a place in my heart. When I actually write it’s 100% digital. I jot down To-Do lists and thoughts if I’m on the move, but that will probably fade once I catch up to the world and get a smart phone. And as far as publishing goes, I’ve loved my time with digital media, but now that my first novel is about to be in print, I think I’m in heaven.
4. Do you have an “end of book” ritual (that you’re willing to share…)?
I’ve only ever finished one! As I recall, it involved a bit of shock and awe and a sigh of “Wow”. It’s a great, great feeling. One that I should be feeling again soon – fingers crossed. Although maybe I should make an end of book ritual that involves cheesecake… But that’s a boring answer, so I’ll share a different ritual with you. Everytime I finish re-reading Deathly Hallows, I read the first couple of chapters of the first book to “restart” it all. That way I’m never truly done!
5. What do you hope to get out of UtopYA Con 2012?
I’ve been to a ton of conventions, always as the fan. It’s almost overwhelming to find myself preparing to go as a guest instead. I am beyond excited for. There are several authors and bloggers going who I’ve been in contact with on Facebook. I suppose we’re “Facebook friends”. I’m looking forward to finally meeting them in person. I’m also hoping to meet a lot of other great authors and fans, and really get a chance to network. All in all, I just want to have a great time!
For more about Elizabeth Kirke, visit her website: elizabeth-kirke.blogspot.com