Interview with K. Llewellin

When did you first start writing?
Pretty much when I was in single digits. I loved to write stories and poems when I was a kid, and I even got a poem published in a book when I was around 12 or 13. But as I got older, my interest in science superseded it, and my writing became a distant memory as I concentrated on A-levels, degrees, and jobs. I rediscovered my passion when I became unemployed, and once again had the time to focus on the words. I don't write as often as I'd like these days (university studies and volunteer work get in the way a bit) but I'm still plugging away at my third novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was predominantly a control issue. I wanted to be able to tell the story I had in my head my way. Plus it took the pressure off having to persuade a publisher to accept my manuscript.

These days, due to other commitments, I don't have much time for writing, so it's nice not to have to deal with the stress of deadlines that would inevitably come from having a publisher riding my back (that is if I was able to get one in the first place).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I don't think writing is a joy, so much as a labour of love. It's not easy, you end up doubting your abilities, and every word you've written, and it can be utterly soul-destroying at times. However, there is a wonderful sense of accomplishment to be had at the end, when you finally press that 'submit' button, and see your word-infused baby let loose on the world.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the third instalment of my novel series, which is presently in the read-edit-reread-reedit-start-hating-the-words stage.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my covers myself, mainly as I couldn't afford to give the job to someone else, so it's been a bit of a learning curve. I use GIMP to design my covers, and early on I found a free-to-use sci-fi-like font for the titling. The cover imagery itself is abstract, so I don't have to be a master graphic designer to create them, but the design I create is in keeping with novel's narrative (if you know where to look for it).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Right now I'm a part-time student, doing a second degree in Web Development and Creative Writing (as long as they don't cancel the modules) with the Open University, so a large chunk of my free time is spent studying. I also volunteer for a marine research organisation in various roles, do fitness training several times a week, and fill out the occasional job application form. I'm also a bit of a gamer, so I try to shoehorn a couple of hours of the SIMS 4 and Minecraft into my week. I also try and make sure I read a few pages of a book every night before bed.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee, and Marmite on toast.
Describe your desk
Due to me being a part-time student my desk is usually a chaotic mess of laptops, stationary, study materials, and dead Post-it notes...oh, and the obligatory mug of coffee!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It really depends on what I'm reading. I've got a couple of old Kindles with a lot of free Amazon ebooks I downloaded way back when, so whenever I'm short of something to read, I'll use them. However, I tend to download any new ebooks onto my tablet. Both have pros and cons. I like the Kindle's as they're light and book-sized, so they're easy to carry and don't strain my wrist. Conversely, the tablet has a colour screen, so covers and illustrations pop. Plus, there's something satisfying about being able to swipe on to the next page.
Who are your favorite authors?
I guess my all-time favourite author would have to be Terry Pratchett (gone too soon!). He was the author I first really got into as a kid, and I read his Bromeliad trilogy when I was a teenager. Beyond him is J.K. Rowling, for the Harry Potter series (unsurprisingly), and George R.R. (for god's sake write another novel) Martin, who gave us (and will hopefully give us more of) the A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) series.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
When I got my first eReader (a Kindle) I went to Amazon and looked for free ebooks. Of course, most have been of dire quality, but there were a couple of gems that made me want to read more of the series (e.g. The Grimoire trilogy). Additionally, a hotel I went to automatically enrolled me in their rewards scheme, and has just started a deal where I can download a free ebook once every quarter. Through that, I read the first of the Hellequin Chronicles, which I found to be very good.

Elsewise, the books I get are those from authors I've liked to read in the past. I have book and ebook versions of Harry Potter, I have several Terry Pratchett novels on my eReader, and all the A Song of Ice and Fire books I've read have been on my Kindle.
Published 2018-01-25.
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Books by This Author

Warriors Made of Glass
Series: Zerra, Book 2. Price: $6.29 USD. Words: 120,580. Language: British English. Published: August 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
After the confrontation on the dead world, the experienced fighters have scattered, leaving a void filled with the green. Captain Sin'ma prepares the rebels for war, but the enemy has a new ally, and their chance of success is minute. Head of security Walks has his own problems. There's a killer on the station, and if he's not careful, he may end up battling a demon more deadly than alcoholism.
A Candle Amongst the Stars
Series: Zerra, Book 1. Price: $6.29 USD. Words: 93,660. Language: British English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
In a corner of the galaxy sits the planet Zerra. Above her, the SRV Scientia, where Zerrens and humans cooperate for science. But the fragile peace between the two races is about to shatter, Zerra is marked for conquest by the Orion Alliance, a human-dominant force. With no hope in sight, some pray, some question mankind's cause and a brave few conspire. But will it be enough to save Zerra?