Interview with Yvonne Kjorlien

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been working in Consulting Archaeology since 1999. After that length of time, you tend to acquire stories. Archaeologists, specifically, tend to attract a certain type of *story* -- the stories that have bugs, dirt, books, logistics, and clashing personality nightmares that can only be exacerbated by being in remote locations. The process of going through these *stories* produced much stress. The stress led to catharsis. The catharsis led to writing. Mmm, sounds kind of cyclic!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I value artistic integrity. I was also having a hell of a time finding a publisher or agent. As a new author, it's tough getting people to notice you. When you say, "My stuff is good, I have a story to tell," you can literally see them nod and smile and look for the nearest exit. So I took matters into my own hands. Besides, only as an indie author can you have a good childhood friend design your book cover!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time at a local university - I am a jack-of-all-trades (as most archaeologists actually are) and find myself doing a myriad of tasks, mundane and seemingly supernatural. I am also attempting to get my own archaeology business off the ground. Oh, the trials and tribulations of running your own show. There is a wealth of material here from which to gain writing inspiration......when I have time to write.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first *real* story I wrote and completed was something akin to a Star Trek mini-episode. The crew landed on a planet and found strange and wondrous things. I believe someone ended up flying too.

I grew up on science-fiction -- Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke -- with some fantasy thrown in for balance -- Madeline L'Engle, David Eddings. This coloured and inspired my writing and imagination. I couldn't help BUT write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Alberta. Imagination was essential. Forests were castles, logs were forts, sticks were swords, and I went to school with at least five Princess Leias. My imagination is still very active and requires little prompting.
Published 2013-10-12.
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Books by This Author

Rule Number Four
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Tanis Foster has a list of 61 people. He also has four rules to follow. There is now one person and one rule left. Will he finish?
Memoirs of a Reluctant Archaeologist: A novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,970. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Elise Marquette likes dead people, but digging up the dead doesn't pay. Consulting Archaeology does. Consulting Archaeology also offers many other benefits: dealing with clients who don’t understand that you can’t dig frozen ground, assistants who would rather talk about their sex lives than dig an excavation, and landowners who would rather shoot than talk. Eat your heart out, Indiana Jones!