Interview with April Klasen

Describe your desk
My desk is old and falling to bits. I have to be careful with how I lean on it otherwise the top will slip off the legs, luckily though the legs are solid things and don't move so easily. I like to keep the surface clean and clear of any clutter when I'm working, keeping only the essential pieces of paper within arm reach. If I'm not working then it just ends up covered in half read books and half edited manuscripts.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm still living where I grew up, in a slightly bigger than small country town. Some of the locations appear in my stories, in fact The Annual is the most obvious map, with some changes to accommodate the story. You could probably use the book to find the hospital.
Blair's home was more set where my grandparents lived (not the house, that was based around one of my childhood homes).
I like to write about places that I know very well and tweak them here and there.
When did you first start writing?
Seventeen
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Tea. A nice hot cup of tea that sits on the kitchen counter waiting for me to venture forth. Now if I could have a butler deliver it to my bed every morning then I wouldn't get out of bed (not till all that tea heads south on me).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching anime... it is so hard not to add writing to my list of things I do, it's apart of my life so much. Volunteering at the library as the host of the Anime/Manga Appreciation Society (find us on facebook), and dressing in orange when there are storms.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first novel, well, I wrote that when I was seventeen for National Novel Writing Month and that story will never ever absolutely not be read by any human being. Just a word of advice, virgins should not be trying to write erotic fiction. Learned that the hard way.
How do you approach cover design?
I love designing my covers. Lucky for me I have a little artistic ability (from my mother's side, thanks mum!) so I find it fun to play with my "set" and take photos of it and then fiddle with the image in photoshop (not an expert with this program but I can do the basics that I have to). I like to try and find items that I've mentioned inside the story (bikinis and books on sand was pretty obvious for Summertime Madness) and then arrange them in a way that it looks good. This is where the artistic eye comes into play. I don't draw much anymore so don't expect me to do a cover like that anytime soon.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide and varied selection of books. Lots of drama, adventure, coming-of-age, paranormal, sci-fi, crime and occasionally romance. Unfortunately romance doesn't do it for me anymore, my only explanation for this is I OD'd on it when I was teenager and have not been able to stomach so much as a Mills and Boons since. Yet I occasionally write romance, analyse that one.
Published 2016-06-05.
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Books by This Author

I Heart Pop Asia
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 26,960. Language: Australian English. Published: September 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
It isn’t all love songs in K-pop. Isac is an Australian living in Korea with the goal of being a popular idol. Cassidy is a talented animator attracting all kinds of attention. When they meet, sparks fly. The good kind. But they know what’s between them is just a fling, not a relationship to last the distance between Australia and Korea. Or so they thought.
Pure Pop Asia
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 23,960. Language: Australian English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Abigail is a little known Australian author with issues. Lots of them. When on holidays in England those issues bubble to the surface and ruin her adventure... that is until a chance meeting at a charity ball she was never meant to attend. Will Abigail let go? Or will Ryang fly back to Korea with one less fan?
Blair: The Same Daughter
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 49,340. Language: Australian English. Published: July 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Blair Fitzpatrick was living a form of Happily Ever After. Dathan. Pregnant. Home. With no memories of Alizaria. Until Roy came back and broke the spell, causing her to remember everything. And Blair is pissed. This is Blair's final chance to stop Roy... and to stop the real enemy of Alizaria. The final book in the Blair Trilogy
Blair: The Sleeping Daughter
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 49,980. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Blair Fitzpatrick has woken up after being cursed to sleep for a thousand years and is not happy. The angels have ascended, everyone she knows and loves in Alizaria is dead, except for Roy, and now she is the most wanted enemy of the state. All Blair wants is to go home. If she can...
Blair: Salem's Daughter
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 44,460. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Blair Fitzpatrick is an ordinary fifteen year old who doesn’t chase a white rabbit in a waist coat down a hole. Instead she follows an old man, a vampyre and a shape-shifting cat through a gate and into a fantasy land. Her mission is to reunite the hilt of the Nameless sword with its broken blade buried within a sleeping dragon, learn to control her dormant magic and not die in the process.
The Annual
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 24,600. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Annual Wild Hunt. Nine fey hunters. One mortal prey. From midnight on Halloween, they hunt one chosen mortal. They do this every year. Grace Logan has been chosen to participate in the Wild Hunt; as the prey. “You chose me for a reason, not because you thought I was pretty. You knew I had a chance because I’m like them—the fey.”
Beta
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 29,150. Language: Australian English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
What if you could play the game forever? Georgia Glass, user name Sasha, is an anti-social, gifted game design student employed to be a beta tester for new hardware and software that will revolutionize the gaming industry. Then a bug attached to the quest sucks the beta testers’ consciousness into the game... and they cannot logout.The only way out is a portal at the end of the game.
Summertime Madness
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 23,950. Language: Australian English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Trixie is eighteen and happy to move on from high school and everything that happened before she moved. But how can she forget the first boy she ever loved? Especially when he's tagged along for the summer holiday with all of her other friends. How did he grow up to be such a hottie? And how can she keep from getting hurt again?