Interview with Karlie Lucas

Describe your desk
My desk is a mess. Literally. It becomes a collection a odds and ends, from note paper to pencils and goodie wrappers. When I'm writing, I'm really horrible at keeping things neat and tidy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural town in Southern Utah. As to how this influenced my writing? Well, I do use some of the area as inspiration for my worlds. I also pull from characteristics of people I met or knew growing up, including my family. Nothing else comes to mind.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in first grade, just simple little stories. When I hit junior high, I began to actually work on stories that made sense. Some of those stories have been developed into full out novels. Others are still sitting in my filing cabinet, waiting to be expanded and fleshed out.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Kas. I guess you could say that the story behind this book is that I have always had a thing for the Beauty and The Beast mythos, but I wanted to tell it in my own way. The story started out as more of a classic Beauty and the Beast tale, but morphed into what it is now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, I tried going the traditional route. I sent out query after query, only to be told that it wasn't the right fit for that particular agent or publisher. After thirty plus of these, I decided it wasn't so much my writing as it was that they didn't know how to take my writing style. At that point, I decided it would be easier to get a start by just putting my work out there without a publishing house behind me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy in writing is knowing that I'm writing a story that is worth telling. The characters tell me the story as I write, so every bit is new and fresh for me as it is created. Sometimes I know a few plot points ahead, but it always surprises me how things turn out. And then going back and fleshing things out adds a depth that I didn't realize was there before.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are a support to me. Right now, I'm not sure exactly how many I have, but there is one who claims the title of "number one fan boy", and he's more than willing to read anything I write, even if it is a rough draft. It's nice to know that someone out there likes what I write.
What are you working on next?
My next project is a trilogy about dragons. It's kind of hard to put into a nutshell, to be honest. I'm also working on a dystopian super hero sort of story as well. And I just got the inspiration for another twist on a fairy tale, which will take a lot of work.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a great deal of respect for J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. I also like Susan Cooper, Robin McKinley, and John Flanagan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's the thought that I have to go work at my day job. It's more of a sense of obligation than an inspiration, to be honest. I'd much rather sleep in until some time after seven, but until I make it big, I can't really quit my day job.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That's an easy one. When I"m not writing, I"m either working my day job, which is teaching at a preschool, or I'm doing the mundane things most people do, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, sleeping, eating. I throw in the occasional movie or date with my husband, but, other then that, I'm pretty boring.
Published 2015-03-26.
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Books by This Author

Tarragon: Dragon Bane
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,320. Language: American English. Published: April 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The Revenants are coming and Anwen must prepare her people for the final battle.
Kas: Second Edition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,410. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
When Kas accidentally stumbles on a gateway to another dimension, her entire life is turned upside down. Transported to a place called the Waymeet of Worlds, she discovers that there is more to who she is than she'd ever thought possible.
Bob the Littlest Dinosaur
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 140. Language: American English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Tired of being the smallest dinosaur, Bob sets out on an adventure to change his appearance. After facing many obstacles, Bob decides that being small isn't as bad as he thought it was.
Tarragon: Dragon Mage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,060. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The gates to Tarragon are open but Anwen's journey is far from over. Now she must defeat the Mage Circle and free the dragons from their eternal slumber.
Tarragon: Key Keeper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,520. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
To keep the world from being destroyed, the Last Key Keeper must free the dragons from their immortal prison.
Kas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,790. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
When Kas accidentally stumbles on a gateway to another dimension, her entire life is turned upside down. Transported to a place called the Waymeet of Worlds, she discovers that there is more to who she is than she'd ever thought possible.
The Unknown Elf
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,390. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Things are going well at the North Pole, until a mysterious elf comes to town. Running from her past, she brings with her a terrible secret that might unlock the future and save or destroy Christmas forever.
Dorcha Adhmad The Dark Forest
Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
After hearing the ghostly tale of a mad hunter, two boys take an unexpected part in the old legend.