In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with K.L. Horvath
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, K.L.! Thank you for saying YES! when I spontaneously reached out to via Twitter to be In the Spotlight. When Nicole featured your book on Feed Your Fiction Addiction I simply had to know more. I love time travel and the title just jumped at me and said READ THIS! So thank you for saying yes and being In the Spotlight this week.
So let’s get down to business and start talking about books and time travel and all that is cool with the world. In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
Lover of dark chocolate, writer of mythical creatures, wonderment and quirky characters trying to save the world, all while I drink chai tea.
Quirky characters. I can agree with that. Aralias doesn’t fit a mould. I most closely align him with Moffat’s Sherlock Holmes if one were looking for a pop culture comparison.
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
Writing has always been a part of me. When I was a child I wrote poems to my grandmother in blue crayon, in high school my favorite classes were Theater, Creative Writing and English. After college, I was an English Major at Kent State University, I began to pursue my writing with unrelenting passion and decided to see if I could attempt creating a novel and finish it. It ended up being over four hundred pages long. It was a young adult fantasy series that I had planned to develop into four books. I finished the first book and in an odd twist of fate ended up meeting an award winning playwright and we wrote a book together about a Grand Master Chess Champion. Those first two books are very dear to me. But right after finishing the second book a very close friend of mine had died and I had terrible writer’s block. I didn’t think I would be able to ever write again.
Then a year passed and the grief began to slowly draw out of me and I found I wanted to write something that was incredibly, fun and adventurous and full of life so I went out to dinner one night with a lovely friend of mine and ended up creating Aralias and plotting out a good portion of The Unday’s of Aralias Lyons on a white paper table cloth. She’s kept it till this day and I signed and dated it. I never felt the previous books were ready for publishing but The Undays of Aralias Lyons felt the most complete to me and it was so fun for me to write. I ended up sending it to Booktrope and was accepted.
The best thing about the journey has been the actual writing, designing the characters and having this elated, wide open feeling that you have the freedom to create whatever you wish on paper with your words. The worst thing about this journey is the self-doubt. It can cripple you if you’re not careful. You just have to get over the fear of rejection and keep pressing forward.
What an amazing, incredibly journey. I’m so happy you found the passion for writing again. I enjoy Aralias’ adventures. It was a wonderful trip through time.
I hear that you are working on something new. Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it?
I had envisioned writing three books specifically each one about a certain type of interesting, quirky character. I wanted to write about a time traveler, magician and lost angel. The Undays of Aralias Lyons was about the time traveler and The Rathemaker Magician was about this cursed magician and I’m currently working on the third book about the lost angel.
The Rathemaker Magician has such a sense of wonderment and adventure in it and the romance that develops between these two main characters seems deeply enchanting. I think anyone who loves reading about the fantastical will fall in love with it.
I’m having visions of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! I can’t wait to get my hands on your new work.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I love fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, golden age detectives and the classics. So many books to choose from but today I’ll recommend my favorite classics. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I really can’t get enough of these and have read them multiple times.
I tried reading Peter Pan, but failed to fall in love with it. I think my heart and mind are wrapped up in the Mary Martin musical version and Hook. Sometimes pop culture overwhelms the mind!
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
I am obsessed with Starbucks birthday cake pops!
I have this odd habit of leaving half written notebooks all over my house, under the bed, tucked in dresser drawers, the kitchen table, in my car, at work. I guess I need to be ready when an idea strikes me.
Oh, sorry, drifted of into my own little world there.
Sadly it is time to wrap up, do you have any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Write what you love because your heart will show up on the pages you’re creating. And if you love what you’re writing and excited about what you’re writing then your audience will love it and be excited too.
Amazing insight, K.L. Thank you again for dropping by and sharing your journey with us. I hope you’ll com back and tell us all about The Rathemaker Magician upon its release. In the meantime, everyone can check out The Undays of Aralias Lyons. My review will post on Monday!
Synopsis: Don’t miss K.L. Horvath’s compelling time travel fantasy with talking beasts, iron monsters, otherworldly creatures and a desperate father!
For centuries the great Houses of Time have watched over the mythical creatures, those who manipulate the past for their own ends and humankind. But now the houses have dwindled and few are left who remember the mandates. One, in fact, is determined to put the world in its proper place—beneath his rule.
To do that, he’s kidnapped Jack Lyons, the youngest of the Time Travelers. And to get him back and defeat Bliss, Lord Aralias Lyons, Jack’s father, will do anything he has to. He’ll fight wicked spiders, an army of clockwork men, let his son suffer and manipulate time itself in order to right what Bliss has put wrong. He’ll even allow the innocent Miss Clara Heartwell to discover more about the Travelers than most mortals know. Through secret and deadly deals with dragons, battles back in time and with Jack himself, Aralias has to think smarter, act faster, and be more decisive. Because in the end, saving Jack is all that matters…