Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Interview with Kendall Grey

I'm delighted to welcome to the blog, Kendall Grey, the author of Asgard Awakening books.

When did you first start writing? And what made you start?
I started writing in August of 2008. I’d read Stephenie Meyers’s TWILIGHT books and thought I could write a book too. I was sorely mistaken. Ha! After taking tons of writing classes, reading tons of books about writing craft, and rewriting my story tons of times, I finally published my first novel in 2012. I probably should’ve started with the research portion before jumping in feet first, but hey, live and learn!

What was the first full-length novel you ever wrote? (I realise this may not be the same as the first book you have had published!)
My first novel was an urban fantasy romance called INHALE. It’s about a whale biologist who falls for a rock star Sentinel in the Dreaming. Oh, and they save the world together. Or maybe just Australia. Close enough. :-)

Your new book is just out. Tell me more about it?
DRAGGED is the third book in my Asgard Awakening urban fantasy comedy series. The Norse god Loki wakes up in 2019—sans a penis, plus two breasts—and has to find her immortality runes at the risk of … well … dying. DRAGGED takes Loki and her friends to San Francisco, where they get involved with a drag show only to discover that the judge is someone from Loki’s past who has a vested interest in making her miserable. Typical Norse stuff. Haha!

What prompted you to write it?
I’m always looking for a new angle, and I LOVE the character of Loki from Norse mythology, so I asked myself what would happen if Loki woke up in the modern age as a woman? Not shapeshifting into a woman, but actually being a woman in her native form. Lots of possibilities and room for laughs, which are always a bonus.

I have a transgender son who came out to me while I was in the process of planning the Asgard Awakening series. I thought it was so interesting that his coming out and my creation of a female Loki coincided. Male god reborn as a human woman and feeling trapped in the wrong body? Very trans, right? Maybe my mom instincts subconsciously picked up on what my son was going through, and I projected it onto my character? Who knows? Brains are weird.

My son’s transition has sparked a lot of the feelings, struggles, and conversations that happen in the Asgard Awakening books. The convergence of life meeting art was true serendipity. I continue to learn from my son every day.

What are you working on at the moment? Are there already plans for the next book after this one?
I’m in the planning stages on the fourth and final book in the Asgard Awakening series, which is tentatively titled FOOLED. I hope to publish it in August of 2020. I’m so excited to share how everything turns out with Loki and the Rune Protectorate!

And now for some more random questions...

What’s your radio tuned to most often?
I don’t listen to the radio much (I prefer listening to audiobooks in the car ;-), but when I do, I usually tune in to Octane or Alt Nation on Sirius XM.

You’re stranded on an island. You can choose one of the following three things. Which do you choose and why?
1. Limitless supply of paper and pens.
2. A computer which will never run out of battery and which can access the internet, but you can’t post anything/get help via it, only read what others have put up
3. An endless supply of loo roll. 

I’d go for the limitless supply of paper and pens. Much as I love watching TV and movies, I’d be more entertained in the long run if I were creating something. I love making things.

You can only wear one of the following colours for the rest of your life. Which colour do you choose? Yellow. Orange. Green. White. Pink. 
 Yikes! Those are some scary colours where my complexion is concerned. HAHA! I reckon I’d go with green. It reminds me of spring. I love spring. 

Jason Bourne or James Bond?
James Bond 100%!

Cats or dogs?
If you’d asked me 20 years ago, I’d have said cats, but now that I have two dogs, I’ll side with the canines. WOOF!

City or country?
City girl, all the way.

Real book or e-book?
Ebooks are real books! And they take up far less space. Definitely ebooks.

Fountain pen or biro?
Fountain pens make prettier lines, so I’ll go with those. :-)

Thanks very much for letting me bombard you with questions!
You can catch up with Kendall at all these places...

Website: https://www.kendallgrey.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KendallGreyAuthor
IG: http://www.instagram.com/kendallgrey1
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kendallgrey1
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kendall-grey
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5108885.Kendall_Grey

And you can order "Dragged" at all the following places:
UK
US
Canada
Australia




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