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Author Interview : K. R. R. Lockhaven

K. R. R. Lockhaven is the author of The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex : The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Dragon in the Multiverse, who has recently signed a three book deal with Shadow Spark Publishing.

Interview

Use three to five words to describe yourself.

Goofball. Struggling. Hopeful.

Can you give us a little background on your book?

I have one self-published book out in the world: The Conjuring of Zoth-Avarex: The Self-Proclaimed Greatest Dragon in the Multiverse. I was recently lucky enough to sign a three book deal with Shadow Spark Publishing, and book one of my nautical hopepunk fantasy trilogy comes out next summer. It is tentatively titled Marauders, Daughters, and Dragons.

Can you give us any insight into your planning and writing process?

I wish I could just start writing and see where it goes. That sounds fun. But I’m a plotter, through and through. I like to at least see the bones of the entire story before I start writing it. I also don’t pound out a first draft like most other authors (smartly) do. I take my time with the first draft in hopes that I won’t need to change much on future read-throughs. Of course it never works out that way.

Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

Music. My writing playlist has classical music, movie scores, and video game themes. A lot of Zelda stuff.

Based on your experience, can you offer a piece of advice to budding authors?

Don’t do it like I did. Don’t just jump off the cliff without testing the water’s depth first. What I mean by that is try to become a part of the writing community before publishing. Get to know some fellow writers in your genre. Get a feel for how the whole thing works. Find out what has been successful for others, and where they have faltered. It will give them a much more solid footing to start from.

You can erase one book or series from your mind entirely so that you can read it again for a first time, which do you erase?

Even though it’s not finished yet, I might have to go with The Kingkiller Chronicle. I would not only get to read it for the first time, but I would get to dig into all the lore and the fun fan theories for the first time.

Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

My favorite series is probably the aforementioned Kingkiller Chronicle. My favorite book of all time is The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. But since I have immersed myself in the fantasy writing community, I’ve found some really great fellow indie and self-published authors. Krystle Matar, Bjørn Larssen, Sean Gibson, CM Caplan, Zamil Akhtar, and Quenby Olson are all writing fantastic stuff, and that’s just to name of few.

Who are your favourite book characters?

Gotta go with Samwise Gamgee for that one. I’m usually drawn to the side characters more than the main protagonist. Even in my own writing, I find it more fun to write the companion than I do the main character. I also love the Cathay from Kingkiller. It’s possibly the coolest “bad” character I’ve ever read.

Do you have any favourite magic systems?

I’m starting to sound like a broken record, here, but probably the magic of The Kingkiller Chronicle. It’s so intricate, and written in a way that you almost believe it could actually work. I also love the magical concepts in the Discworld. They’re both genius and fun.

You can bring one world from a book or series to life and live there, which world do you choose

That’s tough, because most of them are probably horrible places to live. But I think I’d go with the Discworld because of the fun potential, and it would be cool to know you were living in a world that was riding through space on the back of a giant turtle.

What book or series would you love to see on the big screen?

Another tough one, because when we know and love a book, the movie will never live up to it. But I think it would be really cool to see Gunmetal Gods by Zamil Akhtar on the big screen. I would love to see that world, from the costumes and sets to the Lovcraftian gods, come to life.

You can collaborate with one other author, who do you choose?

Probably Anthony Doerr, just so I could get a glimpse into his process and thinking. In my humble opinion, his writing is unmatched, and I’d love to see if some of that could possibly rub off on me. Also, our collaboration would likely earn me a lot of money.

Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

I’m not sure if this counts, but the pirate culture, especially in and around the Caribbean, has been a huge influence on my new series. I absolutely love all things nautical, and piratey, and anything related to that stuff.

What is your favourite mythical creature?

It has to be dragons. I feel like I’d be betraying myself if I picked anything else. They are just so cool. A dinosaur, with wings, and can blow fire? It never stops being awesome. I prefer dragons that can talk, and are snarky. Of course I love my creation, Zoth-Avarex, the most. I mean, he’s a prick, but I still love him.

What is your favourite mythical race?

Orcs. But they usually get a bad rap. I like to see all mythical races treated fairly. Every real life group has major differences among them. There are assholes in every group, nice people in every group, and most are just doing their best to get by. I think orcs being bad by virtue of being orcs is a thing of the past, or should be anyway. There are orcs in my new series who work on a crew of failed pirates who just want to sing shanties and have adventures. I love them.

You can have one superpower, what is it?

The ability to get eight hours of sleep every night.

You have the ability to morph into any real—not mythical—creature. Which creature do you choose?

A capybara. No question. I would live a life of leisure in a tropical paradise and get along with everyone around me.

You can go back in time and live a different period of history, when do you choose?

My first thought is to go back to the 1700s and be a pirate in the time of Blackbeard, but I don’t think that would be as cool as it sounds. Real pirates and fictional pirates are very different, and I don’t know if I’d be ready to kill as ruthlessly as many of them did. I think living in any other era, although it sounds great, would be tough. I have become soft, and weak, and lazy compared to almost everyone throughout human history. But maybe just give me a farm somewhere off the beaten path in the Scottish Highlands in a time when there was peace. I think I could toughen up and learn to love that.

You can meet any five people in the world, who would you choose?

I’m going to go with people who are still alive:

  • 1) “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • 2) The current liaison to the Faerie Realm
  • 3) The person with the highest clearance level at Area 51
  • 4) The Dalai Lama
  • 5) Ted Lasso (he’s real, right?)

Would you rather…

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
    • Both would be scary, but I always have to go with dragons.
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • Elves are pretentious, plus it would be cool to have tusks.
  • have the ability to travel to mythical worlds, from your favourite books, or the ability to travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this world?
    • Possibly interesting side note? In my first book, all mythical worlds from books are actually real and we only know about them because they seeped across dimensions into an author’s head (shrugging emoji)
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • I guess I would be less scared about drowning after the bubble cracked than I would be of falling from the clouds.
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    • My memory is so horrible. It would be nice to go back and watch moments from my life again.

Thank you so much for this interview! The questions were tough, but fun. I really appreciate it!

Thank you for taking the time Kyle, we really appreciate it.