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This is your chance to interview your favorite author. πŸ˜›
I promise to answer truthfully, although I reserve the right not to answer if I feel the question is too personal.

So what are you waiting for? Ask me anything!

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The Lost Signs Interviews Katica Locke

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Posted January 31, 2013 by katicalocke

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  1. Yey! ^_^
    Kay, so I wanted to ask you:
    1) How do you feel about people doing blog posts about you or your works (in the sense of reviews, interviews, or using your previously posted articles in their own blog series while crediting you)?
    2)May I interview you via email (sending you questions so you can approve them and send me back what you feel comfortable answering) or adapt this page into something similar for my blog?
    3) Since you’re super busy (seriously i’m not being sarcastic, writing takes way more time then people realize i get that.) would you or do you do guest spots on people blogs?

    4)Relationships are relationships, but as a woman how do you approach the thoughts, feelings, and physicality behind your male characters? Is it observational extrapilation, sympathy (putting yourself in their shoes), research, etc.?
    5) Working in what some may consider a fantasy or sci-fi genre how much do you feel real life science come into play when creating your worlds and the species that inhabit them? Is it more an issue with certain creations/characters than it is with others (i.e. the dracs inability to mix geneticly with other species[broken wings] versus the golbins being able to mix with elves[slave to the crown])?

    ^_^ KK, so feel free to answer any of my questions when and if you want to no obligation regarding my feelings, since i know they’re kinda…pushy? I don’t know, it always makes me uncomfortable talking to celebrities since i always feel like i’m inconveniencing them.
    byeses.

    • Wow, what incredibly thoughtful questions! Thank you! πŸ™‚
      To answer:
      1) As far as reposting material, I’d be honored, as long as credit is given, and I’d appreciate a link back to the original. I love seeing reviews of my work. I haven’t done many interviews. I can be quite shy and self-conscious, and I don’t always feel that I’m all that interesting, so I tend not to seek out such opportunities.

      2) An email interview sounds like fun! Or use these answers. Or both. πŸ™‚ You can reach me at katicalocke(at)gmail(dot)com

      3) I haven’t done guest spots, and I’m not really all that interested in doing them. I’ve heard they’re a great way to get new readers, but like I said, I’m shy. And you’re right, being busy has something to do with it, but mostly it’s because I feel I’d be bothering the blog host, and then I’d worry that my guest post wasn’t good enough or interesting to their readers. Social anxiety, blargh. πŸ˜›

      4) Hmm, that’s an interesting question. I’m not sure there’s a simple answer, either. I suppose it’s a combination of observation, sympathy, and research, plus a lot of imagination. Writing romantic relationships for me goes beyond just being a woman writing about men. I don’t have much experience in those kind of relationships at all (probably TMI, lol), so it’s all about making it up and hoping I get it right. I read a lot, so I’m able to use what I read to allow me to put myself into my characters’ minds, and I do feel what they’re feeling. As far as specifically being a woman writing about men, I write about a lot of different kinds of people, vampires and dragons and faeries, and they’re all unique in their own way, just like real people are all different. I try to avoid the common stereotypes that women have regarding men, because I regard men as just another type of people, and they’re all different, and however I write them, as long as I give them reasonable actions and motivations and feelings, hopefully they’ll ring true with my readers.

      5) I try to use real life science in my stories whenever possible. I feel it lends realism to the fantastical and helps the reader suspend their disbelief. I did a unicorn birthing scene in one of my books, and I researched horse pregnancy and complications in order to make it as realistic as possible. Often, real science will give me ideas for stories, like the two races of gryphons, which evolved from golden gryphons into black and white due to leucisim and melanism and selective breeding. The science becomes more of an issue when dealing with non-human characters. The more alien the character, the better I have to understand them, because everything about them must be described to the reader.

      Thank you for your questions. I really had think hard about some of them. A celebrity? Me? *blushes* And it’s no inconvenience at all. I appreciate the interest. ^_^

  2. How do you decide which works will be published freely and which will be sold?

    Conspiring Word Addict
    • Interesting question, thank you. ^_^

      I won’t try to sell something too short, and I have trouble refraining from posting longer works as I write them. I’m an attention whore that way. πŸ™‚ Most of the time, I sit down and think, ‘I better write something to sell now.’ If I didn’t have to worry about money and bills and food, I’d much rather post all my stories for free. The publishing process, be it traditional, e-book, or self-publishing, takes too long. I’m an instant gratification type of person when it some to my work. I want to hear what people think of it NOW, lol. ^_^

      • Well, I must say that I love your writing πŸ™‚ Broken Wings is the one that hooked me and I am absolutely in love with Moonlight now. It’s my favorite that I’ve read of your works. Your free fiction stories are wonderful reads as well. Oh, that reminds me. Have you written more of Breach? I believe I saw it on your fictionpress profile..

        Conspiring Word Addict
      • Thank you so much! ^_^
        Actually, I finished Breach and published it with my e-book publisher, however it’s no longer available. 😦
        It’s one of the ones that I intend to find another publisher for, so it could be a while until it’s in print again.

      • Damn. I shoulda been quicker. I guess I’ll have to keep an eye out for it πŸ™‚

        Conspiring Word Addict
  3. @conspiring word addict: I got it, and it was awesome!!!

    @ Katica Locke: I just finished writing the interview questions and now i’m gonna proof read it and then send it over. ^_^

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed Breach. ^_^

      I just read the questions and I’m impressed. Some of them, I’ve never even thought about, like the question about True Love and the one about Darike. I’ll try not to take forever to answer them. ^_^

      • ^_^ thanks. i tried to make them informed questions but not something you might have talked about already or something that you might not be able to answer because of projects currently in the works. Both my mom and my brother, after i mentioned (mentioned here means gushed about) the interview questions, asked me if i asked you “how did you get into writing? Why did you choose the m/m genre?” and i was like “seriously? I’m pretty sure she’s answered that already…soo unoriginal, gah.(>_<)"

        And i really did enjoy Breach, i'm glad i picked it up.I also bought The Shadow Faire's secret. which was really good too. ^_^

  4. Do you plan on converting Magebound into an E-book format?

    Conspiring Word Addict
    • Magebound is one of the books I’d like to find a publisher for, and the two that I’m considering right now do both print and e-books. If I can’t get a publisher for it, then I’ll self-pub it in e-book form eventually.

  5. Is there a name pronunciation guide for ‘Broken Wings’? πŸ™‚

  6. I once read a goblin/fae story of yours and I can’t find it anywhere, I was wondering if its for sale now?

  7. A vexed question. How do you feel about people translating your works with or wiithout permission? I once met a french translation of the Wings. Though not sure if it was complete.

    • Well, if it’s a public work and not one that I have for sale, I’m thrilled whether they ask for permission or not. I did approve a French translation of Broken Wings, and I think I have other stories out there somewhere in German and Chinese, but I can’t remember exactly.

      If it’s a story that I have for sale, I’m not quite as thrilled to have it translated, but since I’m not going to publish in other languages (don’t have the funds to pay for proper translations) I’m okay with it. After all, if someone needs to have it translated in order to read it, they wouldn’t have bought my english version anyway, so it’s not a lost sale or anything.

      Good question! πŸ™‚

  8. Are you going to be publishing the next two books of Magebound? I really love the first book and can’t wait to see what happens next. I also like the other two books you published πŸ™‚

    • Oh, I found you first on FictionPress and really liked the teasers. So I bought three of your ebooks on Amazon.

      • Thanks so much for your support! I’m glad you enjoy my work. πŸ™‚

        Yes, I will be publishing more of the Magebound books. I actually have five books written, although the last three need a lot of work and rewriting. The second book, Spellwrought, is finished and nearly ready for release. I just need to write the extras that I include at the back of my novels, and it will be done. I’m trying to get it done by early next year, but I’ve had so much trouble with these books, I don’t dare put a definitive date on it, because as soon as I do, something will come up to delay it, I just know it.

        Thanks for your question! ^_^

  9. I don’t know if you’ve explained this elsewhere, so I apologize if I’m being repetitive by asking. But how did you work out all of the intricacies for your worlds? And how long did it take, approximately?

    Conspiring Word Addict
    • I think I may have mentioned it before, but that’s okay, this is one subject I never get tired of talking about. ^_^

      For me, world-building is an ongoing process. Take the faerie politics of Moonlight, for example. That is something that has only really developed in the last two years or so, and I am constantly having to add to it. For a lot of my stories, I just make stuff up as the plot and characters call for it, and I keep notes on everything so I stay consistent in future stories. Even stories that don’t write, of which I have quite a few, help to outline various planets, cultures, species, and whatnot. And I’ve been working on this universe for about fifteen years, so I’ve had a lot of time to work things out.

      Thanks for the question! ^_^

  10. Hey so I just read empathic magic on watt pad and it was amazing πŸ™‚ jw if ull get the chance to finish it soon or if you have anything similar/in the same world that is completed πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I don’t know if I’m ever going to finish it. I’ve been thinking about doing a rewrite, but I have so many projects going on right now that I don’t have the time for either. All of my stories are set in the same universe, though usually on different worlds. I have several books published on Amazon that are similar. ‘Magebound’ and the soon to be released sequel, ‘Spellwrought’ are about a slave who works for a mage in a magic shop. ‘Broken Wings’ is available for free to read on this website, or FictionPress, or I have an edited e-book available to buy through Amazon. Thanks for the comment!

  11. There was a story you once wrote about a half-goblin who ended being the leader of his people, and a mute fairy who was his slave. Whatever happened to it?

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