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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Interview with author Keara Barron
Shadow of the Scared
Islands: Part 1
Barron is currently a high school student in Plano, Texas, and wrote “Shadow of
the Sacred Islands: Part 1” when she was 14-years old. She has a love for
reading and writing, with a special interest in the fantasy genre. Barron also
enjoys playing the viola, mathematics, running, and volleyball.
1. What really inspired you to write your
book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a
My passion for reading and writing inspired me to write my
book, as well as my own aspirations. Ever since I was in elementary school,
I’ve had a dream to write an entire novel and publish it. After reading some
books while I was in eighth grade, I thought “hey, I can do this too. I’ve
always wanted to write a book, so why not now?”
2. What is it about and whom do you
believe is your targeted reader?
of the Sacred Islands is about four young
mages—Sage, Elijah, Teressia, and Korina—who are chosen to embark on a perilous
voyage to the Sacred Islands, an abandoned place full of dark magic. When they
arrive, the four discover a force of evil that has the power to destroy their
homeland. My targeted audience is middle grade and young adult readers who like
fantasy, both genders.
3. What do you hope will be the
everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain
with them long after putting it down?
that after reading my novel, people will see that they can make a difference no
matter what their age is, especially if they are young. I also hope that they
will remember that friendship and unity are so important in life.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you
have for fellow writers?
greatest advice for writers is to not compare yourself or your work to other
authors, especially experienced ones. They might be at a different place than
you in their journey, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel like your
work falls short of theirs. Just remember that we are our own worst critics, so
5. What trends in the book world do you
see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
that there is a greater emphasis on the fantasy genre than there has ever been.
A lot of authors are writing series in the fantasy genre, instead of standalone
books. The book publishing industry seems to be growing immensely, and
self-publishing is a great example of this. It’s given a lot more people
opportunities to become authors and has allowed the whole process to become
6. What great challenges did you have in
writing your book?
One of the
main challenges I faced when writing my book was self-doubt. I didn’t have a
lot of faith in myself and at times, I felt as though my writing wasn’t very
good. Luckily, my love for writing was more powerful than my self-doubt and I
am gaining more and more confidence in my skills.
7. If people can only buy one book this
month, why should it be yours?
my book has a lot of elements that fantasy readers crave, such as action,
adventure, magic, friendship and chemistry that develops between the
characters, and the fight between good and evil. Also, I wrote it when I was
only fourteen, so it could inspire others who have the same goals as me to
pursue their dreams early on.
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