Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Interview with author Keara Barron

Shadow of the Scared Islands: Part 1

Keara 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 book?
 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?
Shadow 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?
I hope 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?
My 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 keep writing!

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I think 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 more personalized.  

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?
I think 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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