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Interview with an Author featuring E A Porter

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is E A Porter! Her latest release, War Pony (Native Warrior Series) released on December 1st 2022.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first story at age 11, and I really haven’t stopped since. I knew what I wanted to be, and, because of my wonderful readers, I’ve been lucky enough to have a career doing what I love.

Do you have a writing quirk or ritual?

My only quirk (as far as writing goes) is that I will not end my writing day until the goal is reached (normally the end of a current chapter).

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Inside my head (as I suppose the case is with many writers) are characters demanding to be heard. It’s a scary place but I’m getting used to it.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Every story, every character, every situation is different. It’s not so much about what “I” think but more so about how the story plays out in my head.

I love the covers to your Native Warrior series. What made you decide to use Indigenous men on your covers?

Thank you! I just seemed like the thing to do. My Native Warrior Series is all about Indigenous people (well, save the heroine of the tale, in most cases) so it was only proper to match my covers to the stories.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Reviews are for the readers – not the author. I’ve ceased reading my reviews because, while most of them are glowing, one “bad” review will have me tied in knots for a long time. Once I release the book to the wild, I’m certain that I’ve done all I can to make it as correct and entertaining as possible. I don’t believe there is anything I can do with a published story to make the negative reviewer happy. Good reviews make me feel wonderful – but a bad review can crush me. So, again, reviews are for the potential readers.

Which of your books were the most enjoyable to write?

Ok. I’m gonna let everyone in on a little forbidden secret here (in the spirit of honesty). The book I most enjoyed writing, the characters that made me smile, the worlds I would have loved to visit… well, they are all in books which are no longer published. They were fantasy, vampiric, paranormal, etc. I really enjoyed writing those books, but it seemed no one was interested in reading them. A decision has been made to combine my love of paranormal/supernatural with my love of the Native culture. The characters are running circles in my head trying to tell me their story. I’ve just gotta pay attention and get it on paper.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with me?

Yes. My newest series is based in Native mythos (combining, as I stated before, my loves of Native culture and the supernatural).

What advice would you give to other authors?

Reconsider, as this one is 90+% frustrating. I joke, of course, but it can be hard on the psyche. The only real advice I can offer is to know your characters and subject. If you have any doubt, research (then research from another angle or three!). It’s a shame to lose readers over small incorrect details in an otherwise great story. Oh, and don’t be afraid to publish. Get it right first but then, publish. Readers cannot read a book that isn’t out there.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I’ve put everything I have into these stories. The historical aspect of my stories is spot-on, and the stories have very little “sugar-coating” when it comes to the Native way of life at the time of the story. Life was hard (from our modern-day perspective) and I try to portray that in the best way possible. Sure, the pairings of lovers may seem a little fantastic but, hey, they are meant to take you away from the real world and swallow you, keeping your attention and entertaining you all the way through to the last page. They are my heart and soul, my blood, sweat, and tears. I’d like my readers to know how much I appreciate their support. Without them, there’d be no reason to continue writing.

 

Thank you E A Porter for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her newest release, War Pony today!

~Synopsis~

War Pony had everything he could have hoped for in life – his beautiful wife, Pretty Raven, and their unborn child. However, Pretty Raven’s death at the hands of the white man destroyed his future. Instead of following his desire to seek revenge, the Warrior did as his wife would have wanted. He remained in the village to help his people.
Many seasons passed, and the Warrior found himself desiring companionship. Welcoming the company of the most willing woman in the village did not fill the void in his heart.
After being informed that his wife had been taken from the village alive, War Pony, with renewed hope, will risk everything to find her. Will his determination and love be enough to free her from her abductors? Or will it end in tragedy, the Warrior left once again broken-hearted and devastated?

Elizabeth Anne Porter was born in Ruislip, in the London borough of Hillingdon. She currently lives in Oklahoma with her pedantic husband and two literary cats.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/stores/E-A-Porter/author/B01LA5JNA6

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Author Spotlight · Interview with an Author

Interview with an Author featuring K.L. Garrison

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is the husband/wife writing duo, K.L. Garrison! Their debut novel, Almost King: The Rise of Jerik released on February 4th 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourselves.

Well, we live in Texas, have a horde of children, spend as much time as possible in the woods or on the lake. K.L. is Comanche and is actually a tattoo artist as a day job. I’m an editor and publisher and SAHM.

How many books have you written? Which is your fave?

Only two so far. Almost King: The Rise of Jerik and its sequel, out in August, Jerik the Unsteady.

K.L.: I don’t think I have a favorite, really. I think maybe Almost King— developing the characters was fun and gave me the inspiration to keep going.

Karmin: I refuse to choose.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

K.L.: When my wife challenged me to write a story… though, when I was younger, I would write stories here and there. I’ve always had the imagination. But, honestly, I probably wouldn’t have written anything without Karmin’s poking and prodding.

Karmin: I write small things here and there— once I wrote a huge 300k dark fantasy and lost the entire file (remember to extra backup your stuff, folks)— but writing has never been my dream. I like the other side of book stuff which is why I’m an editor and publisher.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Can’t tell you that— spoilers. 

K.L.: Spoilers (but really anything dealing with Jerik).

Karmin: Reading what he wrote and then filling in extras almost broke my heart, especially at the end of Almost King.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

K.L.: That’s hard to answer… I’ve always loved history, particularly where there’s not a written history but more oral so we don’t truly know everything like the viking and indigenous histories. It gives more room to build into stories… like, we know Vikings did come to North America and I wanted to see what could have possibly happened between them and those of my culture.

Karmin: *points at K.L.* I do have a short in an antho coming out later this year and that inspiration was just being mad as hell.

What does your family think of your writing?

K.L. & Karmin: They love it. Everyone has been so supportive and it gives greater motivation. The kids think it’s the coolest thing that we both work with or write books. They’re all little bookworms themselves. 

What is one of your guilty pleasure reads?

K.L.: Honestly, I don’t read much fiction. It’s mostly historical biographies and such.

Karmin: I have SO MANY! But I wouldn’t call them guilty pleasures. I just like stories, especially dark ones where the villain has the upper hand. BUT, to name some favorites, All the Ways You Never Loved Me by Rue Volley, House of Deceit by Julie McCord, Being Mrs Dracula by Faith Marlow, Dragon’s Call and Raven Daughter by A.D. Trosper, JackRabbit7 by Sarah Jayne Carr, DragonLance by Weis & Hickman… I feel like I’m doing a disservice to many by not listing more.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

K.L.: I don’t know, really.

Karmin: I like where I am. But if we’re talking vacations, I’d be happy as all get out to just road trip around the country and then visit some friends up in Canada.

What are you currently working on?

K.L.: We just finished up Jerik the Unsteady. I’ve already started formulating the third (unnamed) book for the Tale of Two Nations series.

Karmin: So so many things. Aside from Jerik the Unsteady, I’ve got Indomitable Ink and all the things going on there. Art books, books in indigenous languages, horror, some anthologies… I’m never not busy, honestly.

What is advice would you give to other authors?

K.L.: I guess it would be to try not to overthink it. It seems to play out better if you just write whatever comes first and clean it up later. It may even piss your editor off (*glances at Karmin*) but you’ll get a less forced-feeling, more authentic story if you just roll with the emotions.

Karmin: Be bold but don’t be a jerk. You should absolutely be proud of the work you put out but to ignore the help given you along the way, the opportunities that get you where you’re going, and the people that were just there for you is really gross. There’s no need to act better than others when being grateful and humble will get you where you want to be. And for the love of books, listen to advice given when asked for and take it with a grain of salt.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

K.L.: That’s a hard one. I always wanted to write something that people would enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing. Even though it’s a historical fiction, it’s always been my hope that people would read it and think, “This could have happened.” I want people to feel it’s authentic with just enough wiggle room to leave the rest to their imagination. About me? I never wrote and thought to go anywhere big… I only wrote it because it was a story I found hidden in myself and thought “others might enjoy this, too.”

Karmin: I mean, I may be biased but, the books are pretty great… how often do you see something written about natives by a native?! But also… if the only thing you know about Norsemen/Vikings is the show Vikings… maybe don’t use that as a comparison because this is based off actual mythology and history.

 

Thank you K.L. Garrison for chatting with me! I will include their information down below. Check out their release, Almost King today!

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~Synopsis~

Raid.
Plunder.
Take what they want.
They are Austmenn.

Thrive.
Protect.
Live in harmony.
They are Waterfall People.

For these two nations to find peace, all hell must break loose.

 

Growing up as one of the few indigenous children in his town, K.L. always looked for ways to share his culture and heritage with those around him and learn from them in return. Sharing stories has been a way of life for many and to be able to share his stories with the world has been a lifelong dream. He deeply believes that teaching and sharing cultures breaks down stereotypes and brings the world together, often telling children, “Although you may all look and speak different, you’re who your god made you and you should not be afraid to be yourself.” 

K.L. lives in east Texas with his family. When not writing, he spends his time with his children- the most important people in his life. Being outdoors is close to K.L.’s heart and walking through the forest, hunting, fishing, working with horses, or building a new project are favorite hobbies of his, though K.L. has never been one to turn down a good video game, either.

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