Welcome to The Plain, K.R. Please tell us where you're from.
I live in Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains! (And I love it, can you tell? :) )It surely is a special place. What components, in your opinion, make a great story?
I think it is very important to be very visual in your storytelling. If you can properly transport your reader to a different time and place and keep them there, wanting to soak in every detail of the world you've weaved and the story you've created, you have done your job.How would you generally categorize the books/stories you write?
My current series, The Keeper Saga, consists of two books thus far—Hidden Moon, and Once Upon a Haunted Moon. They are paranormal, young adult and new adult, adventure and romance with a twist of Native American legends and myths.They sound wonderful. Do you set your books/stories in your hometown, or do you prefer more exotic locations?
My books are set in Bland County, Virginia, which is indeed real, and a place near and dear to me.What inspired you to write these fascinating books?
The Keeper Saga was actually inspired by a trip to our local museum/Indian village a few years ago. I had gone on a tour and the guide was telling a story of how several bodies were found buried there when the interstate came through. It made me wonder who those people were, and what happened to them so long ago. So in the words of one of my favorite authors, I started asking "what if?" What if nature had stepped in and given them a gift to save them? What if their descendants still lived today? So off I started writing, bringing them back, giving them a legend that would save them."What If" is a great basis for a story. How did you come up with the title?
With Hidden Moon, my first book, there is a good bit of mystery that delves into the past of how the legend came to be, with some added history and ghosts.
The next book, Once Upon a Haunted Moon, winds thru the book so that the truth stays hidden for awhile.What was the hardest part of the story to write?
Oh, wow. That would definitely be the part of killing a character you've come to love! While writing my second book, I sat and cried over one character, he was one of my favorites.
Unfortunately, the story line would never have worked if I kept him alive, so I sat and mourned for my fictional character upon his demise. (Sorry, I'm not telling you which character. You'll have to figure that out for yourself. :) )Was there much research involved?
Yes, but I loved the research. You never know what you'll discover when you start searching, especially in history. I also had the good luck of being able to attend Pow-wows and met some amazing people at those events who really gave me the right feel and a deep respect for Native American heritage.When you first started writing, did anything about the process surprise you?
When I first started I thought I would need an outline. What surprised me most was the way that stories can take off and evolve on their own as you write. What you thought you knew was going to happen, doesn't happen that way at all, and you end up surprised! I've had several characters crop up that way, they just appear and demand to be written, which keeps things very entertaining sometimes! (I threw away the outline!)Do you have a set writing routine?
I only write at night after my little boy goes to bed. I'm a mommy by day, and an author by night!Do you listen to music when you write?
Nope, the quieter the better! :)Give us a mini-tour of your writing space.
I have my own special section on the couch near the electrical outlet where I curl up and write for a few hours each night.Name a few titles I’d find if I browsed through your personal home library.
You would find every book ever written by Diana Gabaldon, who is my all-time favorite author. So the titles would include Outlander, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, etc. I also have quite a few books by Jean Johnson, Heather Graham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Nora Roberts.Lots of great choices. If you could go back in time, what author would you most like to invite to share a chat and a bottle of wine?
Mark Twain! That man is/was inspirational on many, many levels! Plus, I'd be interested in what he'd have to say while drinking wine!He was a witty gent for sure. So, what’s next for you? Can we look forward to a new story soon?
Absolutely! I am currently working on two other novels. The third installment of the Keeper Saga, which is due out this fall and a book on the pirates of Neverland. (Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, in particular.)Who supports your writing activities most?
My husband! He is my rock and my biggest fan. I wouldn't have it any other way.What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Never give up! Believe in yourself because that is all that ultimately matters. And write, write, write!!Good advice indeed. And now, let’s take a look at The Keeper Saga.
* * * * *Blurb for Hidden Moon:
Seventeen year-old Nikki Harmon knows her life will never be the same. Forced to move after her father's death, she is determined to keep what is left of her family together—even if she can't get cell service.
What she doesn't know is that she will encounter mythical creatures in her quest to solve the mystery of the Trail Killer and be torn by her feelings for two very different boys.
Will she lose her heart to one of them…
Or will she lose her life?
* * * * *Blurb for Once Upon a Haunted Moon:
The year is 1765 when eight-year old Eleanor Brown begins the journey that leaves her orphaned. Befriended by a wolf and adopted by an Indian tribe, she discovers a strength in herself she had never known while finding a love that will endure all time.
* * * * *Excerpt from Once Upon a Haunted Moon:
The story of the Moon—
"The night is cold. Too cold for dreams to chase White Wolf," Bright Eyes laid a blanket across her shoulders, sitting close to her on the stump.
"The dreams held fire, the air cools them," she said quietly, smiling at the welcoming warmth as she snuggled into the blanket, "How do you always know when I'm here?"
His eyes sparkled gold in the moonlight as he reached to take her hand, "White Wolf and Bright Eyes share same soul. Bright Eyes always know when bad spirits come to chase White Wolf."
She believed his words. Countless nights she had come to this same spot, and each time he had come and stayed with her until the first rays of daybreak streamed across the mountains, the darkness dissipated, and the memories from the little girl she had once been, faded with the night.
This night, however, was not like any other.
The harvest moon was full and high, casting an eerie, magical light on the couple huddled on the old stump. A wolf howled in the distance, and the moon seemed to shine even brighter.
"He miss her," Bright Eyes nodded thoughtfully as he listened to the wolf's haunting cry again, "Want hear story?"
She nodded. He put an arm around her and drew her closer.
"Many moon ago, brave name Swift Foot fall in love with young squaw, name Shining Star. Both love each other much -- more than own life. Soon marry. Start big feast.
On feast day, Shining Star go woods, get wood for fire. Find angry bear that chase. Shining Star run from bear. Swift Foot hear scream, come to find Shining Star. She scare and run fast, no see where go, and fall long way. Swift Foot find, but Shining Star spirit already gone. He bring body back to village, and stay, but not let anyone touch. No eat, no drink many day.
Great Spirit come. Tell Swift Foot must eat and drink. Must live. Great Spirit take Shining Star from Swift Foot, put high in sky. Make her Moon, so Swift Foot can always see.
Swift Foot angry at Great Spirit, want Shining Star back! Swift Foot leave village, and climb to highest mountain. Tell Great Spirit if not give back, put Swift Foot in sky with Shining Star.
Great Spirit say no -- so Swift Foot jump and take own life.
Great Spirit angry, not put Swift Foot in the sky. Make wolf. That why wolf cry at Moon. Always see…but never touch again."
"That's so sad," White Wolf linked her fingers into Bright Eyes's even tighter, "Do you think the Great Spirit will ever put him up in the sky with her?"
"Not know." He gazed at the top of the white head that was snuggled in the crook of his shoulder, and was overcome with a sudden feeling of sadness, as though the wolf's loss was his own and his chance with his own love lay in the balance of the story he had told. He gathered her closer and held her tight, "Bright Eyes hope so."
***The Wolf watched them from the hill, as the two young lovers sat wrapped in each other's arms. He wished them a happy ending to their own story, much happier than his own had been, and then turned his gaze up to his own love, so high and out of reach in the black, black sky…
* * * * *About K.R. Thompson:
K.R. Thompson was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains. She resides in Bland County with her husband, son, two cats and an undeterminable amount of chickens.
She is an avid reader and a firm believer in magic.
She still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek.
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The Keeper Saga / Available in Print and eBook from Amazon