Originally posted on Renee Writes:
Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! Kim Alexander is returning today to share the new cover for the first book in The Demon Door series, The Sand Prince. Before we get to the book and new cover, let's learn more about Kim!
Kim Alexander grew up in the wilds of Long Island, NY and slowly drifted south until she reached Key West. After spending ten rum-soaked years as a DJ in the Keys, she moved to Washington DC, where she lives with two cats, an angry fish, and her extremely patient husband. She began writing when she ran out of authors to interview (and they pulled the plug on her channel, Sirius XM Book Radio.)
Kim was in her twenties when she finally read a book not prominently featuring spaceships and/or wizards. Turns out Jane Austen was pretty funny!
The Sand Prince is Kim's first novel and begins a fantasy series called The Demon Door. Her husband tells her she needs to write at least ten more books if she intends to retire in Thailand, so thank you for your patronage.
If you'd like to know more about Kim, keep reading for an interview below.
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About the Book
Two worlds, bound by magic, divided by a door.
On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive...
On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and children still guard The Door between the worlds...
Rhuun, the Prince of Eriis, uncovers a forgotten book written by a human, sparking an obsession with the other world. When he is forced to flee Eriis, he must escape through The Door or pay the price in blood.
The humans of Mistra are not what Rhuun was expecting—and one insufferable young woman in particular is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are not mythological after all...
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Keep reading for an interview with the author:
What genre do you write?
I write epic fantasy. I love exploring other worlds.
Is there a genre that you've been wanting to experiment with? If so, what is it?
I have a short novel about to come out which is my first stab at fast paced urban fantasy--it was a lot of fun to write! It's called Pure and it's a re imagining of The Unicorn in Captivity.
How long does it take you to write a novel?
Because this is a full-time thing, I can write a long novel in less than a year. When I say 'long' I mean roughly 120,000 words. I can do a shorter one (35,000 or so) in about four months.
If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
My MC's best friend Ilaan, a demon of Eriis, is extremely clever, has an unusually high degree of power, is in a happy relationship with his boyfriend, and is an all around badass and pleasure to be around. At least in book one.
What authors have most influenced you?
Let's see....Anne Rice for deliriously lush prose, Frank Herbert for world building, China Mieville for fearless writing, Neil Gaiman for being alive in the world...I could go on (and on!)
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
My last career was to interview authors for Sirius XM Book Radio. I was fortunate enough to have literally hundreds of mentors (whether they realized it or not.)
What is the best compliment you've ever received as an author?
Someone on Goodreads compared my work to Katherine Neville, who is a hero to me. Honestly, all compliments are welcome. I still cry when I get good reviews. We're sure not in this for the money! (Yet.)
What is the best writing advice you've ever received?
You can't fix what you haven't written. Sadly, I can't remember who said it, but it's the truest thing in the world.
What made you decide to self-publish?
My publisher (Booktrope) went out of business! I got my rights back and got back to work. It's not easy but I certainly don't do it alone. I have an editor, Carly Bornstein, who knows what I mean even when I clearly do not, and a writing girl gang called The Fictionistas. You have to have a team!
Are you a pantser or outliner?
I'm a pantser. And now that I'm wrapping book 3 of my series and diving into the fourth and final book, I'm kid of regretting that decision! I finally broke down and put up the serial killer wall of post it notes and string in my office.
Have you ever gotten an idea for a story from something really bizarre? Tell us about it.
My series, The Demon Door, has at least 40 named characters, two worlds, multiple time lines, tons of politics and world building, and is hugely difficult to boil down to an elevator pitch. I joked with my editor that my next book would be about time traveling crime fighters. One thought led to another, and I actually started writing that series. (It'll have to wait to see the light of day, though!)
What are you working on now?
Book three of The Demon Door series. It's called The Glass Girl. Everyone cries.
What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?
Figuring out where on the 'stage' all the characters are at this point, who knows what, when they learned it, what they'll do with it, and how many of them to kill off.