Saturday, September 12, 2020

Inside the Mind: KC Freeman


Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators.
Our guest today is KC Freeman, the author behind Rekindled Prophecy.

Lily: Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview KC I really enjoyed reading Rekindled Prophecy. What inspired you to write about guardian angels? 

KC:   I have always had an affinity for guardian angels. As a child I would dream up stories about my guardian angel. As I grew up the stories started to take a more solid definition. So when I finally decided it was long past time for me to pursue my life’s dream/desire/soul purpose of writing, I knew guardian angels would be my “thing”.

Lily: That's wonderful! I've always loved the idea of a guardian angel watching over me, although I'm sure mine has probably face palmed more than once. Greylyn is such a unique name, how did you come up with it? 

KC:   I’ve always loved the name Greyson for a boy, but my protagonist is female so I needed to use something else. I tried Grace, Gracen, and every other version but none felt right so I made up Greylyn – or so thought. On the way back from the dentist one day (long after I wrote the first book) I saw a street sign for “Greylyn Drive” so guess I’m not 100% original with the name.

Lily: I think it's still pretty unique! Were Kael and Greylyn based on anyone? 

KC:   Based on anyone? Not really. However, I have often used Jensen Ackles as my muse when I write Kael. And I wanted Greylyn to be petite with delicate features like Vivien Leigh (one of my favorite actresses) but she also needed to be a total badass. 

Lily: I have to admit I LOVE Jensen Ackles (he may be a major reason why I watch Supernatural). Vivian Leigh was absolutely beautiful and I loved her in Anna Karenina. Why call Kael a dark guardian instead of a demon? 

KC:  He’s not exactly a demon. Demons have no trace of humanity left in them. No human weaknesses. No soul. They are simply demons in the truest sense of the word. Dark guardians have some demon in them, but they retain their humanity. You see mostly the dark aspects of that humanity, but the other is hidden away deep in their soul. They just need to access it.

Lily: ​ I love that distinction, and how they're not full demon. Now we’d like to talk about you as a writer. What’s your favorite time of day to write? 

KC:  Early afternoon until early evening if I get that much time. Some writers wait until the wee hours of the night/morning to write, but I need my sleep.   

Lily: Hehe I'm definitely most productive late at night. If you could build your ideal writing space, what would it look like? 

KC: I have my ideal space except with the pandemic causing everyone to work/school from home, my office has been taken over by my husband. He and my son just recently renovated the entire office “for me” but I spent less than a week in it. It’s open, spacious, lots of bookshelves, my crystals all around (particularly in the dormer window). The only other thing I would add is to have the entire house located on a large, clear lake (Lake Tahoe or Lake Nantahala would be perfect) so I could look out over the water for inspiration.

Lily: That sounds like a wonderful writing space! Hopefully you're able to get it back soon. How do you keep track of ideas when inspiration strikes? 

KC:     Inspiration usually hits when I don’t have something to write with (like when I’m dreaming or driving). I need to invest in a voice to text app for my phone, but for now anything will do – post it notes, napkins, notebooks intended for other uses, whatever is available.

Lily: I probably have a notebook in every room in the house at this point to jot down notes honestly. A voice recorder app sounds like a good idea though! Let’s finish up with some fun questions and get inside your mind. What’s one book that you could reread any number of times? 

KC:   One book? You know that’s the impossible question. How to pick one book? I would probably have to go with Angelology by Danielle Trussoni or Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Lily: Ok, I admit, I couldn't pick just one! What’s your favorite and least favorite color? 

KC:   Favorite color of all time is forest green. Least favorite is any shade of pink.

Lily: I love forest green, it's so soothing. Do you have a favorite drink?

KC:  It’s mentioned in the book – Godfather (one part scotch/one part Amaretto) 

Lily: I've never had one but that sounds delicious. Describe the best dessert you ever had.

KC:   My mom’s chocolate chip chocolate pound cake.

Lily:  Now that sounds interesting and yummy. I've had lemon and plain pound cake but never one with chocolate. What object would be the most annoying if it played loud pop music every time you usedit? 

KC:   My ponytail holder. I’m constantly pulling my hair up in or out of ponytails. 

Lily:  Oh that would make me crazy! I always have my hair pulled back or up in a scrunchie. Would you rather be able to only eat ice cream, pie, cake, or donuts for dessert for therest of your life? 

KC:   PIE!!!!! 

Lily:  I have to agree there are some I just couldn't give up. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?  

KC:  While the Greylyn series is definitely more PG13/TV14, if you prefer something with a higher rating (more R or NC-17), I have a couple of short stories in anthologies that would fit that bill. One even has one of the characters from the Greylyn series (featured more in Book 2 and 3). One is After Dark: 9 Modern Takes on Classic Fairy Tales and the other is Bowman’s Inn: Autumn-Winter 2017 Anthology. However, the Greylyn series, while a fantasy romance, will remain PG13 so the story can be enjoyed by both adult readers and Young Adult readers. I had to keep it tame so my daughter wouldn’t be too embarrassed for her friends to read it.

Lily:  I'll definitely have to put After Dark on my list I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings. How can readers discover more about you and you work?  

KC:  Check out any of the below social media accounts, and my website. I just started up a readers’ group on Facebook for the series called Freeman’s Urban Fantasy Fanatics.

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