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HARKEN Blog Tour: Interview with Kaleb Nation & Giveaway

Monday, February 25, 2013

Today I have the Kaleb Nation on the blog to talk about newest release, HARKEN. I've been a fan of Kaleb's youtube channel, and was excited when I heard about his book. Now I'm fortunate enough to be part of the blog tour!

Harken by Kaleb Nation
Website | YouTube | Twitter

Series: Harken #1
Release Date: January 9, 2013

Michael Asher is almost an ordinary California teenager, except for his unexplainable ability to see a glimpse of a person’s thoughts through their eyes. After surviving an assassination attempt, he discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy higher than any earthly power. A clandestine organization with authority over world leaders, celebrities, and the wealthy desperately wants him dead. Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to search for the identity of the puppet master and dig up the truth that humanity is not being told.

1. What are some of your favorite moments since you’ve published Harken?

I think my favorite moment was when so many people were buzzing about it online, #HARKEN became a trending topic on Twitter… TWICE. Seeing readers so excited about something I wrote is the fuel that keeps me going. Another favorite moment was when Adrienne Frailey recorded the song New Eyes, inspired by the book. I listened to the lyrics and they’re straight from things that I wrote. It’s so exciting.

2. What were some struggles you had while developing your main character, Michael Asher, and creating the conspiracies in the novel?

When I first write Michael, he was a bit flat. I had his character traits but they only felt like I was describing a character, not living as him. Then out of nowhere, I realized that Michael’s love of photography was deeper than just taking pictures, that he had a special gift of reading glimpses of thoughts through a person’s eyes. He uses photos to make sense of the world because he can study them instead of making an instantaneous judgment.

The conspiracies weren’t difficult to create because everything in the book is based on real beliefs. I simply had to read the blogs, listen to the interviews, and write what I heard with an open mind.

3. If you could take one of your characters and place them in another book, which book would it be and who would they befriend?

I would LOVE to see Callista in The Hunger Games. She has a sharp mind and thinks quickly. I’d bet on her winning if I lived in the Capitol.

(Now that I think about it, wishing one of my characters into The Hunger Games is probably the worst thing I’ve done to them so far)

4. Ultimate reading pet peeve?

Books with unpronounceable character names. I understand that Bpzuul-groleth Lzlztbt looks cool for a kind-hearted goblin love interest character, but what if I like the book and Bpzuul is my favorite? How will anyone ever find my fansite,

Thank you so much Kalen for taking the time to answer these questions. It was great having you on the blog!

KALEB NATION is an author and online personality. His blogs and videos have received over 50 million hits online, and he has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more.
While writing Harken, Kaleb documented his progress through video blogs at A black belt in taekwondo, Kaleb lives in California with his chinchilla, Chilla. Harken is his first novel for teens.
Kaleb regularly posts on Twitter (@KalebNation) and blogs at


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  1. I also hate it when the character names are completely unpronounceable for me. I also don't enjoy wanting to put a book down and reaching the end of a chapter only to find that there's a cliff hanger. It makes me want to keep reading even though I should be doing other things, like sleeping.

  2. I saw this book around a while ago and it sounds so good. I wasn't sure if it was my thing back then, but I definitely want to grab a copy now. Lovely interview! I find unpronounceable names annoying too. It makes it irritating when you have to say them out loud! :)

  3. I hate major cliff hangers at the end of a book, especially when you have to wait a long time for the next one to be out.

  4. Books without chapters, Books that have a lot of characters, because I keep on having to go back to check who they are again.
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  5. I have read Harken, I read it the day it came out and finished it that night. It was such a spectacular book – the characters were very intriguing and pulled you into the plot that was just so well thought out. I loved it so much I read it for a second time later on that week and recommended it to some of my friends – literally giving them my kindle and saying “read it, now!”. I’m so proud of Kaleb for how far he has come since first starting this project years ago, and now it is finally available for everyone to enjoy :)

  6. If a book starts out too slowly and I cannot get into it, or if it starts out too quickly and becomes overwhelming and confusing. Luckily Harken does a perfect job of introducing the characters while keeping the action up, which keeps it interesting. Nice interview. :)

  7. Repetition in themes is horrible. THe 'boys meets girl, boy is a monster' thing is getting old, especially when it becomes Twilightesque.

  8. My trading pet peeve is when the story drags and there is more description than plot, with a few exceptions especially Fahrenheit 451

  9. My reading pet peeve would have to be when a book ends with a huge cliffhanger & I have to wait over a year until the next book.

  10. Books that start out slowly, but have a somewhat interesting plot so I keep reading, names that I can't pronounce, cliffhangers! I'm way too much of a reader to just pick one! hahah

  11. My reading pet peeve is translated books. My mother language is Dutch and I don't enjoy reading books translated into Dutch. I'm just unable to enjoy the book to the fullest because of the terrible translations or use of dialect words. I read most of my book in English now, luckily!

  12. I agree that names you cant pronunce are anoying! But what i hate is when a book startes really good and then it just goes downhill from there. Cause you get into the stroy and then you never get any peace of mind about the book. Thank goodness Harkenn was NOT like that. IT was amazing!

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