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!
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Series: Harken #1
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, bpzuulgrolethlzlztbtFANBOY.net?
Thank you so much Kalen for taking the time to answer these questions. It was great having you on the blog!
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