MY INTERVIEW WITH SELENE KALLAN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hello, my name is Selene Kallan. I write Paranormal Fantasy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
It just popped in to my mind, like a movie. I have a visual imagination.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I guess movies and books inspired me, it wasn’t really a choice. I love vampires and strong female characters, also the idea of supernatural beings hiding among humans.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Weather, economy and fauna of Washington State mainly.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Immortal Heritage Saga begins with Starlight, and will have as protagonists Nick and Dahlia mainly. Two inhumans that will have to set aside their differences to find friendship and love. They will fight for their right to be together, since their species have been fighting an old age war.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My favorite so far is still on the making. Haunted (Immortal Heritage 1.5) The story of Lily, a character mentioned in Starlight.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. One book wouldn’t cut it. Unless I made a 1200-page book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I usually turn on my pc on the afternoon. Social media, emails, marketing and formatting during the afternoon. Writing or reading in the nights.
I’ve tried the writing every day thing, it’s not for me. I write when inspiration comes.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Haunted (Immortal Heritage 1.5) And Moonlight (Immortal Heritage 2)
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Sometimes, but that’s a spoiler really, there is a meaning behind Dahlia’s name that hints her heritage. I’ll leave it at that.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
High fantasy, I’m working on it.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing, I’m dyslexic, so finding the mistakes it’s a pain.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have one! And I made it.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Vanquishing my fear to the unknown and daring to publish.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Finishing a book. Creating a plot twist.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
An internationally bestselling author with a Tesla Model S and 2 big dogs.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. It took me a while to realize I was a writer though.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never listen to writing advice, not even if it is from your favorite author.
If you need to learn formatting, marketing, worldbuilding or the like, so be it. But run from the write this way, don’t do this, don’t do that.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Teach. Mythology or History.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read them, don’t respond. Haven’t gotten a bad one so far, but constructive criticism.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Haunted (Immortal Heritage 1.5) Excerpt
I begged my growth would disappear now, I didn’t want to change any more, I was happy as I was, looking a lot more like my mom than… I stopped the thought right there, I needed to be aware of the traffic signals before my bike and I got stomped against a car. Not that a car crash could actually hurt me a lot, but that was just the point.
I focused on the road as much I as could, my almost infallible memory kept betraying me and giving me images I could never forget: broken glass, mom on the floor bleeding, and my father… That monster chasing after her. I shook my head and forced myself not to cry. I hated those memories, I hated feeling helpless and weak.
Where did your love of books come from?
Mom encouraged me to read. It became almost an obsession short after I was 4. Encyclopedias and dictionaries if there were no books around.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Melissa A Joy, her book Keys of the Origin is my favorite High Fantasy book.
Laurie Forest, The Black Witch and Wandfasted are amazing.
Rick Riordan, Aprilynne Pike, Sarah J Maas, Claudia Gray, Richelle Mead, Becca Fitzpatrick and Cynthia Hand are some of my fave.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Dahlia, she has great potential.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. I feel happy when I write, but it also makes me feel mentally exhausted.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Getting pissed off. If I’m angry I can’t write.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I like. What I daydream about. I’m very grateful others like it. I would never change my style to satisfy anyone.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have several author friends. But the one I’m closer to would be Melissa Joy. She’s very honest and points out my grammar and spelling mistakes. I usually ask for her advice on multiple topics, she’s an excellent teacher.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Here we go.
Where can your fans find you and follow?
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thanks for having me.