Today’s feature is young adult/fantasy novel Lionhead by Kris Noel.
Welcome, Kris. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 27. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but I’m now living in Burbank, California. I went to Montclair State University, where I majored in Anthropology and minored in Film. I’m currently working on the sequel to Lionhead, , which should be released later this year.
Please tell us about your current release, Lionhead.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was highly influenced by science fiction and fantasy novels growing up, so I really wanted to try to recreate that feeling. I wanted to write a strong female character, which I think Riley Bale is. I loved writing this story and I wanted to write for a young audience.
What exciting story are you working on next?
Right now I just finished up a new YA/Sci-fi novel called Never World. It’s basically about a young girl, Tess, who gets caught up in a virtual reality gameshow run by a mysterious man named “The Creator”. I’m in the middle of submitting it, so I’ll see where it goes!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I thought of myself as a writer very early on, around 2nd grade. Once I realized that you can write stories as an occupation, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It’s always been a very relaxing thing for me and I feel weird when I haven’t written something in a while.
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I currently work as a copywriter for a gaming company, so I still get to have fun writing about topics I’m interested in. I usually write after work or on the weekends. It can be hard to schedule time, but I try to fit in around 500 words a day if I can.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m sure a lot of writers are like this, but I can only write at night. I’m not a morning person and I have trouble focusing during the day. I just like writing when it’s dark out!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I decided when I was pretty young that I wanted to be a writer. There was a brief time when I wanted to be a vet, but that faded quickly.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I run a writing advice blog at krisnoel.com, so if you ever need any writing support, feel free to check it out!
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Thanks, Kris. Happy writing!