Friday, 30 November 2012

Author Interview - Kailin Gow

Author Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.

Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women's Shelters, and other organizations.

Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
The name of my most recent book is Enchanted Frost, which is the 8th and final book in the Frost Series, a YAfantasy series about hope, love, leadership, and family.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say? 
To believe in yourself no matter what the circumstances, no matter who is for you or against you, always have faith in yourself.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes, Stones to Ashes is part of the Alchemists Academy Series for age 13 and up. This series is for upper middle grade and up, and is set for 4 books. Elemental Explosions, Book 2 is already available, and book 3, The Quantum Games will be out in December or January. The final book in the series is called The Year of the Elite, and it is set to release in 2013.

What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I'm inspired to write because of the extraordinary circumstances (or challenges and blessings) I've experienced in life and have a compelling purpose to share them with others, hopefully being an inspiration for and to others because of my personal story and through the fiction I have, too.

I began writing almost 12 years ago, when my friend's cousin was killed during September 11, and I was volunteering on my free time from work, with the Red Cross. I began writing a book that provided resources topeople through a fiction fantasy series for girls about angels, and this series really took off and was recommended by so many organizations. This early success with my first published book and series, spurred me on to write fiction for all ages, with that same purpose.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Yes, always. My own life and the life experiences of people I know are some of the biggest inspirations for me. For instance, in Loving Summer, my book for YA, I bring up the real life issue of Diabetes with complications in a subtle, but organic way that is a natural part of the storyline. I personally know of two people close to me, who died from the type of Diabetes made awared of through Loving Summer. Ironically, I also have this condition, which I was treating and working at overcoming at the time Loving Summer had been published. I'm happy to say, due to intense research and through undergoing treatment, I was able to overcome this condition today, and I hope that a book like Loving Summer will at least bring some awareness to this condition, while still be a compelling entertaining read.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
Total Recall

Favorite food? 
Healthy Turkey Chili. I make this so it is under 400 calories, is low sodium, low fat, low cholesterol, and helps increase metabolism. It's a recipe that's in my cookbook, The Loving Summer Cookbook.

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Chocolate

Laptop or desktop for writing? 
Laptop

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Everywhere and anytime. Writing involves research, outlining, and experiencing along with the actual writing and re-writing, so everything is part of the writing process. I can honestly say that I eat and breathe writing.

One of your favorite quotes?
"If there's a will, there's a way."



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The Alchemists Academy Book 1: Stones to Ashes by Kailin Gow

What do you learn here...at the Academy? Wirt asks. Magic? The responsibility to use your powers responsibly? Uh...something like that, his roommate Spencer said. More like how to rule worlds. Wirt, is used to being shuffled from foster home to foster home, adopting a devil-may-care attitude toward the world along the way. Now he s in a school he can t escape, learning to develop his latent magical abilities, for what use, he doesn't know...to save his world or to destroy it...


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The Alchemists Academy Book 2: Elemental Explosions by Kailin Gow

A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, and he brings with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse than Wirt, but a new teacher had replaced one of their beloved teachers, and she has more planned for Wirt and his friends than just lesson plans. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland, as well. On top of that, it is their second year, and the year where all the students must pass a test to move on to the Elite Class at the Academy. The Elite Class is the only class in the third year at the Academy, and the students who fail will be sent home, others will face something even deadlier.

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Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
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8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
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