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Interview: Kailin Gow, Author of Rise of the Fire Tamer

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I am extremely thrilled to bring another interview, to readers, with the lovely and incredibly talented Kailin Gow!  Ms. Gow is the author of over 30 books, ranging in all generations and genres.  Her specialty, however, lies  within the tales she creates and weaves for the young adult and teen age groups.  Recent works include Bitter Frost and The Phantom Diaries.  Catch my reviews of both, by clicking the titles.   Kailin Gow's books have been recommended by PBS Kids, the PTA, homeschooling organizations, and on the Best Teens Books list. In addition, she is a mentor for young women, has founded 3A for Autism (Actors, Artists, and Authors for Autism), and runs a publishing and production company known as Sparklesoup, a mid-size publisher and production company.  In addition to Sparklesoup, you can also keep up with Kailin Gow on Facebook!  Please join me in getting to know a bit more about Ms. Gow and her newest release, Rise of the Fire Tamer: The Wordwick Games, Book One!

Please tell us a bit about your book: Rise of the Fire Tamer: The Wordwick Games Book One — characters, plot, etc.

Rise of the Fire Tamer is the first book in "The Wordwick Games", an epic fantasy about five teens who wins the Wordwick Games contest to meet Henry Word, the inventor of the Games and to stay at Word Castle. Little do they know, this castle is a portal to other worlds. In the Wordwick Games, words are powerful and can be used as commodity, weapons, and communication.

This is a fast-paced adventure fantasy with lots of action, drama, and romance.

Here’s a description of Rise of the Fire Tamer from Melissa of 'The Bookshelf' –

“As the players travel through the land making friends and enemies, they must find a way to follow all the rules and win the game [by] becoming the best player, and the crowned ruler of Anachronia.

The teens encounter strange creatures and intense road blocks. With a world filled with war, trolls, wizards and even dragons it's hard to be bored. When the gamers feel like something is up they come to realize that the game may not just be a game, they fear that the damage they take and the life they're living is real.

The ending to this story was fantastic, with twist and turns that leave you wondering about the truth. When reality finally hits the ending, it will leave you asking for more!

A must read for those who love adventure and fantasy, competition and suspense.”

If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?

Prince Kian from Bitter Frost because I first pictured him in dream, which inspired me to write Bitter Frost. He is a fairy prince with wings and so beautiful he is unearthly. I think he would be a sight to behold. Plus he can paint in 3D, use magic, and cook.

If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?

I’d like to leave all the drama to fiction, but if I can fictionalize myself, I would put myself in one of Sherlock Holmes’ books where I can solve the mystery of the day as precisely and skillfully as Holmes. Like Holmes, I would always be able to keep my cool while in the most dangerous of situations. Holmes doesn’t have superpowers nor is he immortal, but his intelligence and keen observations are what makes him extraordinary.

Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your "writing mood"?

Yes, I listen to music, I drink coffee, and I write wherever I can. I once drafted two entire books while working on a laptop sitting in a car, while my husband drove from California to Las Vegas. I write in restaurants, I write on airplanes, and I write a lot in hotel rooms.

What are you reading right now?

I’m actually reading a lot of popular fiction right now and books from my fellow author colleagues and friends. The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter, The Immortals by Alyson Noel, The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books?

I actually read a lot of plays. Shakespeare, Stoppard, and Tennessee Williams are among my favorites. My favorite authors are Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and Charles Dickens.

Favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Shining, Interview with a Vampire, Great Expectations, and everything Shakespeare.

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Anne Rice because we share a lot of similarities — we write about vampires and other immortal supernatural beings, she’s from the South, and I’ve lived in the South for over a decade, and we both have faith,

I would love to meet Stephenie Meyer, too. Again, it’s because we share so many similarities and background — we write about vampires, we write for young adults and adults, we share the same belief system, and we’re mothers.

Then there is C.S. Lewis, The Brothers Grimm, and so many others.

Okay, here are a few "get to know you better" questions:

Please share with us a favorite memory.

The first day my husband and I brought my newborn baby home from the hospital for the first time. It had been a difficult delivery, and I was hospitalized for days due to immense blood loss and complications. I had bags of transfusion blood pumped into me, and it still wasn’t enough for me to get back to a safe level. I will take my experience of blood loss and the experience of regaining the blood I needed for life into my books for vampires, however.

Being able to bring my baby girl home for the first time was a tremendously emotional moment. I was bringing my newborn home, and the experience of being in the hospital was worth it.

Please describe a perfect meal — including menu and those present.

The perfect meal for me is a traditional Christmas Dinner. Family, friends, and relatives would be present — the entire house would be decorated for Christmas. Glowing twinkling lights, the smell of sweet cinnamon, roasting turkey and salty ham fills the air. The spirit of happiness, joy, and warmth would be present, seeping through every last corner of the house. The house is enveloped in amber, scarlet, and earthy green.

What are some of your favorite ways to relax?

Reading, of course! Then there are the absolute favorites…lying under the stars with my daughter, who is four, and pointing out the constellations with her, going to an ice cream shop and trying out all the flavors before picking a large double scoop, listening to music, and even taking a drive along the beach.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Just one place? I love England because of how beautiful the English language sounds, and it is the birthplace of Shakespeare, Austen, and Dickens.

If you could only read books by one author, who would it be? *I know, this is an inconceivable thought, lol

If I can only read from one author, I would pick Shakespeare because he writes about anything and everything in his plays. There are so many ways to interpret his plays, as well, and to play his characters. His plays are still relevant today as it was back when he was alive because he has such a strong grasp of storytelling.

Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.

I do dream a lot of what I would write — Bitter Frost started off as a dream, then a vision. The Gifted Girls Series started off with characters I would dream about or envision first. Now I’m picturing a room full of beautiful beings with wings. This vision will be my next work in progress.

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Oh, I have a lot of guilty pleasures. Here are a few: Southern fried comfort foods (Paula Deen-style), watching The Tudors, and indulging in Starbucks Caramel Macchiato way too much.

If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?

We’re all in this human experience together, so let’s try to be kind, gracious, and compassionate to each other.

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  • Hi April – Thank you for this wonderful interview.

    Just wanted to let you know my new Facebook link.

    Thank you so much 🙂

  • Suzy Cruz

    Kailin takes the time to connect with her fans. I really like her books. Bitter Frost was so good so I’ll read Rise of the Fire Tamer.