Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB
Andrea, have you always wanted to write?
I discovered my love of writing during the summer of 2008. I didn’t want to be a writer at all before then. I wanted to be a talented musician, or an accomplished artist, or a surgeon . . . .
What was your first book, and how did you come up with the idea for it?
Book 1, The Key of Kilenya, was the beginning of the Kilenya series, published June of 2011. You’re not the first to ask me where I got the idea for this story. When I was a kid, my family lived in an old house. I found a skeleton key and used to pretend it was magical—that it could open any door to anywhere. I built on that idea over several years, eventually adding Jacob and Dmitri to the mix.
And then you wrote another, which turned out to be a follow-up in the Kilenya story?
Book 2, The Ember Gods, continued what I’d started and was published in September of 2011. Samara, A Kilenya Romance, followed a month later (October 2011). I knew these ideas would become several books in a series—six in total. I needed time to explain where Jacob’s abilities came from.
Six! So did you write straight through all the books in that series?
I would have liked to have done that, but I needed a break, and started focusing on soft teen psychological horror. Horror is my least favorite genre to read, but these stories have been so much fun to write. We’re going to be releasing a ton of them all at once – short stories andfull-length novels, all involving the same characters and with a bit of romance added. They’ll fall under my Katon University series. Be watching for them!
And it looks like, mid-point, you went back to Kilenya?
Yes, meanwhile when I returned to the Kilenya Series: Book 3, August Fortress, came out in June 2012.
When will the next come out?
Book 4: Rise of Keitus, has just been released within this last month. I wanted to share my excitement by offering copies of Book 1, The Key of Kilenya, free as an eBook on Amazon.
Jump on it, readers—get that first volume while it’s still free on Amazon! (See below) That was quite a leap into a heavy writing schedule. What is your background?
I graduated from BYU with a B.S. degree in Communications Disorders. I’m very fond of music, and play (and teach) many instruments. My favorites: viola and piano. I’ve taken several professional writing courses and have written a lot of legal documents. Those sorts of things are dry, so it has been really fun to step into creative writing.
And what else do you like or like to do, just for fun?
Hike, bike, spend time outdoors: all with my husband. But writing is the chocolate of my life ‑ the only thing I crave. Being with my husband, family, and close friends is where I’m happiest, and I LOVE thunderstorms, the ocean, public speaking, painting, and traveling.
I’m assuming you’ve had a good response to the first book, since you’ve gone ahead with four, now, of the six volumes?
The Key of Kilenya has been in the top 100 for teen fantasies on Amazon since last May and has been popular with both young and adult readers. It has been compared to Harry Potter, Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven and Beyonders books, with just a hint of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.
Congratulations, Andrea Pearson—and thanks for spending a little time with us on the ABC Writers Guild blog.
See you day-after-tomorrow for Sunday’s Snippets!