Character Interviews and Aesthetics

Character Interview: Yana Adamenko

Yana is a character from my EVO Nation series. I’m really proud of her character development over the course of the trilogy. When I started writing her character I had no idea where she would end up by book 3… she surprised me.

Interview:

Did you ever think in your wildest dreams that you’d be where you are now?

Never. I am so so lucky to have met my friends. They are my family. This is all very surreal.

Do you think your experience has changed you?

Of course. I am stronger in myself and have a lot more confidence. I like to think that it hasn’t changed my outlook on people, though. There are lots of good people in the world if we only look.

What are your three best traits?

I like to think people see me as friendly, loyal, and a good listener.

What are you three worst traits?

I can be introverted, I over think things, and I can be a bit gullible sometimes.

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Character Interview: Adam Lovick

I’ve been waiting to introduce Adam Lovick to those of you who haven’t read my EVO Nation series.

He may not be the MC, but he is soooo important in the narrative. Adam is one of my favourite characters because he is simply a decent person.

Interview:

Adam, can you describe yourself in just three words?

Loyal, worry-wort, and determined.

Do you think some of your qualities are factors of your intense TORO training?

Qualities and faults; it’s just swings and roundabouts. I’m lucky that I still feel like me after what I went through – what all TORO went through. I wanted to keep those memories as a reminder, and I guess I get the benefit of the training in everyday life.

Would you go through it all again?

To be where we are now, with the people I call family… Definitely. Would I do anything differently? I would save a few more lives. Man, I miss so many people because of the war, but the war itself was necessary.

Describe being EVO in three words.

Can I describe the journey it has taken me on in three words? Self-discovery, acceptance, and obligation.

I also just want to add that I am bloody proud to be EVO.

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Character Interview: Teddie Leason

Theyda ‘Teddie’ Leason is the protag in my first book series, EVO Nation. I started taking notes and drafting parts of EVO Nation 9 years ago! I feel that Teddie has been with me much longer, and now, she’s here with you…

Interview:

Teddie, what do you want to be remembered as?

The girl who didn’t stop ’til it was done.

The best moment of your life?

The days after it all. I mean, it’s weird trying to figure out where I fit in this new world, but I wake up every day, I’m surrounded by people I love, and I get to just be Teddie, and not shared out as a million, distorted versions of myself. Seriously, everyone wanted a piece of who they thought I was.

The worst moment of your life?

Wow, I have so many and they all involve someone dying. I’d rather not go into detail.

What would you say are you best traits?

I’m loyal, I treat friends as family, and I’m strong willed.

What would you say are your worst traits?

Sometimes, I need to listen more to the people who care about me. Their advice is given in love.

What quote do you chose to live by?

‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.’

That is a quote by Charles. R. Swindoll. I have it framed on the wall. It was a gift from Adam.

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EVO Nation Series

I’m thrilled to welcome more new followers to Writerly Bookish Stuff, and this 4 week promo series of my books couldn’t have come at a better time. My second, official blog series starts on April 10th, so I had 4 weeks spare to get a little shameless self promotion posts out there.

First up is my trilogy of books, my first complete series, EVO Nation Series.

You can find my books on my Amazon author page. And guess what???? I have a massive promo running. EVO Nation is free for five days (13th- 17th). Go and grab your copy!

This series will always hold a special place in my heart as it is my first completed series. I love my characters, and ending book 3 felt like I was saying goodbye to good friends.

Praise for EVO Nation:

K.J.Chapman has done what I was afraid to attempt, and the results were pretty spectacular.’ – Goodreads review.

The themes explored add a depth to this story while the narrative grips from start to finish unapologetically.’ – Goodreads review.

I absolutely love this book!!! I could not put it down and read it in two sittings. – Amazon review.

An amazingly written novel that drew me in with both an incredible writing style and captivating story line.’ – Amazon review.


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Books and Me, Writing and Me

Writerly Bookish Me

I have quite a few new followers of late, so I thought I do a quick post to tell you who I am and what I write.

I’m known as K.J to most due to my author name, K.J.Chapman, but my name is Kayleigh. I’m a 32 year old mother of two (one is just 5 months young), and I am a self published author of 5 books.

I particularly like to write in the urban fantasy and fantasy genres, not forgetting the zombie off-shoot of the horror genre.

This blog is dedicated to all things writerly and bookish, and I make all my book related announcements through here.

Currently, I am dedicating Wednesdays to my Writerly Wisdom posts for author quotes and tips. Book reviews are posted as and when I finish a book, and the last Friday of every month is an update post on my writing life.

Thank you to my new followers for joining me, and thanks to my old followers for sticking around.


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EVO Ghost Release Day

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I’m thrilled to announce the release of EVO Ghost, book three in the EVO Nation Series. Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the final installment. I hope you have woken up to shiny, new copies on your Kindle devices.

If you would like to purchase your copy, follow this link.

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Her name is that of a ghost.
Her name is Teddie Leason, and she’s back from the dead.

Teddie never agreed with Woodman’s hare-brained declaration of war that cost the lives of those dear to her, but now, she is the main participant in forwarding what he started. There is no turning back, the war has to play out, and she must end the oppression of her kind. EVO are at the mercy of a man with outdated ideas and the power to wield them. Britain will be reshaped forever unless enemies become allies and sacrifices are made.

Becoming the ‘Face of the Rebellion’ is bitter sweet, with the potential for justice, but also a weight she struggles to shoulder. The fight has never been more important, and EVO have never been more at risk. They will follow where she leads. Does Teddie have the strength to bear that responsibility?

Not read the rest of the series? You can purchase your copies here.

 

You can read ARC reviews for EVO Ghost and discover reader’s thoughts on all three books on Goodreads.

Paperback will be available shortly. You can also buy the entire trilogy at a discounted rate via Amazon.

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Thank you for all your continued support from the release of book one in 2015, to Teddie’s finale.


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EVO Ghost, Writing and Me

EVO Ghost: My Go-To Tracks

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EVO Ghost is due for release on March 1st! Whoop! ARC reviews are rolling in and I’m loving the positive response to Teddie’s finale. I thought I’d take the time to share some of my go-to tracks during the writing and editing of EVO Ghost. The following tracks are the three that stand out for me, and I will forever associate them with Teddie’s finale.

A friend sent me a link to this song with the message ‘This song is TEAM TEDDIE!!!!’ When I listened, I was hooked. It totally has the EVO Nation vibe.

Teddie struggles with her role in the rebellion. Writing that conflict within her wasn’t easy. There were other characters that tried to protect her to the point of smothering. I think about 40% of the book was written whilst listening to Rise by Katy Perry.

I wrote and edited the last few chapters with this song on repeat. I literally listened to nothing else. There was something about this track that inspired me to think of the character’s futures together. It certainly has a conclusion feel to it.

 


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EVO Ghost, EVO Nation: Book One

Blurb Reveal: EVO Ghost

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Did you catch yesterday’s cover reveal? Don’t worry if you missed it. I shall share it again…

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Today’s reveal is the blurb. I spent more time on this blurb than any other book I have written. Blurbs are the work of Satan. I mean, we can write a 100k word novel, but a blurb is like pulling teeth. Well, it is for me.

EVO GHOST

This is it, folks. The  big finale. I hope I’ve done Teddie and her story justice. Only time will tell.


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EVO Ghost, EVO Nation: Book One

EVO Ghost Cover Reveal

 

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It is time for the cover reveal of EVO Ghost. I can’t believe that I’m at this stage and it is a little daunting. All of a sudden, I have realised how close I am to completing my first series and saying goodbye to characters who have been with me for years. *Sob*

Okay, enough with the sentiment. Let’s crack on with the reveal. First, I shall remind you of the covers for EVO Nation and EVO Shift:

 

Now, for the BIG reveal…

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I feel that this cover completes the trio with a minimalistic image, colours, and font. I am excited to see the whole series together on my book shelf. The next big reveal shall be the blurb for EVO Ghost. Oh my, I’m getting all emotional again.


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EVO Ghost, Writing and Me

Update 13/1/17

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I haven’t posted an EVO Ghost update on my blog in what feels like ages. I have hinted at some struggles on Twitter and in my Muse-ic post, and now, I thought I’d let everyone know how I’m getting on.

Word Count:

After Christmas, I started on EVO Ghost with 24k words written. I hadn’t touched the manuscript for a while because I was focussing on Thrown to The Blue, but going back knowing that I already had 24k words was a motivator. That motivation didn’t last long. I couldn’t move passed a particular point in my story, and for days, I procrastinated. Eventually, I decided to cut 10k words, taking me back to where I knew I was last inspired. I took the narrative in a completely different direction and the words flowed much smoother. I’m now at 27k words and going strong, so that’s 13k written since Christmas. The bonus is that some of the cut stuff will make it into the narrative a bit further down the line.

‘Third Book in the Trilogy’ Syndrome:

Half of my word count issues stemmed from self-doubt. Rather than let my story flow and pay it little heed until the redraft, I stressed myself out with worry over loose ends, tying up character arcs, making the third book epic etc. I dubbed this self-doubt, ‘Third Book in the Trilogy Syndrome’. I know this book has to close the story, and I want to do right by my characters, but dwelling on it wasn’t helping. Getting back to my usual ‘seat of my pants’ drafting style has helped me progress the narrative.

Where I am at now:

I am neck deep in drafting, researching, and note taking. A brilliant idea popped into my head that wouldn’t leave me alone. When I finally wrote it into the narrative, the whole story shifted up a notch, and a huge plot hole filled itself. Phew. I also may have, kinda have, sorta have an ending idea. I say this very gingerly because my ending ideas usually change as the narrative moves along. Teddie will tell me how this ends, but I’m hoping this idea has been sparked by some hidden message in the narrative so far. That happens to me, you know. I only realise why I typed something when that something becomes important further down the story arc. Strange, but amazing, right?

Excerpt:

This excerpt is only small because it is very hard to find interesting paragraphs without spoilers, especially for those who may not have read books one and two.

I push at my temples, scrunching my nose against the tension forming in my head. “You were doing what you thought was best,” I say, more to myself than him. “Still, you should have told me from the first.”

His mouth opens and closes like a fish. “I thought you’d be—”

“A bitch about it. You saved my life. I won’t forget that easily, just don’t keep things from me. I have… trust issues.” I smile and tap at the stapled scar on my scalp.

“Sorry, I’m just used to my family being hard-headed and petulant.”

“Oh, I can be both of those. I just have perspective now.”

How do you overcome self-doubt? Have you written a trilogy, and how did you find the experience?


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