In this weeks Author Spotlight, Kindra Sowder, author of “Follow the Ashes”, “Follow the Screams” and "Follow the Bloodshed," (books 1, 2 and 3 of the Executioner Trilogy) a dark fantasy trilogy.
What are your books about?
The Executioner Trilogy is dark fantasy and is about a woman named Robin and her best friend who are destined to save the world from the mother of all vampires. The trilogy details their journey.
What inspired you to write these books?
The first book I wrote was “Follow the Ashes,” the first book of the Executioner Trilogy. I loved Buffy and Angel, but wanted to create something all my own. I’m not sure exactly what made me want to start writing, but I did, and I have been ever since. Now I have 4 novels out. The last in the Executioner Trilogy, which came out on December 20th. I've published a short story, and another 2 or 3 shorts coming in anthologies.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I have always been drawn to the darker side of humanity, which is what all the genres I write in encompass. I have two psychology degrees that focus on the criminal mind. I even wanted to work with serial killers. I guess that’s why it’s so well written in her point of view.
Can we expect more?
With each of my works you can always expect there to be more than one. I only have one work in progress that will be a stand-alone with no wiggle room for another book.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I’m not exactly sure what drew me to writing, but I have always had a gift for the written word. I was told by numerous English teachers, and even a creative writing professor in college, that writing was what I was made for. I’ve been doing it for so long now I know I couldn’t stop if I tried. It drives me crazy not to write. Which authors inspired me? This is a long list but I’ll keep it short. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, and Laurel K. Hamilton.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
I get asked this quite a lot, and I can honestly say I love way too many books to have a favorite. There is one series that I love right now that I was waiting on pins and needles waiting for the final book, which I just got on Audible. It is the Parasitology series by Mira Grant. Just amazing!
Have you written other books we should know about?
As stated earlier, I have 4 novels out and a short story with so many more in the works. (all of these can be found on my website or my Amazon author page, here.)
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
There will be people out there that tell you your writing will get you nowhere. Don’t listen to them. I had heard it multiple times and look where I am now. Also, write every day. It may be crap, it may be amazing, but never stop. My last bit of advice. Read!
Where can we find your books?
Where can we find out more about you?