K S Marsden has certainly had a variety of jobs and places to live. With this experience she writes Fantasy novels for teens and young adults. You will find her short story ‘Kristen – Witch Hunter,’ in Awethology Light.
I have lived in Wales, London, Ireland, and I am now back in lovely Yorkshire.
I have worked as a nutritional advisor, cocktail waitress, a horse-riding instructor, and a professional stallion handler (oh, the jokes…)
Oh yeah, and I’m a writer. My first book was published in 2013; I write Fantasy for teens and adults. I am allergic to romance, and only write it on special occasions.
What bought you to the world of writing?
When I was young, I always loved the pure escapism associated with stories and inevitably started to write my own.
I was first inspired to publish when I was going through a reading slump. It seemed that all the books that filled the popular bookshops were either complete rubbish; or seemed like everything I’d read before. I decided that if I wanted an enjoyable read, I might as well have a go at writing it myself.
What story have you entered into the Awethology and Why?
I have published the whole Witch-Hunter trilogy over the last few years, and I admit that I’m a little reluctant to let that world go!
The main trilogy follows a British witch-hunter – Hunter Astley – but there were several side-characters that I wanted to explore in a bit more depth. Kristen Davies only came to life in the third part of the trilogy, and although she plays a huge part, I felt she had a lot more to give.
If people have half as much fun reading about her, as I did writing – then I’ll be very pleased!
What type of books do you write and do they fulfill your reader’s needs?
I write Fantasy books, with the Enchena series suitable for teens, and the Witch-Hunter series suitable for teens/adults. I’m a huge geek and do a lot of research into the background, and it’s got to make sense. I can’t rest if I know there’s a clash of facts.
I hope I fulfil my reader’s needs – you’ll have to ask them!
I love getting feedback, good, bad or otherwise. If I build a world, or just one character, that stimulates a response or opinion, I consider that a win.
Tell us about your short story?
Kristen Davies has plans; graduating high school, and making the most of being the school’s star athlete. Her plans don’t involve witches, but what’s a girl to do when evil strikes.
Kristen is awakened to the very real threat of witches, and has to dredge up her forgotten roots, to take her rightful place.
What was your experience with #Awethors group and the Awethology?
I have loved my time in the #Awethors group. They offer constant friendship and are always there to give advice. With their support, I finally feel that I am a professional writer.
As a reader and blogger, I love that they offer a range of fantastic books, covering all genres. My kindle is bursting!
I was thrilled to take part in the Awethology. Writing my own story was just a blur in the background, but I have marvelled at the effort that everyone else has put in – the editors and proof-readers that have given their time freely; those that already have the marketing up-and-running, and image designers.
How else do you promote your writing?
I use Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. The first book in the Witch-Hunter trilogy is free, so it’s usually listed on other newsletters and websites, with very little effort on my part.
Where can we buy your books?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play.
Who are your favourite authors?
That depends on what I’m reading at the moment! I’ve just read a spooky YA anthology with six fantastic indie authors, including Kelly Hall and CK Dawn.
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Do you have any more information you’d like to share with us?
I really struggled with writing this short story – Kristen has such a life, and makes such an impact on those around her, I could have filled a novel!
For the Awethology, my awesome editor (Pam Elise Harris) and I decided to remove the original epilogue, as it only really seemed to make sense for those that have already read the Witch-Hunter trilogy. But for true fans that are curious about this little nugget, there will be a special link on my blog and website for them to get their Witch-Hunter fix!