Thursday, October 4, 2018

Blog Tour: The Telling by K.J. Moullen (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Title: The Telling
Author: K.J. Moullen
Series: The Spinner Sagas, #1
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication Date: April 4, 2018

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Blaine's life has been a string of new schools as she and her mother keep on the move. But when she begins seeing flashes of light and visions of a man's silhouette, her mom reveals that she is from Renault, a different realm in the universe.

Blaine is confused but there's no time for questions as she soon finds herself thrust into Renault and running for her life with a mysterious boy named Elian at her side. As evil surges in the heart of the universe, it's up to Blaine and Elian to conquer not only her mounting doubt but destiny itself.

About the Author: Kari J. Moullen was born in Whittier, California on August 4, 1971. Her love for books blossomed at an early age, for most toddlers carried around or slept with a favorite stuffed animal or blanket Kari slept with a small Mother Goose book. Watching and falling in love with Star Wars ignited her already active imagination. Upon strong support from her parents and Aunt, Kari finished her first novel, The Spinner Sagas: The Telling, in the spring of 2017. Kari still lives in the North Texas area with her husband and two children. She's diligently working on the second book in The Spinner Sagas and several other planned books in the works.

Guest Post: The Process of Creating a New Universe

With a stroke of the pen, the magic of creation begins. Words flow upon blank paper shaping and sculpting into life one world after another. Page after page a new universe explodes in to existence. Is this simply the results of an over active imagination or the outcome of a carefully mapped out and plotted outline? Perhaps it is a varying combination of both methods.

I know authors who spend weeks upon weeks mapping out every single little detail of their universe, from the type of worlds that will be artfully orchestrated down to the very last pebble that will be on the ground. Every character is dutifully jotted down and personality analysis is performed. Personally I operate on a more free form type platform, Kind of like jumping off a monstrous cliff and hoping my makeshift parachute holds together. Many times it is successful and the end results are fantastic but on occasions I have spent many a hours on mis-spun tales that ultimately end up as waded up piles of paper on my floor destined for the recycling bin.

In all seriousness, when I begin writing a story I do a lot of mental prep work. There is a loose concept of what I want to create but the development of the main characters has such a pivotal role in the whole process. They need to fit seamlessly into the universe that is being created. Their perception of the universe that they interact in is what the reader is going to experience. I am constantly running scenarios, scenes and conversations through my mind. Ideas are always evolving or changing. I often joke that if people could hear the constant dialogue that takes place in my head, I would probably be moved permanently into a padded room for my own protection.

Ultimately creating that new universe is different for every writer. There is no secret formula for success. There is no right or wrong way to conjure up the next plains of inspiration. We are only limited by the length of our imagination and our ability to follow it. Happy exploring everyone.


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-Kristen ♥

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