Hey all! I’m SO ecstatic to bring you all an interview Kalyn Jospehson here on the blog today! Kalyn is the author of THE STORM CROW which will be released on July 9, 2019 (this summer!) by Sourcebooks! Be sure to check it out!
Kalyn is actually a dear friend and critique partner of mine, and is genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I can’t wait to share her answers with you all below!
Ps… I’m hosting a giveaway for The Storm Crow on my Instagram (www.instagram.com/reverieandink) so be sure to check it out!
Let’s jump into the interview!
What was the most difficult moment in your writing and publishing journey? How did you overcome it?
Kalyn: One of the most difficult moments for me was the first time I read a negative review for THE STORM CROW. Everyone told me not to do it, so like the adult that I am, I ignored them and did it anyways and surprise! They were right. I knew conceptually that not everyone would like my book, but it was still really hard to hear how vehemently someone could hate something I’d put so much of myself into. My writing group really helped me through that, and a very good friend (hi Britt) sent me only positive reviews, which really boosted my morale.
One thing that meant so much to me – and others – is the depression representation for Thia. I know this is an important topic for you personally. If there’s one misunderstanding or misconception about battling depression that you’d like to clear up, what would it be?
Kalyn: It is, and I’m really happy to hear it meant so much to you! If I had to pick one, I’d say the idea that depression isn’t a real illness. A lot of people think it’s just in peoples’ heads and they could get over it if they wanted to, when really it’s a legitimate medical condition that needs to be treated as such. If you’re struggling with depression, don’t be afraid to seek out help. Here’s a quick link for a website with more information: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/depression-support-and-advocacy.
What’s a valuable lesson you learned while drafting The Storm Crow?
Kalyn: That my writing process is different from other peoples, and that’s okay. Everyone’s writing process is different. Hearing about the way writers I admired would craft their books used to make me feel like I was doing something wrong. But what matters is finding what works for you and sticking to it.
You did such a great job of making your characters feel real. Who’s voice was the clearest to you?
Kalyn: Thank you! I’d say Kiva’s voice was definitely the clearest. I just love her sarcastic, I-don’t-care-what-you-think attitude. I could write another book set in this world, it would definitely be about her!
Do you have any advice for authors trying to nail down their character’s voice?
Kalyn: One exercise I really find helpful is to take a short scene (one from the book, or something unrelated) and to rewrite it from each character’s POV. This allows you to see what different characters would focus on, how they would describe and interpret things differently, and to delve deeper into each of the characters.
Is there any character who drove you nuts?
Kalyn: I struggled a lot with Caylus. There’s a contradiction in his character that’s intentional, but not deeply explored until book 2, which is that he hates fighting, but in a way fighting it’s all he’s ever known. He wants to help Thia, but he’s also so tired of fighting. That internal conflict was difficult for me to nail down.!
I have to ask. If you could give Ericen any theme song, what would it be?
Kalyn: Oh I’m so bad at music questions! If I had to pick, I’d say New Divide by Linkin’ Park.
And since he’s already a fan favorite … without being spoilery, are there any hints you can give us about Ericen or his role in book two? (Of course, I’ve been lucky enough to read it and I’m inwardly screaming, but what can you tell the fans?)
Kalyn: Oh Ericen. He picks up right where he left off, which is having a very hard time haha. He spends a lot of book 1 torn between his loyalty to his kingdom and family, which has been drilled into him from a young age, and his own moral beliefs, which led him to befriend Thia. He makes some tough decisions about those things in book 2, which may or may not lead him back to Thia. As for their relationship… well, anything could happen 😉
Another fan favorite so far is Kiva. (Yeah, I would take a bullet for her.) Was she inspired by anyone? How did she first come to be?
Kalyn: I. Love. Kiva. She’s definitely my favorite character. She was inspired in part by one of my best friends, who is an incredibly loyal, headstrong person that I love to death. A lot of Thia and Kiva’s dynamic is based on our own friendship..
Let’s pretend your characters are forced to attend a costume party together – no weapons involved. What would they wear? How would they interact? Better yet, who would jump on the karaoke machine?
Kalyn: Ooh let’s see. Thia would pick something symbolic and powerful, like a storm or one of the Saints (the first crow riders). Ericen would probably go as some super suave version of a crow to impress Thia. Think dark suit and wings. Caylus would totally forget his costume, then spend the entire time judging the party’s food. Kiva’d wear her guard’s uniform, say it’s a costume, and use it as an excuse to bring her sword into the party, then threaten Ericen with it while Thia forced everyone to dance and Caylus tried to disappear into a corner to read. Thia would 100% jump on the karaoke! And Kiva would grudgingly stand on the stage with her..
Lastly, if you could say anything to querying writers, or writers on sub, what would it be?
Kalyn: Publishing careers are built slowly over time. Your first or second or third book doesn’t have to be the one that gets you an agent, or a publishing deal, or be a breakout success. What matters is that you keep writing. The Storm Crow was my fourth book I queried, and I learned something from every book before that made me a better writer. Don’t give up!
Thank you so much, Kalyn! To learn more about Kalyn Josephson, please visit her website! http://Kalynjosephson.com