1) What is the hardest part about being an author?
The writing. As an indie author, I have to do every part of book development and publication–I seek out editorial feedback, identify and work with a cover designer, figure out my marketing campaign, work on my author “platform,” and on and on and on. Some of these are exciting, some of them are things that I can do when I’m tired and spinning my wheels, and, with my background in business, none of them are really scary. But I am a stay-at-home mom with two little people who are small enough that I rarely get anything written until they’re in bed for the night. My writing “day” begins around 8 pm, and I’m already tired out from an active and exciting day (every day is exciting with little kids!). Writing creatively by that point is a real challenge. I’d much rather look at design options for a cover, spend time on social media, check out what people are reading on GoodReads–anything, really, than tap my depleted creative resources and write. Except that if I don’t write, the stories bang around in my head all day and I end up lying in bed at night thinking about what I should have written…
2) Can you give us the synopsis of your book?
Hitomi is an orphan living in a foreign land–an orphan, a thief, a rebel, a girl with magical powers. In the first book, the underground movement Hitomi has joined learns that a key political family has been charged with treason and slated for execution. Hitomi volunteers to help them escape–only to be taken captive with them by her nemesis, Arch Mage Blackflame. Faced with monsters both human and not, it will take everything Hitomi has to escape with her life.
3) Is this part of a series or a stand alone?
It’s a serial novella project. I’m anticipating about six installments, each around 45,000 words (just over half the size of your typical novel). It’s been fun to develop, since each novella has its own story arc, but also feeds into a longer storyline.
4) How many hours do you write per day?
I try to get an hour of writing in a night. Sometimes it’s a struggle, since there are so many aspects of being an indie author. But it’s well worth it. When deadlines are coming up, I may end up staying up till 2 am each night, getting in a solid three or fours of writing or revising a night. It’s variable, but if I can get a book out a year, on an hour or two a night, so can most aspiring authors! 🙂
5) What is your favorite book?
That’s a hard question. I guess the book I’ve re-read the most is Pride and Prejudice. I have a hard time assigning favorites–while I enjoy a lot of books, I rarely fixate on one. But Jane Austen will always have a special place in my regard.
6) What are you working on now?
I’m banging my head against a wall over Book 2 in the Sunbolt Chronicles. So far, I’ve written three different Chapter Ones, encountered a phoenix (not sure how that’s going to turn out), and have yet to figure out if a new character is going to help Hitomi or not. He’s certainly being very reticent about deciding. Unfortunately, all the confusion means I’m almost two months behind on my self-imposed schedule. Hopefully, though, I’ll be able to make up some of that time as the plot falls into place.
Thanks so much for the interview!
Thanks for answering my questions!
Author: Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy
The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.
When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar is hard at work on two new projects. The first is a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife. The second project, The Sunbolt Chronicles, is a novella series following the efforts of a young mage as she strives to bring down her nemesis, a corrupt and dangerous Arch Mage who means to bring the Eleven Kingdoms under his control.
Find the author online
Intisar’s Website: http://thornthenovel.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/booksbyintisar