Interview with Kia Carrington-Russell
1) What do you like most about being an author? What least?
I love all the amazing people I have met, truly my books have allowed me to connect with so many different people from all over the world. My books have so far given me a lot of opportunity and personal growth by approaching talks and things that I would have never thought of doing a year ago. I love being able to write my different worlds now, in fact it is soothing for me and I miss it after a few days of not having the time to do so.
The thing I probably dislike about it most as times can be how much needs to be done for it. As a self-publisher and CEO of my own self-publishing services, and another two websites it can at times be tiring. Self-inflicted of course as I enjoy them, but the workload can at times be tiring.
2) As your latest book is titled “My Escort”, tell me which famous celebrity you’d like to have as your escort.
Ooh, that is a difficult one, funnily enough I was only talking about this a few days ago and I actually have no real man idol or celebrity that I really fan girl over. In fact I have been making a lame joke lately. My partner of four years name is Scott. So I call the title of my book “My Es’Scott” instead. It is so lame but makes me laugh a little. He just rolls his eyes.
3) What made you decide to write a series for “The Three Immortal Blades”, and was there any challenge in it?
Writing the Three Immortal Blades was my greatest challenge in all my books. This was my first series, and I started writing it very young. Possession Of My Soul was also the first time I went through the process of self-publishing and hurdled over many obstacles, and I mean a lot. Sometimes I look back at all I had learnt with appreciation, but don’t know if I would have the gusto to start the ball rolling all over again. But I am so glad I did.
4) One morning, you wake up, look into the mirror and find out you have blue skin and a third eye. Your reaction?
Well I am very airy fairy, so I would have more than one reaction. I think it would go in this order. 1. What the *f**k (mind my swearing, but its realistic haha) 2. How does that song go, I’m blue, but if I were green I would die. Thank you Scooter for looking out for me on that one. 3. This third eye wants to be able to foresee or give me some kind of super ability. 4. Maybe cry for a little, when I realize the eye doesn’t actually do anything.
5) Is there a question you have always hoped somebody would ask you? (Feel free to answer it, too.)
None that I can really think of, I answer a lot of questions and am really an open book. So there isn’t one specific answer I would want to share with people. My favorite previous question from a book blog however was: Which movie or book best resembled who I was or my life. I couldn’t help but laugh as I have been often told, I remind people of Bridget Jones. Just because I am very clumsy, airy fairy and always say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
6) To you, what would be the biggest advantage of being immortal (besides not dying, of course)?
Okay one, this is going to sound really pathetic, but I am sure every other author in the world would understand. When writing and you have more than one series in mind, my first drama is “Oh my goodness, I will never write these in time before I die.” (Or maybe that’s just me.) So being immortal would take that away. I think I would enjoy just living, seeing places around the world. Not feeling stressed and pressed for time. I think I would find it to be a fair more leisurely life, as humans we only have so many years to live, we fret of what we accomplish during that time.
7) As you write from Australia, can you summarize your country for us in 5 words?
Weather. Alcohol. BBQ. Animals. Family.
8) Do you have any writing rituals?
I do slightly. Since parting ways with my full time job, I now have a lot more time to better organize and schedule my weekly tasks and writing. When I wake up first thing in the morning, I grab a coffee and do about one to two hours of marketing, social networking etc. On very productive feeling days I try to write 10,000 words, or on not so productive words only one chapter. However I always have a candle lit when I write, and my animals (2 cats and a cavoodle) usually have nap time with me when I write in my office. Sometimes I write on my bed if I am feeling very lazy, only because it is comfy. And when I feel like I am being easily distracted I write on my couch on my outside patio.
9) If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?
All I can say is as a bit of a nerd and a fantasy writer, I have had many serious discussions about this with my best friend, what can I say I am a nerd, hehe. Probably the ability to control ice/ water. Only because I think you could use it in both defense and offence. Hey, I said I was a fantasy author, of course I would be a fighter if I had a superpower.
10) Please tell us more about your latest book(s) and plans for the future.
Currently I am working on my first vampire book, Token Huntress. In fact I only just sent my manuscript to the editor today, so you can expect to be seeing that March. This year I will be finishing my Three Immortal Blades series, Phantom Wolf series, and my first contemporary series, where book one has only recently been released, My Escort. I also plan on releasing my first erotica series. I have many more Young Adult/ fantasy/ erotica series in mind for the following years. Last I checked I had a minimal of thirty books in mind to write. So I will go as quickly as my little fingers can type. I plan on spending a lot of time this year on my companies Crystal Publishing, which is self-publishing services helping authors, and Crystal Book Promoters helping authors with the reviewing and promoting side of things. I also hope to reach more readers and of course grow simply as an author. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better career. I love writing and sharing my stories and adventures with my readers. Thank you everyone.
About the Book
Clover is personal assistant to Debra Coorman, the merciless boss of Candice fashion magazine. The bright lights of New York are dim for Clover, who is tormented by a work schedule like no other. Debra is relentless in her determination to demean Clover.
For once, Clover dares to play Debra’s games, and intends to prove her wrong at the next glittering event. With mixed emotions, Clover contacts a male escort, Damon. If his velvet voice over the phone is anything to go by, Clover knows her money will be well spent.
But when Damon appears at her door, something unexpected happens. The taunts and the games begin. Who is truly going to win at this game?
This was, of course, business, pure and simple, yet my heart still raced in excitement. I threw my red lipstick and apartment keys into my black sparkly clutch. I saved my work on my laptop and then patted Pudding’s head before racing for the door. I opened it in a hurry, catching my clutch on the door. Immediately I picked it up before taking in the man in front of me.
I kept my lips tight, so my mouth would not open. I suppressed the urge to say anything at all in case I mumbled some incomprehensible nonsense. I stood there for a moment, dumfounded by his attractiveness. It wasn’t just his looks. He had an undeniable presence. Confidence emanated from him.
“Clover, I assume?”
The man was nicely dressed in a black dinner suit with a crisp white shirt underneath. One hand was in his pocket, which just pulled his jacket from his body enough for me to get a glimpse of the body behind the smart shirt. My eyes lingered on the belt at his waist.
He handed me a red rose and I looked up into dark brown eyes. He had a slight tan, but not conspicuously so. Trimmed facial hair framed a striking face. He looked only a few years older than me, but younger than what his deep voice would suggest. His brown hair was nicely slicked back, just touching his collar. Even his jaw was perfectly chiseled and strong. And, he smelled good.
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About the Author
Kia was born in a small town in Australia, moving around a lot at a young age until finding a stable town where she finished her schooling. Kia found herself enjoying and expressing herself through poetry, short stories and writing, photography, painting and drawing. All these mediums help Kia express the different world that she is so fond of.
In ‘Senior Art’ Kia focused on feminism and female empowerment; exposing through her work issues and concerns that many people would rather just “sweep under the rug”.
In one art installation, Kia made a bed out of Pokémon cards- the concept being that when she slept a new world would come to life and it was the only one she saw and constantly lived in.
Kia now focuses on her photography, writing and self-help blogs on her website: ‘Precious Living’.
Kia is now keenly working on “The Three Immortal Blades” series knowing that this book has to be shared with the world and that is what she aims to do now.
Kia writes in her Australian home, trying to focus at times on simply what is running through her head, as her cats either terrorize her legs as scratching posts or her puppy barks in her ear for play-time. And as she continues her series, they grow with her book.
Kia is strongly supported by her friends and family and thanks them dearly for being with her along the bumpy road and nothing would please her more than having your support as well.
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