Everyone, please welcome the most talented Kristian Alva. I have absolutely loved her Dragon Stone Saga and it was such a treat to be able to interview Ms. Alva, especially since she recently released her lastest book, Rise of the Blood Masters, Book 5 in the series. Please enjoy the chitchat below! The giveaway for a Dragon Stone Saga audiobook is at the very, so don’t miss that!
In your books, the themes of forgiveness and redemption occur more than once. Was that intended from the beginning, or is it something that snuck it’s way into the story?
It wasn’t intentional—but it did “sneak” into the story, and I’m glad that it did. In my own life, I’ve found that holding onto one’s anger was so much worse than just letting it go. I struggle with that aspect of my own life, so it’s a recurring theme in all my books.
What now-dead author would you like to interview? What are some of the things you would chat about?
Unfortunately, Terry Pratchett. He just passed away this week, and I was so upset by it. Good Omens is my favorite book.
My worst job? Waiting tables in a sports bar while I was going to college was downright awful. The money was good, which is why I stayed, but eventually the stress got to be too much. I can’t count the number of times some drunk college kid tried to grab me. That was almost 20 years ago, and I would never have the stomach to do it now.
Who are your non-writer influences?
I’m inspired by visionaries like Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. One was a marketing and design genius, and the other was an engineering genius. As a team, they built one of the most profitable companies in US history. They were both flawed individuals (as we all are), but so talented in their own right. I always wonder if either one of them would have had the same success if they didn’t have each other.
In this age of publishing, self-promotion is really necessary for the author. What do you enjoy most about advertising yourself and your works? What do you find most challenging?
I really enjoy communicating with my fans, especially the much older ones. For some reason, I get a lot of email from elderly folks, who have found my books on e-readers. Since the newer devices allow people to essentially make every book into a large-print edition, my books have found a whole new readership in older folks, and that makes me very happy. As for the most challenging aspect of my job, it would be juggling family and a full-time writing career. My kids are still young, so it’s tough to manage everything and still find time to sleep! I can’t remember the last time I was able to sleep 8 hours uninterrupted.
Hmm. That would be a tough one. Terry Pratchett, (who I mentioned above). I would love to speak with Albert Camus, even for a minute. Jack Kirby would be wonderful too (he’s an artistic legend from the golden age of comic books). J. D. Salinger might be interesting. Émile Zola, too (if I could speak French).
If you were asked to create the syllabus for a college class in SFF literature, what books would be on there as required reading? As passing discussion?
Although I haven’t read the series in many years, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan would be a great choice. A whole course could be structured around his books alone.
Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?
I have had one or two instances of male fans contacting me through Facebook and being a little too forward (if you understand what I mean). I usually decline nicely, and tell them that I’m happily married with 3 kids. That usually solves the problem. For the most part, though, all my fans have always been wonderful.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Sleeping, eating, and wiping snotty noses.
What is the first book you remember reading on your own?
I read voraciously as a child—even books that had adult themes. I remember reading East of Eden when I was about 11 and being shocked by the content. I do remember reading Charlotte’s Web at a very young age, and crying uncontrollably when Charlotte dies. That was tough to deal with at 8 years of age, even if she was only a spider.
Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.
With some help from his friends, Elias must escape the emperor’s wrath and try to make it to the safety of the dwarf caverns. Elias holds the key to the salvation of the dragon race. Is Elias strong enough to save himself and halt the evil that is spreading across the land?
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This giveaway is for 1 audiobook in the Dragon Stone Saga. You MUST have an Audible USA account. I have listened to all but the latest in this series. They just keep getting better and better and the narrator, Adam Chase, is simply amazing! Just click on the Rafflecopter link below to be taken to the widget. Good luck!