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Author Interview: H.C. Kilgour

H. C. Kilgour has always had an active imagination, now she's sharing it with you. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, H. C. Kilgour currently lives in Miami, Florida enjoying the permanent sunshine. She claims you're most likely to find her in the ocean (perks of being a marine biologist) or with her nose buried in a book.

Her first love is fantasy fiction and it certainly shows in her first, but certainly not last, book to be released, Nanagin.

This book is currently on my TBR, but I hope to read it very soon. Here's the blurb:

If only they had known...

Aron might have acted sooner.

Kade might have acted different... though probably not.

Jared might have let Keegan go her own way.

Had Keegan known that Arciol, a world filled with magic and adventure,

existed in parallel to her own, she would have given anything to go there.

Instead, she wakes up a prisoner of the realm's tyrannical king

with the weight of the world on her shoulders.

If only they had known.

I'm grateful to H.C. for her participation in my Author Interview segments. Here's what she had to say...

LQ: What does the title mean?

HC: The title doesn’t have a direct translation to English. But a Nanagin is the portal between Arciol and our world. As well as being the inciting incident for the entire story.

LQ: Tell us about your process for coming up with the cover.

HC: So, I feel like I just always had this idea of Keegan’s face being the cover. She’s such a central driving force for everything it just felt right. I ended up reaching out to a childhood friend about the cover and she just truly made my vision come to life.

LQ: Would you and your main character get along?

HC: Given we’re more or less the same person, I’d hope so.

LQ: If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

HC: Probably sorry. I do not make their lives easy.

LQ: What do you hope your readers will take away from this book?

HC: I hope the readers take away that anything is possible. And that family is more than just blood.

LQ: What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?

HC: I honestly think it’s hard to say because it’s a bit subjective. What’s good writing for a middle-schooler and for a published author are different things. But I do think the most important element of good writing and good writers is passion and the desire to always become better.

LQ: What’s your writing software of choice?

HC: Microsoft Office.

LQ: Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?

HC: Christopher Paolini and his Inheritance Cycle are literally the reason I wrote a book.

LQ: Name an underappreciated novel that you love.

HC: I adore The Misplaced Mercenaries series by Kevin Pettway.

LQ: What book (or books) are you currently reading?

HC: I’m currently working on First Shift by A.J. Skelly and House of Darakai by K.L. Kolarich.

Interested in Nanagin? Read a courtesy copy of Chapter 1 here.

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