The Fantastic Blog Hop presents Kristen Duvall
Today on The Fantastic Blog Hop, I’ll be talking with writer, publisher, and new owner of Fey Publishing, Kristen Duvall. Let’s give a warm welcome to Kristen by forcing her to answer 10 questions!
1 Who is your favorite author and what do you enjoy most about his/her writing?
It’s hard for me to list a “favorite”. Right now, I’m rather fond of Neil Gaiman after I started reading American Gods. I was just blown away by that book and the way he uses his words. Ray Bradbury also comes to mind… for his unique ideas and the way his writing is sparse, yet filled with just enough detail to keep your imagination going.
2 What is your favorite book or movie?
Book: I’m a big fan of “The Illustrated Man” by Bradbury, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller and “The Shining” by Stephen King. Once I finish “American Gods”, that one might be up there too.
Movie: “Boondock Saints.” Never fails to make me laugh. I love dark humor.
3 What do you find yourself inspired by the most?
I’m inspired to succeed. I have very high standards for myself and I want to make a difference in this world. I want people to enjoy my work and to hopefully remember me by it someday.
4 Do you feel an affinity to any particular period of history? And do you ever use elements of it in your writing?
I write primarily in the future since I’m a sci-fi type writer. However, I do love reading about medieval Europe and WWII. Neither have come out in my writing yet, but maybe one day? Historical fiction scares me because of the need for research… I like working in the unknown future and creating my own worlds.
5 Have you ever given up on a writing project and why?
Not exactly, though I have several that are on hold. I have one novel I NEED to finish, but other projects keep calling to me. I plan to go back to most of these projects one day, I just need to find time.
6 Out of any of your own creations, do you have a favorite character? Why?
From the novel mentioned above, I have Vanessa. She may appear to be a Mary Sue at first… perfectly pretty, rich, sheltered life… But there’s more to her than that. She’s genetically engineered to be perfect, but not even science can guarantee that. Oh and I also found out that she’s a lesbian just as she did, which I found amusing. I love when a character decides who they are instead of me dictating it. She’s a character who’s always on my mind.
I also love a bounty hunter I created for a story in ‘Femmes du Chaos”. Exact opposite of Vanessa, Sylvia is brutal and kick ass.
7 What scene, out of any project that you have written, do you like the most?
That’s really hard to say… Probably the scene with Sylvia in my story “Bonnie and Clyde” in my forthcoming book. She gets revenge and it’s bloody and gory, but it’s all for a reason I support. I may not go as far as she does, but I’d be temped if I were in her shoes.
8 Have you ever found yourself, in regular daily activity, thinking like one of your characters?
All the time! My mind is always going through my worlds. I’ve been known to drive and have mock conversations on my head with my characters. Some of it may go into the book, some of it just may be to get to know them better. But I’m almost always thinking of my characters.
9 I was asked this once, a long time ago, so I will ask you: Why do you want to write?
Because I want to and it makes me happy. I have always written and created stories, it’s just who I am.
10 Sum up your current work-in-progress in one sentence/ or one word.
“Femmes du Chaos”: Kick ass chicks proving to the world that you should never underestimate a girl.
Now, let’s indulge ourselves with some info and excerpts:
They messed with the wrong girl this time.
From heroes to villains, Femmes du Chaos sets out to show the world what the fairer sex is really made of. You’ll meet women of all ages and from many different walks of life… Warriors and schoolgirls, side-by-side in one place. One thing connects them all, and that is their ambition. Whether they use their ambition for good or evil, well that’s for them to decide. Gritty, fantastical and sometimes uncomfortable to read, Femmes du Chaos is a tour de force that holds nothing back. There will be violence and there will be blood. Some will survive and come out stronger in the end… And some will let the darkness consume them. After all, no two girls are ever alike.
Here are a few of the femmes you’ll meet in this thrilling collection:
Sylvia: The bounty hunter with a dark past who is hellbent on revenge. When the justice system fails her, she sets out to correct their mistakes.
Layla: The ballerina who wants to be a star who’s spent her life being overshadowed and under-appreciated. What happens when she stumbles across magic that makes her sister the star she’s longed to be for so long? Let’s just say, you’ve never seen sibling rivalry like this before.
Daphne and Delia: Identical twins who share a painful secret. Confined to a lab and tortured in the name of science for most of their lives, they managed to escape once. But when their past catches up them, can they escape from it again? There may only be one way out and these are girls who are willing to do anything to stop their torment. And I do mean anything.
Mikayla: When a curse falls upon their town and the children end up dying left and right, it appears that Mikayla is next. Except, there’s one thing that no one, not even her family saw coming… Mikayla is too smart for her own good and knows how to make a deal with the devil.
Liz: A servant girl forced to work for the upper class people living in a dystopian future. All she wants is an education and the chance to better herself. In a world where she’s not allowed to read a book without fear of death, she breaks all the rules. Until she comes face to face with the punishment awaiting those who disobey, that is…
Mallory: A young girl who can see the future in her dreams. She’s saved lives in the past, and her dreams are warning her to not return to the world they all left behind. Faced with starvation, no one wants to believe her about the multitude of horrors that wait for them above. After all, monsters don’t exist… Or do they?
Melody: A girl who knows nothing but religious fanaticism. Her father and her sisters are the only people she’s ever known. But what happens to the “mothers”, those who are chosen to sacrifice for the greater good of the family? Melody needs to find out and stop it, or else she may just be the next to go.
A Fate Worse Than Death
Lisette was pulled to the edge of the pool first. Gag firmly placed in her mouth, her eyes were wide with fear as tears fell in thick droplets onto her favorite dress, the pink one with white lace at the collar. Lisette struggled as the guard effortlessly shackled her feet to the large weight. Kicking and squirming, she fought for her life, but her slight frame was no match for the strength of the guards.
The mechanism was as cruel as it was simple in design. Lisette’s feet were chained to the weights on a platform that would drop out from under her, dragging her down into the murky depths of the pool below. Chains were attached to both sides of the weight, and on a whim, the executioner could shorten or prolong a prisoner’s life for the pleasure of the crowd by simply raising or lowering the weight.
“Two minutes. I give her two minutes unless old Ira decides to have some fun with her,” The guards wagered amongst themselves as the one beside Meredith winked in her direction.
Bonnie and Clyde
The dream was always the same.
A single yelp of pain that forever echoed in Sylvia’s ears. A streak of crimson where Bonnie had tried crawling for help; help that didn’t arrive soon enough. Even in the dream, it never did.
Bonnie was dead. Murdered.
Sylvia woke up drenched in sweat, just as she had that hot July morning when she’d heard the awful cry followed by peals of drunken laughter.
She’d tried to chase the bastards down, but the cops had gotten to them first. They were lucky.
Two years in prison. Two measly years was all they’d served.
Kristen Duvall is a writer of tales both real and make believe. Originally a Midwestern girl, she now resides in Southern California with her boyfriend, her Great Dane and a her rescued calico kitty. She dabbles in horror, science fiction, fantasy, young adult and speculative fiction. Femmes du Chaos is her first foray into publishing her own work, but she has one YA novel and a novella completed and ready to be edited. She also owns a small publishing company called Fey Publishing where she publishes other people’s work because while it’s a lot of work, there’s nothing she’d rather be doing with her life.
The release of Femmes du Chaos has been delayed a little, but currently it’s expected to be finished at the end of August or early September 2013.
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