Xlibris Publishing introduces Kass Harker, author of Into Another Dimension.
About Your Book and Yourself.
The story follows the adventures of siblings, Edward and Gemma. When Edward receives the gift of a sophisticated toy called a Futuristicator, the two kids gain access to the 12th dimension, an unknown but amazing fantasy world. There, they are thrown into experiences that will change their lives forever. I’d describe the book as fantasy, sci-fi, adventure and should appeal to both boys and girls.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I’m Kass Harker. I was born and raised in rural New Zealand and now live in Nelson in the South Island.
In early 2016, I took voluntary redundancy from a publishing support team in a large government organization. It was my hope to continue this type of work as a contractor, so I set about researching the viability of this as a business. The initial results were positive and I spent 9 months doing a Certificate in small business management and in the background, setting up a business structure. However, the further I got into the Certificate course the more I worried about the viability of my business in regional New Zealand.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it
The idea of a children’s book came to me, when one day while walking my dog, the first line of Into Another Dimension popped into my head. When I got home and wrote this down the words just seem to run onto the pages. Amazingly, once I got going and mind-mapped the plot and characters, I had the book finished in less than five months. The direction of my writing had a complete change of course, from business and technical writer I had become a fiction writer and so the direction of my business changed as well.
Before I sent the book to publishers I got some of my target audience to read the first draft. I was knocked out when the first response came. The subject line of the email read “Review of your awesome book.”
This gave me the courage to take the bull by the horns and send it to publishers. Austin Macauley accepted it first off, however as an unknown author they wanted it to be a self-published book. So, I did some shopping around.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
As a child, I loved the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton and also books like the Hobbit and Swallows and Amazons. I never thought about writing for children and through my life I have started, but never finished, a number of books for an adult audience.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Writing for Children is fun and you really can let you humour take over and be as imaginative as you like. But it is always good to try and have a message. For me the message is that good will conquer evil.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
The sense of pride in holding a printed book with your name on the cover and spine can’t be matched.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
Now that the book is published I’ve taken the time to sit down and work out a marketing strategy.
This will include a visit to the local library where I’ll drop off a complimentary copy while asking for key library contacts around the country.
I have already contacted one large book retailer in New Zealand and hope to score a book signing at the local and possibly country-wide stores. I also intend to contact other bookseller for the same opportunity.
And of course, I intend to make use of social media to get friends and family to help promote the sale of the book.
I love the characters of Into Another Dimension so much I decided I would, like Enid Blyton, make a series. I have called it the Hathaways Series, using my maternal great, great grandmothers’ family name. I‘ve started the second in the series, currently called The Disappearing Translators, which will be a longer story than Into Another Dimension and will follow on from the closing of that book.
I set myself daily targets and although the creative juices don’t flow all the time, I try to do something towards getting the second book completed. This may include some research or doing some of the record keeping required for the business side of being a writer. Without a work plan it’s too easy, especially on balmy summer days, to be side tracked. If you are thinking of writing for publication put a work plan in place and above all map your plot and characters. Happy writing.
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