Welcome to the blog, Kendra! Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
Thank you for having me. I think a short synopsis would be the best way to say what I want to say.
Bailey Sims is just like every other teenage girl her age. That is until one day she gets a visit from a strange woman claiming to be a Queen in the Circle of Light. She passes on a portion of her power to Bailey and pledges her allegiance. Thinking that the meeting had only been a dream, Bailey goes on with her life as normal. Soon the realization that something was just not quite right with her surfaced. She begins to experience things that she had always passed off as myths and legends.
She is captivated by a new friend that had just moved into her town...Eric. He is utterly handsome and, surprisingly enough, he is just as attracted to her as she is to him. But there is one problem; she is a witch and a very powerful one.
With new power comes great responsibility. Can she rise to take her place in the high power or will she surrender to the will of evil? Will love help her conquer the Dark Union and safe the Ultimate Power or will she pay the deadly price with her own life?
What led you to write this book?
I had a dream about these characters and it had been so vivid that it wasn’t something that I could shake off easily. After about a week of dreaming the same dream I began writing it down. Each night I would dream a little more and, almost two years later, I stopped having the dream and I completed the book.
What were the challenges of creating a new mythology for this fantasy novel?
I didn’t want to fall into the “Twilight” category that everyone seems to be writing these days and I tried not to base the story on one idea, but on many. The difference in this book is that it gives insight to a world where vampires and werewolves actually want to live together and do things for the greater good, instead of being the same as book history has shown us.
In this book there are no natural enemies and the Circle of Light, a group of witches, leading the way for the good side. It lies in the person’s ability to hold on to their humanity or to choose not to hold on.
How do you create characters that leap off the page?
I try to write for my characters from their perception and not and not as far as how I want the story to go. When I do that, everything else seems to just fall into place. It’s important to me for my readers to be able to connect with the characters. For them to be able to picture the story in their minds and to be able to feel what they are reading as they read it, lays the ground for my characters to come to life.
What is your best advice on writing?
First, I would have to say that my best advice would be for the writer to take their time and to not get caught up in the pressure to get a book released. Everything takes time and requires a lot of thought.
Second, feel what you are writing. If you can’t feel the connection, it’s going to be even harder for the reader to.
Last, but certainly not least, believe in yourself. If you have a story to tell, tell it no matter what anyone says.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Kendra!
Thank you and I appreciate this opportunity! Happy reading!
Kendra Allen is a life long Tennessean. She is an avid reader and writer. She has three published works that are out now, including Ultimate Power, Demon’s Death (A Short Story), and A Vampire’s Death, the first installment in the Waking Up Dead series. The second installment of Waking Up Dead, A Witch’s Choice, will be released soon, and other books are in the works.
Kendra Allen can be found on Facebook, Shelfari, and Goodreads.
Ultimate Power is available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple and Goodreads.