Katie L Carroll is the author of Elixir Bound, a recently released YA fantasy. Katie L Carroll dropped by the virtual offices to introduce herself and chat about her book. Check out what she has to say.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Katie Carroll] Mother, writer, editor, collector of signed books.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Elixir Bound?
[Katie Carroll] Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.
For it is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings who will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Katie Carroll] This story all started when my younger sister, Kylene, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 16. In her short life, she inspired so many people to be readers by sharing the Harry Potter books with them. I wanted to give her a fantasy adventure. The story actually turned out to be more about me than her, but it was my way of mourning my sister. I’m working on a second story in the same world as Elixir Bound, and I think this one is going to be more about Kylene!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Katora?
[Katie Carroll] Stubborn, independent, brave.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Katora would never have in her pocket?
[Katie Carroll] Tissues (because she would never admit to crying), lipstick (make-up isn’t practical for a farmer), or a cell phone (there are no cell phones in Katora’s world!).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Katora had a theme song, what would it be?
[Katie Carroll] Regina Spektor’s song “Hero.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOQ3R3MNcv8
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Katie Carroll] My greatest creative influences are writers Lois Lowry, J.K. Rowling, Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Melina Marchetta, Donna Gephart, David Almond, Kristin Cashore, Tamora Pierce…there’s too many to name all the authors that have influenced me. I’m sure I’ve left out some big ones here. Musically I’m inspired by Our Lady Peace, Fuel, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and lots of classic rock bands. My favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Katie Carroll] Really the number one thing I need is my brain…I do a lot of writing in my head before I even sit down with my laptop, which I guess would be the number two thing I need. Number three would definitely be time!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Katie Carroll] I would have to say The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I feel like that book took thoughts right from my head and put them into words better than I ever could.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Katie Carroll] My mom used to read to us when we were little. I can remember having such a sense of awe listening to the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Katie Carroll] I love hanging out with my 1-year-old son and my husband. I also play a little soccer, take walks to the beach, and read, read, read.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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