Sadly, I only have two books published so far. Book one and two in a middle grade fantasy trilogy, Truth Teller and The Wrath of Siren. Book three, Favian’s Law, is currently in the hands of my editor being proofread. I also have sci-fi/fantasy children’s novel called Unknown Reality that is also waiting to be proofread. I can’t wait to put the finishing touches to these two novels and get them published.
I have a poem that is being published by Kendall Hunt Publishers this month. They produce educational books for schools and colleges in America. The poem is called Our Solar System and was written to teach children a little bit about each planet in our solar system.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kurt-Chambers/e/B00IFFYLAW/
Are you working on anything right now? Can you tell us about it?
I’m about a third of the way through a children’s story called The World in Johnny’s Back Garden. I wanted to write a story that gave kids an alternative view of living things. I started writing this many years ago and it has changed so many times, but now I finally have a whole new plot for the story, and I hope to actually finish it one day. Here is a sample of the first chapter. http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/childrens-story-world-in-johnnys-back.html
You’re very generous with sharing your marketing tips and tricks. What book marketing strategies have worked well for you?
Marketing is so very difficult for a children’s author. It’s the only genre where you don’t really have direct access to your target audience. So when you market, the best you can hope for is to persuade a parent or teacher to recognize that your book is something their children would like to read. I’ve tried to overcome this by donating my novel to places like school libraries where they will be read by the kids I wrote them for.
My most successful marketing strategy so far has been to make my first book perma-free once I covered what it cost me to publish the novel. Then I used some of the many companies out there that do free book promotions. There are plenty to choose from. Some are better than others, but if you find a good one, you can get anything up to two hundred downloads in one day. Hopefully some customers will like my story enough to buy the other books in the series.
How did you come up with the idea for your book? You’ve published a few, just pick one.
When I was a child, I always struggled to read some of the classic fantasy novels. I fell in love with fantasy but was never very good at reading. So tackling such classic books like Lord of the Rings was hard for me. I remember thinking back then that someone should write fantasy books like this especially for people like me who were not so strong at reading. When I decided to write children’s novels, I already had an idea of what I wanted to write: a fantasy novel just as I imagined from a child. That is how my Truth Teller trilogy was born.
Do you have a favorite author? What strikes you about their work?
I would have to say Terry Brooks is my favorite author. I have read most of what he has written. The Shannara series was an absolute classic. I think there are about sixteen books all together. I admire Terry because he is such a master at the way he writes. He is my biggest inspiration when it comes to writing.
Tell us a bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?
I SO love my covers! Truth Teller won an award for best artwork on the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll 2012. They are designed by a very dear friend of mine, Dawne Dominique. We met many years ago in the Young Adult Novel Workshop on writing,com. As I knew absolutely nothing about writing, she took me under her wing, encouraged and supported me, and helped mould me into the author I am today, along with many other amazing people I met on this journey. Dawne is such a great cover artist as well as a brilliant author, not to mention an amazing person. You can find her here: http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.co.uk/
Give us an interesting fun fact about one of your books?
Every character I have ever created has been fictional, all except one. One of my characters is actually a real person. I wonder if you can guess which one it is.
Give us a short summary or snippet from one of your books meant to intrigue your audience.
I love this bit from The Wrath of Siren where the human child, Charlotte, is traveling with a young elf called Elderfield.
Charlotte began to tire of their adventure and longed to sleep in a soft, comfortable bed once again. “What do you think we will find when we come to the end of the river?” she asked, trying to strike up a conversation to relieve her boredom.
Elderfield shrugged. “To be honest, I have absolutely no idea.”
“I reckon we’re going to find a massive lost city, probably made of gold or something like that, and nobody’s ever been there apart from us for thousands of years.” She grinned at the image she created.
Elderfield laughed. “I doubt that very much.”
“You never know, this place is well weird. You don’t know what’s going to happen next.” Charlotte was serious for a moment then continued, smiling. “And when we get there, because we’re the first people to visit this place for thousands of years, they think we are some kind of gods or something, and they treat us like kings and queens. They tell us we can have anything we want.”
“Do you not think that you are getting a little carried away?”
“No,” Charlotte replied bluntly. “If you could have anything you want, what would it be?”
“If I had the choice, I think I would have to choose … going home right now.” He grinned.
“No, that’s boring.”
She noticed Elderfield watching her with amused interest as she tried to think of something herself. “I would definitely have to wish for a chocolate river.” She licked her lips. “That would be amazing.”
“What in heaven’s name is a choclit river?”
Charlotte burst out laughing. She tried to reply but laughed too much to get the words out. “No, a chocolate river, not a choclit river,” she finally managed to say.
“Whatever it is, it sounds ghastly to me. Why would you want a river made out of … whatever it is?”
“Elderfield! You don’t know what chocolate is, do you? Wow, that’s just wrong. You have never lived, trust.” She giggled behind her hand.
“What is this stuff?”
“It’s like angels dancing on your tongue.” She paused to judge his reaction. “Apart from my family, it’s the one thing I miss the most. That and telly.”
“And you say that we are weird.” He shook his head.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so very much, Katherine, for featuring me on your awesome site and letting me show off my books. Like so many other authors in the writing community, you have been very supportive. You’ve gotta love the writing community!
And thank you to all the readers out there who have come to view this post. If you’re a fan of fantasy, go and grab a free copy of my book. Happy reading.