Author Spotlight: K. R. Martin and The Pirate Princess
K R Martin
And now, for the interview!
LP :Your book sounds amazing — a princess-to-be/pirate gains some mad swordplay skills and uses them to fight injustice, fight for her kingdom. What was the inspiration for the novel?
KRM: It's been so long since I wrote the first draft that I'm not entirely sure where the inspiration came from. Other than the fact that I grew up with Disney Princesses, so I love that fairy-tale style story, but I also enjoy sword fighting, and a girl who can hold her own with guys.
LP: I grew up on Disney Princesses, too, and I love the feisty, strong ones! That's one of the reasons The Pirate Princess sounds fantastic! What’s your favorite scene from the novel?
KRM: I think my favorite scene is when Renee first meets her pirate crew. She doesn't realize they're actually good at the time, and it was fun writing about her taking them on, especially when a really large man joins in.
LP: Sounds like a fun scene! I'm excited to read it :). How long have you been writing?
KRM: I've been writing for fourteen years. It started in high school with small short stories, and I haven't been able to stop since.
LP: Tell us about any other projects you have in the works.
KRM: I'm actually working on the sequel at the moment, hoping to have it finished before too long.
LP: Are you a plotter or pantser?
KRM: Definitely pantser. Although, I've had to do a little plotting with the sequel, mainly to make sure things line up with the first book.
LP: How did you connect with our publisher, Clean Reads?
KRM: I met them at an RT Convention, actually. I have a friend who was published through them; she introduced me to them, and I was able to pitch my story.
LP: If you could choose any fictional character to meet for a day, who would it be and why?
KRM: Hmm, that's a tough one. I think I'd go with Belle; after all, she is the bookworm princess.
LP: Do you have advice to share with aspiring authors?
KRM: Keep writing and reading; the more you read the more you can see what works and what sounds off, and keep writing because, like they say, practice makes perfect, or at least you grow as a writer.
LP: Fantastic advice, and thank you for an awesome interview, Karen! :) Thanks for joining me on the blog today!