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We’re celebrating the release of THE BOOKMINDER by M. K. Wiseman with a blog tour and Rafflecopter give-away! Visit each blog each day for more chances to win lots of great prizes. If you like epic fantasy, you’ll love this coming-of-age tale of magic and wizards set in the Renaissance era.
Hi, there! Please welcome author M.K. Wiseman, author of the Bookminder. We’re here today as part of the Bookminder virtual book tour!
1. How did you come up with the concept of your story?
In 2004 I had a very vivid dream that, afterward, wouldn’t leave me alone. Said dream basically detailed out one scene from the story, something so different and captivating for me that it stuck. Now, it must be noted that I was not writing at that time, nor did I intend to write in any professional capacity. But as this one nugget of an idea would not let me be, I started to form a story around it – Why were these people doing what they were doing? Who were they? I think that working in the Preservation Dept of the campus library system had bled into my subconscious and that is where the magick system that rules The Bookminder developed.
2. How did you come up with the title?
Haha, well, I had to actually do a bit of research to check my brain on this as, over time, there have been several incarnations, besides the working title of Wizard’s Librarian. As a (former(?)) librarian, I was really hoping to keep the working title, as homage to my career and the work that had sparked the initial idea. But then we wanted to go with something simpler, brighter, and more “fantasy”.
The ‘research’ I allude to above? I just unearthed a Facebook exchange between a librarian friend and I from last March.
In it she says she quite likes the new title and then asks “Who came up with that?”
My answer? “Honestly I don’t remember . . . might have been my editor. We just started throwing things together.” Words that felt book-binder-y but not quite so literal. Things like “Spellbinder / Spellbound” seemed a bit too on the nose.
3. What was the most surprising part of writing this book?
The more I write (and this is, by far, the most writing I have yet done) the more I have come to realize that stories like to take on a life of their own. I used to hear that and scoff. But, in penning Bookminder, I found that sometimes an element would sneak into the narrative and then prove to be a stroke of brilliance in how it either foreshadowed a thing, or simply played a symbolic role. I kept looking at how things turned out going “but I’m not that smart!” or maybe “I’ve gotta just belucky . . .” or “ . . . the story is asserting itself!” So I’m a convert to that philosophy, now.
4. What is your preferred writing genre?
You know those authors whose work you have trouble finding in bookstores because they might be filed under YA, or maybe fantasy, or maybe even sci fi, or just the catch-all new-release fiction sections? Yep. That is the genre I like to sit in because that is what I like to read. Historical fiction and fantasy get a lot of lovin’ from me, as does light steampunk. As someone trained in librarianship, I value the concept of a genre but I don’t like to think of the walls between them as allthat solid.
5. Who is your favorite author? Who has most influenced your work?
Two questions. Two answers:
Fav author? Have to go with Douglas Adams. His humor is superb. And while my brain tends to go a little sideways when reading his stories, that’s part of my enjoyment of his very unique work. I appreciate that there really is no other author with his touch.
As for who has most influenced my work: Brian Jacques. While this may not seem the most obvious choice, hear me out.
His Mariel of Redwall is the very first book that I remember being completely in love with. I read, of course, before that. Quite a bit. But this one book seemed to change reading for me. It became more than merely enjoyable. Stories could be transcendent, not mere personal experiences. Reading could link you to others. Maybe it was just the right book at a certain moment in my life. But I was a lucky enough kid to meet Mr. Jacques on more than one occasion at bookstore readings/signings. He became my author rock star and it was his stories that changed how I thought of books which, in turn, has influenced my writing at a very deep level.
6. Name one entity that you feel supported your writing, outside of family members.
Xchyler Publishing. Truly. Until they came along and said “Yup. We can publish you” I really was just dabbling. They took me from being a writer to an author, from a hobbyist to someone who wants to actually make a go of this whole book thing.
7. What’s up next for you?
Hopefully we get to hear what happens next for the characters in Bookminder. Else I’d like to put the finishing touches on a couple of steampunk manuscripts I’ve been kicking around. But I’ll keep writing for now.
8. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
I’m gonna sound like a sap here but I don’t care . . .
Wish one: Eliminate world hunger. I mean, seriously, we’re fully in the 21st century and we’ve such drastic imbalance between the haves and have nots that it’s embarrassing.
Wish two: I’d like to see a lot of the damage that we’ve done to the earth get undone. Yes there’s a practicality here that I’m ignoring but we are talking wishes, right? A little less garbage and some cleaner air would be lovely.
Wish three: There are some people that I really wish I would have gotten more time with. . . And that I’m going to leave at that.
Thanks so much for taking time out of your schedule to answer these questions for my readers!
January 9-16, 2016
|Sunday, 01-10||M. K. Wiseman|
|Monday, 01-11||Perpetual Chaos of a Wandering Mind|
|Tuesday, 01-12||Are You Afraid of the Dark?|
|Wednesday, 01-13||The Howling Turtle|
|Thursday, 01-14||Dreams to Become|
|Friday, 01.15||JD Spero|
|Books in the Spotlight|
|Saturday, 01-16||Creativity from Chaos|
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