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Coffee Break 035: Kale Lawrence

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For me, there’s nothing better than looking at a book on my shelf and thinking, “Wow, I have literally met that author!” So you can imagine my excitement at interviewing today’s Coffee Break guest in person. South Dakota native Kale Lawrence is working on the second book of her young adult science-fiction/steampunk fantasy series, Alex in Wunderstrande.

“Any author that’s ever written a series is amazing, and I look up to them because it is such hard work.”

Image of Alex in Wunderstrande BookIn addition to writing a book series, Kale and I talk about interacting with local authors and writing communities, taking the time to ensure your writing looks and feels the way you want, and the hardest (and often most overlooked) step of self-publishing.

“Self-publishing is a beast. I would recommend self-publishing to those who…have the ability to have someone either help them with marketing or are in marketing and understand the process.”

We also discuss the surprises that crop up in a writer’s life. There are always interesting people to meet and life experiences to draw upon. But sometimes the biggest surprise of all emerges from your own spontaneity!

“My strongest writing comes out in those chapters. That why I left some of the things unplanned.”

Be sure to click the links below to learn more about or get in touch with Kale!

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3 thoughts on “Coffee Break 035: Kale Lawrence

  1. I am very interested in Kale’s book! I’ve never really gotten into steampunk style reading, but based on the description, I think I’ll give this one a try. It helped that Kale loves the same books I do, Harry Potter, LOTR, etc. I believe a good reader makes for a good writer. 🙂 She should try the Alchemyst series by Michael Scott. Fun stuff!

    My only qualm is that it’s not available digitally. I put AIW on my wish list, but we’re potentially moving across the country this summer, so I don’t want to buy a hard copy just yet.

    I completely agree with Kale’s assessment on marketing. My first two books were published by an indie publisher, and while they are a fabulous group to work with (they provide the editing and cover art), they largely leave the marketing up to the authors. I’m just not good at that. I’m going to find an agent when I’ve finished my WIP. My last book received good reviews and was even nominated for the RONE award, but I feel that it’s gotten lost in a sea of other books. My life got in the way just after it was released (specifically my youngest son needed neurosurgery) and I couldn’t do the job of marketing it.

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