It gives me great pleasure to have author K. Latham stop by today to chat about her newest book, Immortal Warriors. I was lucky enough to meet K. over a year ago and her support of a newbie writer was awesome. Please join me in welcoming her into the spotlight as we chat with K. and find out some things about her latest book!
About K. Latham
K. Latham lives quietly in a small East Texas town with her Love, her kids and numerous pets. She is hard at work on her next novel and enjoys taking pictures of various random bits of scenery.
Read on for more about K!
About Immortal Warriors
Ivy Mason has been training all year, preparing to one day face her father, Levi…again. With the arrival of a night child in Kilgore and a request from the United States government, that day of reckoning is here. Now, she and the Immortal Warriors must team up with the military’s elite Delta Force to take out Levi and his night children.
Unlikely allies will emerge…
secrets will be uncovered…
and sacrifices will be made.
The Immortal Warriors lives will never be the same.
Now let’s shine the spotlight on K. Latham!
Maer: K, I was lucky enough to read Immortal Warriors even before it was released, so I appreciate your stopping by to tell us about it. Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
K: Immortal Warriors is the sequel to Immortal Beginnings. Basically, the characters weren’t done with their story and wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote it.
Maer: Could you please give us a one line synopsis for your book?
K: Ivy Mason and the Immortal Warriors must join forces with the Military’s Elite to hunt down her father, Levi, and stop him from building an army of bloodthirsty vampires.
Maer: We know this is the sequel to Immortal Beginnings. Can we expect more in this series?
K: Immortal Warriors is the sequel to my debut book Immortal Beginnings. I still haven’t decided if there will be a third book in this series. I guess it depends on reader demand and if the characters start bugging me to write them again.
Maer: Which character other than Ivy is one of your favorites to write and why?
K: I love writing Vitus’s point of view and dialogue because on the surface he is stoic and strong but deep down he has a vulnerability about him that makes the reader connect with him and he has a sarcastic sense of humor. Which as most writers know, writing the sarcastic character is always fun. Vitus is so multi layered that if I hadn’t chosen to make this book a multiple point of view book the readers wouldn’t have a good sense of who he is and what he is all about. His values and beliefs are what make him a born leader and someone the Liber Cruor can follow without question.
Maer: If you had to pick a color to describe Ivy what would that be and why?
K: Red, it is Ivy’s favorite color, and because to me, red symbolizes courage and life.
Maer: Let’s turn to your own reading. Who are your favorite authors to read?
K: I really enjoy L. J. Smith’s early works and Cassandra Clare as well as Stephanie Meyer. I feel like they capture the teen voice really well, the complexity of being a teenager on the verge of adulthood and making tough choices even if they seem wrong sometimes.
Maer: Can you share a bit about your current project?
K: Right now I am working on revisions for a YA paranormal called Spirits of the Island, that should be out this summer. It’s about a girl who gets moved to Guam with her mother and younger brother just before her senior year in high school. She finds out that the island and the boy she is crushing on both have secrets that come to light when her younger brother goes missing on a hike through the jungle.
Maer: So, tell us, K, what do you do when you’re not writing?
K: Aside from wrangling my three kiddos and chauffeuring them around I have a day job. I really don’t have much time for anything else. Unless you count playing on the internet…I do quite a bit of that.
Maer: I always find it interesting to find out why authors write in the genres they do. What influenced you to write YA? Do you write in others?
K: Honestly, I just wanted to write something my teenaged daughter would enjoy reading. But I found out that, I love being able to write in a Young Adult market because it is so fun and full of possibilities. Teens are on the verge of beginning their lives and to me it is the moment in their lives where learning about self-strength and what they are capable of becoming is so important.
Maer: What music, if any, do you like to listen to while writing?
K: The battle scene in Immortal Warriors was such an emotional scene to write I found that I had to dig into my reserve of angry metal music to really feel the characters come to life. No particular band or song just music that made my blood pump. For the rest of the book I listened to a lot of Keyton. They’re an indie band out of Alabama that my cousin introduced me to. The lead singer was kind enough to actually let me use two of their songs for the Trailers of both Immortal Warriors and Immortal Beginnings.
Maer: Wow, that’s exciting getting to sue the music. K, thanks so much for chatting with us today. Do you have anything you’d like to add?
K: Interesting fact about my books, I not only designed the covers, but shot the photos as well. If you haven’t read Immortal Beginnings you should do so, before you read Immortal Warriors. Not that the second book doesn’t stand on its own, but reading them out of order gives away a lot of the plot twists from the first book.
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