Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Author Interview: Kristy Centeno







Today, I am happy to say that we have Kristy Centeno, author of the Keeper of the Lost Souls, here to answer a few questions. 

About the Book







Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls
Author: Kristy Centeno
Pages: 380
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Rating: 5 Cows







Goodreads Description:

 
Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts...

Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.

As her 18th birthday approaches it's time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches...

A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate's them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!

 



Why did you decide to write about witches?  

Well, to be honest, I was, at some point, caught up with all the vampire craze going on a few years back and, after venturing into that world for a bit, I quickly realized I didn’t want my work to be solely based on vampires alone. As much as I do love writing about vampires, it’s always been my dream to go outside my comfort zone and that’s when I started to think about the possibilities of what I could do if I expanded my mind.
It didn’t take long for me to come up with the whole Keeper Witches concept. Witches, each from a different Keeper branch, all of which possess different abilities? The idea appealed greatly to me so I gave it a go. I did some research on witches, both via local library and online just to get an idea of what kind of abilities witches were said to have. I added my own twists to their abilities of course.

I read your author description at the end of the first book in this series, and you mentioned you had 4 children.  How do you find time for your writing?  

Actually, I have since added a new addition to the family, born in the beginning of this year.
I have to admit, running a household, taking care of five little ones, and finding time to do a little writing isn’t easy. Most of the time, I don’t have time to write until after the kiddies are tucked in bed for the night. Like most moms, I’m super busy during the day so writing is not something I do full time.
Maybe one day in the near future I will actually have a few more hours during the day to write, but as of right now I have other responsibilities to take care of first.

What does your writing process look like?  Do you force yourself to sit down each day and write a certain amount, or do you only write when an idea comes to you?  (Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?)

I take advantage of any and every free time I have to sit down and write, even if it’s only a couple of pages at a time. I balance my schedule pretty well, but life happens and sometimes I just can’t so I try to take each day at a time. Normally, I set myself with a goal to get at least a couple thousand words in. If everything goes well I surpass my goal and get maybe a couple more words in than my original goal. However, with five little ones you never know what can pop up.
Currently, I am not participating in NaNoWriMo.

Why did you choose to make “Keeper of the Innocents” a standalone in the series?  And will we be hearing more about Bryn and Johnny from the first book in the series?  

Originally, the first book in the series, Keeper of the Lost Souls, was not intended to be a standalone. It was supposed to be a continuing series with Johnny and Bryn, but after somediscussion with my publisher over where the Keeper Witches series was headed, we decided it would be best to have a standalone series with the possibilities of bringing back the main characters in future installments.
I do plan to bring Bryn and Johnny back in a future book, as well as Demi and Rhyzel. It has always been my intention to continue to tell their story and I think it will be interesting for the readers to see them as a couple.

Are there any books that inspired your writing, or inspired you to become an author in the first place?  

Every book I have ever read has had a hand in inspiring me to write. There are so many amazing books out there and little by little, as I read each and every one on my TBR list, my passion for books and writing only increased.

Film adaptations: How do you feel about them?  If you were approached about one for this series, would you consider it?

I’m divided when it comes to film adaptations. On one hand, if well done, the actual film can be entertaining and can capture the depth of the characters and even the story. It may convey a message the way the original author intended to be carried. It may be a stunning visual of a word created world.
One example for me is, Interview with the Vampire. Although the movie wasn’t entirely as descriptive as the book –none of the movies are anyway– in my opinion, I thought the actors did a pretty good job at characterizing both Louis and Lestat to a point where I could refer back to the book and see the similarities.
However, I’m a firm believer that the books are always better than the movies because there’s so much more descriptive detail, whether when it comes to describing emotions or portraying a specific scene, that is often overlooked or simply not even considered during the adaptation process.
If I were to be approached about a film for one of my series I would definitely consider it if they don’t take away from the story or the characters too much. I’m pretty flexible and would be willing to consider changes, but not to the point where I don’t even recognize my own work.

This or that:
Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Early Bird or Night Owl: Night Owl
Harry Potter or Twilight: Twilight
Vampires or Werewolves: Werewolves
Zombies or Unicorns: Zombies
Twitter or Facebook: Facebook
MAC or PC: MAC
Ebook or print: Print


About the Author


Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance. 

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind. 


She is currently working on finishing off the Keeper Witches series among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.


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