Today we have a good friend and fellow Torontonian as my latest victim! Please welcome A.K. Flynn!
A.K. Flynn, is a bright eyed bushy tailed Child and Youth Worker who loves art, music writing, and creative musings! She enjoys writing and painting, and more recently a Pinterest addict; the most important activities that keeps her hectic life sane.
She is a Canadian born and raised. Everything she writes or paints has a tie to her love and curiosity of the world around her. Miss Flynn also writes many small flash fiction stories on her website, as well as unconventional thoughts and advice of all sorts. Which can be found at: http://perplexingminds.blogspot.com
It’s always too soon to quit. – Norman Vincent Peale
When did you start writing and why?
I started to write when I was very young. I was considered the day dreamer of my class, and I had a fantastic imagination. It wasn’t until grade 6 did I realize my writing potential. I was encouraged by my teacher to enter the young writer’s program in my school for a chance to compete against other wonderfully gifted writers, or back then my ninja competitors! It was since then I continued to write to give my imagination an outlet while giving me the opportunity to escape to a world that is not my own.
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I think being a parent of a very active 9 year old has changed the way I write indefinitely! Children are a great inspiration to hone in on, they look at the world so differently and I often have a character somewhere as a cameo that contains a few of my son’s quotes. As for effecting my writing habits, so far they have not changed as I’m a night owl. For some odd reason my muse likes the stillness and mysticism of the night to be creative.
Who is your favorite author and why?
My favourite author would have to be Dean Koontz. I really enjoy the integration of horror, thriller, elements of supernatural, and satire notations in his work. I think he really thinks outside the box in his work and I haven’t found a book that I haven’t enjoyed.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
To be very honest I’m not sure what I am hoping to accomplish with my writing. I enjoy writing and I just want to share with others a little peek into my mind’s eye, and submerse the individual reading my work in a world that is so far away from their current worries, or everyday humdrum. As for the financial aspects of my book, I’m not looking to make vast amounts of money from my book(s). Writing is more of a hobby, but making a few dollars here and there doesn’t hurt.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I think Traditional publishing is great for the aspects of promotion, and getting your book out there in the world. It provides stability, an image of trust, and quality. Self publishing gives the author complete control, but the promoting can be quite tedious, and many consumers are afraid of the quality. I personally went with self publishing because it was simpler, and this way friends and family had a way to get the book in print or electronically. It made it easier for them to have access to it. I’m sure if I ever decide to go beyond friends, family, and co-workers, I would try to go traditional just for the fact of the promoting.
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing
Publishing is quite a feat in itself. With it comes mixed emotions of joy and anxiety. I know that when I ventured out into the self publishing world it was very difficult to navigate. I used CreateSpace’s platform to accomplish this. Sure it may seem easy to make a cover page, upload your book and then BAM you are an instant Author. Well to be honest it’s not so easy at all.
You have critics, ones that are going to give you great feedback or critical, and then you get unsolicited feedback that really doesn’t help you improve your work. Then the promoting on various other platforms such as Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Essentially your book becomes less and less of the main focus. You might be thinking I’m nuts when I say this, because it’s all about the book!
However, the book gets put on the backburner while you push promotions and keep up with blogs, vlogs, and other authors just to get a name for yourself. Sadly I am familiar with this approach in publishing, and I had to reel it back in to make it about the book I have written. I’m not famous; heck I’m not even on the map in the author universe, but I am a little star that glints from far away and my work is there for all to see. I just leave it to those who want to read it and pass it on by word of mouth, and this is my small journey in the publishing world.
Tell us about your book (s)
My novel “Lucid Dreams” is a 2009 NaNoWriMo creation, but I’ve always had the idea in the back of my mind to write a book, just never was focused to write something so lengthy. I tend to stick to short stories or articles. I am however, very satisfied with the growth of this little gem, as it wrote itself so beautifully with quirks and all.
Lucid Dreams really plays mind games throughout the novel, and you are never sure exactly where you are, or if it is a dream, or reality. My main character has insomnia, and she often does not know if what she is experiencing is real or if she’s going crazy. I played on the idea of String Theory, alternate universes, and even how apparitions find ways to appear (created this before the movie inception). This novel will throw you through loops, and always will keep you guessing what will happen next.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
I think the biggest inspiration for this particular book for me is my curiosity for the unexplainable. I know growing up I had a few lucid dreams and some people have experienced something like this when they fall asleep, and they feel like they are falling off the bed. The human mind is a very curious organ, and then throw in new age elements that I love to study. I am greatly influenced by curiosities and impossibilities, and that is where I derive my inspiration.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
The main character is very relatable to most people, especially to those who have problems with insomnia, which technically all writers have. She is not over the top, and very down to earth. I loved being in her shoes as she is so naïve and curious, often times I felt like I was exploring with her.
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
I must say that this book does have a soundtrack, and it comprised of Owl City, MGMT, John Mayer, Maroon 5, and Life House.