(Soul Keeper Series #1)
Publication date: August 28th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Things I Just Had to Know from Deceived author L. A. Starkey
- Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)
My mom is a pastor, my dad a salesman, my little brother a pain in my butt. I’m now 37, so he’s 28 and not so little (6’5’’). I have a hubby that makes me feel blessed every day and has been my friend since we were kids together. My three kiddos rock if I do say so myself. My oldest, Katelyn is 16, my middle, Allison is 15 and my baby (not a baby anymore), Clayton is 9. We live just north of Houston, Texas in Spring and love our lives. We’re a close family and spend many hours a week together around the table or on the couch laughing at the loads of humor we’re blessed to have. (Hey Houston! Me too!)
- Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
Deceived: modern-day love story about having 2 soulmates.
- Do you believe in soul mates?
I should answer this one yes because my hubby is definitely mine, but I don’t. I used Greek Myth to make this one a reality for the fun of it. I think there are plenty of people that would match up with me or you if given the chance, who would complement the other side of our personality and love us in ways that would make our head’s spin, but one person and only one person? Nooooo… there are many, we just need to find them and sift through until the right one catches our attention.
- Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
My newest release is actually Destroyed, Soul Keeper II, so I’ll take you through that one. I knew a YA novel needs to be a certain word count, let’s say 85,000-100,000 words. Being a mathematician myself, I quickly figured out how many words per chapter most books for that group had and calculated my typing abilities. I drew up a high level plot arch to think about where I wanted the story to pick up from the first book and where I wanted it to end.
I put goals together for myself to write so much a night and got busy letting my characters take the wheel. I would make plot lines below where I was writing to keep myself on a track for what was coming next and then after that as well. I don’t plot out my books from the start, but do a little bit after each chapter just to help me through the next chapter or next section. Before I knew it, the book was done and I honestly love the plot pieces and new characters that were introduced. They always say that as the author you should be surprised or shocked where you book takes you from time to time and I am almost continuously.
- What made you decide to write this book?
I knew I wanted to write a YA namely because I read so much YA myself. Not knowing where to start I turned to paranormal because it’s my favorite and Greek Myth because I just love the richness of their stories. I sat down one day (4 years ago) and poked around with various stories in Greek Myth, landing on the one of Zeus and Prometheus. I spun it out of control and created my own reality and then decided I needed to push the story to modern-day and make it with teenagers. So… I took that story and created drama, a prophecy and make it to where Zeus’s grandsons would suffer for his fighting with Prometheus. From there the story just followed and I was shocked where it went and where it didn’t go. So fun!
- What makes people want to believe in soul mates so badly?
Hope. Soul mates are all about us giving credence to hope that we will find that one person because they exist. If they didn’t exist then you and I would be put in the driver’s seat to find someone who felt like a soul mate. Isn’t it easier to think that it’s fate’s job to line us up than take on the ideal that there are lots of great people that might match up to our souls and make us blessed to be around them every day. The hardship in that is having to weed through those that aren’t too great and wondering if we’ll ever find them. Knowing we have a soul mate keeps hope alive. I’m saying there are loads of people that could be what you might consider a soul mate. Hope for what’s to come because without a doubt… it’s going to happen. 🙂
- How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I actually sent it to 200 agents back in 2010 when I originally wrote the first one and got 200 rejections, maybe 201. It’s hard to write a letter with one paragraph detailing out the details of why someone should pick up your book when you spend 100,000 words writing it. Too much to squeeze into that. I actually self-published it in August this year and happened to run into an author at a festival I was at in October that fell in love with my cover and personality. She introduced me to her publisher and they picked up my Soul Keeper Series in late December 2014. The books are currently being republished as we speak! I’m blessed and they picked up my Middle Grade series as well as my New Adult Series under my pen name Kate Thomas. (That is such an awesome I got published story!)
- What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
I’m almost sad to say that I’ve been so crazy busy with my goals to start a few businesses and write a billion books that the only book I’ve read lately is about self-publishing better, but if you are going to self-publish or have already done it – Write, Publish, Repeat. AWESOME book with so many great points on how to do what some of us are trying to do, but do it better!
- Any tips for new writers?
Oh yeah! I love to encourage people. I’m a dreaming optimist like you wouldn’t believe. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Write without worrying about grammar or how this sounded or didn’t sound. Don’t concern yourself with those silly commas or whether Jimmy, your main character has blue hair that accidently changes to brown later. You’re concern with that first draft is to convert the logical part of you into a artist with a dramatic flair. Just write and write and write and let the characters take you somewhere you can’t imagine possible. Everyone has a novel or 10,000 novels in them. Don’t let anyone tell you different and just like running gets easier the more you do it, writing does too. Don’t give up and take every second you can to immortalize your thoughts on paper, forever giving credence to where you’ve been, where you are, and where you can only dream of going. (This is some of the best advise I have been given regarding tips for new writers. <3)
- Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest! (and tell us which one!)
Yes! Divergent. I just couldn’t get into the book as much as I did the movie. The characters chosen for the movie just blew me away. Great story, great acting and good Lord Four was beyond beautiful. (OMG! I hated that movie! LOL!)
- Are there any popular books you know you would never read (i.e. 50 shades of grey, tell us which one)?
Nope. I actually wouldn’t choose to read 50 shades of grey simply because I’m the kind of girl that would rip that whip from Christian and pop him in the chest with it – showing him who’s boss. However, I don’t censor myself too much though I stick to the things I love most – good love story, great adventure and paranormal elements all the way.
- What are you working on now?
I actually have a busy year planned this year. We’re looking at republishing my Soul Keeper Series under my new publisher, putting out 3 MG novels, 3 more YA novels and 7 New Adult novels under Kate Thomas in 2015. So right now at this moment I am working hard on the republish with BookTrope and writing Descent, Soul Keeper Series III like a crazy person.
- What are 5 items you never leave home without?
My iPhone (how did I ever live before this?), my purse, a hair clip (my hair is dumb amounts of curly), my notepad (characters appear everywhere, especially at the mall), and my keys (cause how else can I start the car?).
- Anything else you would like to add?
Yep! Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today. I know you guys could host a million different people, but I’m grateful that you choose me. I love writing and I do it for my readers, so hopefully anyone and everyone that reads the book will enjoy it as much as I have. (Thank you for being a part of my teeny tiny blog!)
AUTHOR BIO:Laurie Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jacob and three beautiful kiddos.
She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.Author links:
What a busy year L. A. Starkey has ahead! I’m so happy she spent a little bit of it visiting us here! ❤