September 2015's Featured Novel Lady: Karah Rachelle - author of Ellie Versus
Goodbye August, and hello September!
Every month, I feature one amazing writer on the blog who not only rocks their craft, but inspires me to do the same. Together, we chat about their work and upcoming projects, their best advice for other writers, and so much more!
Today, I am so excited to announce that September's featured novel lady is the amazing Karah Rachelle, a contemporary author whose unique approach to creative fiction has encouraged me to stretch my own understanding of the laws of writing. Her Ellie Versus work is incredible, and I can't wait to see more of her upcoming works-in-progress.
Eager to learn more about Karah? Get to know more about her projects, her love of Lord of the Rings, and why she refuses to write for every reader in our interview below!
Thank you so much for being here today, Karah! Why don't you tell us a little about your writing.
I write mostly about relationships and painfully awkward moments among young people, generally 16 - 30 years old. Overall, I think my genre would be contemporary Young Adult and New Adult. I like to call my current series a “romantic comedy,” though that’s typically a genre reserved for movies.
Tell us more about your fiction. What are you currently working on?
I've not physically published anything, but I've created a website for my work.
I envisioned Ellie Versus as a television show in prose form. The story is about three college friends and their personal coming-of-age stories. There are eight episodes in season one and each episode follows a three-act structure. Every month a new episode is released in weekly installments. The final episode of the season releases this month. Ellie Versus contains music, text messages, images, and more.
As Ellie Versus season one wraps up, I’m looking to change gears and finish a WIP from a few NaNoWriMos ago entitled Over Again. It’s a contemporary NA novel about decisions and regretting those decisions and the magic that can take you back to that very first mistake so you can try it all over again. I’m hoping to publish this novel through Swoon Reads, so look out for it in January and show it some love.
I’m also working on a short story series called East Central where each story is about a different teen from the same high school and how their lives are extremely complex below the surface of what they let adults and their peers see.
How did you start writing? Have you always written or is this a relatively new venture?
I've always created stories, mostly for my Barbies and Star Wars action figures early on, but in the 6th grade I read the Lord of the Rings for the first time and immediately knew I wanted to write, but mostly I wanted to give others the same feeling the Lord of the Rings gave me. I started writing cheap, knock-off fantasy stories and my art grew from there.
Do you have a favorite piece of writing advice to offer She's Novel readers?
I've read so many great books on writing over the years, but the best piece of advice I got was from an article I read on Amanda Palmer last year. I've always worried about people not liking my work or even hating it, but she said in the interview, "I was only put on this earth to connect with the people who were attuned."
Amanda Palmer is certainly divisive, but she knows her audience and that's the most important part. I don't write for everyone. I write for my audience.
And now for the fun stuff! If you could only read one book or book series for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I'm going to go with the Lord of the Rings. It’s so chock full of greatness I'm sure I'd find something new every time I read it.
Lord of the Rings lovers unite! *raises sword* Okay, I'm done now. ;)
Thank you so much for stopping by today, Karah! I had so much fun getting to know you better, and I can't thank you enough for inspiring me to stretch my writerly wings.
Want to connect with Karah? Head on over to her author website to get the latest news about her upcoming projects and monthly Spotify playlists. You can also find Karah on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Wattpad, and Goodreads!