IndieView with Katharine E. Wibell, author of Issaura’s Claws

About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Do you listen to music while you write? My target readers are older teenagers and adults who enjoy battle-heavy fantasy books ranging from The Hunger Games to A Song of Ice and Fire. After completion of the first draft, I realized that Issaura’s Claws was just one installment in a series. I typically wait until my first draft is completed so I can work through the entirety in a fluid fashion. Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if her people were ever at the point of destruction. Right before I headed to college, Issaura’s Claws began to manifest itself. I appreciate how this author is able to encompass so many events and characters and is not afraid to kill off a seemingly valuable character. This is the same for my mythology-based fantasy. I was born in Texas, grew up in Georgia, and live in New Orleans, LA. Take the time to learn about all your options. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Though none of my characters are based on real people, I do pull in personal experiences to interweave amongst them. Issaura’s Claws is the first of a four-book series entitled the Incarn Saga. Spelling is not my strong suit, so I did hire a professional editor. The rest of the story revealed itself to me as soon as I began typing. Since I split my work between art and writing, mornings are typically dedicated to writing new material with a few afternoons spent on editing and marketing. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I did mainly to fully understand this process better.   Spelling and grammar checking programs are helpful, but often miss the mark. Through her eyes, you see how dire the situation really is and experience the many adventures she endures. In this series, the Theriomorphs were a lot of fun to write about as some of the physical characteristics and personality traits of the animals they can change into are replicated in their human form. What are you working on now? I loved this first series and felt that regardless of the means, this story deserved to be told. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher?   So, conception to publication took about ten years. Although building and fleshing out the backstory is essential, I can get bored. End of Interview:
For more from   Katharine, visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or like her Facebook page. The protagonist, Lluava, is a seventeen-year-old Theriomorph who is drafted into the army. Do you have a target reader? When did you start writing the book? How long did it take you to write it? This young adult war fantasy takes place in the fictional kingdom of Elysia where there are two races of beings: the ruling humans and the Theriomorphs who can transform into an animal at will. What came easily? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? The mythology of the Theriomorphs (the shapeshifters) also seemed to come easily to me when writing. When the first draft is completed, three to four rounds of self-editing follow before the manuscript is sent to my professional editor. Although the book was on hold for a four-year hiatus, post-graduation I returned to write it in its entirety. Currently, I am working on publishing Ullr’s Fangs, book two of the Incarn Saga. I had a clear vision for my first series of books and their covers. What would you like readers to know about you? Wibell – 11 February 2018
The Back Flap
“According to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared among men. As a professional artist, I wanted the main focal point to be images that I painted. If so can you please describe it? Yet, as I began to write, others that I had not expected, breathed life into themselves and took the book down some strange and unexpected paths. Though the two races distrust each other, they must unite when invaders from across the ocean, known as Raiders, attack the Elysians. We all know how important it is for writers to read. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? From there, I worked with a graphic designer to create the actual cover. Where did you get the idea from? You could call me a southern girl. As I mentioned above, I write out a simple outline of the books and then a short description for each chapter before I tackle it. Did you hire a professional editor? This was a great honor but one that separated this race from other humans. Get your copy of   Issaura’s Claws from Amazon US or Amazon UK. “Now a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction. I love trying new things! Martin. Strange but true! This again speaks to the learning curve for self-publishing. The details make fantasy seem real and believable. I have always had an eclectic range of interests from competitive archery and wildlife rehabilitation to dog training and step dance competitions. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Surprisingly, the plot was based on a dream. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? If I don’t force myself to push through, I can stall for long periods of time until I return to a high-action scene. I already knew some Indie fantasy authors so “going Indie” was an easy decision though it came with a huge learning curve. This story was loosely inspired by a dream which involved a military camp; the recruits being trained were animals that could speak: I was a white tiger. My process may be different than the majority of other authors. Many myths and legends derive from these old stories. I must admit that lots of coffee and a square of chocolate always help start my writing off right. Katharine E. I came up with the concept for this book in 2007. I know my imaginary childhood adventures helped further my ability to become a fantasy writer. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? For that, I need complete silence. I love action scenes especially when there are multiple occurrences happening at once. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Strange but true! The process can be frustrating, but the more prepared you are, the easier it will be. As I am drafting the first book of my second series, one of my favorite groups to listen to is Epic North. I am fortunate to use the same editor for my second book – and hopefully the other two as well – which means there is both familiarity and continuity with both the storyline and my writing style. Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.”
About the book
What is the book about? Make connections with other Indie authors and see what information they are willing to share. I am continually discovering new and better ways to market by reading, watching, and talking to those who are far more knowledgeable than me in these areas. I was able to conceive the entire plotlines of my first two series almost instantaneously with very little change during actual writing. Moreover, my experience with animals greatly influenced my first book series, the Incarn Saga. Also, as the last two books in that series are already written, I am actively writing the first book of my second series. You have probably heard this before, but write what you know. I know marketing is my weakest link, but I hope that will not be the case much longer. As for their development, initially, the characters seemed to present themselves to me at once. I am also an artist and specialize in reverse-glass paintings with a New Orleans theme. More recently, I read A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Most of my childhood was spent in the country where I was blessed with opportunities to work with a wide range of animals as well as encouraged to play “make-believe” with my sister and friends. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. About You
Where did you grow up? I enjoy making playlists that are relevant to my current works but I only listen to them to get in the mood of writing and not while I am actually working. Do you outline? The answer to this is a bit strange. Imagine their music as a movie theme! My favorite genre is ancient epics including but not limited to the Odyssey, Ramayana and all of the Nordic Sagas. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? However, my subsequent books take 9 months on average to write and about another year to edit and publish. I drew upon my own knowledge as well as personal experiences for some of the minor details. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? My dog, Alli, appears in many of these artworks either making gumbo or trying on Mardi Gras masks. This story was loosely inspired by a dream which involved a military camp; the recruits being trained were animals that could speak: I was a white tiger. I develop a simple outline of the books and then a short description for each chapter.