Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blog Tour: Kelvin O'Ralph, LS: The Beginning

Today, I'd like to welcome Kelvin O'Ralph. As part of his blog tour to promote his book, LS: The Beginning, we chatted for an interview.

Mr. O'Ralph is giving away two e-copise of LS: The Beginning to two winners who comment on today's post. He'll list out the names of the winners from each stop of his blog tour on the last day of the tour, June 27th.

1) Tell us a little bit about your novel.

A handshake between strangers has never held so much promise for discovery.

When Stephen Wilson meets Lisa Morgan at his new school in Sloutenville, it is the simple act of extending his hand in greeting that flips both of their worlds upside-down. With the gesture, both discover that in some way they are connected, and that they share the ability to manipulate the elements, fire and water. Though their abilities vary, they share the gift of telepathy allowing them to communicate without words, which creates a bond between them stronger than either had expected.

As the two begin to spend more and more time together, David, Lisa's ex becomes wild with jealousy, and launches multiple attacks on Lisa. In the fight against the dangers that await them around every corner, Stephen and Lisa soon discover that they are up against much greater odds than they had originally known, and that their struggles are far from over

2) What inspired your current novel?

I always wanted to write a fantasy novel, but never got to it. So, after watching the second film of twilight(New Moon), I decided to write a paranormal novel that hasn't been written before.

3) Paranormal romance is a crowded genre right now. What sets your book apart from others?

Not only is LS: The Beginning written a male's perspective, it's creativity and uniqueness is overwhelming. In this book, you'd find a complete different aspect of fantasy than most books.

4) Tell us a little bit about your writing process.
It took a me three months to write the first draft of LS: The Beginning and that was in 2009. Since then, it's take me close to a year to edit and style it. I always give a break between the writing phase and editing phase. This doesn't mean I take a break off writing; it just means I leave that particular manuscript and pick up a new one.

5) You've self-published this book. What made you decide to go down that route?
Like some indie authors, I decided to self-publish because getting a literary agent seemed like a dead end for me. Therefore, I decided to work hard to earn their respect, so they'll be the ones wanting to represent me.

6) If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring author, what would it be?
Other than the normal technicalities of researching about the world of publishing, two important tools an aspiring author needs is to be determined and to have passion for the art. "If you don't love your work, then who will?"

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