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P.K. Tyler – You are quite a prolific writer and have published a number of novels. For readers who aren’t familiar with you, what 3 of your books would you hope they pick up first and why?
K.N. Lee – Great question. It’s also a very difficult one for me! I’d have to say, Rise of the Flame, Netherworld, and Academia of the Beast. They are all series starters and are different genres.

PKT- You describe yourself as a fantasy and dark poetry writer. Since we’re hosting a science fiction series, we’d like to take this opportunity to dig into the similarities and the differences between the two genres with you. So, let’s start off with an ‘easy’ one. For you, what is the difference between a science fiction and a fantasy novel?
KNL – 
For me, fantasy focuses more on magical elements and a quest of some sort. Science fiction, to me, has more of a technical aspect where things can be explained by science versus through a paranormal or supernatural element.

PKT – Some science fiction is simply an extension of reality, or a plausible future. The same could be said of some fantasy novels. Ursula K. Le Guinn for example, wrote one novel with a race of cat people, but because they are from a different world, that book gets listed as science fiction. You write books with many different species including shifters and wolves, but they’re based on earth. Would you say this means there’s at least a little bit of grey between the two genres?
KNL – 
I do agree. Like Thor said—in the movie—science and magic are one in the same. I do like to put my own spin on magic and supernatural creatures on earth, but I also enjoy creating my own worlds where I make the rules.

PKT – Time for something lighter! Your series The Eura Chronicles, is described as similar to C.S. Lewis or George R. R. Martin. Gorgeous covers by the way! Where did the inspiration for this chronicle come from?
KNL – I started this series when I was eleven years old. My stories all begin with a dream. I don’t know if the TV show X-Men inspired me, but I kept dreaming about a red-haired girl that could manipulate fire. This entire world was presented to me in my dreams, and I just had to write it down. The story grew with me as I grew older, traveled the world, and had more experiences.

PKT – As a writer, what advice do you have for young or aspiring authors, especially women?
KNL – I’d say to never doubt yourself. You’ll never please everyone, but if writing makes you happy and if even just one person enjoys your stories, you should never give up.

PKT – We noticed that you use your initials as your author name. Was there a specific reason you chose to do this, and what advice would you share with new authors about choosing to use their real name, pen name, or a pseudonym?
KNL – I chose to use a pen name to honor my grandmother. She taught me how to read before I even began school, and was the first person to expose me to science fiction. We watched Star Trek every night!
What an awesome grandma!!

PKT – Who were your role models, and what writers do you aspire to?
KNL – Stephen King, Anne Rice, Terry Goodkind, and Tolkien.

PKT – Time for a fun one to end us off! If your series The Eura Chronicles was represented by a color, a car and a type of food, what would they be?
KNL – A very hot chili pepper. Lol.

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Fast Five:

  1. Video games or board games? Video games
  2. Anime or CG? Anime
  3. Take a trip – an ocean cruise, or a trip to the far north? Take a trip to the far north!
  4. Writing or editing? Writing
  5. Rock or Classical music? Classical

 

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About K.N. Lee

kn-lee-picK.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she is not writing twisted tales, fantasy novels, and dark poetry, she does a great deal of traveling and promotes other authors. Wannabe rockstar, foreign language enthusiast, and anime geek, K.N. Lee also enjoys helping others reach their writing and publishing goals. She is a winner of the Elevate Lifestyle Top 30 Under 30 “Future Leaders of Charlotte” award for her success as a writer, business owner, and for community service.

She is signed with Captive Quill Press and Patchwork Press.

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