Today I’m delighted to welcome M. Kircher to Me, My Books and I:
M. KIRCHER graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Gordon College. She devours YA, science fiction, fantasy, and romance on a regular basis and is immensely happy to pour her time and energy into creating stories for other people to enjoy. Bob Ross and J.R.R. Tolkien tie for her two favorite people of all time.
M. Kircher lives in Connecticut with her husband, energetic son, and new baby girl.
To find out more:
Where did the idea for The War Inside come from?
I’m a total YA dystopian nut, but I hadn’t read any dystopian plots that centered around putting the Earth back together, rather than how everything falls apart. I looked at society’s present day use of technology and imagined how it could shape our future. A sunless, canopy-covered Earth and a human race that’s incapable of love and connection emerged from that line of thinking. But then I wanted to figure out how all of this could be redeemed. Could each and every person discover the power within themselves to put things right?
Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Thea, for sure. She’s the epitome of both extremes in my personality. She’s this kick-ass girl who can really fight and take care of herself, but she also has a deep longing to be loved and to take care of others. I really like that Thea never loses her strength, even as she discovers the more emotional side of her personality. I think girls can be emotional beings and but also kick butt at the same time!
Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?
I actually designed the cover myself. My background is in fine arts and graphic design, so I had specific ideas about what I wanted, such as conveying the paranormal elements in a way that was intriguing. The background is gray, to parallel the dark, dystopic world that Thea, Caden, Viv, Rain and Naomi live in. I tried to draw the eye to the bright, green leaf; the only color on the entire cover besides white and shades of gray. The green is meant portray the idea of life—life for the planet and also life for the soul. The scrollwork underneath the title was added later in the design process to tie in the light swirls that show up on the main character’s skin as they discover and develop their ability.
If you had to write it all over again, would you change anything?
The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because this was my first novel, so there are plenty of things I’m still learning about writing. And no, because I’m content with how it turned out as a whole!
What makes The War Inside stand out from the crowd?
I think the idea of an Earth without a sun is not done too much in literature. But I also like to think what makes it really stand out from the immense crowd of dystopia is how the focus is on redemption—the story centers around mankind getting a second chance. Like “hopeful dystopian”.
Why did you choose to write in your particular genre?
I inhale science fiction, fantasy, and all of their subgenres, so it made sense that when I would go to write a book it would be sci-fi/paranormal. And I love YA. Love, love, love it. I don’t see myself making too much of a detour out of these specific niches as a writer.
What are you working on now?
A bunch of stuff! Which is super exciting and keeps my creative juices flowing. The Gray Horizon, book number two in this series will be coming out mid-to-late summer of 2014. I also have a YA sci-fi/fantasy romance novel called Dream On, being released in April/May of this year by Astraea Press. I’m working on a short story for a charity anthology, an anti-superhero novel, and am in the outlining stages of an alien novel about miracles (weird right?!). I’m loving every second of it!
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
I should say my family, but I have two little gremlins under the age of two, so they’re kinda driving me nuts right now! (I love you my littles!) So my real answer is nature. Being outside on a run or walking through the woods is my idea of Zen. The sunshine flickering down on my shoulders in between waving tree branches. The soft rustle of the leaves. I don’t think I could live without being able to go outside.
Paperback or eBook?
Paperback for the feel and smell, eBook for the convenience. I have a love/hate relationship with my Kindle
Hot or cold?
The Polar Vortex notwithstanding, I’m a crisp fall day or first snow kind of gal.
Sweet or savory?
Sweet. I eat dessert twice a day and it must contain some kind of chocolate.
Laptop, Desktop, or Tablet?
Laptop for writing and desktop for artwork. But always Mac!
Listener or Talker?
Listener. I know when to shut up and let someone else do the gabbing. You learn a lot that way. And the added bonus is that when you do finally say something, everyone automatically thinks you’re like, so wise.
Any last words for your readers?
A big, giant thanks! I’ve gotten so much support from the reading/blogging community as I’ve embarked on this whole author thing. It really means a lot to me! I’m a fellow bookworm nut-job, so I know how passionate ya’ll are about the books you read and love. Thanks for giving me a shot!
Thank you so much for being here today, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about your cover design!
Now check out the book:
“The end of the world is only just the beginning. So eighteen-year-old Thea discovers when her solitary life on a dying Earth is shattered by a mysterious dream, a devastating choice, and a strange gift that propels her on a journey towards the restoration of all mankind.
Thea is bitter and alone; eking out her miserable life on the sunless, cloud-covered Earth she inhabits. A terrifying dream convinces her to save the life of an injured girl, and despite her misgivings, Thea decides to rescue sixteen-year-old Viviana. She soon learns that gentle Viv has a life-threatening infection, as well as a freakish patch of glowing skin over her heart. When this light spreads to Thea, causing her palms to glow, she is forced to trust Caden, an arrogant, lazy, and annoyingly handsome boy she despises. Caden has a map to the last city on Earth, and the only place that might have a cure for both Viv’s infection and the strange light on Thea’s hands. As the trio embark on a journey through the barren wilderness, Thea and Caden discover, and try to fight, their mounting attraction to each other. Along the way they are joined by Rain, Naomi, and Enoch who explain that the light is not a curse, but a powerful gift meant to heal the polluted Earth and reconnect the remnants of humanity. When the group learns that Viv is the key to this planet-wide redemption, and that there are deadly shadows who will do anything to keep humans in the darkness forever, they each must make the difficult decision to help Viv fulfill her destiny…and save the world.”