Saturday, March 2, 2013

Blog Tour & Inteview: The Genesis (K.L. Kerr)

Book Description: The vampires of Dayson city are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind. For fledgling vampire Catrina Malinka, the fabled return of some unknown deity falls low on her list of concerns. Between fending off strangers trying to kill her in her dreams and trying to rein in an uncontrollable power that no one else even understands let alone shares, Catrina is forced to fight her assumed role in the war against Archway, which threatens to send her down a path she doesn’t want to travel. The first book in The Blood of Ages series, “The Genesis” is an urban fantasy about the inescapable nature of Fate and the corruption of power.

The Genesis
Blood of Ages, Book One
K. L. Kerr

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Penrefe Publications

ISBN: 0955984556
ASIN: B00999FXZ0

Number of pages: 314
Word Count: 100,000

Cover Artist: K. L. Kerr

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I always thought vampires were the best thing in any book or movie about them, but I only ever seemed to come across vampires who were (a) the antagonists of the piece, or (b) remorseful about what they were. There didn't seem to be anything that covered vampires just "getting by", those who accepted what they were and whose conflicts came from the humans who hunted them. It's something of a challenge to make something that survives on drinking blood likeable, but I wanted to try!

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Aisen, though I'm not entirely sure why, as he's pretty intimidating. I'd just love to have him around for a dinner party (though preferably not one I'm hosting). I imagine he'd be the type to throw plates at the wall if the meal wasn't to his taste.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
"The Genesis" used to be called something entirely different, and that came before the story was written. It was eventually renamed because the old title didn't really say anything about the overarching theme of the book, so technically a name came first, but it wasn't the right one!

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?  
There's one quite close to the end, where Catrina is in the Infirmary with Maria (don't worry, this isn't a spoiler: Catrina spends a ridiculous amount of time in the Infirmary). I'm proud of it because of the way it shows how the characters have changed through the events so far.

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
You have to just keep going, power on through the first draft, don't start out well then fizzle out by the middle and never get it done. I think I could've had my entire series finished by now, if I'd just sat down and worked on through it instead of being distracted by other things.

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The eyes. On the proof versions, the eyes were natural, human eyes. As a result of feedback received, they were changed to all-black, which is the state they enter when a vampire's senses are heightened in the book's universe. I think the change helped better convey the story's content.

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?
I'm quite a fan of YA author Jackson Pearce, and I'm looking forward to her new release in November called "Cold Spell", which is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen".

8. What was your favorite book in 2012?
I came in quite late to actually reading George R R Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books, and made it as far as book two, A Clash of Kings, in 2012, so that was my favourite read of the year.

9. What’s up next for you?
I've just finished the first draft of The Vampires Son, which is the second book in the Blood of Ages series and a prequel of sorts. After taking a brief break, I'll be working on that again. I hope to release it in September 2013.

10. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Only to throw out my book's site over at, and to also say thank you very much for having me here today.

About the Author:
 Born and raised close to North York Moors, initial setting of American Werewolf in London, one might be excused for thinking K. L. Kerr's interests might lie with those furry beasts. But she has always preferred monsters of the fanged variety, having written the very first draft of her novel, The Genesis, aged sixteen. When not writing, Kerr can be found playing the MMORPG, World of Warcraft, or listening to music from video game soundtracks. She still lives in the North of England, close to The Moors (keeping to the roads, naturally), with two cats who--like all cats--think they're people. 

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