Chameleon Releases Today!
“Wow! A fast-paced, science fiction delight with fabulous action, a seamless world, and the most unique characters I’ve read in a long time.” Elana Johnson, Author of the Possession Series.
An Interview with K.T. Hanna
What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?
I found reading books, and reading the work of others to be the most helpful thing ever. In reading for critique, I find I’ve learned the most. It makes me examine the words and set it apart from a reading dislike to “there’s something not clicking with that prose”. Seeing faults in other’s writing helps me pinpoint them in my own, and I feel it makes me far stronger for it.
Least useful? Critique partners who aren’t flexible. By this I mean: They have their view of the way things work – like how the (not your) writing process works, how querying works, how everything has to be a specific way. While this works for them, it’s not good for others, and if you listen to it and believe it without finding your own way first, it can be very destructive.
Every writer has scenes that get cut in the process of editing. Are there any of these you wish you could have kept?
Actually, I had cut one, and reinserted it this time around. There was just such an emotional punch in it that is a vital part of Sai’s character, I just felt it needed to be there. Other than that, there are probably about 3 or 4 scenes that were cut and are better covered in other ways in the book. So no, I don’t miss any of them.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play Sai? Dom? Bastian?
I’m very odd when it comes to this question. I neither contemplate this, nor do I want to. I have this vision of my characters in my head (of which Sai and Bastian on the cover are better than I dreamed), and I don’t see anyone out there who IS them. Probably because, in my head, my characters are alive to me. And therefore there is no one who can be them, because they are them.
How do you attack editing? Is it harder to edit your own work or someone else’s?
It’s much more difficult for me to edit my own work than someone else’s. I need to take a few weeks at least between writing/editing and editing/another editing pass. Basically – if I have distance, then this gives me perspective. It’s what makes it much easier for me to edit someone else’s work. I can step back and look and ask myself why this isn’t working, why this passage pulled me out of the narrative etc. And then I can make suggestions to fix it.
I can’t do that with my own work, because the narrative is in my head. I love editing, but I think I love editing other people’s work more.
How has interning for an agent impacted your writing?
Actually – it’s been fantastic. It’s enabled me to look at my writing and that of other people in a whole new light. It’s also helped me be more ruthless when I do edit. And it gives a bit of insight into how the market functions, and how to recognize something that might be a hit.
Sadly, it also makes me realize that I’ll probably never hit one of those market highs with anything I write, lol.
Day or night?
Cats or Dogs?
Both. Cats are easier though. Can I say Corgis?
When Sai’s newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die.
Surviving means proving her continued existence isn’t a mistake–a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid.
After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers nothing is what it seems. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.
If you’d like a signed physical copy, Watermark Books has them in stock.
We’re having a blog hop, and an e-card & mega swag Rafflecopter giveaway!
The blog hop stops are noted below. Each day has a different theme and you can find out about the process, the idea, and the evolution of Chameleon, and even a bit about K.T. by visiting each blog, when their posts go live.
I’m giving away e-cards of your choice from B&N, iTunes, & Amazon – one to the value of $25, and three to the value of $10! Each prize includes a swag pack of a magnet, sticker, bookmark, postcard, and mousepad!
Just follow the options listed on the giveaway and you’ll be entered!
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About the Author
KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.
When she’s not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, and cat. No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.
Note: Still searching for her Tardis