Guardian of Fate is a fantastic story about epic and age old topics of hell and heaven as told by the narrator, Cassandra Cosgrove. She is a Guardian of Fate, who protects humans from hell’s maninpulators who are feverishly working to devastate lives.
Cassandra was holding together a fairly normal life until she found out that she was in danger of losing her own life. She’s forced to face lies, lust, and love as she travels down a new path in her life.
I couldn’t put it down! It’s a throroughly fun ride, I enjoyed it and I know you will too. Also, the Kindle version: Guardian Of Fate (Fate Series) is only .99!
RS: Tell us a little about yourself…
RS: Your book, “Guardian of Fate” has characters who originate from earthly world and from “heaven and hell”. What is it that draws you to these places?
LJK: The funny thing is, I’m really not a very religious person. I do, however, believe that there is a higher spirit that created this life and that there is a plan for each and every one of us. I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of Guardian Angels. It’s wonderful to think that there is some higher being or beings that watch over us as individuals, has “our backs”, if you will, in times of need. To me, the battle between Heaven and Hell is the Ultimate War, and regardless if you believe in the physicality of these places, the concept has been used throughout time, whether it’s seen as good vs. bad, hot vs. cold, black vs. white, or angel vs. demon. It’s a concept that everyone can relate to, and everyone has their own ideas about. It’s definitely a source for great imagination for me.
RS: Where do you get these creative ideas and how do you keep them fresh?
LJK: When I was growing up, I watched tons of movies with my family. We used to always compete to figure out the endings, especially the murder mysteries. I was constantly running scenarios in my head of how they would turn out. Same with books. I’ve always had a passion for reading, and often found myself coming up with alternate endings, ways to twist and turn the plots, or shock an audience. My daydreaming days are still going strong, thankfully. I also have some great writing friends that are pretty awesome when it comes to brainstorming with me on particular ideas.
LJK: Major booksellers such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble have made it so incredibly easy to publish your own material. Literally it is a click of a button. The hard part is making sure that what you are putting out there is just as good as what traditional publishers would market. What I mean is, be a professional and hire professionals. Think of self-publishing as your own business. Hire editors, cover artists, beta readers, etc who have experience in their fields. Remember, what you put out there is a reflection of what you are as an author. If you spent 9 months writing a novel, like me, you want to make sure that all that hard work comes in a nice pretty package. Don’t let editing errors or back cover design take away from the masterpiece you’ve created. Do your homework, get referrals, and don’t settle for less than you think you deserve. One more thing I think is extremely important, and I recently blogged about this experience, is that it is very easy to get caught up in the numbers game. Being self-published means all of the marketing falls on you and this is a big time-consuming part of selling your book. If you’re like me and you are stretched for time to begin with, balancing yourself between a job, family, and your love of writing, it can get pretty stressful. Don’t ever forget how you got to the point of publishing – your love of writing. If you continue to love being a writer, loving the very act of writing, it will show, and eventually success will find you. I firmly believe this.
RS: What are some ways to handle tough criticism?
LJK: I won’t lie. Criticism is hard to take. I still get that ‘stomach-drop’ feeling initially. It’s so easy to fall into a defensive mode if someone doesn’t like something about you. I just try to remember that everyone is unique and we all like different things. We’ve all read a book or books that just weren’t for us. While one person may love a character’s personality, another will hate it. There’s really no getting away from that. I told a close friend of mine long ago, that if only one person that I didn’t know loved my book, then I would be happy. Thankfully, I’ve already gotten that wish. I do read reviews, it’s hard not to when you are starting out, but I’ve been steering myself away from them lately as I’ve seen a lot of bad results from authors commenting on their reviews. I would never say anything negative about a bad review, as everyone has a right to their opinion, but I can see how it would be tempting to try to explain why you wrote something the way you did. I’d rather just avoid that temptation!