Monday, November 1, 2010

Author Interview and Giveaway - Kacy Barnett - Gramckow

Hey there readers! I am so excited to be putting up my first author interview on Reviews by Jane! Today I am interviewing Kacy Barnett-Gramckow - author of The Heaven's Before, He Who Lifts The Skies, and
A Crown In The Stars.

First off, would you mind telling us a bit about yourself and something

about you that might surprise your readers?

I’m a very ordinary person, really. I write freelance—from contract to
contract—and my day-job is clerking and arranging flowers in a florist
shop, which is not as easy as it seems. I write to relax. My husband is an
editor and we both love books, so he understands and encourages my writing
Surprising things about me? Hmm. Okay, I’ve been dropped 1,000 feet below
the earth’s surface in a metal cage twice—and loved it—researching mines.
I’ve also been caught in a volcano-induced mudstorm, threatened at
gunpoint, and once had a knife held to my throat while quietly minding my
own business. These unexpected adventures will undoubtedly end up in my
books, though they’re rarely fun while I’m living them.

Haha I've tried arranging flowers like you cool people at the florist shop do...let's say that it didn't turn out to well for the poor flowers. :-P
Volcano-induced mudstorm?
Held at gun-point?
Knife to your throat?!
You have quite the adventurous life, Kacy! Wow! But they're cool stories to tell your kids and grandkids I suppose. :-)
But anyway, back to the interview. What inspired you to write your books, The Heavens Before, He Who Lifts The Skies, and A Crown In The Stars?

My sister-in-law, Kathi Macias, is an editor and writer. I saw a manuscript she was working on, years ago, and foolishly thought, “I can do this!” That was the beginning of my writing journey, which led to The Genesis Trilogy.

I thought it was SO cool when I learned that Kathi Macias was a relative of yours! That's the best way to be inspired - by another writer that you know! (I think it must say something about the author who inspired you too!) That's how I was inspired, also, but I'm still working on my story. :-)
What prompted you to write in the Biblical time of Noah for The Heavens Before and then The Tower of Babel for He Who Lifts The Skies and A Crown In The Stars?

The Heavens Before (Genesis Trilogy)My husband and I were researching the Creationism/Evolution debate with our sons and The Heavens Before was prompted by my fascination with the Genesis Flood. What was it like to survive such a cataclysm? To be one of only eight survivors left on earth?

He Who Lifts the Skies (Genesis Trilogy)He Who Lifts the Skies took shape during my research for The Heavens Before. I was intrigued by the possible origin of goddess worship, and Nimrod—the first king to rule after the Great Flood.

A Crown in the Stars naturally emerged from He Who Lifts the Skies. To my knowledge, the Tower of Babel had never been presented in novel form, and I welcomed the challenge!

A Crown in the Stars (Genesis Trilogy)
Hmm that's cool! I too was intrigued by your writings; it was great to learn more about those times!
How has your faith influenced your writings?

Everything I write ultimately reveals my faith. All authors sit down at the computer with their own beliefs, their own unique experiences, and their individual take on the novelist’s most important question, “What if…?”

My Lord is very real, very personal, ALIVE, and I love to share His Word through fiction!

Yes I love how alive and personal our LORD is! :-) I loved how you incorporated your beliefs into the story also!
Did you base any of your characters on people you really know?

No. However, I’ve always enjoyed watching people, and studying how events shape humans—and how humans interact with each other at various life-stages. I love watching characters come to life in my work, with attitudes and unique quirks that draw readers into their world.

Yes you did a very good job at drawing us in; and that's one of the reasons! Your characters and their personalities were so realistic!
Who was your favorite character to write? Which do you think you are most like?

You’re asking a mom to pick her fave kid? It can’t be done! Nope. Not going there—they’ll come after me.

Who am I the most like? I’m not sure, though I related very strongly to Keren in He Who Lifts the Skies. Tyrants bring out the rebel in me.

Haha I think I most related to Keren too! I love rebelling(when it's safe to at least. :-p)
When you started writing, where did you begin? With an outline? Or did you just jump into it and let the story form as you wrote?

Usually, I write a rough synopsis—a brief summary of the story. I also research my timeline and setting, then I dive in and write the story. As characters emerge on the page, I allow them a bit of free rein to see what they’ll do—but the rein is still there. Authors have to be careful: characters are known to plot rebellions and overthrow timelines.

YES! I know how that is! Characters, though from our imagination, do seem to have a mind of their own sometimes! :-)
Which book was your favorite to write? Which one required the most research? And which took the longest time to write?

My current work-in-progress! LOL! Of the Trilogy, it would have to be The Heavens Before, though I LOVED each manuscript and most of the characters. The Heavens Before required the most research, and provided the basis for the sequels. However, from start to finish, The Heavens Before took only six months to write because I was so inspired and consumed by the story.

That's cool! I CAN'T wait to read your next book!
In The Heavens Before, Shem and Annah were your two main characters. If your book were made into a movie, who would you have play their parts?

I don’t know. Can you believe it? I haven’t seen an actor or actress who matches Annah or Shem—though I’d welcome reader suggestions.

Hear that readers? Let's hear your suggestions for actors and actresses who resemble Annah and Shem! I personally think Tiffany Dupont would make a good Annah. I can't decide for Shem though!

Who is your favorite author, Kacy?

OH, this is such a dangerous question! If we’re discussing strictly fiction, I’d say Donita K. Paul, Susan Meissner, Karen Hancock, Athol Dickson, and Tosca Lee, among others. Many others—and I’m going to regret not mentioning them all.

Haha I know it's hard to pick just a few favorite authors; there are SO many amazing writers out there!
Have you started or are you planning on writing another book? If so, can you give us some insight on it?

I’m currently working on a Fantasy Biblical Fiction manuscript, PROPHET, which is about five chapters from completion. Inspired by OT prophets. Distant time, distant place, a seventeen-year-old girl is asked to become the Infinite’s prophet. She knows that if she accepts, she will die young. However, she also knows she cannot live unless she hears the Infinite’s voice. I’m surprised by my main character’s sense of humor….

AWESOME! I can't wait for it to come out! :-D
How can our reader's reach you?

Facebook, of course! My husband and I are also rebuilding our website, so typing my name into a search engine is currently the way to go :)

Thanks so much for being willing to do an interview and giveaway with us! It was fun!

Thank you, Kait, and Readers—I appreciate you!

Not only has Kacy been gracious enough to allow me to interview her, but she is also willing to giveaway the first book in her series, The Heaven's Before, to one of our lucky readers! To enter, simply follow this blog and leave a comment with your email address! It's that simple!

For Extra Entries:
Subscribe to this blog(+1)
Post about our giveaway on your blog(+2)
Twitter this giveaway(+1 per tweet per day)
Comment on a post on my other blog, Book Ponderings(+2)

Hurry and enter! This giveaway ends on Friday, November 12th!


Inspired Kathy said...

Please enter me. I am a follower.
bkhabel at gmail dot com

Carmen7351 said...

Wow, you write some powerful stories! Definitely interested. Please enter me. I am a follower.

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Carmen7351 said...

I commented on Making Waves-- and I sure would!

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Kathi Macias said...

Good to see you here, Sis! The Genesis trilogy is, without doubt, one of my all-time favorite series--and not just because we're related, I promise! LOL!!!

Kait said...

Kathi: Well it must not be soley because you're related cause it's one of my favorites too! In fact, The Heaven's Before is probably my all-time favorite book! Thanks for stopping by!

rubynreba said...

I am a follower and would be thrilled to win a copy of this book. Sounds so good.

April said...

I am a follower. I would love to get this book! I read up on it and it is the kind of read i LOVE!
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Renee Ann said...

I'd love to win this book--it sounds like a fascinating read! I hadn't thought much about it until you mentioned in my blog comments!

reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

2 Extra entries: I'm a follower and I commented on your Book Ponderings site.

apple blossom said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I love Kathi Macias' books. I have reviewed a many of them. I have Red Ink setting here calling my name. Tour is in Dec. so I'd better get reading.

Please enter me thanks for the interview. Nice learning about you and your adventures.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jennifer said...

I am going to have to read these books! They sound great! Thanks for the chance to win!


jmschwindt at cox dot net

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Charlotte Kay said...

I am a new follower:)

chakasa58 at gmail dot com

By the way, Carman sent me!

+1 I am a subscriber
+2 I commented on the Amish at Book Ponderings

Maureen said...

I am a follower and would love to be included in this giveaway.


ps Carman sent me

Maureen said...

I tweeted this giveaway.


Maureen said...

I posted a comment on your other blog.


Vivien said...

Please enter me. Great giveaway!
+1 follower
+2 commented on other blog

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Patsy said...

This book sounds really good. Would enjoy reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. Carman sent me.

Norma said...

I would love to read this book. I am subscribed.

yllektra (force-oblique) said...

Oh that was really a great interview! Loved the questions and the answers and wow.
I can't believe Kacy has done all these things. They sound both exciting and dangerous!!
But I guess that thrill can be quite inspiring too, so that's awesome.

I haven't read the books, I'm afraid, but they seem very original. I love how they relate to both history and religion and it's impressive how much research they must have taken!!

I'd love to enter the contest if it is international! :)
I'm a follower on GFC and I tweeted it


Chrizette @ All the days of said...

I would love to be entered for this giveaway :) Thank you so much for making it international!

baychriz at gmail dot com

jacque said...

I'd love to be entered in the drawing and I'm a follower..

Nonners said...

That's awesome! I'm a follower too. Finally :]

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