Happy Saturday and welcome to my stop on the Seeker blog tour!! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Kim Chance to share with you! Read on to find out more about Lainey, Ty, and Maggie, more about Kim, plus enter to win a print copy of Seeker!!
Seeker by Kim Chance
Published by Flux on September 10, 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Lainey’s normal, bookworm life no longer exists. With her family murdered by the Master, she joins forces with a group of Supernatural rebels. But as she struggles to cope with her new role as Keeper and the uncontrollable power it gives her, Lainey realizes that magic does indeed leave a mark—but it’s not always physical.
Ty isn’t one of the good guys. He’s done terrible things, and he won’t stop until he gets what he wants. Even if it hurts. Even if it means betraying the girl he loves…again.
For Maggie, all her comic book dreams have come true, and her new life as a Shifter is just beginning. But with war closing in, is it truly a dream or a death sentence?
In the ultimate battle for power, Lainey, Ty, and Maggie must face-off against the Master, and work together to discover the greatest weapon of all.
Seek and you will find.
What inspired you to write this book?
I think there were a lot of things that inspired both Keeper & Seeker, but I knew pretty early on in my writing journey that I wanted to write a book about witches. I drew a lot of inspiration from all the paranormal shows I watched growing up, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed. I like to think both Keeper and Seeker give a nice little nod to my inspirations. I can pretty much draw inspiration from anywhere, but those shows were a huge influence over me growing up and also greatly influenced my story.
How did you choose the names for your characters?
For me, choosing the names of the characters is always such a fun process! Sometimes, I will draw a name from real life. For example, my main character’s name—Lainey—comes from my actual middle name, which is Elaine. Other times, I just peruse baby name websites until I find a name I like that I think fits the character. I’d say the majority of my character names come from those sites.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
I’m not sure if there was anything that I didn’t use, but my favorite thing I researched that I did end up using was for a scene in the first book, Keeper. I won’t spoil the scene, but it required me to look up strangulation and how long it would take a person to die from something like that. I also spent a lot of time researching boa constrictors and how they kill their prey. Sounds super weird and morbid, I know, but I found it oddly fascinating. You know you’re a writer when you have to look up gruesome facts like that! Ha!
If your characters were to hang out with characters from other YA books, who would they be and why?
Hmmm….I think Lainey, Ty, and Maggie would really get along well with the characters from these books: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and Wings by Aprilynne Pike. Those are some of my favorite books, and they are definitely in the same vein as Keeper and Seeker. I think all the characters would get along nicely!
Do you have any advice you would give to the characters in your book?
If I could give my characters some advice, I think I would tell them to trust their gut and follow their heart. I guess that sounds a little cliché, but I think it’s something that all young people have to learn and experience for themselves. It’s good advice too! It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received, and it’s something I still live by to this day!
What books would you recommend to your characters and why?
This is a toughie! I love so many books! If I could recommend a book to my characters, I would probably recommend the Harry Potter books. I’m a big fan myself and I feel like they would really connect with the characters and the world they live in. Plus, it would be fun to see what houses my characters landed in. I think Lainey is definitely a Ravenclaw, Maggie is a Gryffindor, and Ty is, of course, a Slytherin!
Kim Chance is an English teacher from Alabama, currently residing in Michigan with her husband and three children. When not writing, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and two crazy dogs, binge-watching Netflix, fangirling over books, and making death-by-cheese casseroles. Keeper is her first young adult novel. Kim is also a YouTuber who loves connecting with other writers. She posts videos at www.youtube.com/kimchance1 and is the creator of the #Chance2Connect chat on Twitter.
Are you excited about this book? What are some sequels you’re looking forward to in the second half of 2019? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!