Hello, readers! Today I am pleased and excited to share my interview with Kia Garriques, author of Innovera Yakov: A Journey of a Thousand Eyes! I hope you all enjoy learning more about Kia and the book, and be sure to check out the links at the bottom for more information!
Who or what inspired you to be an author?
Ever since I can remember, I have always been writing. But I have always shied away from letting people read my work. At school, it was taboo to say that you wanted to be a writer; it just wasn’t a cool career option. Somehow I was led to believe that you had to be of a certain pedigree; you had to be different, more intelligent even a little eccentric to be a writer.
Try as I might, I couldn’t help dreaming up worlds. I would wake around two in the morning and jot down those dreams in my notepad which I always kept next to my pillow. My inspiration comes from my dreams. Before, I was afraid of them; now I rely on them for my inspiration.
Where did the idea for Innovera Yakov come from?
I used to dream about these Beings in some other world. At first, it was scary but then I learnt to overcome that fear and started looking forward to them. At one point, I became so enthusiastic about science, evolution and the possibility of realities and forms of life that exist outside of what we know that I wanted to absorb anything in relation to that. Innovera Yakov addresses many of the questions I have about our earth and the universe in general. It’s about all the preoccupations I have about love, freedom and adventure. It’s my attempt to understand life.
Can you tell us a bit about the writing process for the book?
I write best when I’m sad. It may sound odd but sometimes I worry about being too happy because it might take away all these ideas. I can’t dream when I’m happy.
What was your favourite part about writing it?
My favourite part was visualising the world I was creating and feeling immersed in a whole new reality that only I could experience. Being able to visualise each scene was the best part for me. I loved mind-mapping the world I was creating.
I enjoyed writing the love scenes especially: the dangers of falling in love in that world, the terrible jealousies and rivalries that threaten to destroy the ones involved, the hunger for the love of someone that you cannot have and the struggles of some of my main characters to come together and express their love.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the second book in the series and I already have ideas for the third and fourth book.
Do you have any writing quirks?
I love listening to Classical music on full blast before I start to write. It’s just mind blowing.
What are the things your readers may not know about you?
1: I have a phobia about social gatherings. Funnily enough, I always find myself in situations where I am either putting on large events or doing something that requires me to be in front of crowd. But once there I constantly have to fight to not show my nervousness. I don’t even like going into the large supermarkets by myself and can’t remember when last I did.
2: I am afraid to stand or walk on grass! (long story!).
3: I want to meet Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough. I have so many questions to bug them about!
Kia Garriques studied writing and English literature at University and has been a published short story writer since 2009. Her first story “The Invisible Alien Watcher” was published by Micro Horror in 2009 and reprinted by Pill Hill Press in 2011. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes – is her first novel in the ‘Worlds’ series.
Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes takes you into a world of excitement and danger where thoughts and feelings are overheard and minds can travel to other worlds. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a world where falling in love could cost you your life and nothing is as it seems. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first book in an action-packed fantasy drama series where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for ‘The Journey’.