Interview With Author Abby Kingston
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m Abby Kingston and I’m an emerging fantasy author from Australia. I’m currently working on my first series—the Everheart Dean Series—a young adult paranormal fantasy trilogy featuring demons, angels, shifters and vampires. Luminous is the first book in the series and it was published in January 2022. The second book, Familiar, is about to be released on the 23rd of November 2022. I love all things fantasy, especially epic fantasy, romantic fantasy and paranormal fantasy.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Familiar is my latest book and it was inspired by a passion for young adult paranormal fantasy and a desire to see more fantasy stories set in Australia. Australia is an incredibly vast and beautiful place with so many possibilities in terms of setting for great stories, so I decided to write one.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes I walk back and forth talking to myself while I’m plotting my books. My boyfriend says I look like a mad professor. When I’m writing, I love drinking a large quantity of Thai iced tea—caffeine and sugar high here we come.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Kate, Justin Cronin, and Diana Gabaldon to name a few.
What are you working on now?
Nocturne—the third book in the Everheart Dean Series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I love the Awesome Gang for book promotion. Bookstagram is also wonderful for promoting books. And I want to jump into TikTok, but I’m super shy when it comes to filming videos of myself so I keep putting that one off.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Follow your dreams. Don’t listen to the voice in your head that says you can’t do it. And FINISH your first draft. Without a finished first draft, you have no way forward. First drafts are always crappy but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn them into something wonderful.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
All first drafts are piles of horse shit. Finish them anyway.
What are you reading now?
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish the Everheart Dean Series and jump into my next project—a magical academy series with witches and epic battles.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
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