Today's Words With an Author features Kim Cormack, author of the Children of Ankh series!
1. How did you get into writing? When did you first start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. Most of the time it was songs, or poetry and it progressed to children’s books, and then to this series. I started writing the children’s books because of a dream and I changed genres the same way.
2. Where did you come up with the idea for The Children of Ankh series? Who/ what is your inspiration?
“Sweet Sleep” was inspired by a nightmare. The nightmare began at the front door that wasn’t closed, swaying in the evening breeze and I woke up after the creepy song.” After that first nightmare the series sort of evolved by itself. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient symbolism. This series is about the journey of life, and what comes after. It’s about standing back up each time you fall. This series had a great deal of violence, but it serves a far greater purpose. It’s about the evolution of a soul.
3. Are any of your characters based on people you actually know, if so which ones?
Some of the relationships in this series mirror ones I’ve had in the past. I’d say there’s a little bit of my essence in some of the main female characters.
The friendships are quite close to my own, minus the murder and violence, of course. In real life my friends and I only plot our murder sprees over a glass of red wine and in jest. Nobody has ever gone through with it, that I’m aware of… I’ve never been contacted to hide a body.
4. Have you written anything before The Children of Ankh series?
I used to write children’s books. That answer will be totally hilarious once you’ve read the series.
5. If you had to pick only five books from your bookshelf you could keep, what would they be?
I’m going to go full geek and full series on my book choices. How can you pick just one from these series?
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring… J.R.R Tolkien is amazing.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis
The full Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Those books would keep me busy for a while.
6. Who is your favorite character from any book and why?
I’m off in my own little world with my characters; they’re like real in my heart. I’ve fallen in love with them. For me it’s a toss-up between Kayn and Lexy in the Children of Ankh series.
7. How long did the writing process take for The Children of Ankh series? From conception of the story to final publication?
The first book in the series took around three years to complete and find a publisher. “Enlightenment,” is coming out this month. “Enlightenment,” being book two in the series. I have a side series beginning in a few months. It revolves around Lexy’s character. Book three in The Children of Ankh series is scheduled to be released before the end of this year.
8. Who are some of your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S Lewis. J.K. Rowling, and Stephen King.
9. What actors/ actresses could you see playing the characters of your book?
I think mine would have to be all unknown actors.
10. How did you come up with the title and cover of The Children of Ankh series? Did they morph as you wrote the book, or were they constant?
Oh, I have so many things planned for this series. I originally queried six books. Everything has changed now. I have a side series starting, and could probably carry on with the Children of Ankh series for quite a long time.
11. Are you planning to write any other books?
I have a couple of books in the works that aren’t related to this series. Sometimes, I need a change of scenery in my brain. I’ve got a lot planned for this year, but if I get motivated to finish them, I may find the time to release, “Bring out your Dead.” The other one is called, “The Repopulation Project.”
12. What would your advice be to someone who's aspiring to be a writer?
I’d say keep writing, but keep living your life because that’s where your material is going to come from. It’s a long road, but it’s worth it.
13. Finally, just to wrap things up, what's your favorite color and why?
Yellow, makes me feel peaceful. It’s always had a calming effect on me. I have no idea why that is...