About Carol Ann King:
C.A. King was born and raised in Halton County. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her two sons.
After the loss of her loving parents and husband, Ms. King was devastated. She decided to retire from the workforce for a year or two to do some soul searching. It was during this time that writing became her passion. She found she was able to redirect her emotions through her writing and in 2014 decided to publish some of her works.
Today her creation, The Portal Prophecies Series comes to life.
Book One, A Keeper’s Destiny, Book Two, A Halloween’s Curse, Book Three, Frost Bitten and Book Four, Sleeping Sands are currently available for purchase, with Book Five, Deadly Perceptions and further volumes coming soon.
“I need to thank everyone for being so wonderful. It’s amazing when someone reads your work and enjoys the story. I already have people waiting for future books to be released. Is it bad that as a writer I can’t seem to put into words how incredibly wonderful that makes me feel inside?”
Carol Ann King is proud to have her name join the list of Canadian born authors. She hopes her writing will help inspire another generation of Canadians to continue adding to the literary heritage and rich culture Canada already has to offer. Her books in The Portal Prophecies series are fictional fantasy stories based on opening the door to possibilities.
What inspires you to write?
After losing my mother, father and husband in a short time, I decided to take some time off work and do a bit of soul searching. I have always been a daydreamer with a vivid imagination. One day I started doodling and it turned into a story. I found writing eased the pain. So I kept writing. I knew the stories were good because they had kept me happily daydreaming for years.
Tell us about your writing process.
Best place for me is at my father’s desk. He was a lawyer and had a big, old, wooden desk that now resides in my living room. It makes me feel at home to sit and write.
As for routine, I probably need a better one. Once I sit down, there is no stopping me. It’s getting there that can be a problem. I do NaNoWriMo in November every year. That, to me, is major motivation. I find I work best under pressure and with time constraints.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think of my characters like children. In the beginning of a series, they are in their “raw” form and that is deliberate on my part. I want the reader to be there and actually, see what makes them who they are.
In my personal opinion, there isn’t enough time in one book to experience the growing pains of life. In a series, however, you have a chance for not only the protagonist to learn, but, also really delve deep into expanding on the supporting characters as well.
It’s important to me, that if a person takes the time to read my books, they can fully invest their emotions into every aspect. When you meet a character, they have a purpose and aren’t just there for page filler. To me, there is nothing worse than having someone introduced into a story and never hearing about them again.
I don’t argue with them, though.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just ask! A Lot of places are willing to help authors, especially local ones. Ask at small book stores if you can do an author signing. Look for small arts festivals. Contact your library about book readings. Talk to small cafe owners. Don’t get discouraged. No one is born a famous author. We all have to pay our dues on the road to discovery.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Research. Lots and Lots of research.
I recommend everyone thinking of publishing spends time to look at all options before making a final choice. What works for one person may not for another.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there is a shift happening in favor of paperback versions of books. I see more private libraries in the future. Not private in the sense of someone’s home, but rather restaurants, hotels, waiting rooms, all with books as a theme.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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