About PK Burian & KP Azeltine:
PK Burian and KP Azeltine are a mother and daughter writing team. They started the Jesse Skylock Mystery Series because they both were reluctant readers when they were in school, and they wanted to write a series to help reluctant young readers find something they could read that would hold their interest. They used a male protagonist since many reluctant readers are boys. And they chose mystery because PK and KP love following clues to solve a puzzle. PK Burian lives in Olympia, Washington with her husband, dog, and cat. She likes long walks, gardening, crafting, and chocolate. KP Azeltine lives in Port Orchard, Washington with her two dogs and cat. She likes crocheting, illustrating, baking, and gaming.
What inspires you to write?
We get inspired to write by the thought that we might help a child out there who was just like us go from dreading to have to open that book and read it to wanting to open that book and read it. We want them to get immersed in the story and not want to put it down until they reach the end. We know how they feel because we’ve been there. Knowing the joy of a good book, we know what it’s like to get lost in a story. Our goal is to reach boys and girls out there that way.
Tell us about your writing process.
I learned from a seasoned writer to write a book by laying it out through preparation and planning. There are many steps to this process and you can use one or all of the steps, whatever fits your needs and way of doing it. The steps are the following: idea, concept, conflict-crises-climax, segments, character list, outline, scene instruction, rough draft, rewrites, revision and fine edit, novel, blurb, and query. I am writing up a booklet that expands on each of these topics and will have it available for a free download with the purchase of any of my books.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I put myself in my character’s shoes. I become my character. But this is where you need to know your character inside and out, know his/her likes and dislikes, feelings about everything, know his/her background, and of course, what he/she looks like.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep learning and bettering yourself as a writer. Every time you think you’re the best you can be know you can get even better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my romances through a traditional publisher under a different pen name. And I published my young adult, middle grade, and picture books through indie publishing, and my coloring books through a publishing house. I like the independence indie publishing gives a writer, and nowadays publishing houses aren’t marketing author’s books. An author has to market his/her own work, so the advantage comes down to distribution, which once you figure out indie publishing can be accomplished on your own. It depends on how much work you want to put into it yourself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think print books will always be around because people like to hold books in their hands. Then it expanded to ebooks and audio and interactive books. Maybe video books will be next. I’m not sure how that will work, but I’m sure that’s what will come next.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy, Middle Grade Mystery, Picture Books, and Coloring Books
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.