Monday, May 30, 2016

Interview with Intisar Khanani

Kate Tilton has introduced me to another wonderful writer to share with you. Intisar Khanani writes Young Adult Fantasy Novels with strong female heroines. Since I'm a sucker for fantasy and awesome female protagonists I jumped at the chance to interview Intisar! "Sunbolt" is the first book in the Sunbolt Chronicles. Her new book "Memories of Ash" is out today (May 30th). Be sure to read to the end of the interview. Intisar is giving away her book on rafflecopter and you can win!

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five.

Intisar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, she wrote grants and developed projects to address community health and infant mortality with the Cincinnati Health Department—which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.

Intisar’s latest projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, featuring a new heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife … and of course, she’s hard at work on the remaining installments of The Sunbolt Chronicles."



Dani: Why YA?

Intisar: YA is where the hard questions are. Teens are getting to know their world, and they're dealing with real, deep issues in their lives. It's awesome to have the opportunity to write for an audience that is thinking about the hard things in life, that is fine with grim, or dark, or complex, but in the end also has an amazing amount of strength and hope for the future. Half the time, adult books end up having these cynical, jaded endings (especially literary books, but also fantasy). YA keeps its fire. I love that. I started reading YA as a teen, and never grew out of it. Oh, I read adult books, but at the end of the day, I come back to YA. Again and again and again. No wonder I write it!

Dani: Swords or Sorcery?

Intisar: If I have to choose, sorcery! Though I like a bit of both in my books.

Dani: Finish these thoughts:

1. Vampires are... not my idea of the ideal dinner guest.

2. If only... werewolves were real, we'd have some true champions for the protection and reintroduction of wolves into the wild.

3. Magic is... quite a bit more trouble than we muggles necessarily realize.

Dani: What's special about your work?
Intisar: I write strong heroines living in diverse worlds, and all my stories are strong in character development. While Thorn and The Bone Knife are "quieter" stories, if you will, Sunbolt is a fast-paced action-packed tale. So I guess I write different kinds of stories, but you can always count on those first three things.

Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?

Intisar: I'm not really sure. I've got a few goals--I would love to earn a living as an author, see my children grow up to be positive forces in their own lives and in the world, and... oh, a whole host of other things!








Title: Sunbolt
Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles, Book One
Series Type: Serial Novella
Author: Intisar Khanani (http://booksbyintisar.com)
Cover Designer: Jenny Zemanek (http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com/)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: June 17, 2013
Publisher: Purple Monkey Press
Price: US$1.99 (eBook), US$5.99 (paperback)







Synopsis:

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Archmage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

Book Links:
Sunbolt:
Amazon: http://viewbook.at/Sunbolt (all marketplaces)


2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the interview! I really appreciate the welcome to your blog. :)

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  2. Love the new blog, Dani! These books sound quite interesting. Perhaps I can blog Intisar too!

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