KRS McEntire signed up to be part of my release and reached out to me. When I realized she had a release on the same day, I had to learn more about her! So help me celebrate her release today!
K. R. S. McEntire lives on a healthy diet of fiction and tea. She loves art, photography and travel because, like books, they allow her to explore new worlds. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and runs the Facebook page Diverse Fantasy and Sci-Finds, where she shares book recommendations with other bibliophiles.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m K. R. S. McEntire, and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember! As a child I would tape paper together in homemade “books” and force my parents to read them. (I was an only child, there wasn’t much else to do at home lol) I’ve done some journalistic writing, but it wasn’t until I left that job did I decide to try my hand at a fiction book. I live in Indianapolis with my husband. When I’m not writing, I’m probably trying to plan a trip someplace. As soon as the virus-that-shall-not-be-named dies down I’m planning a trip to Florida.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
When I was about nine years old my dad brought me the Chronicles of Narnia. It was a giant collection of all the books, which intimidated me. It took me a year to pick it up but after I did I read all of the books in a couple of months. I fell in love with the fantasy and adventure in the story. It inspired me to write my first “novel” about a girl who was taken to another world via tornado. After that, I was always writing something.
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
Science fiction, Fantasy, and Dystopian are my favorite genres to read when I read YA books, and those are the genres I plan to write. Writing YA is nostalgic to me, as that was the age when I read the most.
When I read adult books, I tend to read thrillers and nonfiction. I love staying up to date on news and reading inspiring biographies.
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
My books Saving Eden and Finding Eden are both young adult dystopian books. They take place in a post-apocalyptic world where some people have mutated and developed special powers. My first book, Saving Eden, has been described as a post-apocalyptic fairy tail because my main character, Angela, reminds them of rapunzel. My second book has been described as a “post-apocalyptic Serpent and Dove meets modern X-Men.” They can be read in any order.
What is your current release or project?
Finding Eden is my newest release! It will be released June 1 and I’m super excited about it.
Tell us about the key characters
Lilah is a teenage mutant who has to leave home because the authorities found out about her abilities. She’s looking for a safe haven for mutants called Eden.
Adam is a Warden who wants to make a name for himself. He was hired to find and destroy the people of Eden.
They form an unlikely friendship – or maybe something more – when they meet in the wilds outside of post-apocalyptic Chicago.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
A mutant searching for sanctuary. A hunter hot on her trail.
Lilah has heard rumors of a garden paradise known as Eden somewhere out in the wilds. Forced out of post-apocalyptic Chicago when her mutant abilities come to light, it’s her only hope of safety.
But she’s not the only one roaming the wastelands.
On Adam’s first mission as a newly-qualified Warden, he is tasked with finding and destroying the heart of the Resistance–Eden.
When Lilah’s and Adam’s destinies collide, neither can deny the spark of attraction between them, but how long can they journey together before their secrets come to light?
When Lilah lets down her barriers, Adam sees her for who she truly is and is faced with an impossible choice–between duty and his heart.
Finding Eden is a gripping dystopian adventure, perfect for fans of Delirium, Shatter Me, Divergent, and The Hunger Games.
Share an excerpt
You don’t understand. Everyone has always been against me. If everyone is against you, you’ll start to question things about yourself. You’ll assume their words must be true. If I had any type of magic, I’d still have my family. I wouldn’t need to hide out here.”
Then Nathan’s voice took a more commanding tone.
“I want you to listen to my words, and listen closely,” he said. “You may not believe it now, but it’s something you need to know .”
He paused, waiting for Lilah to acknowledge him.
“I’m listening,” Lilah said.
“The world never tries to destroy the weak,” Nathan continued. “The weak are not a threat. If people try to destroy you, it’s because you are powerful.”
Do you have a favorite scene?
It’s a small part of the book, but I really like the way Lilah acts around her little sister. She nicknames her sister “bear” and is just very loving and protective of her.
What advice would you give a beginner?
I see myself as very much a beginner, still trying to figure everything out. But here are some things that are helpful to me.
- Find BETA readers before you hire an editor. They will help you notice things about your book that you may have overlooked or missed. (and make your editors job easier)
- Send out ARC copies. I was able to get 20 reviews on goodreads and six on amazon before publication.
- Make sure you have a great cover, blurb, and that you hire an editor.
- Give yourself patience and time while writing and marketing your book. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
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Blog link – krsmcentire.wordpress.com
Finding Eden: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0883FPTFT
Saving Eden: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082Z61CC3/