Book Description

Khantara by Michelle Franklin

The Indie Book of the Day for 26th of April, 2014!

Genre: Romance, Humor

Khantara is a Haanta conqueror, meant to wage war and rule over the enemy nation of Thellis, but after vanquishing Thellis and occupying a construction of a Haanta outpost, he meets Anelta, a woman enslaved by her own people bearing a brand of servitude on her neck. Khantara contrives to save her from a cruel home and bring her to the refuge his people can provide, but how can he do so successfully when the eyes of Thellis are upon him?

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paper Crane Books (November 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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I am a small woman of moderate consequence who writes many, many literary fantasy books involving giants, romance, and chocolate. I’m a rather boring woman in life, but that only gives me permission to be more interesting on the page. I’m meant to be read and not seen anyway. I am also excessively sarcastic, but never serious, and I do my utmost to be as quiet and polite as possible when being forced to leave the commons. I adore people, but am not fond of the public. Such is an author’s burden: to be a hermit and a crone, blessed with all the joys of unquietness.

I have been writing since grade 4. The very first story I wrote was about cat people and it was rather atrocious, but from there I moved on to writing novels. I wrote my first novel in grade 7, which was a historical fantasy about Irish immigrants coming to Ellis Island. It was also quite horrid, but here is where I began to understand the discipline of writing every day. I wrote in class, out of class, at home, while I was supposed to be studying, on my washroom floor, in the attic, etc. Eventually, I won some prestigious old thing for best story and then won four literary awards in my county. I then decided to study creative writing in university only to realize that the best way to learn about writing is to write. In 2001, I began writing a series called “The Arustan Series”, which was all about the Eastern Continent. I wrote about ten books in the series, all of which were never completed due to the endless blockades of attending classes and having three jobs, and ended up publishing a few fantasy short stories with The.Gloaming Magazine. This work was important, however, as it provided a backbone for majority of the races in all my later writing.

Holiday season 2009/2010 the recession came, and I like many others was laid off. My editor at the time said to me, “You cannot look for work now anyhow. So, why don’t you use this time to write something new?” By then, I hadn’t written anything in six months, the longest period I have ever gone without writing. I decided to write short stories about a farmer, a giant and his four brothers (everything has forever been giants with me), and within six months, I had written over 700 stories and five books worth of material. I knew I had something, even though I had little idea what, and I began querying agents and publishers to see what they thought of what I began calling “The Haanta Series”. The reviews were generally positive and decided that I was going to have this series published. Six months later, I had rewritten “The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu”, book one in the series, and sent it out for publishing. A few publishers accepted the series, but I went with a small press that was willing to let me have my own editor and artist, and that was willing to publish a book every two months.

I write excessively fast, mostly because my mind never rests and partly because I have insomnia, fibromyaglia, acute schizophrenia (writer’s schizophrenia), and dyslexia, which always help things along. I compose about six to ten thousand words in a 10-16 hour period. Many ask me how I write so much in a day, and my answer is invariably, “I don’t know.” It doesn’t seem like much until I have finished another two or three books. Writing is the most natural thing in the world to me and is possibly the only thing at which I’m tolerably skilled. Perhaps this is why I write as much as I do; I cannot do anything else.

It is not easy being an author. Besides the little recognition and meager pay, we require solitude, peacefulness, the ability to make our own hours, and sometimes caffeine. Having support helps, but even then there is no making anyone understand you. I have been fortunate enough to have found a collaborator as confused by reality as I am. We create together, we have delusions of grandeur together, and most importantly: we live in the same other world. I do not tell her what to draw, and she does not tell me what to write (she tries, but I ignore her). It is through this mutual respect we have for one another’s art that we have become successful in what we do. Hardship and struggle is forever softened when shared.

Many readers ask me about my influences. My earliest influence was David Eddings. My principal put Pawn of Prophecy in my hand in grade 11, and there began my infatuation with High Fantasy. Jane Austen is probably my most notable influence. After reading Persuasion and thinking it the most brilliant book ever written, I proceeded to read all of Jane’s publications backward, starting with Sandition and ending with Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, and her Juvenlia. Emma and Mansfield Park are my other two favourites of hers, and Pride and Prejudice is actually my least favourite of all her works. T.H. White is another of my great influences. The Ill-Made Knight is the most astonishing romantic fantasy ever written and the most exceptional retelling of the relationship between Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere. Candle in the Wind, White’s fourth book in the Once and Future King series, is the only book to ever make me break out in tears with every turn of the page. Paul Creswick, author of Robin Hood and Greypaws is another notable influence. Due to most of his books being out of print, only classics collectors like myself might know his works. Robert E.Howard has fed my infatuation for giants, barbarians, and Sword and Sorcery for some time; Conan the Barbarian and The Sword Woman are some of my very favourite anthologies. 岸本 斉史 (Kishimoto Masashi) as well is another influence, mainly in that his work with Shounen Jump convinced me that literary serials are an art that must be revived.

Many people ask me about my writing style and for advice. My writing has a more classical feel -or so I’m told- because most of the books I read were published before 1950. I have an abominable time with recent literature, and therefore my style might reflect the style of the authors I enjoy most.. As for advice, I should never wish to give any. Every writer is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. I write books out of order and write at least two to three books at once. This is what does for me, whereas writing in linear format does for other authors very well. I write the books that I would most enjoy reading. There are various obstacles authors must overcome that are part of the process, such as rejection, ridicule, time spent on book promotion, being forced to go outside, but tenacity, the willingness to learn and rewrite, and unshakable passion have done well for me as I hope they might do well for others.

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