Name Koriander Bullard
Age 29 until November 3rd
Where are you from Chicago, Illinois
I am a freelance cartoonist, editor and author from Chicago, currently living in London, Kentucky with my husband, John.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Koriander: My second book Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #1 is hitting Amazon this Thursday!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Koriander: I began blogging back in 2009 off and on, then transitioned to books last year. Initially I started just writing about professional wrestling, but now I’ve branched out to fiction and politics.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Koriander: I suppose is was a few years ago. I went from blogging for the sake of it to really enjoying writing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Koriander: I went looking on Amazon one day for a new book, and saw that most of the books about professional wrestling are unhappy ones. Out of all the books I’ve seen, just a fraction of these books tell of the happier stories in wrestling, and I wanted to change that. I also wanted to share my earlier art in a new way. So I sat down and wrote Wrestling Between Ake and Bullard as a way to bring back the love people used to have for wrestling.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Koriander: I really enjoy writing in a script style. It helps me to keep track of all of my characters. My first book was written in a more lucid style, but Ki-Chan is written like a script.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Koriander: The title was actually the hardest part. I wanted my title character’s nickname (Ki-Chan) in the forefront, but I couldn’t decide on an addendum title. After writing a summary of the first book for a friend, I realized that “Demon Hunter” would be a good secondary title, since the story is about hunting demons.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Koriander: One of the messages I hope is conveyed well is that you should appreciate who you have in your life while you have them. Ki-Chan’s world is tainted by loss, and she inadvertently teachers her new friends just how lucky they are to still have family. Another message is in regards to PTSD. A growing number of Americans suffer from the disorder, and not all of them were soldiers. Many people often go undiagnosed, and all have to live in their own private turmoil. But I want people to understand that those with PTSD are people too. They are thoughtful, brave, and have just as much a right to be seen as superheroes in the media as those without it. There aren’t very many heroes in most comic books or other works of fiction with PTSD, or any other mental disorder now that I think of it, and fewer are seen as the main character. I want to see if I can change the conversation about that. Everyone deserves to have a hero they can relate to.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Koriander: The entire story, and the series it’s a part of, are based on dreams I had as a child. Ki-Chan plays upon my dreams, and in some areas my nightmares.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Koriander: I’d have to say The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It really opened my eyes to mistakes I had been making.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Koriander: One author who made reading fun for me growing up was the late Douglas Adams. He really had a humorous knack for science fiction. His descriptive writing really brought me into the world of his characters, or should I say, the spaceship?
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Koriander: Well aside from my husband, mom and brother, who were the first three to know about Ki-Chan, I would have to say my test group have been very encouraging. Specifically my friends Jose, Bill and Tracy offered quite a bit of insight for the cover.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Koriander: Certainly! Out of any job I’ve ever had, I’ve felt the most fulfillment from writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Koriander: I feel I could have added more of a back story to a few of Ki-Chan’s new friends. This will be remedied in the next installments.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Koriander: I started writing in little journals around the house growing up. Initially it was for school, but I realized I could write something cooler. So I started writing a story here and there as I grew up.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Koriander: Let me share with you an excerpt from the prologue:
Ti-Chan: I’m not sure about this. How many bedrooms are in this house and how big are they?
Lily: Well I know it was only supposed to be the three of us, but it’ll be fine once you see the floor plan.
Marlowe takes a chair and turns it backwards. He sits on the chair wrong-way, leaning his arms and chin over the backrest, facing Lily’s table.
Lily:….. hmm…. Six big bedrooms and then one tiny one. Cecil, you and Violet can have the master bedroom. Techno, you and I can share the second-biggest one.
Silas: That last bedroom’s too small.
Kameko: I don’t think any of us should take it. I dunno, just a funny hunch I guess.
Silas: Yeah. Hey, this one’s roomy.
Marlowe: If you can keep your exercise crap on your side for a change, we can split it.
Silas: Alright, but bring your own computer. I’m sick of seeing all your mecha schoolgirl porn on my screen.
Marlowe: Oh come on, it’s classic!
Lily: And for Ti-Chan, Ruey and Kameko, I guess that leaves you each one room then.
Ti-Chan I’ll take the room on the other side of the tiny one.
Techno: Oooooh, needing privacy are we?
Ti-Chan: Shut up.
Techno: Okay, all agreed then?
Ti-Chan: Alright then. Get some rest tonight. Tuesday morning, we leave for Chichibu-Tama, Japan!
With their fists in the air, the nine twenty-somethings smile. Chichibu, nestled just to the right of Han’ao would play host to a brand new world.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Koriander: Timing a scene out. I never want to lose the reader in too much or too little dialogue.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Koriander: Not yet, but that may change within the next year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Koriander: I did, actually.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Koriander: Probably reaching a higher word count. The ideas tend to come so quickly to me that it takes me a moment to formulate how to write it. I usually draw or write ideas on a post-it note first so I don’t lose the idea.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Koriander: I learned so much about better advertising. When my first book came out, not very many people knew about it. Now I’m using different tools to reach out to new readers, and the feedback I’ve gotten has been wonderful.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Koriander: I would likely ask the studios to find an unknown. I feel there are tons of gifted actors out there that may not have had a chance to shine just yet.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Koriander: In the days where you second guess yourself the most, those are the days you should push yourself the hardest. I had several anxiety spells during writing, and self-doubt was an absolute plague. But pushing through that helped me get to this point.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Koriander: Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter has been a labor of love for me. I encourage you to tell me what you would like to see in future installments.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Koriander: Dr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard H. Minear. Theodore Geisel was ahead of his time.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Koriander: I think it might have been My Bedtime Rhyme by Jane Johnson.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Koriander: I’m a big fan of the show South Park. They have me in stitches every week. As for crying, I can’t watch Dumbo or Bambi 2. Those two films rip me up.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Koriander: I would love to have a conversation with animator Ub Iwerks. He was a genius.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Koriander: She should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Koriander: I tend to draw plenty as a cartoonist. I’m also an avid video gamer.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Koriander: I think everyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of the anime and manga meta series Sailor Moon. Most of the shows I enjoy are animated.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Koriander: I am a chocoholic. I tend to like bright colors, particularly pink, green and blue. As for music, my favorite band is Disturbed, I listen to their albums while I write.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Koriander: If I had a faster hand, I’d like to be an animator. I mostly do it as a hobby now.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Koriander: You can keep up with me at www.korianderbullard.com
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