Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Koriander: I am very excited to interview with you, my name is Koriander Bullard and I am 31 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Koriander: I was born in the Chicagoland area of Illinois.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Koriander: My family moved around quite a bit when I was growing up. I was homeschooled starting with the 3rd grade and I currently live with my husband John and our little dog Zoey.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Koriander: Recently, I have been working with fellow author Chandra Truelove Fry on an upcoming project. I am also currently writing the third instalment of my Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter light novel series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Koriander: I sort of started by writing down the dreams that I would have as I was growing up. Those early writings became the first and second Ki-Chan books. At first, writing was a hobby, then I found myself blogging for a few different places and before long, I was getting into books.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Koriander: I suppose it was around 2010, when I noticed I was doing more writing than anything else.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Koriander: My first book; Wrestling Between Ake and Bullard, was a project inspired by gratitude. My favourite sport is professional wrestling, and it led me to my first jobs as a cartoonist and as a writer, and it also led me to wonderful friends and to my husband. So for my first ever book, I wanted to write something sweet and positive to say “thank you” to the sport that has given me so much.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Koriander: It’s sort of a literal title. I was wrestling with a few name ideas, and when I started tinkering with the file that became the book, I was in the process of a name change because I had gotten married. So I was wrestling with documents that were still under my maiden name of Ake, so that’s where Wrestling Between Ake and Bullard came from.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Koriander: For Ki-Chan, I tend to write in a script format. It’s my favourite format to read, because I never get lost and I always know which character is doing what at all times. The challenge though is that it’s not a common writing style, so it might be a bit jarring for some of my readers.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Koriander: That depends on each book. For Wrestling Between Ake and Bullard, a bulk of the content is based on real life events. While with Ki-Chan, most of the stories are based on dreams I had. Although, in the second Ki-Chan book, the main villain Mindy is based on several women I had the misfortune of meeting in my tween years and then again at a call centre I briefly worked at. The latter was a woman who was stalking and sexually harassing my husband. When he spoke up to management about it, all he got was laughed at. The only reason why they eventually called the police was because she was selling drugs in the parking lot and because they had suspected she had tried to put something into another co-worker’s drink. The shocking acceptance of sexual harassment in society made me realize that this is a serious problem that we need to speak up about.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Koriander: For Wrestling Between Ake and Bullard, yes. Wrestling shows take place all over the globe, so travel is a necessity. Parts of the book were based on travel I had taken from Chicago to Wisconsin.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Koriander: Me. I wanted to see my own artwork on my books, so for most of them I draw the covers myself. For my first children’s book, Zoey: A Pup in Prose however, I used a beautiful picture I took of Zoey right after I adopted her.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Koriander: When it comes to Ki-Chan, it is my hope that the reader takes away the notion that no matter where you are in life, how bad off you are or what kind of ailment you may have, you can still be your own kind of hero.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Koriander: I would like to take a moment to ask my followers to give Chandra Fry a chance on Amazon. Her latest novella Maid of Virtue is a neat little read about a maid who has to deal with two unruly brothers secretly in love with her. As far as my favourite author goes, I am enamoured with Douglas Adams. I would spend forever reading his books as a teenager. He had such a great and imaginative way of storytelling that isn’t very easy to find these days.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Koriander: Bill Treadway has been a top supporter since day one. He was the first to give me honest critiquing as I was developing the first Ki-Chan book, and runs a good editorial website at https://phoenixbt.weebly.com/
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Koriander: I do. It may not seem that way at times, but if you keep at it, it will.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Koriander: Looking back, I wish I had added a little more time with the Starwalkers, but I’ll be fixing that in the next book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Koriander: Don’t neglect posting character sheets for new readers! I started doing more of that as the book came closer and closer to publication, and it helped to introduce new readers to the characters as I was finishing the book.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Koriander: I would love to see Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter on the big screen, but it’s highly likely I would have to cast unknonws for most of the roles. If I had to pick an actual celebrity outside of a few pro wrestlers, it would be John Boyega. He has the right facial structure for Cecil. If I had to do an animated film, Karan Ashley would be ideal for Lily, since the character she portrayed on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Aisha, is very similar to her.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Koriander: Start advertising your books at least two months before the release. This was my biggest mistake with two of my books, I didn’t advertise early enough and I paid the price for it. Use social media to your advantage!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Koriander: Please let me know what you like about my books! I read every review and I use them to get better. I love to know what is working and what makes you laugh, what excites you and what you want to see more of.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Koriander: Recently, I found my copy of Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank by Celia Rivenbark. The chapter I am currently on is a laugh riot about the author’s trip to Disney World.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Koriander: The first book I remember reading by myself was a Snoopy book, but the first thing I ever read was a Beetle Bailey strip. I remember being so proud of myself for understanding the strip and getting a joke about combat.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Koriander: I love to watch replays of George Carlin’s comedy routines. If anything makes me want to cry, it’s knowing we lost a man who is still relevant today.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Koriander: If I could, I would love to one day meet author and manga-ka Naoko Takeuchi who created the Codename Sailor V and Sailor Moon series. Her writing was very revolutionary when it came to women’s roles and the LBGTQ community.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Koriander: I love to collect anime figurines and sunglasses.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching? Koriander: I watch tons of anime, wrestling and British television. I also collect DVDs of cartoons from the 30’s and 40’s.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colours, music?
Koriander: I’m a known chocoholic! For colours, I love emerald green and bright pinks. But lately I’ve been fascinated by mixing blue, purple and white together. As far as music goes, my tastes are a little varied. I love 90’s pop, R&b, but my favourite band of all time is Disturbed. I listen to them while I write. I also love metal.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Koriander: I would go back to cartooning full time, using my art as a way to tell my stories.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Koriander: With my family, making the most of my time left.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Koriander: I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Koriander: ForKi-Chan, visit www.ki-chan.org and be sure to look for Koriander’s Coterie on Facebook!
Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Koriander-Bullard/e/B01F9O0OZC
My website: http://www.korianderbullard.com/
Ki-Chan’s website and blog: www.ki-chan.org
Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #1: http://amzn.to/2fpDEc9
Ki-Chan: Demon Hunter Book #2: http://amzn.to/2lfj5SO
Wrestling Between Ake and Bullard: http://amzn.to/1G6ZOWR
Zoey: A Pup In Prose: http://amzn.to/2h6uLEK