Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Interview with the author of Fraction of Stone, Kelley Lynn

I'm excited to be on Kelley Lynn's blog tour for her recent release Fraction of Stone. I've known Kelley since before we both had publishing contracts. Even though querying not fun, Kelley's upbeat attitude never seemed to falter. I know for a fact that she worked hard to get here, and I'm so proud to spread the word about her debut novel, Fraction of Stone from Sapphire Star Publishing.

Tell us about Fraction of Stone in 200 words or less.

Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.

Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.

I remember when we were entering The Charge and Fraction of Stone into contests and querying like crazy. How long were you in the "querying phase" before you found your publisher? Tell us a little bit about that magic moment when you finally signed your contract.

Ah, the memories ;)

Well... I started submitting FRACTION OF STONE to agents in December 2011. (I believe it was a contest.) I submitted and submitted and submitted. I got a lot of requests, actually. But all of them ended with, "This is really good, but I can't sell it in the current market." Boo.

I was about to give up when my critique partners convinced me to try a few small pubs. I submitted to Sapphire Star Publishing in the middle of July 2012 and signed a contract on July 31st. When I got the email they wanted to publish my work I just remember breathing a sigh of relief. Finally! Then after talking to the ladies at SSP, and getting to know my pub family, I seriously couldn't have found a better home for FRACTION OF STONE.

What do you like best about Rydan? Akara? What do you and your characters have in common?

What I like about Rydan and Akara are that they're essentially complete opposites. It was fascinating to take these two characters through this story and see how they react, watch them grow. Especially to watch them grow closer to each other.

The natural disasters tearing apart Casden sound frightening. Do you have any personal experience surviving a natural disaster?

Kind of, actually. But nothing as extreme as what my characters go through. My house growing up was struck by lightening three times and experienced a flood. It seemed like we were always trying to put pieces back together. No one was ever hurt, but it is just amazing what nature can do.

Finally, is Fraction of Stone the beginning of a series or a stand-alone? If it is a series, what can you tell us about what will come next?

It's definitely a series, and I believe, since the plan is four books, it's considered a saga? Maybe? haha. But yes, there will be four books. What I can tell you about the following books is that the scope gets bigger. The adventures will be even better and the relationship between Akara and Rydan will grow by leaps and bounds.

Thank you so much for being here Kelley! You can check out her other tour stops this week here AND enter to win prizes!


  1. Huh, I thought I already commented here. That's what I get for trying to do this on my Blackberry... :)

    Thanks so much for helping me out Sharon! Couldn't have asked for a better person to travel this journey with :)

  2. Fabulous interview ladies!! I'm thrilled for both of you that your books are out!