Check out this author spotlight for Katherine E. Wibell!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell now lives in Roswell, Georgia with her dog, Alli, and is a fulltime author and artist. Many of her literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Autumn is my favorite season. I love the changing colors, Halloween with its ties to ancient Celtic traditions, and the sense of change that comes with the crisp Fall weather and hot cocoa.
Cat or dog?
Since I only have my dog at the moment, I will pick dog. Alli is an eleven-year-old pit mix who recently survived cancer. She appears in a lot of my paintings.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee!!!!!! I do enjoy tea, but I must have my 2-4 cups of black coffee every morning.
Morning or evening?
I am definitely a morning person. I prefer to rise with the sun, and I accomplish most of my writing in the earlier hours of the day. I leave marketing, editing, and painting to the afternoons.
Plotter or pantser?
Plotter for sure. An entire wall in front of my desk is covered in diagrams and sticky notes of plots, ideas, and other memos to keep me organized during my writing.
Hero or anti-hero?
I wanted to answer this question as well. I love both. So far, all my own main characters are heroine in their own right, but I really want to create a series around an anti-heroine.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Oddly enough, I typically read ancient epic poetry and prose—the source material for most mythologies—rather than modern literature. When I do choose more current selections, I enjoy heroine-driven fantasy that involves rich world building. With that said, I also appreciate some fantasy icons like Martin, Tolkien, and now Jordan.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write epic/high fantasy that features heroines as the protagonists. Currently, I have three series.
The Incarn Saga is my four-book, new adult shifter fantasy series. Set in the kingdom of Elysia, two races—the ruling humans and the native theriomorphs, a shifter species—live begrudgingly side-by-side. Neither group likes or trusts the other. Yet, when a battle-thirsty third party begins attacking Elysia’s shores, both races must push aside their differences and fight as one.
My main character is seventeen-year-old Lluava Kargen, a shifter that has been drafted for the impending war.
The Djed Chronicles, beginning with The Twelve Tasks, is my young adult adventure fantasy. This multiverse contains twelve magical planets that host a myriad of fantastical beasts and beings. If the balance that effects the universe is destroyed, then all life will be lost. Only the Djed, the prophesied hero can prevent this from happening, and the Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth.
My adult novella series, The Guardian’s Speaker, is based solely on Nordic myth. Readers will enjoy traveling through the nine realms of Yggdrasil, the world tree. Líf was born with the ability to see each person’s fylgja, the animal shaped guardian spirit that Nordic peoples believed were connected to and associated with a person from birth. As a result, she is often viewed as mad and shunned, for she is the only one with such an ability. That is, until she meets Brasir, a man who claims all humanity is at risk of dying and only he is able to prevent this calamity. The problem is that he is a slave. And he is not hers to free.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My latest release was The Vargarian Sire which is the second book in The Djed Chronicles.
A web of deception. Ill-fated choices. Worlds in the balance.
The Twelve Tasks have been completed. The title of Djed, the prophesied savior of the universe, has been claimed. Such an auspicious role will require countless hours of careful study and weapons training, but for Katie, the fourteen-year-old Child of Earth, time has run out.
Unnatural events have brought death and destruction to the magicked worlds. Without warning, one seals itself off. Vicious entities from an unknown realm ravage another. A strange illness afflicts the innocent on a third. Has the Great War begun?
The Djed must eradicate the malevolent power that threatens all existence; yet what can Katie—unskilled and untrained—do to prevent calamity? Like the relentlessly turning gears of a watch, an unspeakable evil is rising, and there is no time for her to prepare.
The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences. You can find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Vargarian-Sire-Djed-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B09MSQYL1T
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
When writing fantasy, I still incorporate a lot of real-world ideas. Many of the characters in my books confront racism, sexism and religious persecution although they might deal with these problems in different ways. Other details might come from my personal experiences or that of people I know. As for fictional sources, I enjoy pulling straight from ancient myths, folklore, and legends. I enjoy introducing readers to creatures they have never heard of or to take well-known entities and portray them with a surprising twist to shake things up.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
As I am a morning person, I check on any ads that I am running as I sip my coffee. Then I will spend the bulk of the morning trying to reach my page count. After lunch, I switch my focus to whatever is most important to tackle for that day. This could be maintaining my social media presence, conducting interviews, editing, formatting, working on advertising, conducting research or even painting. I also try to read a little bit upon awakening and before going to bed each day.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
It is NEVER too early to begin building your platform. This includes but not limited to your newsletter subscribers and social media followers. I, like many others, thought I had to have my first book published before I should start working on those resources. If I had done things differently, I know I would be better off today than I am.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Newsletter signup: https://www.subscribepage.com/honeyforthequeen
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Katharine-E-Wibell/e/B01MQQIPGN/
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KatharineEWibell