Today I have Laekan Kemp on the blog! She’s was nice enough to answer a few questions about her book and about herself, and give me a coupon code for Breathing Ghosts that will go to one lucky person!
I’m a writer and explorer extraordinaire finally living back in Texas after a year in Florida where I spent my days avoiding hurricanes and working in a cubicle.
1. Can you describe your book in one sentence?
River goes on an epic journey after the death of his girlfriend armed with his memories and her unfulfilled dreams and learns that in life there are no accidents, only miracles.
2. For those who have yet to read Breathing Ghost can you introduce us to River?
River is…jaded. Severely jaded. And without Nia–the only person who ever challenged him or made him happy–he’s ready to write the world off for good. But there’s also a part of him, although he tries his hardest to ignore it, that is so desperately hopeful. And that’s the part of him, after everything else has been stripped away,
3. Are there any songs that remind you of your book?
The title is actually taken from a song by Adem called Love and Other Planets. I really love that album and, for me, those particular lyrics were just the right amount of haunting yet hopeful–something I really tried to capture in Breathing Ghosts.
4. How long did it take you to write Breathing Ghosts?
I started the first draft in July of 2012 and spent the next 14 months working on it off and on between the editing of other projects so it was definitely a loooong process. But well worth it once I finally hit publish because I knew I hadn’t rushed a single word.
5. Describe yourself in three to five words.
Via one of my favorite typography posters: ‘I wonder, a lot.’
6. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wrote my first book when I was in 8th grade so being a writer was always going to be a part of the plan. I did get really involved in community service in High School and seriously considered a career in non-profit for a long time but when it came time to choose a degree plan I saw it as a really great opportunity to hone my craft as a writer. It was a tough decision but one I’m satisfied with because I truly believe that at the core of every passion is service and I know, no matter what, it will always be a part of my life.
7. What are you currently reading?
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater!! I absolutely love everything she does and I can’t wait to devour the next part of this story!
8. Some authors needs music or candles to write, do you need anything?
Chocolate. Lots of it.
9. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Avoid comparison at all costs. Not only does it kill your joy but it kills your creativity. Just be you and write the story you want to read because at the end of the day, as long as you’re satisfied, that’s all that matters.
About Breathing Ghosts:
She is a winding cosmos, bleeding and bursting into night. She is a dream. She is dead.
River has just lost the one thing that matters most to him—Nia—and all she’s left behind is a pile of scribbled love notes detailing their past and a pin-holed map planning out their future. Hopes and dreams confined to one dimension now that she’s gone and River’s too afraid to leave his hometown, crippled by the same anxiety that’s plagued his mother for as long as he can remember.
But after a strange encounter with the only girl he ever loved a week after laying her to rest, River, armed with nothing but her map and his memories, decides to finally leave and never look back. And with the help of a pair of eccentrically named siblings as well as a mutt with three legs, he sets out to do the very thing Nia always knew how to do better than he ever could—live.
From the moonlit beaches off of Florida’s east coast, to the forests of Mississippi, to Bourbon Street, Cadillac Ranch, and the Arizona desert, River is faced with not only Nia’s ghost but his own and he learns that in life there are no accidents, only miracles.
Laekan has offered a coupon code for one lucky person, which will give you a copy of Breathing Ghosts for free from Smashwords! This is International and will end on October 20th! Just follow the Rafflecopter code below! Easy entries for a great sounding book.