** Kerry Hall’s Author Bio **
Kerry’s love of life, literature and a deep hunger for learning has been at the core of her being. Growing up in rural N.S.W. as a third generation writer, her childhood was surrounded by animals, fiction characters, stories, and verse.
Kerry’s career in health spanned thirty-five years. She combined University knowledge with her vast clinical, educational and administrative skills. Together they melded into a long and distinguished multi-faceted Nursing academic career. It was on the poor souls in her lectures and workshops; she fine-tuned her wicked nurse’s sense of humor.
Early retirement due to illness, however, saw Kerry return to her passion for the fiction novel. She soon discovered the world of the Indie Author. It was only a matter of time; she embarked on reviewing, critical evaluating then mentoring, coaching and substantive editing. Finally, she decided to write her own novel.
The Tales of Cerahya was born. It will be a multi-novel, humor infused, action-packed fantasy adventure.
It has been a journey of discovery and insight. Infused with wonder, love and yes; at times frustration.
Kerry now resides in a quiet sea-side community in Tasmania, with the love of her life, husband Ken and their small fur baby Molly; who believes she is human. Here Kerry has the best of both worlds, country living, and the beach. Her only nemesis remains, ‘the spider’.
** Author Interview **
Kasper: Hi Kerry, all of us at the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network are so excited that you are publishing your first novel. You have been such a help to so many in the group over the past 5 years. Now we get to celebrate your success. Let’s launch into our interview. Make yourself comfortable on our interview throne.
Kerry, do you have a pen name and why?
Yes, I am using a pen name. I have added an old family name to hyphenate my last name. There are too many Hall’s in the author world, so I wanted to be a little different.
(Kerry’s non-de-plume is Kerry Alexander-Hall)
What was the defining event that made you start writing?
Well, I never thought I had much of an imagination. I was an anal academic Non-Fiction writer. I woke one morning from apparently laughing in my sleep. The scene stayed with me so the beginning of a story began. I never dreamed it would end up to be a novel of 207,004 words long for the first installment.
Now that is some vivid dream. Congratulations.
What other writing have you done?
All my previous writing was non-fiction Health related.
Developing a variety of health programs with policies, procedures, quality control, business and strategic plans.
Designing educational workshops for Professional Development, lecturing and evaluating effectiveness.
Developed state-wide preceptor program.
That all sounds very learned, but perhaps not so much fun as fantasy writing.
What makes your writing unique compared to others in the fantasy genre?
There are no two authors that write the same. Each has their own perspective and uniqueness on a certain area of the genre. My novel does not have a lot of wizards casting spells. It is character based; fast paced and uses the unusual for main supportive characters. It has an unexpected plot. Although it is a serious situation, it has humor infused throughout. You will have to read it to find out.
What made you choose this genre?
I have always read fantasy, fascinated by people’s imagination. I loved the idea of making up my own world; where the norm is unusual. I wish magic still existed.
Hmm…sounds like magic existed in the past. Interesting.
How do you develop your characters?
Well, I look at the big picture to see what the basics I need are and the rest fills in itself. They create their own personalities; I just follow along for the ride.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to write a book?
First of all, if you have ideas for a story then write them down. Then I would suggest research how to write a novel before you start putting your ideas together. Look at areas like the story arc, what are the requirements. You need a good beginning, middle and end. What is a POV, look at tensing and decide how you want to write; first or third person and stick to it. Know the basics of grammar, how to write a sentence; what is a passive and active sentence. Learn how to write without dialogue tags. Then practice, practice and do not be afraid to rewrite and change portions. If I can get one thing across to authors is there is no hurry, take your time and do a better job than rushing to an unrealistic timetable. As an editor, I see so many mistakes because of this time issue. Once you have written a few books you will naturally get faster and better. Find a mentor that is willing to assist you. Then believe in yourself and live your dream.
Awesome advice. I wish I’d been told all of that myself 🙂
What are you working on now?
I am working on developing a website for my author page and penning book two, Mischief as well as editing for other Indie authors. The hardest part for me is learning about websites and how to work the damn computer (I think I am techno- phobic).
How did you go about developing your cover artwork?
Oh, that was the fun part. I used the puss in boots technique. Sit next to hubby, drop bottom lip, tilt head slightly and put on the big sad eyes, blinking rapidly; works every time.( I was lucky Ken is a landscape artist and scenery designer for ORBYX, flight simulations).
Ken did a great job on it.
If you could only take three books with you through an interstellar portal, what would they be?
- Klingons for dummies.
- How to survive in an apocalyptic world.
- The beginners guide to the Stone Age.
What’s your favorite quote?
You know some come into our lives for a long time; others create the most impact only in passing. But isn’t being loved, even for a moment; worth the heartache?
Who would you like to be stuck on a deserted planet with?
Well, I first thought of my hero Seany (Sean Bean), but then I remembered he does a great death scene in every movie he is in. So I decided it would have to be MacGyver without the mullet. He can build me a shopping mall with a few Q- tips.
** Quick Quiz **
Favourite food: lemons
Silliest saying: Oh Lordy!
Best holiday spot: Whitsundays
Favourite song at the moment: Anything Bee Gee’s, but then I saw two little kids singing raise me up and it gave me goose bumps.
With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? An anal planner/plotter
Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: No contest. LOTR ahhh Seany mmmmm
Best superpower: Toxic avenger
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Be here tomorrow.
** Kerry Hall’s Author Link **
You can request a book here on the Facebook site through the direct message option.
Thanks for sharing your writing with us, Kerry. It’s so much fun to interview such a cheeky dragon rider. Best of luck with the release of your first novel.
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