Author Interview with Kadee Carder
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
For the Insurrection series, I did a TON of research. From military physical training, to solar flares, to different types of guns and how they operate, I would bet the government might just be paying attention to my search history. Lol! The most interesting part of it was looking into top secret government facilities, and I discovered there are some fascinating videos on YouTube about them. Also, you can use Google Earth and Google Maps, the street view, to walk almost anywhere on earth, and I had quite a fun time exploring the streets of Australia recently.
Sounds like a lot of fun and interesting research! Where do you go to do your research?
I’ve found YouTube to be a vast encyclopedia of knowledge. You can get almost any answer or video there, and then if I need to research a place, Google Maps is really quite a bit of fun.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
What a great question! So far for my fiction novels, I will start with a character and a premise. I think characters are what keep people reading. We want to see what they will do and who they will become. So I’ll usually chat with my husband about where I want the character to go, what I want her/him to do, and then we fill in the gaps. And if as I’m writing, anything gets boring, then I blow something up or add a grenade launcher or a hole in the ground. Raise the stakes!
The process has been different for each book but I always create a story arc on my big whiteboard after I get my character and premise in my head. I make sure to have twists, rising action, The Big Gloom, and redemption (and of course steamy kisses!). While writing “Indelible” I wrote parts sporadically and then had to fill in the middle and I got SO confused as to what my characters knew, so I decided that I have to write linearly otherwise I end up rewriting the entire thing.
How long per book? Depends on the book and what’s going on in my life. I’d say between 4-6 months. Insurrection took about 4 months (120,000 words), Incomplete took around 3 (98,000 words), Indelible took about 6 months (140,000) and my recent work in progress that I’ve submitted to my publisher took 4.5 months (94,000 words).
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I am about to start one! Time and space travel, multi-universes, a hidden laboratory, and a college dropout named Ellie. Yes, please!
Sounds intriguing. What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why? Do you have a favorite literary author?
My favorite author of all time is Madeleine L’Engle. It’s my life goal to own a copy of every book she wrote, which is over 60 books. I have about 20. She died in 1983 so it’s getting harder to find them, but each one is beautiful and fabulous in its own way. Her “Wrinkle In Time” series is her most popular, and I loved “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” which was the third book in that quintet. That one is SO applicable to our current global economy. But my favorite book she wrote is a non-fiction work entitled, “Walking On Water,” which is a discussion about the Christian artist, and balancing life, faith, and art. It inspired me to pursue my dreams.
Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
Now this is a difficult question. I’ve enjoyed every book by Kate Alcott. She writes historical fiction. “The Dressmaker” gave a fascinating and memorable rendition of a Titanic survivor (it’s rare that we look at how the survivors felt!) and I enjoyed the mysterious “The Daring Ladies of Lowell.” Currently I’m reading “Day Moon” by Brett Armstrong.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I write every day. If I don’t, I go crazy! (Kind of kidding, but not really.) I’m extraordinarily blessed to be an online instructor with Liberty University so I work from home. I make time every day to go on an hour-long walk, during which I let my mind wander about various story aspects and what my characters will do, and afterward I write. This usually happens in the evenings, but on special days I get to spoil myself by writing while the sun is up. Although, I’ve found that my best writing happens once the rest of the world is quiet.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
I LOVE using unique words. My Insurrection series had a nautical theme and a military theme throughout, and I had an Australian character, so I was able to utilize a lot of sailing, water, military and Aussie lingo. In my most recent yet-to-be published novel, I have a pirate/dragon/Australian theme, so I had a ton of fun incorporating all of that language. I mean, how great are words like freebooter, burn bag, scuttle, full battle rattle, and ridgy didge?
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else?
This question is the process! Writing itself is a challenge! As an English teacher, boy howdy I see so many students struggle with writing. I use adverbs way too often – especially ‘just,’ and ‘so.’ I also use ‘that’ too often, as so many of us do! And my biggest problem is being too wordy. I love imagery and tend to go overboard on the swish and swirl of descriptions. But I’ve found that the more I write, the more I teach, and the more I edit, the better I get and the easier it comes. Writing consistently helps keep the rules and guidelines fresh.
Thanks so much for chatting with me. I enjoyed learning more about you, your writing process, and your books.
Indelible, the third book of the Insurrection trilogy, released May 9th!
Beneath the façade of covert laboratories and military exploits, Saylor’s story twists further in this thrilling final installment. Concealed identities. Puzzling truths. Cryptic alliances. Amid hasty exits and curious arrivals, Saylor pursues the answers haunting her conscience.
She’s mastered techniques to fight fiery weapons of destruction and wrapped herself up in a clandestine relationship with her hunky Australian soldier. Will Saylor find herself invincible, or be drawn even closer to Breame’s conniving promises? And with humanity’s existence at stake, will she advance toward the brimming war, or succumb to the battle bubbling in her blood? Saylor must decide.
Humanity will always be worth fighting for.
Insurrection, Incomplete, and Indelible are all available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and any online retailers for only $4.99 each.
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Meet the Author
Writing and language have been a life-long pleasure, wordsmithery offering the ability to twist emotion into sense and cosmos. When I'm not dancing around the living room with my family, we do church, long walks, and lots of coffee. In my spare time I like to watch a great movie, write encouraging blogs, and order pizza like a boss. After earning a BA in Public Relations at Howard Payne University, I spent a few years figuring out what I wanted to do with the majority of my time on this planet, and then worked for an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. I instruct English courses on the university level and plan my schedule around coffee availability. If you ever need a pick-me-up or some hope, I’d love to share my blogs with you. Also, connect on social media! I love posting pretty pictures of happy things on Instagram and inspirational chats on YouTube.
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A special thank you to Kadee Carder for guesting at Pandora's Box Gazette today. I love connecting with authors. Thanks so much for sharing with our readers.
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