An Interview with Author Melody Klink!

Today, I'll be interviewing children's and YA author Melody Klink! Melody is often mistaken for a human, and she loves books, video games, reading, science, and, of course, coffee. She is also the proud owner of her very own publishing imprint, Bard Girl Press. You can connect with Melody on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

Thanks for chatting with me today, Melody!

First, tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm a self-proclaimed adventurer and house pixie who happens to love writing- from poetry to epic fantasy, songs to scripts, I enjoy writing it all. Children's and Young Adult are my sweet spots.

What books have you written, and what genre are they?

I currently have two published titles: Bad Mood Boogaloo, which is a picture book for small children, and Godeater: The Second World, a Young Adult fantasy title with lots of mythology. I have more YA titles in the pipeline!

Tell us more about your books!

Bad Mood Boogaloo is an illustrated poem inspired by a particularly bad day my little girl had. No matter what mommy tried, Boogaloo only cried! It is a book all about feelings, family, and making those around you happy. It has since spawned other poems about her adventures, which I hope to illustrate and publish soon.

Godeater: The Second World is a story based around the fact that all of the old mythological heroes-- think Zeus, Odin-- have died off, and there are no divine beings left... which is a huge problem when the sun and stars disappear, all at the fault of an ancient, mythological behemoth. Three kids from a nowhere town are called to stop this plight, learning that perhaps not all of the ancient gods are gone. Sometimes, the gods live inside you. It is a darker, more suspenseful fantasy adventure, which involves alternate worlds, shapeshifting, and epic battles.

What ages are your books for?

Bad Mood Boogaloo is suited for young children, from newborn to school-age; the notion of feelings and learning to manage them is a timeless lesson. Godeater: The Second World is more suited for older kids, from roughly 8th grade up.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

All over! History, mythology, nature, music-- my muses are incredibly varied. Sometimes, it's the revving of an engine, other times it may be chimes jingling in the wind. All of these sensations are a huge part of the human experience.

How did you come up with your characters?

Of course, Bad Mood Boogaloo is my (now) preschooler! The nickname came about when she was one-- she's four now, and things haven't changed.

As for the characters in Godeater, the main characters, Naika, Noah and Sirus, all have a mythological basis: Naika was inspired by a Russian myth regarding the bear of winter; Noah, her studious friend, happens to have a lot in common with Odin, the all-knowing leader of Norse mythology; and Sirus, their unwilling ally, has a fiery temper reminiscent of Zeus, Greek god of lightning. Their personalities manifested themselves while writing, which is something I absolutely love about crafting a story!

When did you first start writing?

I've been writing since, well, I learned to actually write! I've written poetry and short stories since I was very small. The longer stories came along in high school and college.

Where do you like to write?

I love writing in the coffee shop of a bookstore. Call it cliche, but the atmosphere is unbeatable. You're surrounded by great works, by the words of authors past and present, a million voices, waiting for yours to be added. It's magic.

What are some of your favorite books?

My favorite book of all time is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (No way! I just finished reading that yesterday! --Ellie). I also love The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, the Théâtre Illuminata series by Lisa Mantchev, and The Sight/Fell by David Clement-Davies. A varied assortment, I know!

Do you have any advice for up-and-coming authors?

It's a simple, yet complex, answer: Don't ever stop writing. You may not like it today, but let it be, come back, and you'll see your works with new eyes. Keep everything you write! And if you feel burned out, write something totally different, but don't let your passion fizzle out.

Thanks, Melody!

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