Today on the Speculative Fiction Cantina we are pleased to welcome Valerie Willis and Kimiko Alexandre.
Valerie Willis spends her spare time writing novels inspired by a wide variety of forgotten lores, mythology, and history. Growing up, she always had a love for writing and during her early school years published several poems in Anthologies for Youth Writers. Some of the authors who have inspired her are Robin McKinley, James Clavell, and C.S. Lewis.
Cedric the Demonic Knight
Romasanta: Father of Werewolves
Tattooed Angels Trilogy: Rebirth
Kimiko Alexandre isn't Japanese. You can tell that by looking at her but she loves the Japanese culture. So when she was looking for her pen name she decided on Kimiko; it was just a bonus that it meant 'Noble Child'.
She's an import from Kansas and currently lives in New Jersey. (Please no jokes - about either state. She doesn't have a dog named Toto, nor does she have a Jersey accent.) She’s wanted to write since she was about 12 when she started reading her mom’s bodice rippers. It was only in 1995 that she started reading sci-fi and urban fantasy and then she was hooked. She started out early in her "career" on the web as one of the first webcam girls (no there were no sex involved). She loved being a "life cam" girl and chatting with the people who came to her chat room to talk to her.
She started a podcast for writers and readers of urban fantasy called Talechasing in 2006 to share with others her road to getting published. She was also going to attempt to write it and podcast it as she went. (Yes she knows it was stupid). She had to put it on hold in 2007 when her mother got sick but picked it back up in 2009. In 2014 she got serious and sat her butt in a chair and finished her work in progress. In her free time (like she has much) she does audio work and can be found doing audio books for other authors when she isn't writing.
She has plenty more plans for more in her book series and even has ideas for another series stored in the back of her head. She loves mail, so never be afraid to message or mail her. She'll get back to you as soon as she can. After all, without readers she'd just be shouting into the dark.
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