Interview with sci-fantasy novelist Indie Gantz

Novelist Indie
Gantz
joins me today to chat a little bit about her new sci-fantasy, Kindred.

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Bio:
Indie
Gantz grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Psychology degree at George
Mason University. Despite her passion and curiosity for the human mind, Indie
left her chosen field of study to finally give voice to the many imagined minds
she has created.
Indie
lives with her family in North Carolina. She spends her days drinking tea and
clacking keys.

Welcome, Indie. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
Kindred is the second book in the Akasha series, a
genre-bending Sci-Fantasy epic that follows twins Charlie and Tirigan as they
enter a new world and try to reunite their family. Starting with Passage, the first book in the series,
the twins encounter powerful foes, struggle with their own relationship, and
eventually start to realize that family can be the one you make, not necessarily
the one you were born into.

What inspired you to write this book?

This series was inspired by the need for more
diversity in genre fiction, which also promotes healthy relationships, complex
family dynamics, and realistic self-exploration. Also, blending fantasy with
science-fiction is a lot of fun and opens the world up to endless
possibilities.

Excerpt from Kindred:

“Sorry for taking over your room,” I
tell him, walking until the hallway ends in a slatted wooden door. I push it
open as Oleander sighs dramatically behind me.
“Yes. I am incredibly put out. You
should be ashamed of yourselves.”
Even though Oleander laughs, a jolt of
guilt runs through me. He must see my regret in the sudden tension of my
shoulders, because the Gyan’s laugh immediately disappears.
“I’m kidding, of course.” He places a
hand on my shoulder, essentially swallowing it whole and forcing me to look up
at him. “I’m thrilled to give you my room, Charlie. Over the moon about it.
Really! Are you in the market for a new limb, by chance? Because I’ve got a
couple with your name on them.”
“My name? Really?” I tease, challenge
in my eyes despite the kindness in his.
“Don’t believe me?” Oleander’s brow’s
raises comically. “Have a look, yourself.”
The tall Gyan raises his arms out as
much as he can in the small hallway, exposing his forearms. There, written in
long, flourishing strokes, is my name.
“How?” The question escapes before I
can think better of it. Oleander searches my baffled expression for what feels
like several minutes. I haven’t a clue what he finds there, but whatever it is
makes him smile ruefully.
 “You
really don’t know what you’re capable of. Do you?”
 “I…
I guess not. No,” I respond quietly. “I’m sorry.”
“Don’t apologize, Charlie.” Oleander
shakes his head. “You are who you are.”

What exciting story are you working on
next?

I am releasing the first character companion piece that corresponds with the
series. Captive will focus on Finn, a
minor character in the story thus far, and will be about the length of a short
novella. These character companion pieces are meant to give the reader brief
insight into another perspective, and enrich the world I’m creating. Captive will be released this fall.

Salvage, the third book in the series, will be released
some time next year.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I considered myself a writer the moment my
sparkly gel pen wrote down it’s first angsty line of poetry. I considered
myself a professional writer as soon as I started publishing my books. We’re
writers if we say we are!

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I’d say I write part-time, as I have a young
family and spend a lot of my time managing my household. When I’m not playing
head of house, I read a lot, listen and play music, and learn new languages.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I tend to write all the dialogue first in a
scene, or maybe even a couple scenes, without any dialogue tags or background
information. To me, dialogue is the most important part of developing
characters, and I want it to feel natural. I spend a lot of time fleshing out
the dialogue before anything else in a scene!

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor. Unfortunately, I wasn’t raised in a feminist
household, and I got it in my head that I couldn’t make it as a doctor and be
happy as a mother in the future. I so resent this line of thinking now, and
part of my series will be devoted to empowering women to be the writers of
their own story.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I’m very excited to share this series with the world. It’s planned to be about
8-10 books, with 5-7 companion piece novellas. It’s a sweeping epic with
complex characters and interesting dynamics. It’s got aliens and magic &
love and loss. I so hope you’ll consider reading it!

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8 thoughts on “Interview with sci-fantasy novelist Indie Gantz

  1. Mya Murphy says:

    I loved reading the interview and getting to know you!! I love checking out new authors, and can't wait to devour this!

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