Featured Interview With A.L. Knorr
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a Canadian living in Italy part of the year. I grew up in Southwestern Ontario on a farm but I also spent most of my adult years in Wester Canada, near Banff, Alberta. No pets, I travel too much for that. But I sure do love animals, especially dogs and horses!
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I could read when I was 3 (my father would say I could read better then than I can now) so I don’t even remember not reading. I read everything I could get my hands on, even the Bible. I started writing as soon as I could read, and took a course on writing books when I was 16. I didn’t tackle fiction professionally until 2015, though. I’ve done a lot of working in between, mostly as a Marketing Director.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favourite genre is YA Fantasy or NA Fantasy, but there are very few genres I won’t read. Stephen King inspires me (even though I’m not a huge fan of horror) so much that I’ll reread my favourites over and over. I’ve been so inspired by JK Rowling, Veronica Roth, and Suzanne Collins, but also by a couple of really great indies – Ryan Schow, and Layla.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Born of Water is set to publish Dec 1, 2016, on Amazon to start with. I have always loved shipwrecks, nautical history, marine archaeology, and marine biology. Combine that with my love of YA Fantasy and out came Born of Water, a mermaid story:
Life for a small-town high school kid in Saltford should be simple and straightforward – for 17-year-old Targa MacAuley, it’s anything but. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is tricky enough, but dealing with the feelings of guilt that she’s never been able to ‘change’, and confusion that she doesn’t seem to be attracted to boys (or girls for that matter), Targa feels like she’s got more demons than the average kid.
When the opportunity to salvage a mysterious wreck in the Baltic arises for her mom, a professional salvage diver by day, Targa jumps at the chance to go abroad for the summer. But it’s when she meets Antoni Baranek, and a boating accident puts them both in danger, that Targa’s world turns completely inside out in more ways than one.
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