Interview with Kalyn Josephson
Updated: Oct 11, 2019
Breif bio: Kalyn Josephson is the author of the recently published YA novel The Storm Crow.
Hi Kalyn! Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Okay, so, first things first. For those out there that don't know about your book, can you give us a short synopsis of it?
Eragon meets And I Darken in The Storm Crow, a young adult fantasy where a fallen princess ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people, all while navigating the vicious court of a dangerous enemy prince.
Wow, that sounds amazing! So, what gave you the idea for The Storm Crow? Crows are an interesting premise for a book!
The Storm Crow was inspired by a newspaper article I read about a little girl who fed her neighborhood crows. In return they brought her gifts and her neighbors called her The Crow Queen. That title really stuck with me, giving birth to the idea of a kingdom whose entire way of life was based on these magical, elemental crows.
Besides the newspaper, where do you get your ideas for your writing?
All around me. I love people watching, collecting new words, and asking ‘what if?’ whenever I can. I keep a journal of ideas big and small to pull from later on.
I kind of have a journal like that - only it's electronic. Maybe I should start carrying a physical journal on me as well! Anyway, even if you have ideas, not every person would actually write them all out. What inspires you to write? What inspired you to write diversly?
My inspiration comes from my attempts to understand the world around me, and sometimes to provide a little escape from it. Writing helps me do both of those things. As far as writing diversely, my inspiration comes from the fact that diversity in books is extremely important for so many reasons. I know firsthand how seeing yourself represented in a book can mean everything.
That's a nice segue into my next question, actually. Can you expand on what the representation of diversity in books mean to you?
It means getting to see different parts of myself in the stories I love, and hopefully getting to do the same for my own readers. Books remind us we’re not alone, and seeing representation in them helps even more.
Your book is diverse as well, of course! For those that don't know anything about your book, how is it diverse?
The Storm Crow has diverse representation in race, sexuality, and mental health.
And what are five words you would use to describe your book other than diverse?
Banter. Animal companions. Strength. Magic.
Okay, so we have a bit on the diversity of your book, but what about the characters? Who's the character you connect to most in your book?
I connect with different pieces of each character. The main character, Thia’s, struggle with depression, her best friend Kiva’s loyalty and sarcasm, Thia’s sister Caliza’s reliance on logic and books.
I am super excited to meet all three of them! Who’s your least favorite character in your book? Your favorite character?
I don’t know that I have a least favorite character in this book, though I definitely do in the sequel. I can say Caylus was the hardest for me to write. My favorite is Kiva!
Ooh, talk of the sequel! Is that what's next for you? Are you working on anything else besides that?
Next is The Storm Crows’ sequel, which we haven’t announced the title of yet. After that, I have a couple works in progress that I’m tinkering around with. The one I’m most in love with is like if The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater met the show "Peaky Blinders."
I'm excited for both The Storm Crow, its sequel, and whatever else you're working on! Back to your debut novel though, what type of reaction are you hoping your readers will have to the book?
I hope they fall in love with the characters and magic as much as I have, and that the book can be the healing journey it was for me for the readers who need it.
That's so nice. I'm sure we will love the world you have created! For those of us that need more diverse reads in our lives while we wait for The Storm Crow, would you mind telling us what your favorite books that includes diverse characters and voices are?
Oh gosh, that’s a tough call. I’ve read so many great ones this year. Two recent reads that I loved are The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta and The Storyteller by Traci Chee.
Okay, one last question! It's the most basic question, of course: When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always loved writing and stories, but it wasn’t until college that it really occurred to me that I could try to write a book and get it published. I’d just read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and I wanted to be able to do what she did. That book is what really inspired me to try and get published.
Well, I am so glad that you were inspired! Like I said, I can't wait to read your debut!
And that's the end! Thank you to Kalyn Josephson for being so willing and helpful in answering all the questions I had. Not all of the answers were integrated into this piece, but all the answers were thoughtful and thought-provoking in themselves.
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