Michael Asher is almost an ordinary California teenager, except for his unexplainable ability to see a glimpse of a person’s thoughts through their eyes. After surviving an assassination attempt, he discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy higher than any earthly power. A clandestine organization with authority over world leaders, celebrities, and the wealthy desperately wants him dead. Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to search for the identity of the puppet master and dig up the truth that humanity is not being told.
We are so excited to be part of the Harken Blog Tour. The author, Kaleb Nation, is a really cool guy whom I have had the pleasure of hanging out with a little bit at different book signings and events over the last 4 years. He even taught me how to get my camera to take video When I heard he had a new book coming out I knew I wanted to help out in any way that I could, so I am thrilled we could ask Kaleb a few questions about writing Harken. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below the interview too!
1. How was the process of writing this book different from your previous books.
HARKEN was very different from anything I’ve written before. Ever since I scribbled out my first story when I was nine years old, all of my writing has been in third person. When I started HARKEN, I knew immediately that it had to be written in first person – I had to get inside Michael’s head and pick through his thoughts to tell the story in the right way.
This is also my first book that’s set in our world, not a made-up place. It was thrilling to be able to visit the actual Arleta, California, while I was writing about it in the book, and get all of the details exactly like they are in real life.
2. What was your favorite scene to write?
The first chapter was definitely my favorite to write. I rewrote HARKEN at least 5 times, from beginning to end, and the first chapter didn’t exist for the first many drafts. I had a big chunk of a book written but no opening! I tried countless openings but none of them worked. Then one day, I gave up on finding the perfect first chapter and just started writing a random scene that looked fun in my head… and suddenly it all appeared. The cars, the client, the deserted location at night: everything just worked.
My other favorite scene was when Michael gets to drive the sports car. Writing about fast cars holds me over until I can actually buy one.
3. What is your next writing project?
I’ll be writing the next book in the series. It’ll be exciting to pick up where HARKEN left off.
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Check back soon for my review!!