Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blog Tour: Krymzyn by BC Powell @bcpowellauthor @XpressoReads #Giveaway

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Krymzyn by BC Powell
Publication date: October 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Science Fiction


Chase was twelve the first time he arrived in a strange land where dark, ominous clouds never move, ancient trees violently spring to life during Darkness, and people seem to live without emotion. Doctors tell him they're hallucinations, but he knows his visits are real. She's there-Sash-and she's more real than anyone he's ever known.

His visits stop but, as years pass, the memories haunt Chase. Without warning, the young man suddenly finds himself again in a world called Krymzyn. Arriving during Darkness, he's rescued from death by the extraordinary, beautiful but terrifying young woman he first met when he was twelve.

When Chase is thrust into the war of balance against vile creatures who threaten all who live there, Sash helps him understand his purpose in Krymzyn. A dark secret from the beginning of time reveals he might be able to stay there forever. To prove he belongs in Krymzyn and be with the only woman he can ever love, Chase will have to risk his own life in the ultimate battle.

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An Interview with BC Powell

What inspired you to write Krymzyn?

It was a strange combination of events. Each of my sons had recently overcome a unique challenge in their lives, and I wanted to somehow incorporate their struggles into a character. I had the rough idea for an "alternate dimension" story in the back of my mind. I came across an emotionally evocative picture of a young woman. As I studied her face and questioned the reasons for her sad but angry expression, the world of Krymzyn came together in my mind. I put aside another novel I was working on and immediately started writing "Krymzyn." The story and characters pieced together quickly and I soon realized, "This is the story I've always wanted to write."

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I can remember the exact moment. I was twelve. I had finished reading "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," and thought, "I want to write stories like that. I want to take people on a fantasy journey to a place they've never been before." I've always had an overactive imagination, but it took me a long time to finally sit down and write out the ideas.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I was four, almost five. My mother taught me to read at a very early age. She had read the book to me many times, but my first time working through the story word by word by myself was quite a feeling of accomplishment. The book was my early childhood favorite, "Where the Wild Things Are." It's the same book I taught my children to read with.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I really love vampire books. I'll read almost anything vampire. I've recently explored steampunk and want to read more in that genre. But fantasy/dark fantasy have always been my staple. There's nothing like escaping into a strange, new world and letting the author take my imagination for a ride.

What is your favorite book?

I hate to do this, but it's a tie. The book that overwhelms me emotionally is Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises." I think it creates more of an emotional mood than any book I've read. But from the mental side, "Dune" really opened my mind to possibilities I hadn't considered before. I dreamed of being Paul Atreides as a . . . Uh, who am I kidding? I still dream of being Paul Atreides.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Due to the breadth and variety of his work, Stephen King is my favorite. "The Gunslinger," "The Shining," and "Salem's Lot" are among my favorite books. But he can also take you to a place other than horror. "The Green Mile" and the novellas "The Body" and "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" are wonderful stories with compelling characters. I'm always able to lose myself in his books, and that's really what reading is all about for me.

If you could travel back in time here on Earth to any place or time, where would you go and why?

I'm a huge lover of our oceans and the California coastline. I live in Los Angeles, and much of my spare time is spent at the beach. I'd love to be able to travel back in time to California in the fourteenth century before any explorers had come here. I'd like to walk from the San Diego area all the way to Oregon. To see the dramatic changes in the California coast line completely undeveloped and spotlessly clean would be a breathtaking experience.

When writing a book, do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

It's often hard for me to sit down and get started. I'm a procrastinator by nature. I have to force myself sometimes, partially because I know that, once I get going, I become obsessive about it. I call myself a "binge" writer. I block out everything around me for days or weeks, completely lost in the fantasy.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

We have a rescue cat who's a real character and spends a lot of time with me during the day. We had a rescue German shepherd who passed away recently after eight years with us (he was six when we adopted him). I hope to get a new rescue dog soon, but Casey is still too fresh in my heart. Chase's golden retriever in "Krymzyn" is named after him.

What is your "to die for" favorite food/foods to eat?

Ice cream, ice cream, and more ice cream. I have ice cream every day of my life. Mint chip, Neapolitan, and mango sherbet are my favorites. If I could live on only ice cream, I probably would.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to be an author?

Write something you love, from your heart, not something you think will sell. I wrote four novels prior to Krymyzn, and every one of them I looked at and said, "That's me trying to be Stephen King," or "that's me trying to be Robert Jordan," or realized that I was trying to be some other author. I tossed them away. Be who YOU are, and write something from inside you. It's the only way you'll ever write something that might truly have meaning to someone else.

About the Author:

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BC Powell is a fantasy author from Los Angeles, CA. "Krymzyn" is his debut science fiction fantasy novel, the first book in a series titled "The Journals of Krymzyn."

Powell has a diverse background, having held several creative positions in the entertainment industry, including executive roles at ABC-TV and Technicolor. In recent years, he's authored several non-fiction works, primarily educational books and training programs for trading the financial markets. He dual majored in journalism and philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Writing fiction has been his lifelong passion and goal. "Krymzyn" is his first published novel and represents, in his words, "finally finding the story I want to tell with characters that are able to bring that story to life." He's an avid reader and lists Ernest Hemingway, Frank L. Herbert, Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. as his favorite authors.

Brad, as he prefers to go by in personal communication, lives with his longtime girlfriend, three sons from a previous marriage, and their rescue dog and cat. He enjoys hiking, ocean kayaking, spending time at Southern California beaches, movies, and reading.

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Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour, Nancy! :)

BC Powell said...

Thank you so much for being part of the tour and having me on your blog!

BC Powell

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