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Award winning author, Chariss K Walker, M. Msc., writes fiction and nonfiction books with a metaphysical message. All of her books are sold worldwide in eBook, paperback, and many are in large print. Chariss lives in Amarillo, Texas.
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Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? The title comes to me with a synopsis of the book before I write the manuscript. I usually make notes in a word document and put it aside for a while before I begin writing. That gives the story time to gel and take form.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre. I write fiction and nonfiction books. My fiction novels are suspense/thrillers with an element of paranormal or metaphysical. My characters tend to dream or have some other supernatural or mystical ability. My latest book is in the subgenre thriller/horror and it was a big surprise to me to find it classified as such. The nonfiction books I write shares knowledge garnered over thirty years of study. These books appeal to those reevaluating their worldview and concepts taught as children. They are seekers who are no longer satisfied with “because I said so” and want to understand “why.” I also write a few nonfiction books to help others. An example, How to “Find us on Facebook:” An Essential Guide for Indie Authors Wanting to Optimize their Internet Presence.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? Kaleidoscope was inspired by my own dream where I was viewing the future through a kaleidoscope. Rather than pretty colored glass, I was seeing horrible images of the future. It kept me awake for the rest of the night and I began to write the first book in the series, The Vision Chronicles, the following morning.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The most rewarding moment for me is holding the finished product in my hand. It amazes me that a few ideas can turn into enough material for a 200+ page book.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Yes, I published too soon. The book wasn’t properly edited and was criticized for that rather than the story. I won’t do that again—I’m still trying to overcome negative reviews.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Take your time. Don’t rush to publication. As an Indie Author, it is ‘me, myself, and I’ running a one woman show. Many times, the cost for author services are prohibitive on a fixed budget. And yes, they are necessary, but so is food on the table and paying utilities. Just take your time…make sure the book is the best it can be before it goes to print or eBook.
How many published books do you have? I have authored six nonfiction books and eleven fiction books published as of early 2015, but I’m certainly not finished. Two more are percolating even now.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Kaleidoscope (The Vision Chronicles, Book 1)
If you are a multi-book author please tell me three of YOUR favorite (published) book titles: I love The Vision Chronicles series. It’s an underrated eight-book thriller where the main character has a paranormal ability to see the future. The protagonist isn’t happy about his gift and fights it at every turn. When he finally accepts this ability, it changes and evolves with his acceptance. In book one, Kaleidoscope, he sees images through a kaleidoscope. The visions are unclear and disturbing.
In book two, Spyglass, the images are no longer broken and fragmented. He is able to see clearly through the lens even though the view is limited.
In book three, Window’s Pane, the images are getting larger and he has more clarity. In addition, these changes continue until finally he sees through Clear Glass, (The Vision Chronicles, Book 8). Each book covers eight weeks as our hero struggles to understand his ability and live a normal life.
Mike Lewis has a secret; he sees visions of the future through a kaleidoscope each time he closes his eyes. He’s kept this mystical gift undisclosed for over fifteen years, but he’s had enough of hiding and reaches out to a longtime friend, Dr. Nelson Fitch. Nelson teaches Mike to become the passive observer of the horrifying images enabling the ability to mend. Soon, the visions warn Mike of his own impending dangerous situations. Once the secret has been told, however, chaos erupts into Mike's life. He no longer knows who to trust—he’s watched and tracked at every turn—and people around him are dying. Someone will do anything to learn more about Mike and this supernatural ability. Kaleidoscope covers the first eight weeks of turmoil that pursues Mike after the secret is revealed and is followed by Spyglass.
Author Chariss K. Walker’s Published Books
Chakra Basics: Fundamentals Of Spiritual Growth
Clear Glass (The Vision Chronicles, Book 8)
Crescent City (An Alec Winters Series, Book 1)
How To “Find us on Facebook:” An Essential Guide For Indie Authors Wanting To Optimize Their Internet Presence
Kaleidoscope (The Vision Chronicles, Book 1)
Lamp’s Light (The Vision Chronicles, Book 7)
Make A Joyful Noise: Searching For A Spiritual Path In A Material World
Make A Joyful Noise Study Guide
Open Spaces (The Vision Chronicles, Book 5)
Spyglass (The Vision Chronicles, Book 2)
Stream Of Light (The Vision Chronicles, Book 6)
The Spiritual Gifts: Understanding For The Great Shift and Beyond
Windows All Around (The Vision Chronicles, Book 4)
Window’s Pane (The Vision Chronicles, Book 3)