Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Pyxis by K.C. Neal

Welcome to Author K.C. Neal.


Most of K.C. Neal’s days are filled with some combination of writing, reading, gardening, working, and watching stuff on Netflix with her husband and their maltipoo, Oscar. She has an irrational fixation with L.A., and during occasional trips there she pretends her life is more glamorous than it really is (“Entourage” is her guilty pleasure). She likes to surf and hang out on sandy beaches, where drinks are served adorned with tiny umbrellas.



If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Actually, a friend of mine, author M.R. Merrick gave me a superhero name: Bruiser! Which I think is funny and ironic because I’m kind of a wallflower. I’m probably the last person who’d actually get physical and hit or attack someone else!

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Hmm, I think it’s a toss-up between invisibility and mind reading. I think it would be so fascinating, and probably kind of scary, to know people’s true, unfiltered thoughts. But it would also be a lot of fun to spy on people undetected!

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I’d like to meet my maternal grandparents, both of whom passed away before I was born. There’s actually a character in Pyxis–Great Aunt Dorothy–who is named after my maternal grandmother.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The main character, Corinne, faces the ultimate task: to learn how to protect not only our world, but also another world that she’s just discovering.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Absolutely! Pyxis: The Discovery is the first book in the Pyxis Series. Book 2 in the series, Alight: The Peril, has been outlined, and I’m beginning writing in November and plan to have it published by next summer. I’m not sure what I’ll work on after the Pyxis series. Possibly a sci-fi/dystopian story I’ve been thinking about for a year or two.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Orson Scott Card. I read Ender’s Game for the first time a few years ago, and looking back I think that book may in some way have inspired me to start writing novels. I love sci-fi, and Ender’s Game just blew me away on so many different levels.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding part of the process definitely has been connecting with other people involved with writing, publishing, and books. The writing part of the process–actually putting down the words–is very solitary, and when I was drafting my book it never occurred to me that I’d make so many friends because writing and publishing. It’s been an amazing surprise to meet tons of great people through this process. Since writing my book, I’ve met a bunch of local writers and people in publishing, and lots of awesome authors and book bloggers online through Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Oh, this is a great question. I actually made a mix in iTunes with songs that represent different emotional spaces within the story. Mason’s song for Corinne is “Strange and Beautiful” by Aqualung, a really beautiful, haunting song with lyrics that couldn’t be more perfect for the way he feels about her. “Let Go” by Frou Frou is another song that was a frequent companion while I was writing, and I often had it on repeat; it really captures Corinne’s internal struggle over accepting her fate and responsibilities.

Hidden talent?
Ballet. If I could do my life all over again, I would seriously pursue dance.

Favorite Food?
Pizza. No self-control when it comes to pizza!

Favorite Candy?
Ooo, I have to pick just one? Hmmm… red licorice. No wait! Peanut M&Ms. No, no – Snickers! Okay, obviously I can’t pick just one. One strange thing about me: I don’t like chocolate. I know, I know…..

Favorite places to travel?
Los Angeles. My husband and I both have this sort of fixation with LA, and we’ve taken several trips there. We’re really into music, and you can’t beat the amazing number of historically-significant music venues in LA. There are tons of great places to eat, and there’s so much to see in LA. Confession: we’ve gone to a few restaurants because we saw them on Entourage, one of our favorite shows.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I’m equal parts nervous and excited for The Hunger Games movie. The book is in my top 10 of all time, so I’m a little apprehensive because I don’t want the movie to reduce the book in my mind at all. But I’m dying to see how certain scenes, characters, and visuals will be portrayed on film.

What do you do in your free time?
I do a lot of reading, of course. I take ballet classes, and I spend tons of time gardening spring through fall. This past summer I grew my first veggie garden with over 30 different vegetables and herbs. My husband and I have an adorable, spoiled dog named Oscar, and we play with him a lot. My husband is a musician and songwriter, and I’m learning to play the drums with some help and pointers from him. I don’t practice very often these days, but every once in a while I’ll play by myself or jam with him.

Stop by K.C.’s Blog to find out how you can win a Kindle as part of her blog tour which starts tomorrow.

Pyxis by K.C. Neal

Two worlds… one 16-year-old girl must learn to protect them both.

The nightmares haunting Corinne and her friend Mason hint at a universe that exists beyond the one they know. Her destiny is to protect a weakness between the two worlds, but her mentor is dead. As Corinne and Mason search for answers, she tries to ignore the sparks igniting between them, but can’t deny she feels safe only when he’s nearby. Will they find help before their nightmares break free?

Giveaway Details:
1 ebook copy of Pyxis
Open Internationally
Ends 11/29/11

WINNER: Liz @ Fictional Candy