Series: IFICS #3
There’s a serial killer at large. His victims just happen to resemble Kaitlyn—dark haired, pale skin and athletic build. Kaitlyn goes undercover, attending a prestigious high school to try to lure the killer into a trap and save the lives of other potential victims. Will she be able to catch the killer before his body count rises? Or will she become the next victim?
Interview With Author Julia Crane
Can you talk a little about what the book is about?
Fatal Abduction is the third book in the IFICS series. Kaitlyn is a cyborg who has retained most of her human emotions but still has a hard time fitting in with humans.
A serial killer is preying on young girls who happen to resemble Kaitlyn, which quickly draws her interest. The book follows one of the victims along with Kaitlyn and her team tracking down the killer.
What makes your book unique?
I think it’s hard to be unique in today’s market. There are plenty of books out there about serial killers and even about cyborgs. I hope the mixture of the two will draw some interest.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
I’ve always had an unhealthy obsession with serial killers. Once I knew the road Kaitlyn and her team was going down I knew she’d have to cross paths with a serial killer one of these days.
Is there any message you want readers to get from reading the book?
Don’t take life for granted it can end at any moment.
How long did it take to write the book?
About six months. Longer than usual because I was writing a serial novel in-between with Lizzy Ford.
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
I love Kaitlyn. Her character is fun to write because there are a lot of things she just doesn’t get when it comes to mixing with humans. A lot of sayings drive her crazy because they are not logical. But she’s also means well. She really wants to help rid the world of bad guys/girls.
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?
I try to write two thousand words a day. I set aside writing time from 10-2 when the family knows to leave me alone. It doesn’t always work out but having a schedule has helped keep my stress levels down.
I did skip around a lot in this book. Which is something I don’t normally do. I would get ideas for future scenes so I would jot them down and go back later and fill them in.
I never really know where the books are going to go when I write them. I get an idea and the rest comes to me in bits and pieces. It’s usually when I’m doing something that is not book related, like taking a walk or washing dishes.
If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?
Ha! I wish I would have written it faster.
How did you come up with the cover?
Eden Crane Design does my covers and I just tell her what the story is about and let her go with it.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was quite young when I told my mother I was going to be a writer. She supported me by buying me a typewriter. (yes I’m that old) And she always bought me any book I wanted. My sisters didn’t like to read like me so I would talk them into picking books I wanted so I could read them. My bedroom was lined with bookshelves.
What was the first story that you ever wrote?
I don’t remember. I used to write a lot of short stories and send them into magazines when I was a preteen.
What is your favorite genre, and why?
I love most genres. I really like there to be an element of romance even if it’s a small part of the story and I like happy endings.
Are there any books you are absolutely inspired by?
I’m a huge Ayn Rand fan.
What are you working on next?
I have so much on my plate it’s really hard to think straight at times. I have three novels in the works and I’m really not sure which one I’m going to focus on to release next.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read, people watch and believe in yourself.
How do you juggle writing with family time?
It’s not always easy, but the biggest thing for me was to change my mindset of this is a job not a hobby. And my family respects that. I believe balance is key in all aspects of life so I try really hard to find a balance and honestly I often fail. I tend to get sucked into my little world and sometimes it’s hard to come out.
Great questions. Thanks for having me! Julia