An Interview with Fantasy Author K.L. Schwengel

It’s here! It’s here! FIRST OF HER KIND, the first novel in K.L. Schwengel‘s DARKNESS & LIGHT series, has been released.

A quick synopsis of FIRST OF HER KIND to whet your appetite:

Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.

And that won’t be easy.

Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants? Or her power?

None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn to use her gifts.No one knows the depths
of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control.

Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?

When the opportunity came up for me to interview Kathi for her Blog Tour, I jumped at the opportunity. She is a talented storyteller who knows her craft.  In a 5 star review posted on Amazon, the review said:

The author presents an intriguing set of characters, especially the heroine, Ciara, and puts them through one cliff-hanging crisis after another. The difference is that most of them aren’t telegraphed in advance, and that’s the technique which makes great books great. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative voice which, while not intrusive, offers many a sly phrase that suggests the storyteller is enjoying the tale, too. And that’s as it should be.

So, without further ado, I bring you my interview with fantasy author – K.L. Schwengel:

Who are you and what has inspired your writing?

I’m the youngest of nine children, the daughter of a librarian (mother) and a dreamer (father). Which explains my love of books, and the fact I have an overactive imagination. Spending untold hours among stacks of books in the library was probably my biggest inspiration for writing. Those books had the power to transport me to other amazing worlds. I wanted to do the same for people with the stories constantly churning in my head. 

What inspired FIRST OF HER KIND? 

This has been a popular question in the interviews I’ve done. 🙂 The answer is, “There was nothing for it, in another turn of the glass Meriol would be dead.” That line popped into my head and brought nothing else with it. I just started writing and the story grew from there. 

As you build your world, what are your top three necessities?  

  • Number one, because this is a fantasy and there is a magic system involved, is that the magic not only make sense, but not be gratuitous or come without a cost. Everything has a price, a demand, a consequence. When we exert ourselves to do something physical, it exacts a toll. Large or small. Magic, in my mind, needs to do the same. 
  • Two, horses cannot travel hundreds of miles day after day without food, water, or rest. All creatures need those three requirements. I strive for a realistic portrayal of that to help make my world more believable.
  • Three, each culture/region/entity has to have differences. Whether those are in speech patterns, architecture, clothing, food — if everyone across the land is the same the world suffers from the mundane. Heck, go from one side of a city to another and you’ll see differences. Why should an imagined world not have to subscribe to the same criteria? 

When creating characters, what are necessary elements make the character memorable? 

I think it’s a combination between their own internal struggles, as well as how others perceive them. And they need to be flawed. Even the hero has to have a weakness, a vulnerability, and the possibility of failing. If they don’t, then as a reader I don’t really care about them.

When you aren’t writing and/or training dogs, what is on the top of your ‘to read’ pile?  

Right now I’m reading Soul Avenged by Keri Lake, at the same time as Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall, and an anthology entitled Dragonthology

FIRST OF HER KIND is available in paperback and e-book (Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, and other on-line retailers).




  • Thanks for having me, Leila! I enjoyed the interview immensely. 🙂

    • Loved interviewing you. Can’t wait for the next installment.

  • Great interview with some nice writing tips! Thanks Leila and K. L.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Phillip. Glad you enjoyed it.

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