IHS: Welcome, KC! Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! Tell our followers who you are, what city you're from.
KC: Yes! Great! Glad to be here. My name is KC Dunford and I'm joining from Salt Lake City, Utah and I’m from Arizona in a little town called Snowflake. It's a really, really little town so maybe you haven't heard of it but It's a good place.
IHS: What a cool name - Snowflake, huh?
KC: Yes - people think Snowflake, Arizona sounds like a contradiction because Arizona is a desert, you know.
IHS: Yes definitely! But now you live where?
KC: Salt Lake City. I just recently moved to Salt Lake.
IHS: Nice! what do you love about Salt Lake?
KC: Well it’s nothing like Snowflake, not speaking about the people or anything but the weather.
IHS: The weather?
KC: It’s got spring, summer, and winter all rolled in one.
IHS: Okay, sounds nice. Now we just finished up the Audio on your book Lost Illumination. Can you tell our followers a little bit about your book?
KC: So, Lost Illumination is the story of warriors who are actually in charge of keeping the world safe from these demonic monsters called Skathe. And in the dark, the Skathe became so powerful and they start taking over the whole world. So these warriors called the The Great Aldrics decide they are going to have to create a separate realm where they would banish these Skathe so they couldn't control the world anymore. But they ended up losing the war and the Skathe trap them in the dark world. The way to escape this realm is to bring in a person from the real world to help them fight the Skathe and break the curse and save the world from these monsters. That's where my character comes into play as Christian, the boy who was called in they teach him their magic and to hopefully beat the monsters.
IHS: What was your favorite part of the audiobook process and having your book come to life?
KC: My favorite part was hearing the narrator’s enthusiasm and her unique voices for my characters. She is especially good at doing the voice for Christian, who is a 13 year old boy. When I was selecting the narrator for my book, I was almost certain that I would choose a male since the protagonist of my story is male. I was however, open to hearing female narrators as well. The minute I heard Becca’s audition, I knew she was the one I wanted and I was so excited to work with her!
IHS: What was your muse or inspiration for this book?
KC: The inspiration for my writing comes from many places. Ideas often come during my morning walks, while taking showers, or when falling asleep at night, but I do specifically remember the first time I thought of the basic concept for Lost Illumination. Several years ago, I was taking a walk when I noticed the reflection in a particular puddle of water. The trees and sky were reflected so clearly that it almost seemed like I could have hopped inside and found myself in another world. That’s when I got the idea to create a story where someone travels through a puddle of water and ends up in another realm. I went home and wrote the idea down in my journal. Soon after, the name for the villains of this story came to me in a dream. In this dream, I was a princess running away from a demonic monster that called itself a “Skathe.” I woke up and wrote the name down because it was perfect. The name “Christian Bennett” comes from a cousin I really liked growing up and a teacher I loved in junior high. The name “The Great Aldrics” also comes from a teacher I had in second grade. So as you can see, there is never one single source of inspiration. Good ideas can be the result of hours of brainstorming, or a great idea can hit me out of nowhere! So little by little, you know inspiration just comes to you and it's never from one particular place.
IHS: Great answer, okay cool. So, is your primary business writing?
KC: I would say that my primary business is actually being a wife and being a mother. I put that first. Writing is my passion and my drive and being a mom it's the most important it's really fulfilling for me. My husband comes home and there's a peace and calm that he comes home to whenever he has a stressful day at work, he comes home to a clean house and a happy baby and a cooked meal, you know, it's a good feeling. Writing also brings me a great sense of accomplishment, so I make time to do it every day. The best part about writing is that I do it “for fun” but it is also a productive activity that gives me the opportunity to provide a side income for our family. Besides writing, I (obviously) love to read. I particularly enjoy suspenseful stories, young adult fantasy, and historical romance. My favorite authors are Julia Quinn, Dean Koontz, Kiera Cass, and Stephen King. A few of my other hobbies include drawing, painting, going for walks, and teaching dance.
IHS: Yes! I'm a mom too so that resonates really well for me. And this company was actually created with my son.
KC: Yes! I remember Drew was the one I first talked to!
IHS: Yes. Cool! Okay, next question. Many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature, have you ever listened to an audio book before your own?
KC: Yeah I love to listen audio books. I've been doing it for years. And actually the first time I downloaded an audio book was to listen to it at the gym and then I was just hooked after that. I almost always have an audiobook now to help me during housework or while I'm taking walks or trying to fall asleep, road trips, you know. And it can be hard for a busy mom to find time to actually sit down with a real book so audiobooks for me sometimes is the way to go. So yeah, I love audio books.