Please welcome Author Logan Keys to THE KATY today!
Logan’s best-selling Gods of Anthem series is her debut into young-adult dystopian and she’s loving the adventure that world-building brings. Logan began writing horror and poetry early in life but she says young-adult dystopian has become her home. She’s currently living on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii with her husband, daughter, and fur-child Lola. Even though it’s a tropical setting, her writing remains the same moody narrative she’s always enjoyed.
How did you decide to become an author? Any books, movie, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?
I started in poetry, and even wrote a 70 page novella when I was like ten, a mystery about middle grade kids searching for a precious stone. I had written a lot of shorts stories from then until 18 and played with another novel as an adult but remember when Twilight came out? Remember all the arguments and media surrounding that novel? I loved it! That series inspired me because it inspired so many people (for good or bad) to be passionate about what they felt was literature, to read even. I knew people in my office who’d never picked up a book that are still avid readers to this day after reading that series 😀 Kudos to Meyers for that alone!
Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?
Self. I won’t lie, we tried to go traditional, but the agents weren’t really interested in such a genre mesh that my book represents. I need creative license, and if an agent or publisher doesn’t really feel my style, I’ll stay indie forever and love it just as much 😀
Are you a plotter or a panster?
What draws you to writing in the dystopian genre?
I think it gives me the option to make things up as I go which is a nice freedom for a writer. GOA is my first and I’m glad I went that route. Plus, I’m all about learning from the mistakes of failed societies: The heart of dystopia genre is all about the “Rome burning” or already burned type fear/curiosity. Fascinating stuff.
Some of the characters in your book have special abilities. If you could have any special powers (and could actually choose what those powers were), what would it be?
Hmmm. That’s a good question! I think the best power is simple, small, and not at all powerful! My characters who are strongest do their best “saving” of the world by not being special whatsoever! I like the idea that even with special powers, it’s basic human things that make the biggest impact to the world (Sacrifice, love, etc.…) 😀 I’m a sucker for an underdog, even if he or she has special capabilities 😉
Where did you come up with the idea for Gods of Anthem?
I actually wrote about the Underground in a short story about Tommy and Joelle way back in 2010. They were literally just a fun piece and nothing more and for years they sat and sat. Then later, I wrote Liza on the island, and had a vision for Anthem city and Jeremy and the rest of the Authority leader vs. the Skulls. I wanted another side to the story, however, and voila, I pulled up that old short story about the Underground and married the worlds together. It’s a weird patchwork way to make a novel, but I loved the uniqueness.
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
I think Tommy most of all reminds me of me loss of temper and all. He’s honest with himself, and self-aware. Liza, while she seems nothing like me, I like to think her loving and loyal qualities are something I aspire to, admire. She’s so innocent in all of this, which I could never say for myself, but again, something I envy.
Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?
Not really. I enjoy most all of them, but I’m a bit of a prude, so if it’s way over the top sexy I get a little turned off. I love all genres otherwise. I mean it. I can do Lit books one day and contemporary romance the next. Old classics before zombies, and fantasy, and magicians, and ghosts, all in a single evening ha!
Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?
Man. This one is tough. I’d say, “Don’t think about the future or the past. Don’t over-reach or under-reach, and just don’t don’t don’t wonder if you have what it takes or not, because none of that will matter if you never write a book or five. One book won’t determine who you are as a writer, and neither will ten, it may take sixteen or a hundred, and it may take no time at all, but you can’t guess at it, and you can’t force it. So instead, set aside your writing time, write, and put one foot in front of the other. (Or word.)”
Also, I can finally, honestly say that La la Land (Book two in the Gods of Anthem series) is well on its way to being finished! I’m only in the beginning stages of editing, but it’s finally got that feel I felt with GOA, the one where I don’t see just a bunch of messy chapters but a real novel shaping up out of this bar of soap!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Yes! If you’ve read and enjoyed GOA or plan to, thank you. I promise that I read the reviews, and I look up your posts and each and every one is more gas in the tank to write some more so—THANK YOU!~
Thank you for joining me on THE KATY today, Logan!