Hi everyone! Welcome to the last stop on the Harken Blog Tour! I am more than thrilled to close off Kaleb Nation’s tour for his new YA book Harken!
About the Book
After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn’t know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.
Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?
My Harken Review
Today I have a little treat for you! An interview with Kaleb Nation, talking all about his new book!
This is your first Young Adult novel after writing 2 Middle Grade books- how was the writing process different for the two?
My first two books were written in third-person, but HARKEN is written in first. I just knew from the beginning that to tell the story in the right way, I had to live it inside Michael’s head. It took a lot of adjusting – I’d say the entire first year of writing was just learning how to tell a story from that perspective.
Switching from Middle Grade to YA wasn’t difficult though. My previous books had always leaned toward older audiences. The biggest difference was that I was older when I wrote HARKEN. I wrote my first Middle Grade when I was 14 and started writing HARKEN when I was 21. I had a lot more life experiences that I could draw from for the book.
Harken has gotten amazing reviews from every person I’ve seen that read it, how does it feel to know people really like something you’ve worked so hard on making?
It’s AWESOME. Every time I release something, whether it’s a book or a Youtube video or even a tweet, I wonder what people will think of it. HARKEN took almost 3 years to complete, so there was a lot of internal anxiety surrounding it. When the reviews started coming in and I saw people tweeting to their friends to go read it, I knew that all my work had been worth it.
What are your plans for future Harken books? Are we going to see any interesting characters introduced in the next books?
Oh yes, lots of new things are on the way for the sequel. I can’t say much about that book yet but there are a lot of clues inside HARKEN.
How is Kaleb Nation, the person we know (and love!) from YouTube, different from Kaleb Nation, the author?
I take my writing seriously. That doesn’t mean my books themselves are serious, I just put a lot of work into them so that readers enjoy my stories.
On the other hand, I don’t take my videos very seriously. I think this is obvious to anyone who’s seen me dress up as a pirate, rap songs about Justin Bieber on a Segway, or talk to my pet chinchilla like she’s a human. Youtube is my fun time because the professional, sophisticated, serious-business writer side falls away, and I can just make funny things for the Internet!
Now for the fun part ; the prizes!
You get a chance to win an awesome Harken prize pack, PLUS enter for the grand prize: a Harken themed Kindle Paperwhite!!
All you have to do to enter for the Harken prize pack is leave a comment below telling me if you’ve read Harken and what you thought of it, or if you’re planning to read it! Also, make sure you’re subscribed to my blog to be eligible!
To enter the big collective giveaway Kaleb Nation is hosting for the awesome Kindle Paperwhite- click here!
Both giveaways run till 03/03/13, so hurry!
About the Author
KALEB NATION is an author and online personality. His blogs and videos have received over 50 million hits online, and he has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more.
While writing Harken, Kaleb documented his progress through video blogs at Youtube.com/KalebNation. A black belt in taekwondo, Kaleb lives in California with his chinchilla, Chilla. Harken is his first novel for teens.
Kaleb regularly posts on Twitter (@KalebNation) and blogs at KalebNation.com.
Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!! 🙂