Title: BLUE NOTE (The Fractured Prism, #1)
Author: Krissy May & Holly Graf
Pub. Date: June 21, 2018
Publisher: 252 Publishing LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Niels Poulsen, self-styled God of Rock and lead singer in a popular punk band, has everything he could want: family, friends, fortune, and fame. When his best friend and fellow band member, Jace, goes missing, Niels will do anything to get him home safe.
Niels discovers that their money and connections won’t help them on their journey. They will rely on an model airplane, a family secret, and a tangled magic that weaves the band into the fabric of other realms so tightly they may never make it home again. Their quest takes them across new worlds, through foreign dangers, and straight into the path of an ancient prophecy that wants Niels for itself.
If Niels and his friends survive long enough to find Jace and negotiate their way home to Manhattan, will it be worth the price? The magic says one of them will have to die…
Krissy grew up in the world, even though she is allergic to much of it. Her travels and experiences living in numerous places have given her a love for different cultures and an appreciation for plumbing and electricity.
She wrote her first novel – a whole paragraph long! – when she was eight years old, and themes from that can be found in upcoming portions of the Elesara series.
In her spare time, Krissy enjoys in no particular order: being appalled and amused by the actions of her children and husband, yelling at cats, drinking tea, wishing she had more time to play her musical instruments, and finding excuses not to clean her house. Writing has proved to be an excellent ongoing excuse. Why stop now?
Holly was raised in the Pacific Northwest, in a small town called Newberg just outside of Portland, Oregon. Growing up she had chickens, goats, llamas, horses, cats, and dogs. She has always been an avid reader and writer.
In 2008, she graduated high school a year early and went on to touring colleges (four, across Oregon, Washington, and California) alongside her husband. She explored engineering, chemistry, law, philosophy, and writing. In the end, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting.
Toward the end of college, she discovered her love for writing far exceeded her capacity for data entry and general office work. After her son was born, she began writing more and expanding her writing community.
She met her co-writer Krissy in a mom group, and everything took off. She worked a bookkeeping job for about a year, but writing became the focus. In 2017, Holly merged passions and opened the company 252 Publishing LLC.
- What is on your nightstand?
Krissy – The 9th Doctor, the 10th Doctor, two little minifigures from God of War, a music box that plays Fur Elise, some prayer beads from Greece, a circle tuner that belonged to my husband’s grandfather, a pin my aunt gave me, and scores of books. Far too many books.
Holly – I don’t have a nightstand, I use the windowsill. Right now I have a pair of white gloves, my kindle, a half dozen hair ties, my glasses, a bottle of water, a koala that attaches to a pen, and three books: Show Don’t Tell, Charlotte’s Web, and Good Omens.
- What author would you totally fan?
Krissy – That’s a tough call. My favorite author (rated for highest percentage of books adored, not for personality) thinks LGBTQ+ is a mental illness, so we can’t be friends. From the array of second-favorites, I would have to pick Neil Gaiman. Good Omens has been a favorite since I was eight, and I love all his other works, the environments he sets for each scene. I wish Netflix or Amazon would make a better-than-BBC version of Neverwhere, to rival Good Omens.
Holly – I’m torn between Chanda Hahn and David Clement-Davies. I read Chanda’s Unfortunate Fairy Tale and Iron Butterfly books while in college (literally, in class…) and they got me through some boring times, I think I remember her books better than the course material. I love David Clement-Davies’ take on fantasy and merging animals and magic together. The first book I read was The Sight in high school, but I’ve since read them all.
- What makes you cringe?
Krissy – The idea of getting a papercut on my eyeball. Bet it made you cringe too.
Holly – Why would you even think of that? As for me – when someone changes gears and doesn’t push the clutch in enough. That grinding sound is awful.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Holly – Usually there’s an exciting start where we plot the major plot points, then we write it and change everything. Generally the start and end are roughly the same as we allotted.
Krissy – Niels disagrees with this. Green Zone (Light?), the sequel to Blue Note, was supposed to end in a radically different place. He made it more epic.
Holly – But that’s micro-plots, like the book’s arc. The whole series is still on track… sort of. It’s really a messy process. We have days when we can’t figure out what to do and it feels like the world is ending, and then our amazing solution ends up trashed for something better anyway.
Krissy – True. Although we have moved THE BIG EVENT from almost the end, to almost the beginning. Go us!
Holly – So true. So go with the flow, but also fight the flow and argue with the flow are elements of it.
Krissy – What flow?
Holly – Hahaha…(crickets). Maybe describing it as one of those old wooden roller coasters that jerk you around and literally hurt your body by the end of it. But it was fun, so you do it again. Yeah?
Krissy – I went on this ride at the fair last week, called Dance Craze. It spun you, twirled you, rotated you, and tilted you. I left the ride ready to decorate it with food, and without my keys. That is how plotting feels.
Holly – Agree. It’s pretty rough, but it’s a ton of fun.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Krissy – When I write, I overuse the word just. As a mom of three, I definitely overuse some creative profanities that really just need to leave my vocabulary. I have recently become fond of the word reticulated, because it annoys my husband.
Holly – Reticulated (you’re welcome Paul – Krissy’s husband). It means arranged in a grid like pattern. It doesn’t come up often, but Hattie says it in Blue Note. Some people argued using it during editing, but I love the word and it makes me smile every time I read it.
Also, if you have any pictures of your pet you would like to share, please attach them. My readers love animals!
Krissy – Pets! I have three kittens and one over-large creature who regards herself as queen of all felines but is really just a barrel with a head and a tail. I also have a rabbit, Fuffle-uppagus, who takes herself far too seriously. All of my cats are afraid of her.
I have two mini dachshunds named Peanut Butter and Jelly. Peanut Butter was born on the same day my husband proposed to me. I have a standard poodle named Skyloh. My son named him after Skye from Paw Patrol. She’s SkyeLOH (low) because she can’t fly. I also have two cats: Simba and Juniper. I have two gerbils: Coolest and Silver, and (not pictured).
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