Friday, September 27, 2013

Character Interview with Katora Kase from Elixir Bound by Katie L. Carroll

Thanks, Nicole, for hosting the Elixir Bound blog tour. Katora Kase, the main character of Elixir Bound, has agreed to stop by and answer a few questions, even as she prepares for a big journey into Faway Forest.

  • What is your current state of mind?

I’m excited to be going on such an important quest, though I guess I really can’t go into too many details here…who knows how many people might be seeing this, not a place to be talking about secret missions. Also proud that I have been chosen to lead this quest. And maybe a tiny bit nervous…Faway Forest is dangerous and I have a big decision to make…and there is a certain long-lashed young man going who may prove to be a distraction. I can’t afford to have distractions right now.

  • What is your greatest fear?

I don’t like to admit I’m afraid of anything, but if I had to pick one thing, I would say a fear of being controlled. I like my independence and don’t want anyone messing with it!

  • What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Vanity, especially regarding looks. What a waste of time to be hung up on how you look.

  • On what occasions do you lie?

Lately I find I’m doing more lying than I used to. Mostly when I have to keep a certain secret from being revealed. But I’d lie in a heartbeat to keep my family safe. No one messes with my family.

  • Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Great Mother!” I’m not sure Mother Nature would approve of me using her name so much to express my less-than-virtuous feelings.

  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would love to be more open about my feelings, though if you told anyone I told you this, I would deny it. Seriously, though, I think life might be easier if I could me more like my sister Kylene, who tends to wear her emotions on her sleeve. I keep mine all bottled up and then get annoyed when people don’t understand me. But how are they supposed to understand me if I never let them know how I’m feeling?

  • How would you like to die?

In my sleep when I’m an old elderyear lady who is leaving behind a great legacy. If I were to die young, I suppose I’d like to go doing something heroic, like saving a whole village of people.

Katora might have a few free minutes to answer a couple more questions if anyone would like to leave one for her in the comments. Just keep them brief; she’s got a quest to go on!

Elixir Bound blurb:

Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.

It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.

You can buy Elixir Bound at the MuseItUp bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBooks, and other online book retailers.

Author Bio:
Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app The Bedtime Knight and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at, friend her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll).

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Katie L. Carroll said...

Thanks, Nicole, for having Katora on the blog!

SA Larsenッ said...

Ooh, being controlled. Yeah, not okay. Nice to meet you, Katora!

Katie L. Carroll said...

Totally not okay, SA! Katora says it's nice to meet you, too. :)

Leandra Wallace said...

Love the answer to how she'd like to die. And the term 'elderyear'. So fantasyish! =)

Katie L. Carroll said...

Thanks, Leandra! It's not a bad way to die. :)