Today marks the release of Kylie Betzner’s new novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other. She’s here to speak with us about her book, but before we get started, let’s have a look at the cover and blurb:
Enter the Realm of Camelot, home of famous legends: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Merlin—but this isn’t their story. Meet Pig, a humble gong farmer who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–Bread Basket–whatever it is! On their quest, they face many knight-worthy, and some not-so-knight-worthy, foes: an insane pond dweller, several greedy salespeople, and an overzealous cache seeker, all the while fighting against time, mostly each other, and the most infamous villain of all—change. The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a fresh and funny take on a well-known legend, with engaging characters, some rather good jokes, and something that starts with S, but it isn’t important.
Well, first of all, I’m an author with one of many published books under my belt. Yay! Also, I’m an incurable nerd, a self-identified coffee junkee, an amateur comedian, and the world’s worst auntie (according to my nephew anyway). I have a twin sister who also writes. I’ve recently gotten into cosplay. Tauriel from the Hobbit trilogy was my first character costume.
When did you begin writing?
I began writing before I could actually write. Haha. When I was five or six I used to illustrate stories with my sister. My current writing is much better;)
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is an Arthurian parody that pokes fun at the universe while satirizing human behaviors relevant to readers today. The book centers around the misadventures of Sir Kay and his page, Pig, as they search for an elusive holy object. Meanwhile, Merlin takes advantage of the knights’ absence to make some “changes” to Camelot’s social structure. The novel explores themes of change and value, but mostly it’s a story about friendship. This is my debut novel and it’s on Amazon.com.
How did you get the idea for the book?
Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve always been a fan of the Arthurian legends and parodies of. I just decided one day to write my own. Simple as that. I knew I wanted the story to center around a quest, but the rest sort of just came to me while brainstorming with a writer friend of mine.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
I’m going to have to choose Pig just because she’s optimistic, cheerful, hilarious, and loyal to a fault. She can be pig-headed (no pun intended) and self-righteous, but all-in-all she’s a admirable person, albeit a fictional one.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
For me, it was getting the story into order. There were all of these things I wanted to happen during their quest but deciding on a logical order for these events to occur proved challenging for some reason. Thank goodness for the beta readers and editors who helped me sort the scenes out.
What is your primary goal as an author?
My primary goal is to make people laugh, to entertain as many readers as possibly, while simultaneously helping them grow as people. I write humorous stories with themes in mind. I don’t hammer them in the readers’ faces, but I believe great literature is meaningful.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a 3-book comedic fantasy series (with a few additional standalones) that tells the story of an outcast named Mongrel who comes to his own in a hostile fantasy world with the help of his friends: Margo–a wizard’s apprentice who really doesn’t want to be a wizard, Laerilas—a magically-challenged elf, and Little Hammer—a dwarf appropriately named for her weapon of choice. With their help, Mongrel becomes more than what his name implies and the only possible hero they can find. (Real synopsis in the works).
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
My advice for other indie authors can be summed up in three parts: 1) write what you love and only what you love. No one ever found happiness and fulfillment in prostitute writing. Don’t whore your writing skills. C’mon, guys, you’re worth more than that. (2) Hone your craft. Master all of the elements and you can become the Avatar—wait, what? Woops, I meant to say “skilled writer.” And (3) choose the best career path for you. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Traditional publishing or self-publishing are both fine options, but you have to do what works best for you.
Growing up in a small town surrounded by cornfields, Kylie had nothing better to do than fantasize about unicorns and elves. As an adult, she still refuses to grow up, and spends most of her time creating stories of comedic fantasy. When she is not writing, which is hardly ever, Kylie enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family and friends. She also runs, although she does not enjoy it so much.
Kylie currently resides in Indiana with her sister, nephew, horde of cats, and one very silly dog. If you would like to contact Kylie in regards to her writing, please follow her on: