Every Tuesday, get to know a bit about the stories behind the books you love, and discover your next favourite novel.
Sabitha: P.K. Reeves joins us to talk about her supernatural new adult novels from the Lineage Series. P.K., can you introduce us to you, your books and your characters?
P.K.: I have two books out so far in the Lineage Series—this will be the foundation for the shared universe I’m writing my second series in. The books in the Lineage Series are Heir and Vampire Magic. We follow Audrey Sanders, a young woman who didn’t know she was a part of the supernatural world until she was turned into a vampire. Personally, I’m a Filipino American trying to reconnect with my Filipino heritage.
Sabitha: These stories sound imaginative and heartfelt. What inspired you to write and publish them?
P.K.: It really started as something to do while I was at work, and it just turned into a book lol. Really, there wasn’t any inspiration beyond that—until I realized that self publishing was an option. Then I realized I could share my stories with others.
Sabitha: We have a lot of writers in our community. What’s your writing process?
P.K.: I tend to get straight into writing, then after the first draft I read for anything I feel that is missing. It can take either one or two more drafts to get the story I like. Next is getting beta readers and sensitivity readers, and then using their feedback to adjust the story. Finally I run my book through the editing software and to see if I missed anything. Next is the copy/line edit—with at least two rounds of that. Finally comes the proofreading!
Sabitha: What book do you tell all your friends to read? Besides yours of course!
P.K.: Lirael by Garth Nix! I read this series back in middle school. I have the ebook, paperback, and audiobook versions lol!
Sabitha: You have good taste in books! Which character do you relate to the most in your novels and why?
P.K.: Hmm, off the bat I would say Audrey. We’re both biracial Filipino living very Americanized lives. Both our mother’s cultures were pretty much ignored in the households we grew up in.
Sabitha: It sounds like writing Audrey is deeply meaningful for you. When you picture your ideal reader, what are they like? Do you hope to show Filipino American identity to them?
P.K.: My ideal reader is probably someone like me when I was younger. The only Asian culture that was pushed by mainstream media was either Chinese or Japanese. I hope that my books show that Filipinos and culture from the Philippines is really amazing and diverse!
Sabitha: I’m so glad you shared your story and your process. We’re looking forward to reading! Where can the Night Beats community find you and your book?
P.K.: You can find all of my socials, books, and my newsletter sign up on my website. You can connect with me on my Twitter and Instagram. You can find Heir and Vampire Magic for sale from all online bookstores.