LK Rigel lives in California with her cat, Coleridge. She was once a singing waitress, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock ‘N Roll News. Her BA is in humanities and religious studies. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her short story “Slurp” will appear in Anne Frasier’s 2011 Halloween anthology Deadly Treats published by Nodin Press.
Last week, while talking to author Belinda Boring, a gem of an author was brought up in conversation. LK Rigel. Bels sang her praises like they were gospel and for good reason. Right from my awkward “hello I’m Jennifer Starks” introduction, LK was gracious, kind and totally enthusiastic about her writing. We agreed, talking about our work is what author’s love best. When I asked her what she was currently working on, she had this to say:
Give Me is an erotic fairy tale about possession, obsession and self-sacrifice. A “wyrding woman” from hundreds of years ago accidentally binds the souls of two lovers in a ring. She feels guilty while the lovers just want to get out of the ring so they can bonk each other. Meanwhile, whoever wears the ring has to fight off being possessed.
Doesn’t that sound fun? Or more to the point, yummy. LOL. Alas, we will all have to wait until it’s finished. Luckily, we don’t have to wait for LK’s other books. She has three in her Apocalypto series right now. Here they are in order: Space Junque; Spiderwork; Bleeder. Right now, Spiderwork is FREE for kindle on Amazon.com and you can bet your sweet bippy I downloaded that sucker on thee spot!
LK and I talked a little about what it takes to finish a book. This, as you may well now, is a favorite subject of mine as I have *big groan* yet to do it. When LK asked if I had my YA book in edits, I replied, “No. I’m the little engine that hasn’t finished a novel yet. Looking for that junkie (author) fix, I tell ya.”
“I can tell you what helped me if you like,” LK offered generously. “I wrote Space Junque as a novella to introduce the apocalypto world. I made myself just write a short, contained story. It was such good discipline.”
Now, I thought about this word: discipline. I thought about it and thought about it and then thought about it some more. Discipline. The definition reads: behavior in accord with rules of conduct. Behavior and order maintained by training and control. Next, I thought about what we are as authors. Creative.
The definition for Creativity reads: Ability to transcend traditional rules, patterns, relationships or the like to create meaningful and new ideas.
Which, in my opinion, is exactly what LK did. She created a solution by coupling two things this author would never have thought to put together. Discipline and creativity. For whatever reason, and maybe I’m alone in this, the idea of regimenting my imagination has always felt wrong. Naturally, I rebel against things that feel wrong, but LK has offered a new way, a way of accomplishing the end without needing an exorbitant amount of time/words. It’s genius; genius I say!
Speaking of genius, let’s talk about LK’s other novels. Here’s a blurb from the first in her apocalypto series:
Space Junque~ The DOGs want to destroy the world. The gods want to make a new one. The trick is to survive both. The world is on the brink of ecological cataclysm set off by the Oil Spill of 2010 and the Great Sea Level Rise of 2070. Hydroponics agronomist Char Meadowlark has become a recluse since her fiance was killed by a terrorist bomb and her twin sister Sky went underground to protect a top secret alternative energy project. Warned about an impending eco-terrorist attack, Char tries to get off planet, but the Defenders of Gaia strike while she’s at the airport. Shuttle pilot Jake Ardri might offer her only hope. When the DOGs’ onslaught goes global and the material world threatens to implode, the ancient gods reemerge to take control over humanity. Through the ensuing chaos, Char must juggle two men, a world on fire, and a goddess with an agenda for a new world order.
The second in her series:
Spiderwork~Her fate was to hold the world together. His destiny was to tear it apart.
As a child, Durga was chosen by the goddess to save humanity from sterility and extinction. Soon she’ll be eighteen and have to serve as a chalice – to provide natural-born heirs to kings and more souls for the universe. Khai, the scion of Luxor, has different ideas about the new world order. When he falls hard for Durga, he isn’t afraid to show it. Khai offers Durga the love she thought she could never have – but accepting him will destroy everything she’s been commanded by the goddess to build.
Meanwhile, Jake Ardri now heads an emerging city-state and desperately wants Char Meadowlark to be his queen. But as king of his city, Jake is commanded by the goddess to provide natural-born heirs. Can Char share Jake with a beautiful chalice, trained to take Jake to the heights of sexual ecstasy?
And finally, the third:
Bleeder~The King of Garrick wants to kill her.
The King of Allel wants to love her.
And shapeshifters stole her baby’s soul!
It’s been a hundred years since sea-level rise and global nuclear war wiped out most of humanity. Mallory is a chalice, one of the world’s rare fertile females who contract with the kings of the Concord Cities to provide natural-born heirs.
It was supposed to be a pampered and easy life, but Mal becomes caught between King Garrick’s scheme for world domination and the goddess Asherah’s desperate plays for another god’s attention. Meanwhile undeclared feelings between Mal and King Edmund grow too strong to be denied — their hearts won’t recognize the law which forbids their love.
In her struggle to survive, Mal confronts the truth of her past and the most terrifying threat of all — the inevitability of her destiny.
It was an absolute pleasure chatting with LK today. What I learn from these conversations is truly invaluable. Many thanks to LK Rigel for her endearing wisdom and stellar talent. You live up to the hype!
If you’d like to become as big an LK Rigel fan as I am, here are the places to do it:
And don’t forget Spiderwork is FREE for kindle right now. http://www.amazon.com/Spiderwork-Apocapunk-Fantasy-Apocalypto-ebook/dp/B004HO6626/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1312494564&sr=1-1