First of Her Kind

FOHKcoverToday I have a very special guest, author K. L. Schwengel. Her new novel,  FIRST OF HER KIND, is out and she’s here to talk a little bit about it and also what helps her to write.

Kathi, tell us a little about you before you begin your post.


I live in southeast Wisconsin on a small farm with my husband, a handful of Australian Shepherds, Her Royal Highness Princess Fionna (the cat) and assorted livestock.  Growing up as the youngest daughter of a librarian, I spent more time between stacks of books and secluded away in the dusty archives than was probably even remotely normal.  With so many characters and ideas spinning in my head, I had to get them out onto paper or risk what little sanity I possessed.  (Try being the youngest of nine children and see how sane you stay.)  I have been spending my free time sitting in front of some type of keyboard or another since I was a kid and got my first typewriter.  It wasn’t even electric.  Before that it was pen and paper, which I still resort to from time to time.  I have published a few poems and non-fiction articles, but my real passion is fantasy and urban fantasy.

When not writing, I train and trial working Australian Shepherds, paint, dabble in photography, graphic design and anything else creative my assorted muses send my way.


I knew there was a reason I liked you, other than being an author.  You have Aussies like me.  What a great breed!  Ah, so before I digress any further, you have complete control of my blog at this point.  Take it away.



Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher

There is nothing that can move my soul like the right piece of music. Whether it takes me to the heights of emotion, or has me bouncing across the floor in a carefree, childlike (though I won’t say graceful) dance of joy, it never fails to affect my mood.

When I’m writing, there is always music playing. My collection is vastly eclectic, containing everything from Gregorian Chants to Heavy Metal. I load my 6 disk player with whatever I think will best reflect the section I’m working on, and set it on shuffle. On really good days, the music fades into the background as I lose myself in my characters and the dance of words across the page. On bad days, when stringing words together is like trying to tie a knot with frozen fingers, it draws me along, guiding, helping set mood and create images.

No one can deny the power of music. Everyone, I’m sure, has that song that will immediately whisk them back to a time and place, that will move them to tears, make them smile, or evoke a memory so strong they are momentarily back within it. It’s probably the closest to time travel as we’ll ever actually come.

As I write, there are certain songs that connect with my characters or scenes in much the same way. Currently, working on book two of my Darkness & Light series, I find myself leaning on Dead Can Dance, a fairly recent discovery for me. If you write fantasy, I’d suggest giving it a listen. Powerful. Great music to read to as well. And what were some of my influences and inspiration while writing First of Her Kind, book one of the series? Definitely The Two Towers soundtrack, Sully Erna’s album Avalon, some Evanescence, and a healthy dose of Clannad, Enya, and Loreena McKennitt.

Words and music have been joined since the beginnings of time, and together, create magic. Who am I to argue?


Wow, even our taste in music is similar!  I love Loreena McKennit and Enya!  At times I listen to music when I write.  When I do, it is usually Celtic instrumental or classical music playing in the background.  In fact, I’ve picked several scores I’d like played during certain scenes of my novels when they are made into movies.  (yes, I dream of my novels being turned into movies.  I know.  I’m such a dork.)

I loved your post, Kathi, and agree with the power music has over us and the feeling it can invoke.  I can’t imagine a world without music.

So, can you share a blurb of FIRST OF HER KIND, please?


Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.

And that won’t be easy.

Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants? Or her power?

None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn to use her gifts.  No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control.

Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?


Awesome!!  A book right up my ally!  Where can everyone find you, Kathi?


You can find me at all these places:






You can also find my books at any of the following:




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Thank you so much for stopping by today, Kathi.  Please come back and visit again sometime.  Good luck with your new novel!

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38 thoughts on “First of Her Kind

        1. Hmm . . . Seal. I’m getting a vague tingling in the back of my head, like I should know something he’s done but can’t quite put my finger on it. Off to Google I go!


  1. Woohoo! I don’t know too many other people who will mix Gregorian Chant with Metal and everything in between. Most of the folks I know that do are in my family… You’re one all-around cool lady!


    1. You’re funny, ReGi! Most people that see my collection of music just shake their head and walk away. The only thing I don’t have in there is Rap. Just can’t get my head around it.


        1. There we differ. I have yet to meet a genre that doesn’t have at least a few songs I can enjoy, even the hardcore Rap. (Admittedly, there aren’t many I really like in that genre, though.)


            1. Jesus Muzik by Lecrae for hard-core-straight-rap
              Take Me Away by Chris Searcy for techno-house (techno meets hip-hop meets rap)
              Song-X by East West for rap core (thrash metal meets rap)
              Jesus Freak by DC Talk for old school rock-house
              Supertones Strike Back by Supertones for ska-rap


                1. LOL! Did you actually go and listen to some of those? I didn’t really expect anyone to. Anyway, in my case it wasn’t a sudden, “Oh wow, this music is great.” More of a long, slow process that came about by unwilling exposure.


                2. I won’t say for sure until I listen, but I’m guessing it’s going to have the same effect twangy, country music has on me. *shudder* Although I do like some country, mainly older stuff, and what’s the one with the added verse about the mom getting out of prison? You Don’t Have to Call Me Darlin’, Darlin’? Love that one.


                  1. I went through a twangy country music spell years ago. I mean, the twangier the better. I have an appreciation for it now and occasionally I’ll flip it to the country music station and have a listen. Sometimes it’s good for the soul. Heavy metal and rap to me make me ‘angry’, so I don’t listen. Who wants to be mad??? ::-)


    2. I don’t do heavy metal but my Spotify playlist goes from Bach to Pink Floyd and almost everything in between. i think it’s great to have a well-rounded appreciation of music.


      1. I’ve developed a liking for Godsmack and Pearl Jam. Some of their work is what I term my “angry music”. Really helps set the mood for those tense scenes.


        1. lol See, that kind of music reminds me of hours of pogo-ing, meeting friendly musicians, and my Dad driving us & anyone who wanted to come along 3 hours at a stretch to see his favorite thrash bands for the umpteenth time. On occasion, we went straight from the symphony to the night club. For me, it’s happy music. =0)


  2. “It’s probably the closest to time travel as we’ll ever actually come.”

    Love that line–so true. As you know, big Dead Can Dance fan here. Also love McKennitt. Have you ever checked out Conjure One or Blue Stone, Kathi? Great blurb, too! Wishing you all the best!


    1. I’ll have to check out Dead Can Dance. I have to be honest, until today I’d never heard of them. Blue Stone is amazing!!! Thanks for stopping by, Vaughn. Have a super day!


      1. Vaughn’s responsible for introducing me to Dead Can Dance. Just received their latest album on Saturday and added it to the rotation. I’m definitely going to have to check out Conjure One and Blue Stone as well now.


  3. Kathi, I enjoyed your take on music and writing. So many writers I’ve read about lately have such an affinity for music that it powers their writing. Your novel seems so intriguing, I will have to go look for it. 🙂


    1. Thanks. I know there are quite a few writers who need silence to write, but them my brain gets too busy. I also just read a post on some writers needing music, but nothing with lyrics. Honestly, I usually don’t even hear they lyrics, I feel them, and that sometimes helps as well.


  4. Thanks so much for having me, Jenny! It’s an honor to share space with dragons. 🙂 Have I ever told you how much I love the design of your page? A motion picture soundtrack, hmmm? I think I’ll have to work on that for First of Her Kind!


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