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Karpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo of USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning authors Lux Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov.

Together, they write fantasy and science fiction.

Look for more from Karpov Kinrade in Vampire GirlThe Nightfall Chronicles, Shattered Islands and The Forbidden Trilogy.

They live with three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

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We love hearing from fans, and we try to respond to all emails/messages/smoke signals, but there are a few things we get asked consistently and it’s easier for us to answer all those types of questions here. Feel free to contact us at Books@KarpovKinrade.com if your question is not addressed here.

When is the next Vampire Girl book coming out and how long is the series going to be?

As of the end of 2016 there are three VG books out with book 4 on preorder. (Moonlight Prince.) It looks like there will be five books in Ari’s storyline, but that doesn’t mean there’s not more story to be told down the line. There’s also a Kindle World for Vampire Girl launching that will be full of fan fiction stories for your enjoyment.

When is the next Nightfall book coming out and how long is the series going to be?

Court of Nightfall Cover Revised USACurrently there are three books and two novellas available in this series. Daughter of Strife is the next full length book set to launch from Scarlett’s POV. We are hoping and planning for a 2017 launch of that book, if all goes well. There are likely one or two more books in this series before it’s complete. We’ll know for sure once Daughter of Strife is done.

What else have you written? What are you writing now?

 

Our very first series, The Forbidden Trilogy, is available, as well an epic fantasy novella The Rakam: The Shattered Islands. We have two more Vampire Girl books launch for a total of five (for now), one or two more Nightfall books, and another secret project we’re working on that involves dragons! :)

Why are some of your books short and some long? 

We like variety and find that writing in different lengths allow us to play with different ways of telling stories. Each has merits and fun challenges that give us the opportunity to flex our creative writerly muscles. Plus, we’re blessed to have fans who also enjoy the variety.

Are you ever going to write more in The Forbidden Trilogy? 

The short answer is no, probably not. We did originally have some ideas for continuing some of the character’s stories, but when we tried to write them, it just didn’t work. Many do appear in The Seduced Saga under our romance pen name, Alex Lux, so if you don’t mind (or even enjoy!) some adult sexual content, head over to that site for more of your favorite Forbidden characters.

Why did you take a new pen name of Alex Lux? 

We wrote as Karpov Kinrade for everything for a long time, but it was becoming confusing for our fans and for us. Our romance/suspense is very spicy, and very different than our fantasy and sci fi, which is more family friendly. It made sense to break up the genres and let KK be exclusively family friendly fantasy and sci fi and let Alex Lux be the romance and contemporary/suspense work.

I’d like to send you a letter/gift/books/chocolate. Where should I send it?

We love hearing from our fans, and we try to respond as we’re able, but it can often take us a long time as we are busy with three children and more ideas than we could write in ten lifetimes.

But you can send us mail here:

P.O. Box 1714
Ukiah, CA 95482

Will you come visit my school or book club?

We love to visit schools, libraries and book clubs and can often do so in person or via a live Skype call. For more about our programs and workshops, contact us at Books@KarpovKinrade.com

Will you sign my book?

We sometimes offer signed books for sale, and if there’s a particular book you want to buy directly from us signed, contact our assistant at Tiffany@KarpovKinrade.com.

This isn’t always possible, though, and does require trips to the post office, which take precious time from writing, so we’re in the process of having book plates made and if you send us a self-addressed stamped envelope, we’ll get you something you can put in your book with our signature. It might take awhile though, so you’ll have to put on your patience cap when sending this out to us at…

P.O. Box 1714
Ukiah, CA 95482

Will you read my book, short story, book blurb and tell me what you think? Will you give feedback on my book cover?

Unfortunately, we can’t. For legal reasons and personal sanity and time constraints of writing massive amounts of books while also raising our own three lost kids (who aren’t actually lost at all except perhaps in their own imagination), and nurturing our epic romance. However, one of our fav authors, Maggie Stiefvater, has created an epic critique partner love connection here that you might find immensely valuable!

You can also find an ever expanding list of author resources under Resources for Authors.

What is your stance on fan fiction?

We’re honored when other writers deem our worlds/characters/universes interesting enough to write in themselves. So long as we’re acknowledged as the creators of the original characters/worlds/universes and no money is being made from it, then go forth and fanfic. (EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE: Vampire Girl is launching a Kindle World with Amazon on Jan. 26, and if you go through their process, you can make money writing fan fiction in that world. ONLY THAT WORLD.)

However, please do not plagiarize our work. (Taking the work of someone else and passing it off as one’s own.) That would be wrong. And sad for us.

How do I publish my own book/get published?

There are some fantabulous resources out there for budding authors. Google around until you find a great fit for you, just remember to read the small print and never sign a contract until you have a lawyer who specializes in entertainment/publishing has a gander at it.

We recommend David P. Vandagriff, aka The Passive Voice, for contract review.

Best advice we can give you is EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. Get professionals who KNOW what they’re doing in your corner if you go indie (editors, proofers, cover artists, formatters), and take it seriously.

I need a writing partner/writing group/critique partner. Where can I find one?

One of our fav authors, Maggie Stiefvater, has created an epic critique partner love connection here that you might find immensely valuable!

You can also find support from other authors in our Writers United Facebook group.

I’m an author. Would you blurb my book/review my book?

While we occasionally review books we’ve read for pleasure, we do not take book review requests, mostly because we just can’t predict our schedule to know if we’ll actually have time to finish it.

So, you’re two authors in one? And married? How does that work out?

Yes, Karpov Kinrade is actually the joining of Dmytry Karpov and Lux Kinrade. (See how we did that?) We are happily married and full time co-authors with three children. And it works marvelously. We love being together, love working together and we work hard at making sure to listen, talk through things and respect each other in all areas of our marriage and business. We highly recommend this happily ever approach to love. It’s fun.

Are you really as in love as you seem online?

We’re probably MORE in love than we seem online. We hold back so as not to be too explicitly gushy and sigh-inducing to all who watch us. Romance novels, love songs and sappy poetry have nothing on us.

How do you come up with your ideas?

Magic, dreams, our kids random thoughts, sometimes by typos or misreading things. Mostly we listen and pay attention to the voices in our heads. They can be quite entertaining.