Interview with SPFBO Author KB Benson

Write on: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 by  in Guests Reviews Read 5274

Welcome to! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

I am the author of the 2019 release Call of the Sirens trilogy. I am absolutely in love with my family, can never say no to a chocolate brownie (or any dessert for that matter), and I enjoy taking afternoon naps. I am a huge advocate for following your dreams and making them come true.

Writing has been a part of my life for over a decade, but my family always comes first. And our small townhouse is getting full with my hubby, baby girl, golden retriever, and a little man on the way!

Editor's Note: Afternoon nap club, whee! But more importantly, congratulations on the little man! 

What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?

Yes, I entered my debut clean YA Fantasy Romance, The Harvest!

Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?

The Harvest is a teenage love story between a human boy and a siren (aka a killer mermaid). Set to lure humans from land into the sea for her family to feast on, Iris never expects to fall in love with her prey. The Harvest is her story and Jace's about how they fell in love and everything they do to protect it when their worlds fall apart.

The Harvest is a story of boy meets monster and falls in love, but I hope the Judge will gain a lot more from it than that. The theme behind The Harvest (and the entire trilogy) is a message of learning to love yourself for who you are. No matter who you are.

You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?

I think so! The Harvest is an easy read, but it's stuffed full of tie-ins to Greek Mythology. Not only does The Harvest give you a fun love story, but it will pull you along with twists and turns throughout. And I guarantee that if the Judge makes it to the last line, they will be surprised. Maybe even shocked. Maybe even screaming that the book just ended.

Readers have said they've enjoyed everything from the alternating narratives to being kept on the edge of their seat the entire time, and I think the Judge will, too.

I'm also excited to follow along and get introduced to the other contestants and their work. There is so much talent out there, often hidden within the indie community, that it's easy to miss a story you'll love. I can't wait to find new authors to follow and worlds to dive into.


Its more of gold, hidden within the deepest chasms of the ocean. Theres only one way to find it, an ancient jar, a mystical map will take you on an unexpected journey. If you survive, you can have the money.

Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?

I was introduced to SPFBO through one of the author communities I follow, and I immediately loved the idea! As I mentioned above, I think there is such a wide variety of self-published books on the market, it can be easy to miss a story you might love. Whether or not I win SPFBO, I'm excited to offer The Harvest to avid readers and bloggers because I truly believe it will be a book they might love.

Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?

Yes, I am! I just finished a round of edits on The Harrowing (Book 3 in Call of the Sirens). Soon, it will be off for copy editing and then into your hands on August 8!

Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?

Best of luck to the other contestants! Judges, I hope you enjoy all of the creative stories coming your way! And Mark, thank you for arranging SPFBO for self-published authors to join!

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

What do you mean? African or European swallow?

Editor's Note: Thanks for entering the competition! We at wish you the best of luck with the ending of The Call of the Sirens.

Filip Magnus

Filip picked up his first fantasy novel when he was seven and hasn’t stopped reading since. A critical reader who judges novels on their technical use of language and plot alike, he has a soft spot for literary fiction and tragic, heroic tales.

In his free time, Filip writes fiction, makes gaming reviews on YouTube, and maintains a personal blog. All that when he’s not too busy going through piles of books in as short a time as possible.