Who Art Thou Thursday: Katie M. John

Katie M. John was one of the authors who participated in the Angel Haze blog hop I was a part of not too long ago. She was generous enough to offer a few copies of her works as part of the Saturday giveaways. Now she’s returned to share a little of herself with us. Yay! Tell us about your most recent publication.

#1 of The Knight Trilogy ‘The Forest of Adventures’ was published in December 2010. #2 ‘Immortal Beloved’ is released on August 25th 2011.

The Knight Trilogy is a Paranormal Romance set in the UK: in the beautiful location of Cornwall. It is a contemporary working of the Arthurian Legends and weaves classical British folklore, Egyptian mythology and European fairytales.

Primarily it is the coming of age story of seventeen year old Mina Singer. Her life is mapped out for her. She is doing well at college, is in love with her childhood sweetheart and has a life plan. That is until the arrival of the mysterious and devastatingly beautiful Blake Beldevier.

As she falls in love with him, tragedy strikes and she finds herself moving further and further away from the Real World into The Realm: a place she only believed existed in fairytales. However, fairyland can be a dark place and where there is good, there is also evil.

Across the three books there is a reworking of ancient myths and stories as well as the appearance of some well known characters such as Merlin, Vivien (Lady of the Lake) and of course Morgan Le Fay. The main characters are very much twenty first century teens and it is an interesting interplay between these two worlds.

It is a story about love, friendship and challenge as well as having a wider global message about the importance of change and transformation. It’s a story full of optimism about future generations.

Which of your characters do you relate to most?

In the Knight Trilogy, it has to be Delta. She seems to be a character a lot of my readers really identify with. She’s strong, independent, a little bit damaged but full of warmth and humour if you’re willing to fight your way through the shell.

To some she can seem a little distant but that’s a defence mechanism. She’s the strongest character – so much so that she literally wrote herself.

Where do you get inspirations for your stories?

Everywhere and everyone. Sometimes it’s events I witness, weather, music etc. A lot of it comes from my compulsive desire to people watch.

What’s the hardest part of the writing process?

Finding enough time!! I teach English at a London Comprehensive school ( a job I love!) I’m mummy to a three and a half year old and also a full time domestic engineer LOL.

What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why?

People reading it. There is something really magical about sharing a story with someone. It’s a surprisingly intimate relationship.

What’s your favorite writing tool and why?

A good bottle of red wine (preferably Malbec) and the ipod.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I love the early dysptopia writers; Huxley, Orwell, Golding. I also love the new YA writers Collins, Fitzpatrick, Kate, Condie.

I’m a true Goth girl as well; I love Stoker and Shelley, Lovecraft and Poe.

Who would you say is your biggest fan in your writing career?

I have the most wonderful fangroup who I speak with regularly. They are so supportive, kind, encouraging and they believe in what I’m doing. These lovely ladies started off being anonymous readers who took a chance on my book and over time have become really special friends. (You’ll find us chatting away on twitter all the time.)

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep going – don’t give in. There will be days you think you’re rubbish and everything you write is rubbish – especially when you read an amazing book – but keep true and work hard.

Take criticism (all of it) as the best gift anybody can give you: it makes you a better writer.

Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

Thank you for believing in me.

What are you working on now?

I am currently sketching out a novel called ‘Beautiful Freaks’. If you can imagine Sherlock Holmes blended with Dracula with a little pinch of steampunk and a kiss from Tim Burton, you’re kind of in the right story.  It’s set in 1899 London and concerns a series of paranormal murders / killings. It’s YA but it is dark and quite Gothic.

It’s quite a challenge to write / map out because it’s more like a collection of short stories all interwoven. The protagonist is Kaspian Blackthorne and he’s a complex young man to write. (although quite endearing)

 How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pen Print or Cursive: Cursive Pantser or Plotter: Plotter Favorite Candy: Prefer cheese! Worst habit:Impatience

***************************

About the Katie M John

Married to a handsome giant, mummy to a mud-puddle fairy. Writer of Dark Romance Fantasy / Fairytales. Otherwise completely normal.

Connect with Katie M. John on her Website

 

Find The Forest of Adventures at:

Smashwords

Amazon

 

Special Post: Blog Hop – Horror/Thriller Giveaway + Winners

I’m one of the authors participating in Angel Haze’s blog hop for her up coming releases (Bloodletter and Legacies of Talimura). It ends July 31, so don’t miss out.

As part of the tour, we’ll be doing a giveaway each Saturday featuring a few of the authors! Woot.

Before we get to the giveaway, we have some winners to announce from the last giveaway. Quick reminder of what was up for grabs for the Blog Hop Humor/Paranormal Fantasy Giveaway: 2 Digital copies of the following:

  • Haresh Daswani: Evolution of Insanity
  • Reena Jacobs: Shadow Cat
  • Lenore Wolfe: Doorway of the Triquetra
  • Lenore Wolfe: Dark Warrior: To Tame a Wild Hawk

We had low entries this time around so lucky lucky! some folks won two books. And the winners are!

Evolution of Insanity by Haresh Daswani: Krysta Banco & Jennifer Wells
Shadow Cat by Reena Jacobs
Sarie Grober & Krysta Banco
Doorway of the Triquetra by Lenore Wolfe
Evening-Green & Jennifer Wells
Dark Warrior: To Tame a Wild Hawk by Lenore Wolfe
Marlene Botha & Julie S.

***Emails have been sent. Winners have until next Saturday (July 30, 2011) to respond. I won’t be choosing new winners since there are extra copies floating out there***

*********************

So what’s up for grabs this week? Two digital copies each of the following books:

Bloodletter by Angel Haze (Thriller)

Thou shalt not kill.

A contradictory message written in blood at the scene of a young woman’s murder. Within days, another body surfaces with a similar calling card and, to Detective Ramon Faust and Criminalist Kelly Garret, it’s clear a deadly game is underfoot.

As the rash of horrific crimes continue, a phone call unearths a shocking revelation: Nakeita isn’t the first city the elusive killer has left his mark. The Bloodletter, as dubbed by the media, has played his deadly game before.

Delving deep into the most terrifying case of Kelly’s career, threatening phone calls and flashbacks of a forgotten near-death experience challenge her sanity and the lives of everyone she loves.

 *********************

3:16 by Jeffrey Martin (Thriller)

For most people, an experience with social networking helps them connect with new acquaintances and bridge the gap between long-lost friends. But one man has adopted its resources to fulfill a more sinister agenda. Brandon Thornley uses the database to search for potential victims as he feeds his thirst for blood. What Brandon doesn’t realize is that someone has accepted his request…and this person is even more ruthless than him. New Haven Police Detective Patrick Morgan is assigned to investigate a string of ritualistic murders, which leads him to discover that the killer has left behind something valuable. Armed with the evidence he needs to bring a madman to justice, Detective Morgan sets his sights on his target. Unfortunately for him, he’s not the only one, and his competition will do anything to ensure he fails.

*********************

The Venus Club by Katie M. John (Horror – Anthology)

Winner of the Indie Horror Writing Contest Feb 2011.  A dark & haunting Gothic story, set amongst the abattoirs & Gentleman’s clubs of Victorian London. Born into the cruel world of Victorian London, Eleanor learns that the world is purely a choice between fear or control. And, when Eleanor meets the mysterious Kate, Eleanor is introduced to an entirely new appetite for both.

Suitable for readers 16+ years (mild horror and mild sexual reference)

As always, entry is easy. 🙂

  • You’ll earn 1 point for completing the form.
  • An additional point for sharing the giveaway and leave the link (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Linked, MySpace, etc.). *Optional*
  • You may tweet once per day for the giveaway and/or campaign after your initial entry for an extra 2 points. Use the same form.
  • Comments are appreciated, but only entries from the form count.
  • Giveaway ends Saturday, July 30, 2011.
  • Please read the giveaway policy for the nitty gritty.

Special Post: Blog Hop – YA Fantasy Giveaway + Winners

As I mentioned earlier this month, I’m one of the authors participating in Angel Haze’s blog hop for her up coming releases (Bloodletter and Legacies of Talimura). By the way, yesterday I spent some time at Lenore Wolfe’s website where I did an interview. Check it out.

As part of the tour, we’ll be doing a giveaway each Saturday featuring a few of the authors, starting today! Woot.

Before we get to the giveaway, we have some winners to announce from the last giveaway. Quick reminder of what was up for grabs for the Birthday Giveaway:

  • First Prize – Your choice of $15 worth of books from The Book Depository
  • Second Prize – A book from The Book Depository ($10 value)
  • Third Prize – A book from my 2011 reviews.

And the winners are!

First Prize: Sarie Grobler
Second Prize: Roro
Third Prize: Donna/BLHmistress from Book Lover’s Hideaway

Congratulations! Emails have been sent.

***Winners have until next Saturday (July 16, 2011) to respond or new winners will be chosen***

So what’s up for grabs this week?

Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch by Angel Haze

Debonair, a witch from the Unspoken-of Lands, has meddled in the forbidden practice of magic and created an army of nightmarish proportions. When sixteen-year-old Astanyx and his two best friends return from a hunting trip to find their small town of Polca reduced to smoke and ash, they find themselves thrust into a battle for which they haven’t been trained.

With the help of his comrades, including an esteemed warrior, one of the last great wizards and a princess they’ve sworn to protect, Astanyx must fight to unite the kingdoms of the humans, dwarves and elves. He must ask forbidden questions that no one wants to answer, questions about Talimura’s dark history. As Debonair’s brutal warriors lay siege to the kingdoms, Astanyx is driven to pursue a fateful quest for a blade powerful enough to defeat the malevolent witch before she destroys the three kingdoms and unleashes an unspeakable ancient evil.

Angel Haze is offering 2 digital copies.

 ***************************

The Childe by C.A. Kunz

Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager growing up in the small port town of Astoria. Sure, she is taller than average, has a mane of fiery red hair that is impossible to tame, is left handed, and has one eye that is sky blue and one that is amber, but that is where the differences end . . . unless you include the “minor” detail of her slow metamorphosis into the Childe.

We all know how difficult high school can be, and for Cat Colvin it is no different. Except for the fact she has the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times.

This first book in this coming of age fantasy series follows Cat’s life through the twists and turns toward finding out what and who she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with biting humor, darkness, and yes, a few life lessons as well.

The C.A. Kunz duo is offering two prize packs. See below.

 

 

 

 

  ***************************

The Forest of Adventures by Katie M John

For seventeen year old Mina Singer, falling in love with an Arthurian Knight on a white horse was never part of the plan – especially being that she’s an ordinary college girl living in the twenty first century.

As Mina finds herself catapulted into a land she believed only existed in the bedtime stories of her childhood, she soon discovers that Fairyland is not quite as innocent as she imagined.

The question is…who will come out alive?

Haunting, beautiful and sexy, The Forest of Adventures, is a dark romantic quest into the land of true and forbidden love.

Katie M John is offering 2 digital copies.


As always, entry is easy. 🙂

  • You’ll earn 1 point for completing the form.
  • An additional point for sharing the giveaway and leave the link (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Linked, MySpace, etc.). *Optional*
  • You may tweet once per day for the giveaway and/or campaign after your initial entry for an extra 2 points. Use the same form.
  • Comments are appreciated, but only entries from the form count.
  • Giveaway ends Saturday, July 16, 2011.
  • Please read the giveaway policy for the nitty gritty.

Be sure to stop by next Saturday for the winners and more giveaways!

Special Post: Kick off Blog Hop Angel Haze

It has begun! I’ll be participating with 7 other authors in a month long blog hop. Lots of goodies, interesting tidbits, excerpts and more. Visit the participating authors’ blogs and see what they’re all about.

Participating Authors:

Angel Haze

Jeffrey Martin

Lindsay Buroker

Reena Jacobs (That’s me! and you’re here.)

C.A. Kunz

Lenore Wolfe

Katie M. John

Haresh Daswani

Books Featured:

The fun starts at Angel Haze’s blog. You don’t want to miss out. 🙂