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.
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.
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
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