Hey there everyone. Well, I have been hanging out to do an author interview, perhaps talk to someone else other than my fictitious characters or harping on about my daily intrigues. And it just so happens that I found Katie, author of The Knight Trilogy, a blogger and writer as equally interested in the delights of the written word as I am.
Katie has been an avid supporter of mine on Twitter and Face book, and generously organised an interview with me on her own blog http://katiemjohn.blogspot.com/.
I figured since I've been browsing through her site often enough, that returning the favour and promoting her fantastic books would be the perfect round off to my recent cyber-stalking.
I'm kidding, but I do want everyone to have a look into Katie's world, check out her site and blog and see just how talented this author is. Why don't you start by reading her interview below?
1. What inspired you to become a writer?
I've always been a reader; reading is a complete passion in my life. I suppose it was only a matter of time before I felt the need to write my own story. There are some stories which stay with you after reading; change the way you perceive the world and feel about others - I wanted to see if I could accomplish the same.
2. Describe why you chose to focus on writing a young adult novel.
I've taught English to 11-16 year olds for the last ten years and I love the energy, passion and extreme sense of feeling that is linked to being a young adult. It seemed natural to me to tell my story to 'my' kids. I also had an extremely intense young adulthood and I felt compelled to address some of the issues.
3. Does 'The Forest of Adventures' and your latest book 'Immortal Beloved' portray any important messages for its readers?
I didn't set out to write a moralistic tale - but I did want to share a secret with my readers; and so there is a secret contained within the pages of The Knight Trilogy. The message is important but it's for the reader to discover not to be told. I've littered it with clues and to reveal the truth all the reader has to do ... is follow them.
4. If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Eccentric, kind and passionate.
5. Who are your favourite authors and why?
George Orwell because he taught me to be wary of the world.
Alfred Lord Tennyson because he taught me the real world was not the only form of existence
Stephanie Meyer because she taught me that storytelling is the way into the heart - not to be pretentious and over ernest.
6. If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?
I'd play on the beach with my husband and daughter on a perfect autumnal day, then come home to do an hour or two of writing and say goodbye to my twitter friends. I'd drink a good bottle of red-wine, eat venison casserole with horseradish mash; kiss my daughter before bed and go to sleep holding hands with my husband. I'd dream of being in Belle Epoch Paris, eating oysters and listening to opera at the Moulin Rouge.
I have simple but rich dreams.
7. If you could slay any fictional character from another book in your own novels, who would it be and why?
I'm a pacifist so I leave the killing to my characters. If I could reform any character it would have to be Voldemort - I think he's just terribly misunderstood and clearly traumatised. He also evidently has a very low self esteem LOL!
You can find Katie at: http://www.theknighttrilogy.com/