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Interview with Katie M John

Please welcome Katie M John and her YA Fantasy, FOREST OF ADVENTURES. To learn more about this talented author, her inspiration, next book, and even her book crushes, read on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in the suburbs of London with a handsome giant and a 3ft mudpuddle Fairy. I write dark fairytales and gothic horror. Apart from this I am perfectly normal – honest!
I teach English at a London Comprehensive school and love spending my days talking about books and the English Language. I love music, old things and art – I paint in my spare time (which isn’t much with all the above going on!)

 

Tell us about Forest of Adventures.
The Forest of Adventures is #1 of a trilogy called The Knight Trilogy. http://www.theknighttrilogy.com. Set in Cornwall, UK, it is about a seventeen year old college student called Mina Singer. Her life is pretty ordinary until the arrival of the mysterious and devestatingly handsome, Blake Beldevier. She falls in love with him, despite already being in a relationship with her childhood sweetheart. Her love for Blake tears apart everything she has ever known and she finds herself catapulted into a world which she only believed existed in fairytales.

 

Why did you choose your title and genre? What inspired you to write this book?


The genre and title kind of chose me. The title is a direct quote from Mallory’s Morte de Arthur which was a major influence in this very contemporary, reworking of Arthurian legends. I love YA fiction – the way that fantasy and reality blur – in just the way they do in adolescence. This genre allows you an element of freedom which you perhaps don’t get in general fiction.

 

What element of the story did you enjoy writing the most and why?
I loved writing the characters – they’ve been with me a very long time. It’s quite strange how they have become like any other ‘real’ individual in my life. Forming and shaping the characters has been very rewarding and I feel quite paternal towards them.

 

What author or books have influenced you the most?
I love the works of Poe, Lovecraft, Shelley, Keats and the Bronte’s. More contemporary writers who have influenced my work are Maggie Stiefvater and Stephanie Meyer. They taught me the importance of story telling over ‘intellectualism’ – by that I don’t mean they are not clever or beautifully worded, but these writers¬†grounded me and made me think on the idea of giving a story as a gift.

 

How do you market your books?
In any way I can think of. I have a website, blog, twitter, facebook page, goodreads page. I do giveaways of books and merchandise. Getting into best selling categories on Amazon.UK is also powerful because it pushes your work under the noses of browsers. This has probably had the biggest sales effect.

 

What are you working on now?
At this moment I am finalising the last edits of #2 which is called Immortal Beloved. Book 3 is also sketched out. However, very excitingly I am¬† starting ‘proper’ work on Beautiful Freaks – a stand alone YA Gothic Horror, set in London during the Victorian period. Kaspian Blackthorne is the protagonist. He introduced himself to me last week and to be frank – he’s started stalking me. I’ve found myself having several conversations with him this week.

 

 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Dancing and playing with my daughter, reading, painting, cooking and chilling out.

 

If you could have a paranormal power or be a certain creature, what would it be?
To never sleep; I’d love to be able to find more hours in the day to write and read. If I could be a certain creature, I am afraid that it would have to be vampire, I love the whole aestheticism and beauty attached to the myth. A siren would also be pretty cool.

 

My book crushes:
Mr Darcy, Heathcliff, Hamlet, Edward Cullen, Blake Beldevier, Dorian Gray.
My Blog: http://katiemjohn.blogspot.com/
My Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/KnightTrilogy
My Website: http://www.theknighttrilogy.com

 

Thank you Katie for joining us today and sharing your passion and inspiration with us!

 

International Blog Hop & Giveaway

Katie M John is one of seven authors I have teamed up with for an international blog hop to launch my thriller, Bloodletter, and YA fantasy, Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch.

 

This International Blog Hop started July 1st and runs for 30 days. There are well over 50 books to giveaway (mostly ebooks but some paperbacks as well) so there are lots of chances to win!

 

To enter, visit: http://www.angelhaze.com/2011/07/01/blog-hop/

For the blog tour schedule, visit: http://www.angelhaze.com/2011/07/06/blog-tour-dates/

 

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