Monday, December 14, 2009
Welcome Kathryne Kennedy!
I'm so excited to have one of my all time favorite authors on the site today. Kathryne Kennedy is the author of the Relics of Merlin series, acclaimed for her world-building and best known for her historical paranormal romances. Her latest release, MY UNFAIR LADY combines her wonderful characters that are her trademark with a delightful glimpse into Victorian England.
Kathryne: Hi Erin! Thanks so much for having me here on your blog today! I’m really looking forward to visiting with you! So, let me just jump right in to the questions that you asked me:
Erin: Works for me. First question: Most authors have an original idea that sparks the creation of a novel. For MY UNFAIR LADY, what was that spark?
Kathryne: The movie, MY FAIR LADY, based on Shaw’s PYGMALION. Being a romantic at heart, I was kinda disappointed in the ending. I wanted a true happily-ever-after! But it was the theme of the story that inspired me more than the plot itself. Must a woman transform herself to find a man to love her? Will changing your outward appearance have any effect on what’s truly inside of you? And more importantly, do we place too much emphasis on outward appearances, and not enough on an individual’s character? I wanted to explore all those questions in MY UNFAIR LADY, and had fun exploring them with my outrageous, knife-wielding heroine, Summer Wine Lee.
Erin: I loved Summer Wine Lee. She had such personality and energy. I loved her gusto for life. Next question: You know I'm a huge fan and one of the things I love best about your books is the breadth and depth of your imagination. You think of things I'd never even dream of. Does that creativity just come from brain to fingertips, or do you have some process for finding such fresh and creative ideas?
Kathryne: I was blessed (or cursed, depending on your point of view! My poor husband…if he’s late 10 minutes, I’ve got him in a car crash, laying on a street somewhere bleeding from several wounds…you get the idea) with an over-active imagination. Thank heavens I had my writing to turn my imagination to!
So, I start out with creating the world, which is always such fun, and then once I start writing, all the details just start to flow through. A lot of it comes from my characters. For example, in my upcoming Georgian Fantasy romance series (THE ELVEN LORDS, book one, THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER), I had two secondary characters pop up in the book, and I gave each of them an extraordinary magical ability.
(Erin: Unscheduled break from your station sponsor--THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER is FABU-LOUS! I got to sneak preview and love, love, loved it! Comes out in July 2010 if you're wondering.... Okay, back to the interview.)
Kathryne (continued): And then later on, those abilities actually affected the plot. It wasn’t planned, it just happened through the story and characters. Now the hero’s abilities, that of fire magic, was planned from the beginning, as were the heroine’s ability to perform death dances. So I guess it’s half planned, and half not. :}
Erin: What inspires you?
Kathryne: Phew! I wrote an entire blog post for Fresh Fiction on all the things that inspire me! They come from anywhere and everywhere. But, I’m so glad you asked the question, because there was one thing I forgot when I listed them. Music. Now, I don’t listen to music when I’m writing (I’ve heard a lot of authors do) because I have to visualize myself in the world, and then I tell my reader what I’m seeing. But, songs do inspire me. For THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER, there’s a song by the rock band HEART called MAGIC MAN, which inspired my hero, General Dominic Raikes (He’s got magic hands, mama.)
Erin: Did I mention that I was in love Dominic. :-) Okay, next question, Favorite recent books that you've read and have stuck in your mind long after you put them down?
Kathryne: HAUNTING WARRIOR, by Erin Quinn (I’m one of your biggest fans, and feel honored to have read it before its release!),
Erin: Yay! You just made my whole darned month!! Thank you!
Kathryne: SOULLESS, by Gail Carriger (Fun, amazing and romantic), KUSHIEL'S MERCY by Jacqueline Carey (all of her books astound me), SLAVE TO SENSATION by Nalini Singh (a dreamy, passionate romance).
Erin: I have SOULLESS on my nightstand and can't wait to read it. KUSHIELL'S MERCY I haven't read yet, but am adding it to my list. Love Nalini Singh--big fan of her too!
Kathryne: Thanks so much for asking such great questions, Erin! I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of the first book in my Victorian Fantasy romance series, THE RELICS OF MERLIN, ENCHANTING THE LADY, to one lucky reader.
Erin: And I'll throw in an autographed copy of ECHOES OR WHISPERS (readers choice) and a $10 gift card! To enter the contest, go to http://www.erinquinn.info/Contest.htm
Bonus!!! Leave a comment for Kathryne and be entered twice in the contest!
Kathryne, thank you so much for stopping by and chatting! Readers, if you haven't yet read Kathryne Kennedy, you don't know what you're missing. Her books are amazing! Hope you have enjoyed this interview. Don't forget to stop by www.erinquinn.info and click on CONTEST to enter to win!
To learn more about Kathryne's books, visit http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/
In stores December 2009:
My Unfair Lady
By Kathryne Kennedy
$6.99 US/MM Paperback
Purchase from publisher: http://www.sourcebooks.com/
Purchase from Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/kathkennauth-20
For multiple links to purchase from your favorite on-line retailer: http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/
He created the perfect woman…
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