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DEB: Kathryne, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
KATHRYNE: I’m a storyteller, and love to create new worlds of magic, adventure and passion. I have two sons, have been married for a looong time, I’m goofy about my two little Chihuahuas, and have a fondness for artichoke hearts and chicken paprikosh. And chocolate. Especially chocolate.
DEB: Tell us about your new series, The Elven Lords and the first book, The Fire Lord's Lover.
KATHRYNE: The Elven Lords series is a magical new world based in the eighteenth century Georgian era. Seven mad elves have opened the barrier between the worlds and taken over England with their magic and beauty, turning the king into nothing but a trophy for their elven war games. In Book One, The Fire Lord’s Lover, my half-elven hero, Dominic Raikes, finds that his arranged marriage to Lady Cassandra Bridges brings him much more than he bargained for. Trained as an assassin to murder Dominic’s father, the last thing Cass expects is to fall in love with her new husband. But dark magic and secrets threatens not only their newfound love, but also their very lives.
DEB: What was your inspiration for these books? Have you always had an interest in elves?
KATHRYNE: I have always loved what I consider ‘true’ elven, the Sidhe, and when I saw the movie, The Lord of the Rings, I fell in love with Legolas, and knew right then that I wanted a romance revolving around those beautiful characters. (Although in the book I had fallen for Aragorn, the quiet man of the forest. So I do have an elven lord whose magic is for tree and plant.)
DEB: What type of research did you do for this book/series?
KATHRYNE: A lot of research into the Georgian era (eighteenth century), including a lot of time on the clothing (took me forever to determine if women wore panties or not). I have to understand the world I’m writing in, so it’s like going back to college and crash-studying all over again. Even though I alter everything with magic, I need a solid basis for the historical world so I can ground my reader in it.
DEB: What is your normal writing day like? Do you have things that have to be in place to write comfortably?
KATHRYNE: I definitely need an organized environment. Everything has its place, and heaven help me if it’s not in it, cause I can’t resist the urge to fix it.
DEB: How long have you been writing and what was it like when you got the word that your first novel would be published?
KATHRYNE: My first book, Beneath the Thirteen Moons, was published in 2003 (and it’s re-releasing in MM paperback in December of this year by Sourcebooks Casablanca) but I was writing short stories before that, learning the craft and building credentials. When I first heard that the editor was going to take a chance on such a different book, I can remember doing a happy dance around my office, and hoping that what I loved to write (a blend of world-building & romance) would find an audience. Prior to that happy day, I was receiving rejections from fantasy publishers that it had too much romance, and rejections from romance publishers that it had too much fantasy.
DEB: Do have any advice for new writers?
KATHRYNE: Be true to your creative process. Learn everything about the craft, and then use what makes sense to you.
DEB: When you’re not writing, what kinds of books do you like to read? Do you have a favorite author?
KATHRYNE: Fantasy and romance, and most especially a blend of the two. I have several favorite authors, including Robin McKinley, Julie Garwood, Patricia Briggs, Patricia McKillip, Andre Norton, Erin Quinn…and those are just off the top of my head.
DEB: What are you working on right now?
KATHRYNE: Book Two in The Elven Lords series, titled The Lady of the Storm. This is Cecily’s story, the elven half-breed that was rescued in The Fire Lord’s Lover. And of course I’m in love with the hero Giles, a man with a cursed sword and a passion for the Rebellion. I’m just finishing the end, which is always a bit sad for me, because I’m leaving the characters. But not the world, thank goodness, for I’ll be starting Book Three very soon.
DEB: Tell us one thing that people may not know about you?
KATHRYNE: I guess one of my guilty secrets is that I love reality TV shows. I watch almost every one of them. I’m fascinated by the different personalities of the participants, and how the same situations can bring out the best, and the worst, in people.
Thank you so much, Deb, for having me here today! It’s been a pleasure to answer such interesting questions, and I look forward to meeting your readers.
My Magical Best,
Thanks to Sourcebooks I have the opportunity to offer 2 copies of, The Fire Lord's Lover, for giveaway. The rules are pretty simple and this is easily one of my favorite books of the year.
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4.) Deadline for the giveaway is midnight, EST on July 16th.
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