Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day. Visit her website at: www.kikihamilton.com.
How did you choose the genre you write in? When I started my first book (not THE FAERIE RING) I thought I’d write a fun fantasy book for my daughter, who was 9 or 10 at the time. But the story took on a life of its own and ended up being YA. THE FAERIE RING was the second book I wrote. Now, several years later, I’ve written a YA contemporary novel, as well, entitled THE LAST DANCE, which I think is going to come out next month! Stay tuned. So, in answer to your question, it’s not so much me choosing the genre as choosing which story I want to tell.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? There were lots of books that influenced me growing up – I loved to read. I’d read 3 books a week in high school (apparently we didn’t have as much homework back then…ahem….) But as I got older and went to college, I had less and less time and didn’t read as much. It was when I picked up Harry Potter around 2006 that I remembered the magic of reading: what it was like to fall into a book and become someone else, to live in another world and experience wondrous events. That’s when I started writing.
Can you tell us what you love the most about writing your books? Honestly, I write what I want to read, so the thing I like best is finding out what’s going to happen next! Though I often know generally what’s going to happen, it’s not unusual for characters to take over and do what they want – or for new characters to show up. I do like creating the worlds that my characters live in and creating the characters themselves – especially the secrets that they keep - and deciding when the reader gets to know some of them. ;-)
Can you share a teaser with your readers? What can we expect in the sequel? There are a number of secrets revealed in THE TORN WING, which is kind of fun. I wonder if your readers can guess what any of them are? Also, here’s one of my favorite scenes:
His gaze burned a path as tangible as a fingertip caressing her skin. She shivered—whether in pleasure or fear, she was unsure.
His words were soft. “Maybe it’s because I’ve placed my life in your hands.” He took her hand, turning her palm up and ran his fingertips gently over her skin. “Have you kept my secret?”
Tiki stared into his eyes, powerless to look away. “Yes,” she whispered.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I re-wrote this book a number of times, but in the end I’m so glad I did, because I ended up with exactly the story I wanted to tell. There are many parts in THE TORN WING that I love so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d probably say the last few chapters – and you’ll have to read them to figure out why.
What's next for you and your books? Is there anything you would like to share with readers? I am back to work full-time in the ‘real’ world in a job I love, so my writing time (and marketing time!) is much more limited, but I’m hoping to have Book Three, THE SEVEN YEAR KING, out next May with the cover reveal in January. Here’s the cover now:
And as I mentioned above, my YA contemporary THE LAST DANCE will be coming out in October. Here’s the cover and the blurb:
Two people couldn't be more opposite...
Kellen Peterson, the gorgeous star quarterback of the Griffin High football team, seems to have it all. Until the night of the Homecoming game, when Kellen gets tacked and suffers a traumatic brain injury - an injury that changes his life - including his ability to walk, talk and throw a football.
Ivy Ly is a senior and counting down the days until she can escape to college. Though her parents have big plans for her to be a doctor, Ivy is afraid to tell them she'd rather pursue music as a career.
Ivy's best friend, Mira, is obsessed with Kellen. When Ivy is asked to tutor the injured football player upon his return to school, she thinks it's the perfect opportunity for Mira to get to know him better - but sparks fly - in more ways than one...
So stay tuned for those new books! Also, anyone willing to post reviews on online buying sites, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads etc. I would be very grateful!
Thanks for stopping by Kiki!
To check out the other tour stops for Kiki's books, please visit the following sites for a chance to win a signed copy of THE TORN WING.
Monday, Oct 1st Book Briefs www.bookbriefs.blogspot.com
Tuesday, Oct 2nd Step into Fiction http://stepintofiction.blogspot.com
Wednesday, Oct 3rd Good Choice Reading www.goodchoicereading.com
Thursday, Oct 4th Patricia's Particularity www.patriciasparticularty.com