Today we have Kiki Hamilton joining us for a round of questions regarding the upcoming release of her novel, ‘The Faerie Ring’, which comes out in October this year. If you haven’t heard about this one yet, I strongly urge you to check it out! London, 1871, pick-pockets and fae? What’s not to love? ‘The Faerie Ring’ is shaping up to be one of the not-to-be-missed reads of 2011!
Q: Your novel, ‘The Faerie Ring‘ is released in October this year. How would you describe your story in 25 words or less?
Tiki is a pickpocket in London 1871. She steals the Queenâ€™s ring and finds itâ€™s a reservoir that holds a truce between the British and Faerie courts.
Q: ‘The Faerie Ring‘ is set in London, 1871. Did you watch any particular movies set in this time period to get a ‘visual feel’ for your story?
To be honest â€“ I didnâ€™t. I actually wrote ‘The Faerie Ring’ in 30 days. Just sat at my laptop and typed – I could see it all unfolding in my head. And the interesting part â€“ Iâ€™d never been to London. Really didnâ€™t know anything about it until I started writing the story and as Fate would have it â€“ where Tiki lives is in the heart of old London and the places she travels â€“ Buckingham Palace, Charing Cross, St. James Park etc. â€“ are all positioned closely together.
Q: What was the most important message/theme you wanted to get across when writing the story? Was there something you wanted it to accomplish more than anything else?
Well, I didnâ€™t write the story with the intent of conveying a specific message, though there is certainly the theme of believing in yourself, in your ability to cope, as well as dealing with issues of trust.
Q: You mention on your site that the ‘Harry Potter’ series inspired you to venture into the world of YA writing. Tell us a bit about that.
Iâ€™ve always loved to write but I was so busy with work and my family and life that I didnâ€™t make the time to write. Then I read ‘Harry Potter’. (I didnâ€™t actually start ‘Harry Potter’ until the ‘Goblet of Fire’ came outâ€¦ I read books 1-4 in a week.) Iâ€™d forgotten the magic of a well-told story. The magic of becoming the characters in a book and experiencing their adventures. I loved ‘Harry Potter’ so much that I decided Iâ€™d write a little story for my daughter and thatâ€™s when the madness all startedâ€¦
Q: What’s the most daunting thing about having a book published?
Personally, for me, it is the waiting. Every step seems to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Iâ€™ve been in the business world for many years and most businesses donâ€™t operate that way, so thatâ€™s been the biggest challenge â€“ to be patient.
Q: And, finally, what can we expect from you after the release of ‘The Faerie Ring‘.
Ahâ€¦.well, now that youâ€™ve asked, Iâ€™ve written book two, ‘The Torn Wing’, and book three, ‘The Tara Stone’, and just started working on book four, because my 15 year old daughter wants to know what happens nextâ€¦
I also have a YA contemporary completed that still needs some work called ‘Pulse’ and some other little projects in the works. The next step is to see if my editor wants to buy them. I think it all depends on sales for ‘The Faerie Ring’ so I appreciate you helping spread the word!