Book Giveaway & Author Interview: In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

Welcome back to author Kersten Hamilton!

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. When she’s not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. For more about Kersten, please visit


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
My family – they are more important to me than writers dead or alive, or any celebrity of any sort. There would be more than five though. 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I’m glad you asked! My next project is so new it’s still sizzling! From Publishers Market: TYGER TYGER and RED TRUCK author Kersten Hamilton’s steampunk chapter book THE MESMER MENACE, set on the eve of the Great Mesmer War of 1901, featuring a boy inventor, President Teddy Roosevelt, evil hypnotists, robots, a lightning harvester, and a dashingly brave and loyal dachshund named Noodles, to Lynne Polvino at Clarion, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World English)

Of course, I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the fiery finale of the Goblin Wars!
Then I will finishing up a “Holes”–esque older MG dealing with suicide, Catholicism, immigration issues plus one undead school administrator.
And I have a TOP SECRET YA project in the works…

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
When I was ten it was Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat. I loved animals, and would get into fights with neighborhood children who tied firecrackers to puppies or stoned baby birds. I would fight for any animal, so the story of a boy who rescued a baby owl from tormentors was something I could relate to completely. I still love that book.
As a teen I read far too much to have a favorite—classics, science fiction, fantasy, history, westerns, romances—and as an older teen I read a lot of philosophy. 

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Live life. Do interesting things. Read OLD books. Read NEW books. Turn off the TV. And finish writing every book you start. That’s how you learn to do it. Wait, that’s six pieces of advice. Oh, well. 

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
Right now—we are living on the doorway of the dawn—tomorrow is always coming, always just out of reach.
If I had my choice, I would not have a permanent house. I would have a gypsy wagon and travel the back roads.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I would definitely be one of the Muses—the Goddesses who embody the Right Evocation of Myth—because myth is incredibly important to the human race. I’m not sure which one I would be, however. It would be a toss–up between Calliope, the Muse of Epic Story, and Thalia, the Muse of Comedy.

What is your favorite Quote?
It changes all of the time, depending on what I am working on/thinking about. Right now it is:
“We are like flies crawling across the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel: we cannot see what angels and gods lie underneath the threshold of our perceptions. We do not live in reality; we live in our paradigms, our habituated perceptions, our illusions.” William Irwin Thompson.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Johnny Depp. When he does Captain Jack Sparrow he is practically channeling me. It’s freaky how alike we are. j/k

How did you know you should become an author?
I don’t think there is any ‘should’ about life. We get to choose. And I chose to be a writer with all my heart, with all my courage, and against all odds. You see, I have dysgraphic dyslexia.
As a child, when I told people I wanted to be a writer, they just shook their heads or laughed at me. No one believed I could do it. I couldn’t spell. My handwriting was illegible. School was impossible for me, so I dropped out. But I never stopped working on my writing. I never will.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I am a little behind on my reading. Okay, a lot behind. I’m in the middle of at least six books, not counting the ones I am writing. Books I haven’t even started yet? I’m really looking forward to the second and third books of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan Trilogy—Behemoth and Goliath. I enjoyed Leviathan.
I am looking forward to the movie Red Tails because I really like WWII airplanes.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Autumn. Nature is very celebratory in the spring. Why not? Easy days are coming. Every bird and tender shoot rejoices. But the maples and chrysanthemums which face the coming frost with a defiant blaze of glory—they are my heroes. Plus, my birthday is in October. BEST MONTH EVER! I love being alive!

Tyger, Tyger
By Kersten Hamilton
Published by Clarion Books
Released November 15, 2010

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures–goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty–are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.
Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

Tyger, Tyger was just released in paperback.

In the Forests of the Night 
By Kersten Hamilton
Published by Clarion Books
Released November 22, 2011

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends.
Teagan knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich.
And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

In the Forests of the Night will be released on November 22, 2011.

Giveaway Details:
One copy of In the Forests of the Night, pre-ordered through Amazon to a reader in the US or Canada.
Ends 10/28/11