Book & Swag Giveaway: The Knight Trilogy by Katie John (plus interview)

Welcome Back to Author Katie John

Katie’s Contemporary Arthurian legend series, ‘The Knight Trilogy’ was launched in December 2010 with the release of ‘The Forest of Adventures’ and the subsequent release of ‘Immortal Beloved’ in 2011. Both books have been in the UK top 10 Amazon charts for Contemporary Fantasy and Fairytales. The final book ‘Star Fire’ was released this summer.

She is currently working on a stand alone YA novel called ‘Beautiful Freaks’, a steampunk, Victorian – detective fairytale,  which is due for release in October 2012.

She lives in the London suburbs, is married to a dashingly handsome giant and is mummy to a 3ft Mud-puddle Fairy. Katie likes to write whilst eating Jaffa cakes and listening to her i-Pod.


What is one book everyone should read? 
I’m going to cheat here and answer as if you’ve asked me for two! Firstly, George Orwell’s Ninteen-Eighty-Four because it teaches us about the dangers of political apathy (regardless of age, education, wealth). The world Orwell created, didn’t just happen over night; society slid into it. I fear we are sliding into that world still. The idea of thought-crime and the manipulation of language is something we should all be very aware of.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare, because he covers almost every complex human emotion, desire and motivation. His stories are beautifully constructed. People are often ‘afraid’ of Shakespeare; I always tell my students not to get hung up on every word but just to read the lines and get a ‘feel’ for what is being said. Shakespeare is meant to be read like that, from a really visceral place; from the heart and soul, not the head.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
Because everybody needs more magic in their lives.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Currently I’m working on a stand alone YA / NA novel called ‘Beautiful Freaks’ which is a total Gothic, Steampunk indulgence. It’s kind of Sherlock Holmes meets the Grimm Brothers meet’s Oscar Wilde. It’s incredibly decadent and full of fairytales. It’s about a series of paranormal murders of men in the Haymarket, Soho area of London. Essentially it’s a detective story but unlike any other you’ve read. The protagonist Kaspian Blackthorne visited me when I was in the middle of plotting Star Fire (Book 3 of Knight Trilogy). He started to haunt me; I constantly saw him out of the corner of my eye and in the end I gave in and wrote his novel. It happened so quickly that I have little recollection of writing it. It was sketched out and written over the space of two months. (A miracle for me, bearing in mind that all my other novels have taken a year a piece for me to write.) It’s been a great joy editing it as I’ve rediscovered the stories. I think it is genuinely my strongest piece of writing yet and it is a world that I would love to step into. It’s due out October 31stthis year.

After that I’m working on a horror novel. Horror is a genre I’ve always been fascinated by and which I have probably read the most of. It will be published under a pseudonym as it will be extreme adult horror. There will be more YA novels in the future as it’s where my heart is.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Keep writing. I know that sounds totally obvious but it’s easy to stop. I did in my twenties. I just didn’t write as I was always too busy doing other stuff; profession, qualifications, family, home etc. etc. Looking back, these are lost writing years which I’ll never get back. I regret that. All the potential stories and works that were never thought of because I didn’t give it the time I should. I was always ‘going to’ rather than ‘am doing’. I try to never go longer than a fortnight without writing something – anything; flash-fiction, poetry etc.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? 
Artemis; It’s all that stomping around the forest thing. She was a self-made goddess and I like that idea. She was strong and loyal and fiercely tempered about the things that mattered to her. She didn’t take too kindly to being insulted and she could be cold and dismissive, however she had a great sense of sisterhood and was generous of her own spirit. Strong, independent and determined; these are all traits I aspire to.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?  
Jesus of Nazereth because he was one of the greatest political / social rebels of all time. He took on and challenged the authorities when he knew that it would bring about his death. He totally challenged the way that we should view other human beings and taught us not to judge or condemn (it’s sad that so many of the churches set up in his name don’t follow this fundamental teaching!) He taught tolerance and forgiveness and it doesn’t matter if you believe he was a divine being or not, even just as an individual, mortal man he has something to teach everybody. Most of all I would like to ask him how he found the courage to stand up against the horror of the regime knowing it would bring about his own agonizing death. In this respect I’d love to meet with any of those who have done this.

On a really personal level I’d like to meet with my Grandfather who died when I was nine. We were very close, very much a kindred spirit who accepted my early demonstrated eccentricities.  I’d like to introduce him to my daughters and for him to have a pint with my hubby. We’d just hang out for the afternoon; walking his red-setter and eating the mint humbugs he kept in his anorak pocket. I’d like him to see the woman I’ve become; I hope he would be proud.

My nickname has been Johnage for many years. I still have some friends who call me by no other name. It came about because they think it is a good cricketers name and quintessentially English. I have to confess to being very quaintly English in many ways. 

How do you react to a bad review? 
I take it on the chin because everybody is entitled to express their opinion – and sometimes they have a very valid point that I take on board and try to learn from. Better a bad review than an indifferent review. I like people to have a conviction of opinion. ‘Bad reviews’ that demonstrate the ignorance or failing of the reviewer are slightly irksome (opinions should be based on knowledge). The ones that are frustrating are those that illustrate a complete misunderstanding or rushed reading of the story. If they misname my main characters, I smile to myself and sigh. 

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? 
A camper van (An RV to my US friends) and two years off work for the hubby to go with it. We’d go touring around America with the girls.

What’s your favorite season/weather? 
Autumn. It totally inspires, refreshes and excites me. I find it a very decadent season full of self-indulgent things; reading, writing, red wine, cozy nights in, game for dinner, walks in the park, drinking coffee in pavement cafés whilst wrapped up, wellies, jumpers, and I love the way that the cold gives my cheeks a really healthy glow. Can you tell how much I LOVE it? LOL

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it? 
Writing. I have a very busy family home and any quiet writing time is a total indulgence. I’d perhaps also sneak off to the spa for the morning. I wouldn’t sleep – it would be a waste.

Harry Potter or Twilight? 
I’m an unapologetic Twilighter (or Twiglet as my hubby calls me) It has got everything in the bag for me; broody handsome male, lots of trees and lots of angst.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 
That I’m a Methodist and that I go to church regularly. Most of my friends are totally shocked by this as I’m a bit of a wine-drinking, swearing, anti-authoritarian, pagan, wild-child. I have an arrangement with the big fella – he takes me as he finds me or not at all. It’s not something I explicitly talk about with my friends / acquaintances unless they specifically ask me about it. (Usually when they’ve stopped laughing). In my personal experience, it’s increasingly considered a little bit ‘weird’ if you openly discuss your Christian faith in England, and it certainly isn’t widely socially acceptable to refer to it in general conversation. I find it amazing how ‘open’ about it they are in America. My closest friends chalk up my church going as one of my many eccentricities. Almost all of my acquaintances are atheist or ‘Dawkinsist’. 

The Knight Trilogy by Katie M. John

“A Powerful Reworking of the Arthurian Legends”

Everybody’s heard of the fairies at the bottom of the garden, but what if it wasn’t just fairies  but a whole magical realm?

When the devastatingly handsome Blake Beldevier arrives at Mina’s college, she finds herself unwillingly swept off of her feet and her whole world is turned upside down.

But Blake has a secret … and  as Mina finds herself drawn further and further into his world she realizes that fairytales aren’t for children, and there’s certainly no guarantee of a happy ever after.

Giveaway Details:
A complete set of ‘The Knight Trilogy’ (Books 1-3 in paperback) plus a swag pack (a tote bag, a bookmark and some signed postcards).
Ends 10/18/12

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