Monday, December 13, 2010

Guest - Kathryne Kennedy

Good morning all! I'm trying my hand at an interview today. Lucky for me, I've got a very interesting author for the interview so it's kind of fun :-) Hope you all enjoy! If you're interested you can read my review of Beneath the Thirteen Moons here. Oh, and Sourcebooks has generously offered a giveaway of two copies of this great book so read to the bottom to find out how you might win.


Kathryne Kennedy Interview
Author of Beneath the Thirteen Moons

        
Beneath the Thirteen Moons is your most recent release (a re-release of your first book, originally published in 2003). How did you come up with the title?
KK: First off, I’d like to thank you, Lynda, for having me here today, and for the very kind review you posted for Beneath the Thirteen Moons. Readers like you are why I keep writing! To answer your question, I knew I wanted many moons on the planet, so the waterways between the ocean trees would flow in many directions, and thirteen has always been a favorite number of mine. I also thought about making sure it had a romance element in the title, but also something to alert the reader right away that it was a fantasy.

What inspired you to write Beneath the Thirteen Moons?
KK: My love of the ocean, Venice, and…Tarzan.

Do you have a specific writing style? 
KK: I immerse myself in my world and characters, and try to show my readers what I’m seeing/feeling/experiencing, in as straightforward a manner as I can. My style has probably changed over the years, but it’s not something I consciously am aware of. It’s a development of my voice, and that’s a tough thing to define. There are some things I purposely remind myself of when writing, however. I avoid passive voice, I remind myself to use all of my senses, I try to weave description with action and dialogue, rather than inserting large chunks. I want my reader right there with me, waiting to see what happens next.

What books have most influenced your life most? And why?
KK: Probably my mom’s books, as she became a published writer years ago. I think it struck me that writing is not an impossible dream.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
KK: Right now, Erin Quinn. We read each other’s finished works and critique them, we partner up in promotions, and we encourage each other when things get hard. She is a brilliant writer, with prose that often reads like poetry, so I value her opinion and insight.

What books are you reading now? 
KK: Masques by Patricia Briggs. I am a true fan of hers, as I adore anything she writes. I know when I buy her book that she will engage me fully in the story, regardless of what the book is about. She is one of the authors I look for by name whenever I go to the bookstore.
Thank you for the wonderful questions, Lynda! It was a pleasure!
Kathryne

BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES DECEMBER 2010

He's a ruler in a divided world...
In a magical watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com'nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.

She's an outcast, but at least she has her independence...
Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn't think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of Sea Forest, Mahri knows that she has a chance to change the fate of her people...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryne Kennedy is a multi-published, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives in Arizona with her wonderful family—which includes two very tiny Chihuahuas. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at: www.KathryneKennedy.com.


-- Lynda Again
To be eligible to win a copy of this fantastic book, leave a comment AND send me an email (Lynda@LyndaKScott.com) with the word MOON in the subject and your name and address in the body. On Friday, Dec 17, I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, select two winners. Good luck!

24 comments:

Twyla said...

I would enjoy this book.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Great to hear, Twyla!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hello Lynda! And thank you again for having me here today. I'm looking forward to meeting all of your wonderful readers.

Kari Thomas said...

Congrats on this re-Release, Kathryne; it sounds soooo great! Raising my hand for the contest!!

Happy Holiday Hugs,
Kari Thomas, www.authorkari.com

Patricia Green said...

I love that you were influenced by Tarzan. Edgar Rice Burroughs' wonderful style of prose can be a valuable inspiration.

Great interview!

Jena Lang said...

Great interview! This book sounds great!

Stephanie said...

Congrats on the re-release and thanks for the giveaway.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Kari! Wishing you good luck!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Patricia! I used to pretend I was Tarzan when I was a kid. Not Jane. She never had as much fun. :}

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Great to hear, Jena!

Pauline B Jones said...

another fun interview! the book sound very intriguing!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Thanks so much, Pauline! :}

SiNn said...

this book sounds awesome! great post

Anonymous said...

So look forward to reading this re-release book. Just now finished, "Fire Lord's Lover" and can hardly wait for more of your books. Thank you for allowing me to loose myself in your world for a time.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi SiNn! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. :}

annalisa said...

Beneath the Thirteen Moons sounds like a wonderful book! I enjoyed reading The Fire Lord's Lover and would love to read Beneath the Thirteen Moons.

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Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

I will take that comment gladly, even if I'm not sure who made it. :} Thank you.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

It was my pleasure to be here today, Lynda, and wonderful to meet so many kind readers. Thank you all!!

*yadkny* said...

Hi Kathryne!
Read the review that Lynda posted last week and from there I knew I needed to put Beneath the Thirteen Moons on my wishlist:) I like your answer to what inspired you to write it. I love that your characters have uncoventional names... it makes the characters more memorable to me and especially if the story is really good, which it sounds to me like this one is!

yadkny@hotmail.com

Alexis Walker said...

Hi Kathryne,

I didn't know your mom was a published author. What did she write? How great to have a role model right in your own home!

writerwellness said...

This books sounds fabulous! Great interview, too. What did your mother write?
Joy

Carol L. said...

A great interview. Looking forward to reading Beneath The Thirteen Moons. Love that name. Congrats Kathryn on the re-release.
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

Lynda K. Scott said...

After my alien kitten, Wookie, pulled the winning name from the box (and allowed me to read it, lol) it is my please to announce that

Twyla won the copy of Beneath the Thirteen Moons!

Yea!

Twyla, I'll let Sourcebooks know you've won and they'll get the book out to you ASAP.

Thanks for visiting!

Lynda K. Scott said...

And the second winner is...Wookie, come back here with that name!

The second winner is Jena!

Congrats! Sourcebooks will send you your copy of Beneath the Thirteen Moons ASAP.

I hope you and Twyla enjoy it as much as I did.

Thanks for visiting!