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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Q&A INTERVIEW with Kathryne Kennedy, Author of Beneath the Thirteen Moons

Join us for a visit with Kathryne Kennedy, Author of Beneath the Thirteen Moons

Welcome Kathryne and thank you for sharing with us today.
Q1. Do you consider your books fantasy romance, science fiction romance or....?

KK: Hi Martha! First, I’d like to thank you for having me here today. It is truly a pleasure! To answer your question, I consider my books fantasy romance. Although Beneath the Thirteen Moons has a science fiction element because the world is an alien planet, and many of my other books have a historical background, they are all fantasies…with an equal amount of romance tossed in.

M: I have to say that I was very impressed by the alien planet world you created.
Q2. What inspired you to write the fantasy genre you write?

KK: An absolute love for fantasy…and a longing for more romance. At the time I began writing, there were no fantasy romance books, so I combined the genres I loved, to live the kind of adventure I wanted to experience. I feel blessed to have found readers who want to live my stories with me.

M: You can certainly count me as one of those readers as I truly enjoy your fantasy worlds and the intense romances you have created.
Q3.  I love series and I always wonder:  When you do a series do you have each book plotted out before you start the first one or do the subsequent books flow from the first book?

KK: Great question! That varies. When I wrote the first Relics of Merlin books, I had an idea for more books in the world, but no overall plot arc, so I would say the rest of the books flowed from that first one. With my new series, The Elven Lords, I developed an overall plot arc from the very beginning, although I still try to keep each book easy to read as a stand-alone. And I always leave it open for prequels or sequels.

M: That is good to allow the stand alone facet as not everyone will have started with the first in a series. Although they might want to go back to get any prior books. :)
Q4. What type of research goes into creating one of your novels or more specifically what research went into Beneath the Thirteen Moons?

KK: Fortunately, I have a son who is in a doctoral program for materials science engineering, and another who is pursuing a teaching degree in science, and a husband who loves the history and science channel. So, I use them for a sounding board for my world creating, especially when it comes to the logistics of the world (or the fantasy rules). They help me keep my worlds ‘theoretically’ possible. :)

M: How wonderful to have family resources to help in these details.
Q5.  If you had an opportunity to provide only a two or three sentence "teaser" quote from Beneath the Thirteen Moons, what would it be?

KK: “Don’t you get it? They can manipulate our thoughts, make us see what they want.” Mahri poked his chest with her finger. “They’re making you fall in love with me.” Korl gripped her shoulders. “Who?” Mahri pointed at the line of fur-scaled bodies. “The natives, of course!”

M: That is a good teaser as it makes you wonder if Korl's feelings are really being manipulated and also makes you want to know who "the natives" are.
Q6. Do you ever work your hobbies/interests into your writing?

KK: I love the Victorian era, so I certainly worked that into my first series, although it required more research than I imagined. I continue to write in a historical backdrop, researching different eras, so I still work that interest into my stories. With Beneath the Thirteen Moons, I have a big passion for the ocean and its creatures, so that became a large part of the book.

M: I loved some of the sea creatures that played a part in Beneath the Thirteen Moons.  They fit so well with the story.
Q7.  Do you have any rituals that help you get in the mood to sit down and write?

KK: I clear my email, sometimes I change into sweats (more often than not I’m still in my pj’s when I start writing), and I have to have a large glass of ice water by my side. And a bit of chocolate. :}

M: I love to think of authors writing in their pjs. It seems so comfortable to me. (I only wish I could clear my email.)
Q8.  Do your characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?

KK: You ask the greatest questions! No, I can’t ever remember them haunting my dreams, although I did write a short story called “Silver River” (it was included in a dark fantasy book anthology—you can find it on my website) that was based on a dream. But until my current WIP is finished, they do stay on my mind, and I get inspiration and snatches of dialogue at odd moments. I keep a notebook by my shower, a tape recorder by my bed, and a small notebook in my purse.

M: Ah - that ever important catch the moment of thought in writing or dictation before it gets lost!
Q9.   Is there an ancillary character in your books you had the most fun with?

KK: In Beneath the Thirteen Moons, it was definitely Jaja. Such an imperious little scamp. I can’t tell you how much I long for my very own monk-fish!

M: I really liked Jaja and the description of "scamp" is so apt!
Q10. What is something unique about you that you would share with your readers?

KK: I think my imagination is unique, because it’s so over-active. Thank goodness I can release it in my books.

M: I noticed that imagination right away - your settings and worlds are definitely unique.
Q11.  If you could have readers finish a sentence what would it be?

KK: I love when authors mix genres because…

M: Great question. I'll be interested in the reader's answers!
Thank you for visiting at my bookshelf and for giving us awesome, magical stories to read!

Thank you for having me here, Martha. You’re the best!


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...
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:
Check out my review and Giveaway for two lucky readers to win Beneath the Thirteen Moons!

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