Book one in the Knight Trilogy: The Forest of Adventures
When seveteen year old Mina Singer falls in love with the devestatingly handsome new boy at college, she finds herself catapulted into a fairytale realm. But magic isn't for children and magic can be deadly...especially in the hands of a jealous Morgan Le Fay.
Held at the heart of an ancient prophesy, Mina risks losing all those she loves the most.
Caught between two worlds. Torn between two hearts. The adventure begins...
Hey everyone! Let me introduce you to the wonderful Katie John, author of The Knight Trilogy: The forest of Adventures (Book one) & released on ebook August 25th 2011 & paperback January 2012 The Knight Trilogy: Immortal Beloved (Book 2)!
Hey Katie. Thanks for doing this interview with me. The second book in the Knight Trilogy, Immortal Beloved is this autumn (ebook). Are you excited for it's release?
I am so excited about it. Although I love the first one, I have a real special connection with the second. It's where I see my characters really start to grow up and take shape (not always entirely as we expect) We see a lot more of Delta - my favourite character and I can't wait to share her with you. The second book is very much a book of two halves. The first deals with the fall out of the ending of 'The Forest of Adventures' and the second half takes a much darker, more magical turn as we all head off to Egypt on Adventure. 'Immortal Beloved' is a blending of Egyptian and Celtic mythology and none of our gang come back quite the way they went out. (Got to stop now before I spoil it!)
Where do you get your ideas for your books? Real life stiuations/ imagnations? Or both?
The inspiration for the books has come from a lifetime of being a passionate reader and a keen (but rubbish) artist. I have always been fascinated by mythology and also been captivated by the idea of where the line between reality and fantasy lie. I'm a great believer in it not being quite as defined as we think. A lot of the scenes in 'The Forest of Adventures' are based on experiences that I had as a teenager and the settings are very much the places where I grew up.
What is a typical writing day for you?
Firstly I have to go and do my 'proper' job! I teach English at a London Secondary School for four days a week and I love it. Then I come home and do my Mummy job and then about eight o.clock I get to sit down and start writing. At weekends I have the lay in shift on a Saturday morning and so I choose to use that time writing rather than sleeping. As you can see, it's not quite the romantic vision of the writer...but one day!!!
What sort of books so you like reading yourself?
I love all YA paranormal, especially the works of Maggie Stiefvater, Stephanie Meyer and Becca Fitzpatrick. My absolute favourite reading is dystopia; Orwell, Golding, Huxley and more recently Collins' Hunger Games. I also love traditional Gothic horror; loving Stoker, Shelley, Poe and Lovecraft.
Who is your favourite author?
George Orwell. His works changed my whole life.
What was your favoutrite book as a child?
I loved Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol and a book called The Garden of Dor. (I can't remember who the author was and I leant my copy out fifteen years ago, never had it returned and have never been able to find another copy :(
Is there any book you wish you had written?
Oh definitely 'The Hunger Games' Trilogy.
Finally do you have any advise for anyone that wants to get into writing?
Don't give up. Work hard and make it happy. The only difference between fantasy and reality is making it happen!
A big thanks to Katie. Check out the links below for info on where to buy Katie's book and why not follow her on twitter and tell her how awesome her book is when you have read it!
Check out Katie's website: http://www.theknighttrilogy.com/
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Katie has kindly offered to give one lucky blog follower a signed ARC copy of 'The Forest of Adventures' ! Sorry to all my International peeps but this is only opened to the UK! I promise to do a International giveaway soon! So on to the rules of the giveaway :( There has to be rules!
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