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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

GUEST BLOG: KATHRYNE KENNEDY

A Few of my Favorite Things about Writing

Thank you so much, LASR, for having me here today! I’m looking forward to talking with your readers!

I am so glad you asked me to talk about my favorite things about writing. I’ll get in to some of my challenges as well, but first, I’ll start with my favorite thing of all: building worlds. In order for me to write, I have to be in the scene. Be a part of the world. And so I have to work out the details, large and small, to make the world real for me. And hopefully, to make it come alive for the reader, as well. I love working out the magic and its rules. I love creating the characters that would result from this world, and starting them on their path to discovery. I love creating a place of wonder, and experiencing it as I write.


And therein lies my challenges. I have to make sure the world can reasonably exist. (For example, if I create enormous meat-eating monsters, I have to have a food source.) With magic, I can pretty much create what I want, but there has to be rules, and I have to stick to those rules when writing if I want to hold on to my belief. There has to be limits to the magic, and a cost, and it cannot be all-powerful, because then the conflict within the story would be moot. (If the hero can wave a magic wand and win the battle, what’s the point in having it in the first place?) For my characters, it’s easy to create their personalities, but not so easy to control their decisions. Although their basic values stay the same, they have the darndest way of evolving and changing and completely altering the path I set them on.

In The Lady of the Storm, my heroine, Lady Cecily, and my hero, Giles Beaumont, travel through an England altered by elven enchantments. I wove the magic of the world within the natural landscape to keep it believable, and one challenge I can remember is researching the geology of parts of England in order to create the crystal mountains of Stonehame. (I discovered that quartz is the most common stone in England…and around the world.)

I had different levels of power, based on how much elven blood a human inherited, whether the scepters were involved (tools of power the elven lords used), and natural gifts that my half-breeds inherited. I used notes to keep it all straight, but even then, I made some inconsistencies that required some rewriting.

Giles was cursed with an enchanted sword, and is a bit vain, a bit arrogant. I had no idea his vanity would set him on a course to get cursed once again. Lady Cecily wants nothing more than to be an ordinary human living a peaceful life. I knew I would set her on a path that would challenge her courage, but I didn’t realize she would find a way to not only accept a life of adventure, but to embrace it as well.

Do you find that the things you love the most often create the biggest challenges for you? I would love to hear your thoughts!

My Magical Best,
Kathryne

THE LADY OF THE STORM BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES AUGUST 2011





Giles is bound to protect her...

In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.

But duty soon turns to desire...

When Cecily's father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire—and the search for Cecily's father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever...

“Fantastical creatures, magical spells, lengthy quests, angst, and passion will satisfy readers looking for a romance plot in a well-developed fantasy setting.”


—Publishers Weekly


“Kennedy’s exquisite world building and terrific plotting make this a must-read.”

—Booklist Starred Review







ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kathryne Kennedy is an acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Arizona, where she is working on the next book in The Elven Lords series, The Lord of Illusion (February 2012).


Leave a comment for the chance to win one of two copies of The Lady of the Storm. Open to US and Canada readers only please

57 comments:

Debby said...

Hi KAthryne, I have enjoyed your books so much. I would love to win.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Debby! That's so great to hear! Good luck!!

Kuzlin said...

I love your enchanted worlds! The thing I love the most is my family...my husband and 22 year old daughter. She also is my biggest challenge...she is bright and beautiful and I always worry about her future and coping with our ever changing world--have I given her the proper guidance to do so.

Ellen said...

A great contest from a great author. How can one go wrong :)

glittergirl said...

Let's see, the things I love...My family, crafting and reading. Yes they are my biggest challenges as well. My kids give me great joy but I find guiding them wisely as they mature very challenging. Finding time to craft(scrapbook) and read at times is a challenge as well. Reading is easier as it can be anywhere I have a book but scrapbooking takes SPACE and blocks of time :-) . Thanks for the giveaway, I love your fantasy worlds. glittergirl54{at]ymail[dot]com

Jessie V said...

you're right on the challenges, maybe because we're so close to them. i love your books, and i hadn't thought of all that you need to keep track of. brava!

Patsy said...

I have always enjoyed your books. Great contest.
mom1248(at)att(dot)net

Erika said...

This book will be another addicting read for me!
Capall_fiain@hotmail.com

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Kuzlin! I think that comes with the mother territory. I worry about my kids all the time, and yet, they are my greatest joy! So glad to hear you love my worlds...it is my escape. :}

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Ellen! You are a doll. :}

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

We share similar loves, Glittergirl. Maybe that's why you love my worlds. :}

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Jessie V! Thanks so much, and great to hear from one of my favorite readers!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Patsy! Thanks so much!

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I love your interveiw and your writing! Your written world is so rich and entertaining!

Pat Cochran said...

I also love my Honey, children, and
grandchildren the most! I want to
do so much for them but encounter a
problem in doing TOO MUCH! I have to
make myself let go and let them do
for themselves! It's hard to do, but
I have hopes of getting better at it!

Pat C.

Pat Cochran said...

Forgot to include my email address!

p-cochran@juno.com

Pat C.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Erika! I posted this once, so it may repeat, but I sure didn't want to miss you. Thanks so much for your comment!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi girlygirlhoosier52! Shew, long avatar. :} Thank you so much for the kind comment!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Pat! I have the same problem. Great to hear from you!

Linda6506 said...

I really enjoy your writing and I admire your vivid imagination.
linda6506@gmail.com

Debbie Tsikuris said...

Would love to win this book. You are one of my favorite authors!!

debbie

mab3500 said...

Write faster woman! ;) I'm dying to find out what's next in the Elven Lords. Thank you for sharing your stories, they are the best!

dawn2454 said...

Hi Kathryne, I love reading your books, and the different worlds your characters are from. Definitely a great escape and way to get away.
I also enjoy reading your blogs and comments to do with how you go about writing your stories. Most interesting. Thanks for sharing.
d.matheson@rogers.com

Na said...

As a reader second to the characters, world-building is important to me especially in paranormal and urban fantasy books. I want a believable world even if it's not real. As long as I believe in it and enjoy being a part of it, I can focus on the story. I like the sound of the world you have created, full of magical beings.
Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Judy P said...

I really am looking forward to this book. I thoroughly enjoy your books. I read My Unfair Lady last summer after my mom suffered a stroke. It helped me through a difficult time.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Linda6506! Thank you so much!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Debbie Tsikuris! That means a lot to me, truly. Best wishes!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

LOL, Mab3500! So glad you're enjoying my stories!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Dawn2454! So glad you enjoy the blogs too. :}

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Na! Excellent comment. I feel the same, so I do try very hard to make it all believable, no matter how fantastic it may sound.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi again Dawn2454. Thank you so much for the kind words. Greatly appreciated.

SiNn said...

ive heard so much about this book i so want to read this book awesome post and ty for the chance


mortalsinn@yahoo.com

Jayne said...

Love your books. Would love to be able to own one.

Marlena Cassidy said...

I love enchanted worlds, even though I cant write them. (My quote key is broken today.) And I love the blurb for your book! It sounds like a great blend of adventure, romance, and magic.

Angelwolfstorm said...

I love creating with photography, what is challenging with that is finding new ways to shoot things.

wanda f said...

Hi Kathyrne your world sounds amazing I cannot wait to read your book its at the top of my wishlist.

flanagan@mebtel.net

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Great to hear, SiNn!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Jayne! Thanks so much!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Marlena! So glad the blurb works for you. :}

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Angelwolfstorm! Great avatar! Kinda the same way with writing...finding new ways to tell things. :}

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Wanda! The top of your list is quite an honor, thank you!

Stephanie said...

I love The Firelord's Lover and would love to read the sequel to see how the characters have developed.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed the post. I'm delighted to read there is a sequel to The Fire Lord's Lover.

Congratulations on your success!

Hi, Lisa.

I enjoyed the post and the excerpt was great. I look forward in starting the Night Walker series; it sounds wonderful.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Carol L. said...

I just received The Fire Lord's Lover and am loving it. I got my fingers crossed for The Lady of The Storm. Love your books Kathryne. I always connect so easily with your characters. Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Dannyfiredragon said...

I love the idea behind the books. Can't wait to read the books

Adora said...

Fantasy is such a great way to escape from the pressure of everyday problems. I love that you take the time to research for your world.

You definitely have a fan here.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Stephanie! So great to hear you loved TFLL! Good luck!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Booklover0226! I'm glad you were looking forward to a sequel. Best wishes!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Carol L! So glad you are loving TFLL! Good luck!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Dannyfiredragon! Great to hear from you!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Adora! So very glad to have you as a fan!

Debi said...

Your books make it such a pleasure to suspend disbelief, snuggle in your favorite spot and loose yourself in another world! Thanks!

vmaisie said...

Ah...things I love....my family....my grandsons.....my little dogs...and reading.... my greatest challenge is sometimes dealing with the youngest grandson....he has Ashpergers, and can definitely be a challenge to deal with at times....but he is the cutest, little guy I know...and always amazes me with the things he comes up with.... what a smart little mind....

jopit said...

My greatest challenge, as I think most would agree, is family. Love them to pieces, but some days.... just want to scream. :-) Next would be my love of books and reading. I keep everything I buy, so I have a whole room just of books, a couple thousand. This doesn't go over great with the husband, as he can see so many other uses for that room. So big challenge there. E-readers are great! (He can't tell how many I have!!) I love your stories! It is so easy to 'see' everything as it happens, like you are right there. Thanks!!

shobelle said...

I hope I'm not too late to comment & enter!

I agree with other posters here, family can be a challenge! :) Also, I love my pets & my job, but they also present their own unique challenges & stresses. Regardless, I love 'em all!

thank you both for the opportunity to win!

Shoni
shonijunk (at) yahoo (dot) com

Gingerbread said...

I love my big extended family, and being a leader to my Girl Scouts, and yes, all can be a big challenge at times, but are very worth it. I also love reading and enjoy your books very much. Thank-you for sharing your great writing talent with us.