I’m thrilled to participate in the blog tough for Kiya: Rise of a New Dynasty, the 3rd and final book in the Kiya trilogy. Not only do we get to learn about Katie and her final book, but also I put Katie in the hot seat and she was a trooper to answer my questions. It’s not often I get a chance to ask an established author and acquiring editor all the questions that keep me up at night. Enjoy!
Kiya: Rise of a New Dynasty (Kiya Trilogy Book #3)
By Katie Hamstead
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: New Adult Historical Romance
Release Date: February 25th 2014
Buy it here: Amazon / B&N / Kobo
Tut has grown into his position as Pharaoh, but he is a wild young man. Naomi fears for him, not only because of his recklessness, but because he has put his trust in Ay–the man determined to destroy Naomi—despite her and Horemheb advising against it.
Meanwhile, death and slavery hang over Naomi and her family. With fear of the booming Hebrew numbers causing talk of enslaving them, conscription is reinstated and Naomi fears for the lives of her other children. Especially since Ay’s children are now adults, and just as dangerous as their father. They threaten to take Itani, conspire against Tut, and push for power.
But Tut is in trouble. While Ay’s daughter draws Horemheb’s attention, and Naomi deals with the struggles of her family, everyone’s distraction could spell death for the young Pharaoh.
About Katie: Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the ―bus, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing. After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
Now onto the questions my inquiring mind wanted to ask Katie :)
1) This is your last book in the series, how does it feel to be winding it down?
It’s bitter sweet. I’m sad that it’s over because it has been a fun ride, and still is. It’s been so wonderful sharing my work with people and having them love it as much as me. At the same time, I’m eager to move onto what’s next and share more stories with the world.
2) To someone writing a series, what is the number one piece of advice you would give them?
Don’t lose your flow. I feel like I put so much raw emotion into the characters because I wrote the story out in one constant flow. I climbed into their heads and stayed there.
3) A lot of people wait for the entire series to be out before they read it. Do you prefer to wait or read as each book is released?
I would read a book I liked either way, but if the whole series is out even better!
4) Which book in the series was the hardest to write and why?
The second. I felt like there was so little going on historically that I had to fill time, especially since I needed to go from two year old Tut to eight year old Tut within the pages. I ended up making a slower paced novel with plenty of character development to set up a bridge between books one and three.
5) Which character was your favorite in the series and why?
Tut. I loved how playful and upbeat he was. Most of the characters in this feel like they wrote themselves and he’s no exception. Everything about him was fun.
6) Do prefer writing a series versus a standalone book?
You know, I don’t know. Both have qualities I love, so I think it depends on the story.
7) You write different Genre’s, which one is your favorite?
New Adult anything. I can’t pick a favorite. As long as it keeps me interested, I’m there.
8) You’re an acquiring editor and a submitting author, is it hard to wear both hats?
Yes and no. I think being an author that acquires gives me an appreciation for the work on both ends. I also strive to give the authors who submit something to work with when I turn them down because I know how helpful it can be to understand why I said no rather than just thinking “did they even bother to really look at this?”
9) What are top three things you look for as an acquiring editor?
Interesting concept, strong writing, excellent hook.
10) How has being an editor helped your writing?
It helps me see things in a more analytic manner and see things how the reader would perceive it. A reader wouldn’t be able to say things like “oh this is passive voice” or “huge info dump here” they would just sense something is off. Being an editor has helped me pick these things up and so I can implement them into my writing.
11) You have a lot on your plate, and are able to do several releases per year. Any tips to those writers out there who are trying to balance it all?
Just to set time aside to do what you need. I must admit I’m not the best at balancing everything and often burn the candle at both ends, but I do have a very supportive husband who helps me whenever he can. Know your limits, know when the best times are for you to write and set that time aside is the best thing I can recommend.
12) What’s next for you?
My next big release is my Cadence Anderson Series. There are two books, the first book comes out in June, and I’m really excited for them. I really feel like I poured my heart into them and I’m excited to share them.
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Thank you so much Katie Congratulations on finishing your trilogy and all the success you’ve had with it!