Sunday, October 7, 2012

Kiki Hamilton Author Interview

Book Nerd Interview

Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and a YA contemporary novel entitled THE LAST DANCE which will be released Spring 2013. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own. Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day.

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Why is storytelling so important for all of us? 

 I think there are several purposes to storytelling – 1) to be entertained, 2) to experience events and situations that we otherwise might not ever be involved in and 3) as a means of developing understanding and empathy for people and situations that are different than we are.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you? 

LOL – I was wild in my youth. :)

What was the greatest thing you learned at school? 

Well, I learned different things at different levels of school, but probably the thing I learned that was most important was acceptance and enjoyment of diversity. People are so interesting – I love the opportunity to meet new folks and hear what they’re thinking.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tiki, how would you introduce her? 

A 16 year-old pickpocket who is a risk-taker, but also loyal and loving and unpredictable.

Do you have a favorite quote that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire you?

Yes! I actually have a series of quotes on my website under the heading “Inspiration” because they resonate with me. Here’s one of my favorites: “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Anonymous. Here’s another one: (sorry but I love it!):

Chongquing China
The Riverbank
Fan Ming
Translated by Andrea Lingenfelter

Red roses bloom
In the woods
On the other shore

There is no bridge over the river
I linger
linger on this shore

Golden apples ripen
On the branches
On the opposite shore

There are no boats on the river
I linger
linger on this bank

The red roses have withered
The golden apples have fallen
And I discover
The river
Is very shallow after all

If you could introduce Rieker to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 

I’d like to introduce Rieker to Elizabeth from Pirates of the Caribbean, though I don’t think Tiki would like that too much. Wait – that’s a movie, not a book! Let’s see……I’d like to introduce Rieker to …I can’t think of anyone – I want to introduce him to a girl who’s a rule-breaker – can you think of someone? Hmmm….I might need to write a new book….

Where is the best place in the world you’ve been? 

London. I am in love with London, though I wrote THE FAERIE RING before I ever visited. I feel like I’m home in London.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie? 

Uhhh…I never lie. ;-)

What’s your most missed memory? 

There are moments from when my daughter was very little that I dearly miss.

Who was the last person you hugged? 

My mother.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had? 

I was a waitress one summer during college. I worked a split shift so I’d work the lunch crowd, have a couple hours off and then come back and work from 4:00 – 9:00 – MISERY. I quit two weeks early because I hated it so much.

When was the last time you cried? 

I don’t remember. Okay, I got a little drippy when my daughter drove off to school this morning because it won’t be long before she leaves for college, but that doesn’t count, right?

London 1872 -

A bloody escape, a deadly threat, a shocking revelation...

As an orphan who stole the Queen's ring - only to find the ring was a reservoir that held a truce between the world of Faerie and the British Court - Tiki’s greatest fear suddenly becomes all too real: the fey have returned to London seeking revenge. As war escalates in the Otherworld, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold, is attacked. In order to protect her family and those she loves, Tiki needs to know the meaning of an fáinne sí, the birthmark that winds around her wrist. But will she be brave enough to face the truth?

Kiki Hamilton’s second book in The Faerie Ring Series, The Torn Wing, the backdrop of 1872 London sets up again for a story full of plot and a murder mystery that leaks the truth about the Faeries and Queen Victoria’s England. When a war is sparked between the human world and the Faerie world, the story goes on full throttle and delivers one hell of a ride of action, suspense, and romance. The story of Tiki & Reiker’s relationship goes to new levels. Tiki goes through a self-discovery phase as she faces her past to truly understand who she is with Reiker at her side lending any help she may need.

Kiki’s writing style is able to transport its readers into Victorian London with vivid details. The magical world that was created is such an immensely beautiful place that readers will find it a rush getting to live in it within the pages. The mix of magic, history, and secrets were the perfect blend to deliver such a wonderful story. From the beginning, a drama unfolds and more will follow to maintain its intrigue throughout. Kiki beautiful writing is able to refresh your memory from the first book or get caught up if you have missed it (shame on you!). Even with a killer cliffhanger, The Torn Wing will not disappoint. It only feeds readers’ hunger for the next book in this wonderful series.

You can purchase The Torn Wing at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Kiki for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive One Copy of The Torn Wing & Bookmark by Kiki Hamilton.
4 Winners will receive one Signed Bookmark of The Torn Wing by Kiki Hamilton.
1 Winner will receive One poster, One Bookmark, and One button of Tiki Art by James Vallesteros
10 winners will receive One bookmark of Tiki Art by James Vallesteros.
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  1. Hi Jean! Thanks so much for hosting me and THE TORN WING on your Book Nerd site! You are awesome!!

  2. Thank you for your genorosity Kiki! I'm super excited about this giveaway!!!!

  3. Loved the book!!!!


  4. Great interview. Can't wait to get my copy!!

  5. Thank you for the giveaway. The Torn Wing appears to be an amazing book.