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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Interview with Kat H. Clayton, author of The Kings of Charleston Series! #FMBAuthor




Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

Kat H. Clayton: I’m originally from Kentucky, but I now live in South Georgia. I have a strict policy of only moving south (I hate snow and the cold).
When I’m not writing, I’m learning to garden, which is unfortunate for my plants as I haven’t developed a green thumb yet.

I’m of British and Native American (Cherokee) descent, and Henry VIII was my Great (add several Greats here) Uncle and I’m also related to 2 of his wives…Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Ironically, my maiden name is Katherine Howard (just a coincidence) and I ended up using my married name for my pen name because of my infamous relative who always popped up in the search engines first. Who wants to be in the same search with a girl who was beheaded? Being related is enough.

Holly: Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

Kat H. Clayton: I just write. If I took the time to do an outline it would be a waste of time for me. My mind would go in the complete opposite direction of whatever I outlined, refuting the need for it. I would be more frustrated with myself for not sticking to my carefully planned outline, which would be added pressure on the story. Writing free flow works best for me.

Holly: I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?

Kat H. Clayton: Don’t wait for that first amazing sentence to pop in your head before you write a word. Write what comes to mind and let it flow. You can clean it up and make it pretty later. That’s what editing is about. Too many people get paralyzed by the blank page and waiting for the “perfect” inspiration. Just write, write, and write.

Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?

Kat H. Clayton: The Kings of Charleston started out as a short story assignment my junior year of high school. My teacher, Ms. Chafin told us to write anything we wanted so long as it was fiction.
I kid you not, while I sat in front of the computer trying to think of something for the assignment, the word “Kythera” popped into my head. I had no idea it was a real word or anything, so I looked it up on the internet. To my surprise the painting which I describe in the first book appeared in the search results. The painting was the total inspiration for the entire novel.

Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?

Kat H. Clayton: Yes, I’m currently working on the third book in the series, The Kingdom’s Revolt, which should be out Fall 2013.

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Kat H. Clayton: Yes, because I have story percolating in my brain that has nothing to do with mystery or suspense and is all about romance. The romance genre is totally out of my comfort zone, but I’m up for the challenge. I think writing outside of the norm for me will stretch and grow my writing abilities (or let me know I need to stick to mysteries).

Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?


Kat H. Clayton: I think it’s inevitable that some of myself and people I know end up in my characters. So much of writing is based on what we know, including the experiences we’ve had with people around us. There are parts of Casper’s personality and life that my friends and family can identify as “me”, but then there are distinct things that are not at all me. I think the same thing goes for every character in the book, but I’m not about to tell who inspired which character. J

Holly: Why this genre(s)?

Kat H. Clayton: I grew up devouring every Mary Higgins Clark novel I could get my hands on. I read thrillers, Goosebumps by R. L. Stein, medical mysteries and cozy mysteries, anything with some mystery and suspense. I think that reader education is what made me love and eventually inspired me to write mystery and suspense.

Holly: Is there a genre that you love to read, and would like to write, but just cannot?

Kat H. Clayton: I love a good historical novel (author Phillipa Gregory is a favorite), but I really don’t think I could write one. I would be too terrified of getting something historically significant wrong. Historical novels take a lot of research and careful planning that I think would be hampered by my writing style. Not that I don’t do research for my novels, but such extensive research about a time period I’ve never lived in is a lot of pressure. I really admire historical authors, because they not only have to write a compelling story, but also make sure it’s authentic to a time period they never experienced.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Kat H. Clayton: Thank you for taking the trip with me to Charleston and the secretive world of Kythera. Creating a story that readers will enjoy is the whole goal of why I write and I’m thankful for everyone who has enjoyed the story and have let me know. This has been an amazing experience!


Holly: If you could live in the world you have created, would you? If no, why not?

Kat H. Clayton: I really don’t think I would want to live in their world…being on the run and chased isn’t really my idea of the perfect world. The world I built is enticing as the money and glamorous lifestyle can be, but it all comes at a price. The question is whether or not it’s a price you’re willing to pay. For my main character, Casper, the lifestyle is not worth trading her freedom and sacrificing what she thinks is morally right.
marital residence?exclusive useofe your maiden name? name Tonya Nicole Staines?
ting the Court clarify this in Amended Order?
yCasper has to figure out how to take control of her world. She’s not only up against some pretty powerful people in Kythera, but she’s a teenager with so much already going on in her young life.

Random Quickies!


Holly: Cats or dogs?

Kat H. Clayton: Cats

Holly: Favorite book to movie?

Kat H. Clayton: The Help

Holly: Hardback/Paperback or eReader?

Kat H. Clayton: eReader

Holly: Favorite color?

Kat H. Clayton: Purple

Holly: What book are you reading today?

Kat H. Clayton: Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Holly: Have you ever been out of the state where you live?

Kat H. Clayton: Yes




The Kings of Charleston by Kat H. Clayton
Series: The Kings of Charleston Series, #1
Publication: July 10th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

Synopsis:
Casper Whitley is forced to move to Charleston, South Carolina where she’ll be the new kid her senior year of high school. Casper’s upset about the move until she meets the Roman family’s gorgeous son, Cal, but there’s a problem. A mystery surrounds him which can be summed up in one word…Kythera. Never heard of it? Neither has Casper until she finds the word tattooed on cars, paintings and all her new friends.

After Casper’s life is threatened, someone is forced to tell the truth about her parents, the Romans and Kythera’s motives for her being in Charleston. Once the truth is revealed, she must decide whether to protect her family and Kythera’s secrets or walk away from everything she has ever known.


PURCHASE:



All the King's Men by Kat H. Clayton
Series: The Kings of Charleston Series, #2
Publication: March 28th, 2013
Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

Synopsis:
After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.~Aristotle Onassis

There's a mystery floating in Charleston, South Carolina and it revolves around one word...Kythera. To anyone outside the city limits it means nothing, but to those who live there it's a word whispered in awe and respect or jealousy and hate.

Welcome to a world where money isn't the only name of the game.

All the King’s Men is the sequel to The Kings of Charleston and continues the adventures of Casper and Cal as they try to escape Kythera and the mysterious group looking to destroy the “K”. Will they leave behind everything they've known or will their association with Kythera destroy them before they can escape?

The Kings of Charleston asked, are you in? All the King's Men asks, will you survive?


PURCHASE:


Kat has been a writer her entire life, but never pursued a writing career until the characters from a short story she wrote in high school refused to go away. Finally, she sat down and wrote their story which would became The Kings of Charleston series.
Kat has been an avid reader her entire life. She enjoys all genres, but particularly Mystery and Young Adult. Mary Higgins Clark is one of her favorite authors who inspired her love of mysteries.
When she isn't writing, Kat loves to travel, try out new recipes and hang out with her husband. She is originally from Kentucky, but currently resides in South Georgia with her husband, a cat named Frank and a dog named Lil.

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