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1. Tell me about your writing process? Do you have the story mapped out in your mind or on paper before writing? Or are you a “pantser,” making it up as you move along?

I definitely get an idea for a story quite vividly. It’s usually the characters that come to me first, the scenery/location and the ‘tone’ of their story they want me to tell. From there, it really just evolves. I hadn’t really mapped out my story until this Arthur Academy series, because there are so many moving parts and intertwined stories developing that I definitely had to ‘nut it out’ to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Whilst writing though, the actual ‘story’ itself does go in its own direction sometimes, which for me, is quite organic and natural as the characters sometimes tell you during the writing process where they want to go 😊

2. About how long did it take you to write the book?

I can write a book quite fast if I spend the time, so it does vary. But Broken Wing probably took a solid 3-4 months to get the full story down on paper. Golden Crown (which is the second book in this duet and series), has been about the same as well.

3. What was your inspiration for this book? What gave you the idea to write it?

I’m always inspired by characters, I myself, would love to read about. I love, LOVE multi-layered characters so you will find all of my books have quite layered, flawed characters with a strong ‘mis-understood’ hero. Being an Aussie, I do love the American colleges and the entire collegiate world that is so different to what we have here so that’s definitely inspired my last two series. I’ve spent years researching them by travelling to the states many times over the last ten years, visiting campuses across the East and West coasts, and have been pretty obsessed!

4. Do you have any other books in the works?

Always! 😊 For me though, it’s finding the time to get them on paper! Currently, I have Golden Crown (the second book in the Arthur Academy series), and the third book in my Lake Shore Uni series in the works. I also have a draft of a paranormal romance as well, which I have been so keen to write for a looooong time! I love paranormal romance novels too 😉

5. Will this be a stand-alone, or do you have a series in mind for this book?

It’s definitely a series. Broken Wing and Golden Crown, are Hendrix and Paxtons story, with another book after that for Austin (who I adore) as well!

6. If you had to compare this to any book out there, what would you say this like? Or is it a combination of a few books? Or is it like nothing we may have read before?

I guess on the surface you could say it’s similar to many other academy romances out there right now, but I do like to think you know when you are reading a ‘Kathleen Maree’’ novel. I really like to focus on character development and a solid plot, to make it an engaging read, and ofcourse the slow-burn romance is my go-to as well. Many books in the new adult category are quite heavy on the steam, but I’m definitely not a ‘full-steam’ writer!

7. Do you have any interesting facts or anything about your book (or the writing process) that you want us to know about?

Some of the storyline that I’m ‘laying’ for my future books was really pulling my attention away from Hendrix and Paxtons story at times. I definitely had moments where I had to steer myself back to them, but it does excite me for the future of the Arthur Academy and what Austin, Banks and River all get up to!

Something extra: If anyone who reads this interview on your blog would like me to gift them a free book of mine to read – please ask them to email me kathleen.maree@yahoo.com.au

Broken Wing
Kathleen Mare’e
(Arthur Academy, #1)
Publication date: April 26th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Hendrix:

It’s funny the things you notice as a child.

Like the way people uneasily glance away from me whenever I catch their eye.

Or the way a stranger seems to smile happily at other children, but when I say hello, their smile looks more uneasy than warm.

But as I approach the steel gates to the elite Arthur Academy, I can’t help but take a long-awaited breath towards my freedom. Finally, I have the chance to build the life I want. A future. Something that gives me more to live for than the daily beatings my childhood only knew. The girl I used to be doesn’t exist here. But even as the confidence grows about a life I now have control over, I can’t help but feel there could be something else waiting for me here. Something I’ve never faced before.

And it isn’t something I could prepare for.

And preparation is what got me out. It got me here.

I can’t afford to lose this opportunity, because if I lose this hand, it’s more than just a loss.
It’s like not being able to breathe. Not being able to fly.
It’s like, having a broken wing.
And without it, I lose my control. My freedom.

Paxton:
I grip the leather ball in my hand, finally feeling the weight of the year pressing down on me. If it was just football, I could deal, but with my last name – it’s everything else that suffocates me. The Arthur Elite is what they call us, and we each have our roles to play. But my fathers given me the next two years to do what the hell I want without his interference, before he’ll own me to be his pawn.
Two years. After that, when college is done, I dread the life I’ll have to lead. The role I’ll have to play.
It should be simple. Just stroll through the steel gates and be the crown they all see; but I can’t help but feel there is something lurking beneath the surface. There is something different about this year that I sense inside my dark soul.
And it isn’t something I am prepared for; even when staying ahead is the one thing that ensures my next breath.

Because when I lose a hand, it’s more than just a loss.

It’s like losing a limb. A bird breaking its wing.

And without that – I can’t fly toward freedom.

And my freedom right now, is all I have to hold onto.

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Author Bio:

Kathleen grew up in the south-western suburbs of Sydney, where family holidays by the beach and tormenting her two younger brothers, was how she spent her early years. But at the young age of 11, when she submitted a short story to a talented writing competition through the NSW schools program, not only did she win it, but she quickly found a love for it as well.

Throughout her schooling, writing was a hobby, along with sketching and various sports. But fast forward to her adult years when she moved to Europe to follow her husbands field hockey dream, and her love for writing surged to the surface.
Her debut story, Cut, was penned over two years where her hobby seemed to lead to the completion of Pennys’ world. The rest of the series came the following year.

Kathleen enjoys writing stories full of self-discovery, emotional journeys and of course, love.
Something else she loves is hearing from her readers, so feel free to follow her blog or drop her an email.

For signed copies of her novels, more information about upcoming stories, or to follow her blog, please visit her website http://www.kathleenmaree.weebly.com

Dream often. Believe always.

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Under A Lavender Moon
Christina Mai Fong
(Nightingale Songs, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 11th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Rilla Marseas believes she has a calling to become a healer. Her soul yearns to help people and save lives. Why else would Heaven grant her a singing voice that can heal any ailment? But if the palace discovers her power, she’ll be selected for the annual Showcase, where the most beautiful and magically gifted girls in Seracedar Kingdom compete for the chance to enter the emperor’s harem. That’s the last thing Rilla wants. To avoid such a fate, she hides her power. No matter how the other villagers ridicule her for being worthless and talentless, she suppresses the urge to reveal her powerful voice and prove them wrong. When a palace scout poisons Rilla’s auntie and coerces her into revealing her power, she’s thrown into the competition. The scout threatens to harm her family if she doesn’t win. But Rilla learns there really is no winning. The emperor and empress keep girls with magical powers as pets. In cages. With some help from a handsome, but brooding prince and his mysterious bodyguard, Rilla must outsmart the palace and escape. If she fails, she’ll spend the rest of her life as the royal couple’s puppet, using her voice to grant them eternal youth.

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Author Bio:

I was a Bio major, pre-med in college, but I couldn’t stand the sight of blood. I used to write poems and stories in the margins of my science notebooks. Well, after a reality check, I decided to pursue a career in Food Science because I like food, and everyone needs to eat. Meanwhile, I continued to write. My absolute FAVORITE books are YA Fantasy, so it’s no surprise that I chose to write it, too.

Having been raised in Southern California, where there’s a healthy blend of cultures, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t put an Asian American spin in my stories. And having always been the “quiet, shy girl,” who often felt like a wallflower even though I wanted desperately to be the heroine, I’m so glad I now get the opportunity to make the underestimated good girls my heroines. But of course, I’m forcing them out of their comfort zones so they have to embrace their dark side and kick some villainous butt.

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“Top 10 interesting facts about my new book, BACULUM” 

By Christina Bauer

As part of the launch for my latest book, BACULUM, the lovely folks at 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS have asked me to share a Top 10 List. Love doing these! In this case, I’m thrilled to share my top 10 list of interesting facts about my new book, BACULUM.

10. I originally had the antagonists be evil clowns. My husband talked me off that ledge. I know, I totally owe him for this one.

9.  I sometimes write books out of order. BACULUM takes place in the past right after Myla finds out she is pregnant.

8. I don’t know why I write out of order. It actually bothers the hell out of me.

7. If I try to force myself to write in order, I get writer’s block.

6. Personally, I only read series in order.

5. Therefore, Reader Me thinks Writer Me is a bitch.

4. Also, Business Me wants to take Writer Me out and kick my own ass.

3. I love myths and had a blast having my hero, Lincoln, fight various Norse monsters in what ended up being called the Viking Games. Fun!

2. I brought back a reader favorite character for this book: Walker the ghoul. If you knew him, I think he might be your favorite, too.

1. I enjoyed having my heroine, Myla, encounter pregnancy symptoms. She’s already unhinged so this was a blast!

Baculum
Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Lincoln #4)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: January 26th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Watch Lincoln battle Norse monsters in the Viking Games!

As King of the Thrax, Lincoln leads the most powerful demon fighting force in the after-realms… yet he cherishes nothing more than his Angelbound love, Myla. Which is why the king loses his freaking mind when the sinister Ringmaster Kell targets his pregnant wife.

So. Not. Happening.

Ringmaster Kell runs the infamous Viking Games, a series of battles where participants take on the identity of a Norse monster and fight to the death. Sounds good to Lincoln. The king sets aside his crown and enters the arena with one goal only: destroy Ringmaster Kell.

Sometimes, a warrior just needs to ignite his baculum sword and kick a ton of evil ass. But is Lincoln protecting Myla or walking into a trap?

Perfect for readers who love Vikings, Norse mythology, hot princes and cool heroines.

ANGELBOUND LINCOLN
Stories from the perspective of Mister The Prince
1. Duty Bound
2. Lincoln
3. Trickster
4. Baculum
5. Angelfire
6. Rixa

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Author Bio:

Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. Christina lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby. She loves to connect with her fans at BauersBooks.com.

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