Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ask the Author

To continue on with questions re: THE FAERIE RING series, Iris says:

"Thank you very much, Kiki, for answering my question about the Faerie Ring series! I very much appreciated it. Looking forward to read your answer about the Midnight Spy! But I have one more question: could you recommend some books you have read about the faeries? Thanks again. iris"

Hi Iris! Thanks for your interest.  Here's a quick pix of some of the books I used in my research!

I'm not going to list all of the books pictured but a few that were extremely helpful about Victorian London were as follows:

For THE FAERIE QUEEN I had Dunvegan Castle send me their catalog. (But of course, you'll have to read the book to know why.... :-)

And after I wrote THE SEVEN YEAR KING I visited London and took a picture of the Cup of Edenhall in the Victoria and Albert Museum:

And then there were LOADS of books about Faeries that I read. Some of my favorites:
Faerie by Brian Froud

Good Faeries / Bad Faeries

The Idiot's Guide to Elves & Fairies

The Fairy Bible

The Ancient Art of Faery Magick

 And LOTS of online searches on a multitude of topics. Which was half the fun of writing the question led to another and another. The history of fey is fascinating and so intriguing because it spans every continent and every culture.

Hope this helps, Iris!  

Coming up next:  I'll talk about writing  THE MIDNIGHT SPY! If you have questions leave them in the comments!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book News!

Hi Guys!  So here's some fun news - the entire FAERIE RING Series is now available as ONE BOOK on Kindle and Nook! You can read start to finish - all the way through. 

Immerse yourself in the dark, mysterious world of Victorian London as Tiki solves the mystery of the faerie ring! And if you like the stories - post a review online for me - that would be awesome!

Want to check it out? Go to Kindle here or Nook here.  Thank you for your support!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ask the Author

I love it when I get emails from Readers, whether directly or through Facebook, Twitter, whatever!  I recently received this note:

"Dear Kiki, I love your books. Loved the Faerie Ring series and now just finished the Midnight Spy. Great story! But I would like to know more about the background of the stories. Where did you get the information and inspiration for the Faerie Ring series ( I love to know more about faerie legends) and how did you create the world of the Midnight Spy? Where are the languages coming from? Or how did you develop them? Did you take Nostradamus quatrains and change them for the purpose of the story? Thank you very much!" Iris

THANK YOU, Iris, for reading my books, and caring enough to ask questions!  I'm going to split my answers into two posts.  Today I'll tackle your questions about THE FAERIE RING.

"Where did you get the information and inspiration for THE FAERIE RING series?"

I wrote THE FAERIE RING back in 2008.  I'd just finished reading a faerie story that I'd found disappointing, so I decided to write the story I wanted to read. I actually wrote the entire book  in 30 days! It was so much fun - I had to keep writing to find out what happened next!

I remember sitting on my couch and I'd just written the part where Tiki steals the Queen's ring. I was sitting there going  'now what?' (haha - the classic author dilemma!) and I looked down and the light caught the diamond in my wedding ring and it looked like there was a fire burning in the depths of the stone - and that's all I needed to know to keep writing!

When THE FAERIE RING sold to Tor Books, my editor, Susan Chang, wanted all the historical details to be accurate, so I did LOTS of research - online and in the library. So. Much. Research. I purchased books that talked about life in Victorian London and actually had the chance to travel to London, where I went to all the places Tiki went - Charing Cross, St. James Park, the Birdkeeper's Cottage, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park etc.  I even went to the Buckingham Palace gift shop and got books there about the royal family and the layout of Buckingham Palace. I included all those real-life details in the story.

"Where did you get the inspiration for the faerie legends?"

When I started writing THE FAERIE RING I had no idea I would end up writing a four-book series! But when I got to the end of THE FAERIE RING, I knew the whole story hadn't yet been told. Plus, I *love* faerie stories and the 'what if' part of mythology. Such as...what if there's more to the reality than has been told in the stories we know?? So I started reading about Britain and faeries and found throughout history all the way to present day there are persistent beliefs in the fey and their stories are intertwined with ours.  It was so fascinating to find many relics exist to this day and are prominently displayed in museums that claim a link to faeries. As the story progressed over the four books, each book has a link between real-world items that can be visited today and the fey.

Thanks again for asking, Iris! I hope this answers some of your questions!  Check back soon and I'll do another Ask the Author about the THE MIDNIGHT SPY!
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