Kiki Hamilton is the award-winning author of THE MIDNIGHT SPY and THE FAERIE RING series. She lives near Seattle but dreams of living in London one day.
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Hey there! Thanks for your interest in my writing. I hope you see enough interesting stuff here to make you want to track down some of my books and read them!
Probably like you, I've always been an avid reader. There's nothing better than to escape into the pages of a book where you can go anywhere and be anything.
I've enjoyed writing on and off all my life, but to be honest, it was reading HARRY POTTER that inspired me to write a young adult novel. I will always be grateful to the brilliance of JK Rowling for reminding me of the power and magic of books.
I've written several books, about adventure and mystery, about love, betrayal and trust. With an array of characters who seem like real people to me, and places, like London 1871, that of course I've never visited - but I feel like I have.
Which brings me back to my love of reading: you can go anywhere and be anything within the pages of a book. I hope you have a chance to read one of my books and enjoy what you find hidden in the pages.
Map of London 1871 drawn by Virginia Allyn.
~How do you come up with the ideas for your books?
Well, ideas for books pop into my head all the time. Usually preceded by 'what if?' and followed by 'why not?' I love the idea of things not being exactly what they seem - that something exists just beyond our grasp. I also think our brains have fantastic abilities of which we barely scratch the surface, so I like telling stories where the characters tap into some of the unusual abilities, that really exist in all of us.
~Do you base your characters on people you know in your real life?
So far, I haven't consciously done that. I think my characters are bits and pieces of people I know, as well as part of me, but I have not written a character specifically thinking of one person. The funny thing is - my characters develop their own personalities as I write and will often do things in the story, that I had no idea would be part of the plot. However, there are some names and other little details that I put in which are pulled from my real life.
~How did you become a writer?
To be honest, I just started writing a story one day. I loved to read and decided I wanted to write a story for my daughter. it took a lot of hard work, but I stuck to it. When the story was done, I had to revise it. And I had to take classes to learn how to write better - but I loved it, so I kept at it and things have worked out pretty good so far. :-) I'm still learning though and continue to take classes and read to improve my writing.
~What should I do if I want to become a writer?
Take classes - in high school, college, online - there are lots of different places you can learn to write. Stick to it! - writing is hard and takes lots of time and effort. There might be times you want to give up - everybody feels that way sometimes, but keep trying and remember why you started writing the story in the first place. Have your work critiqued by fellow writers, read blogs that talk about craft and try to write every single day. And finally - NEVER GIVE UP!