Blood Line 


I'd like to welcome Kate Hamilton on my blog today...

About Kate

Kate Hamilton studied American Literature as part of her M.A. at Aberdeen University.

She grew up in London where she attended N.L.C.S.

She has lived in several different parts of the world, including Asia.

Her first published book is BLOOD LINE.

She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

I made a quality decision to 'become' a writer - that is to deliberately use words in a commercial market. I had tried another of my talents in a commercial market with resounding failure over a decade. I realised this was because I had done it purely for love and the encouragement of the educational establishment. I had not done any market research whatsoever.
I read many books and saw that to become a writer one had to read and then learn the craft. So my studio became awash with books from Dickens to Norah Roberts, from Henry James to Ian Fleming. Then I wrote five novels each one a little better than the last.
By my first published book, BLOOD LINE, I had sussed out a great many things and had learned how to fuse plotline with narrative.

What is your latest novel?

I am working on two books at present - CONCILIATION which is set in Regency England and deals, like BLOOD LINE with an arranged marriage. It also, like BLOOD LINE is influenced by Jane Austen. And another novel set in the States to begin with though I think it is heading for Transylvania as I speak! The title is SWORN.

What inspired you to write BLOOD LINE?

I was intrigued by the teenage angst and overactive imagination of Catherine Morland in Jane Austen's NORTHANGER ABBEY.

What's your favourite part of writing a novel?

The unfolding story. I often have no idea of the plot twists and turns and how the characters will reveal themselves. It's exciting.

Are there any aspects of writing you struggle with?

Believing that when I sit down to write the story will continue to unfold for me. So I sometimes put off going to the place of writing . . . just in case it doesn't.

Where do you get your ideas from?

I have read a great deal. I have also had the privilege of living in many different parts of the world and experiencing some amazing things. This has gone down deep into the melting pot of my subconscious. So the conclusions, moral values and messages I want to put across are often fully formed. Characters arrive from where they already exist in the Universe. I see them in my minds eye.
I will sit down and make out definite plot lines. I learned a great deal from reading Dickens.

How long does it take to complete a novel?

The actual writing is swift, but unfortunately I do have interruptions.

Did you query agents or traditional publishers before self publishing?

Yes.

How did you handle the rejection letters?

I didn't take the rejection personally. I analysed the situation, gave it time and was very thankful to find Amazon kindle publishing.

What's your writing process?

Sit down and begin with whatever comes to mind. Write a few pages/couple of chapters. Then sit down with what I have and begin to work out a plot line.

What factors influenced your decision to self publish?

Being badly let down by an agent. Wanting freedom of speech. Enjoying control.

Have you ever used a friend or a foe as a character?

I move among some pretty interesting people who have admitted to being nervous I might use them and their lifestyles in one of my books. But I never have and never would as I consider it unethical. Also my characters come to me fully formed and are quite unique.

Which five people would you invite for dinner?

Queen Elizabeth II, Santa Montefiore, Hugh Grant, Mary Robinson, Stephen Fry, David Suchet.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I love to drive my sports car in Scotland. I play classical piano. I paint in oils - sometimes landscapes outdoors. I watch period dramas. I walk in the hills. I visit old houses and castles. Sometimes I will come across a location I have already 'seen' and written in one of my books. I went to Abbotsford and realised I had set part of A Symphony of Time on the terrace there. Sometimes, as in the Island of Fairies in BLOOD LINE, I will use a location I have already visited.

Describe your latest novel in fifteen words or fewer.

SWORN: Bea Trevallis was dubious about her Aunt's magic - until  Aunt Matilda worked the Beauty Spell.
                                      
About Blood Line


When Lauren MacBreach's angel turns up and offers to save her from a fate worse than death she turns him down. It does not take her very long to regret her decision as she is catapulted across the Atlantic to an unknown destination filled with crazy people who attempt to do away with her. 
She meets Euphemia - 'Mia' - a distant cousin who has more than a little interest in the Laird; Ginger, who is a little too trigger happy for comfort; Erroll, who has a strange take on eightsome reels.
Historical enactments of the Boston tea party and a Haggis Hunt add to the fun.
But why does the vicar have a sacrificial altar in his bedroom? What was the Laird of Tomindoul doing on his visit to the King of Spain? And just who is The Tawny Man?
Fortunately her angel is there to save her. After all she is his first case. But even he isn't fallible. In doubt as to whether the stunningly tall, dark and handsome Laird of Tomindoul is to be her husband or her killer, Lauren trusts her angel will save her from that fate worse than death. But she does not know when or how.
A hilarious romp in the Scottish Highlands, Blood Line is a Gothic comedy romance with a sweet ending.  

Reviews

This book has a bit of everything!, March 10, 2011
This review is from: Blood Line (Kindle Edition)
This book has some interesting twists and turns, definitely taking the reader to unexpected places! I also loved the use of humor throughout....not in-your-face humor, but subtle humor. Very imaginative author! Will be watching for more from her!

*****

Better than Northanger Abbey!, February 12, 2011
This review is from: Blood Line (Kindle Edition)
What do an angel that glows with the same power as a 60 watt light bulb, a stolen shadow, missed homework reports and a Scottish Laird have in common? Precisely! This is what Lauren, the young heroine of 'Blood Line' has to deal with along with an arranged marriage and family ups and downs! An absolute must this is a real corker of a novel for young and old, earthly and angelic. A must read from this fabulous new author.

****

Clever book, March 13, 2011
This review is from: Blood Line (Kindle Edition)
BLOOD LINE is a clever premise. It is by far the most unusual romance since "Sleepless in Seattle" but it held my interest and kept me turning the pages until I reached the end. I found a few errors in the American references, but that's understandable since the author, Kate Hamilton, lives in Scotland. Easy to research historical facts, not so easy to check modern regional slang and colloquial terms. In spite of the minor errors, this was a fun read. I hated Lauren's parents, thought Lauren was a little too naive for her age but very likable and sympathetic, loved the suspense and humor, and especially loved the perfect ending. Well worth reading!

Blood Line is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can find out more about Kate on her website!

Thanks for your time, Kate. I have to admit Stephen Fry would be a pretty cool dinner guest! I can totally relate to what you said about being in control with self publishing - I'm a control freak! And you've got me hooked! Blood Line is now on my TBR list!


Happy Reading!

Sibel XX