Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Katie Hamstead, about her new novel, Branded.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I wrote my first story when I was twelve. It was a grand total of thirty pages and about horses. But I didn’t take being a writer seriously until I was married and with a newborn. I sat and typed out all my stories I’d written in high school and University, then went on to finish the unfinished ones. Then I wrote the Kiya Trilogy and something clicked. I love writing, and when Kiya signed, I realized it could be so much more than just a hobby. The day Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh (Book 1) released, I received my offer for Branded from Soul Mate.
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
A: I first decided to start querying early in 2012. I sent out a few queries, but not having any clue, they all received rejections. So I put in some money for a professional edit, and through a friend I found out about the GUTGAA comp. They had feedback posting before the first round to get help on queries. The best thing ever. I wish comps still did that. I learned so much and came into contact with people who eventually became my good friends and CP’s (critique partners).
After that, I started getting partial requests and soon my first full. It only took about 2 months to get my offer, and once I’d cleaned up Branded, I entered it in a comp and as I said before, got the offer the day my first book released.
Q: What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
A: Keep trying. Keep learning. You always have room to improve, and rejections can be used to help that. Always take criticism with a grain of salt and glean something helpful from it.
Q: Tell us about your upcoming release.
A: Branded follows Ali as she tries to survive a brutal invasion. She is a fighter, the sort of person who has a strong survival instinct. She comes across evil people, but also deeply good people, and even falls in love. She sees humanity at it’s best and worst, and comes out swinging.
Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad.
Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers.
But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.
About the Author
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing. After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
To Purchase Branded: http://www.amazon.com/Branded-Katie-Hamstead-ebook/dp/B00I901VTW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391573853&sr=8-3&keywords=Katie+Hamstead