Please give Kersten Hamilton a warm welcome to the virtual offices! Kersten is here to discuss the last book in her Tyger Tyger trilogy, When The Stars Threw Down Their Spears.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Kersten Hamilton] A dash Mamieo Ida, a teaspoon Pipi Longstockings, great gobs of Peter Pan, some Severus Snape…. Oh, wait. You meant a different kind of character entirely, didn’t you? That’s more difficult. Let’s see…a joyful peregrine, a partaker of the deeper magic, a too infrequently penitent knave, and a teller of tales.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about When The Stars Threw Down Their Spears?
[Kersten Hamilton] The Goblin Wars is really one book split into three parts. Can I say a little bit about each?
TYGER TYGER invites readers to step through into a modern world of Celtic mythology and magic; IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT calls them to come further up and further in, and WHEN THE STARS THREW DOWN THEIR SPEARS throws the wide, magical world open before them!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Teagan?
[Kersten Hamilton] Compassionate, resourceful, and courageous.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did Teagan change from when we first met her in Tyger Tyger?
[Kersten Hamilton] Teagan was very young in Tyger Tyger. She has grown — as we all must — through making terrible mistakes and tough decisions.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Finn had a theme song, what would it be?
[Kersten Hamilton] Teardrop sung by Newton Faulkner. For Finn, love is a doing word, and he is fearless when it comes to love.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Teagan is never without.
[Kersten Hamilton] Now, that’s a toughie. Never is a very tricky word when it comes to Teagan. Sometimes she can’t carry anything with her at all. If you have read the first two books, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, then I can’t tell you why. Spoilers! How about I tell you Teagan’s theme song instead? It would be Fix You by Cold Play, and she would sing it for Finn because he has lost many things he cannot replace.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Finn’s rucksack?
[Kersten Hamilton] A cell phone, hair products, or anything ever sold by Abercrombie and Fitch. He *would* have a blade or two, and at least one pair of clean socks and a roll of duct tape….
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Teagan’s greatest regret?
[Kersten Hamilton] Not putting a brick in a certain inner tube once upon a time … just kidding. Her greatest regret is a decision she made soon after she met Finn — a decision she can never change and never forget and will regret forever.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most difficult aspect of writing this series?
[Kersten Hamilton] Reaching the end. This story came from deeper inside me than anything I have ever written. It was very, very hard to finish the book. I left my heart on the page when I walked away.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Kersten Hamilton] Caffeine, faith, and a lot of courage.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Kersten Hamilton] FORGET ME NOT by Carolee Dean. Dean uses an incredible mix of screenplay format and poetry, including free verse, villanelle, pantoums, shape poems — and she is always in control of her story. I loved it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us about your next project?
[Kersten Hamilton] Which one? I have a fun MG steampunk series called GADGETS AND GEARS coming this fall, some nitty-gritty picture books for itty-bitty readers are in the works, I have a magical reality MG almost done, and as soon as my heart stops hurting, I’m starting a Top Secret YA project.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Kersten Hamilton] People can reach me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
from my webpage: Kerstenhamilton.com
or on Twitter: @KerstenHamilton
Thank you for interviewing me, Julie!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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