Author Interview and Book Giveaway: THE FAERIE RING, by Kiki Hamilton

Happy Release Day!!! THE FAERIE RING, by Kiki Hamilton now available. Do not miss this must read YA historical fantasy. I'll be giving away a copy to one lucky winner, see below. If you want to increase your chances, visit Literary Rambles and Mundie Moms for more chances to win this fabulous book.

THE FAERIE RING is Kiki's debut novel. Her interest in writing began after reading the first few HARRY POTTER books. Once she started writing, she was hooked. Which brings us to her debut.


Kiki Hamilton

 Kiki, can you give us a twitter length pitch of THE FAERIE RING?

Victorian London – a pickpocket steals the Queen’s ring, only to find it is a reservoir that holds a truce between the British court and the world of Faerie, and everyone wants the ring back. 

THE FAERIE RING is set in 1871 London. Did you start with setting, character, or plot?

I knew my setting was Victorian London and I started with my character, Tiki, who is an orphan who picks pockets to survive. Later, I picked the year 1871 because that is the year one of my characters who existed in real life, Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, is 18.

In THE FAERIE RING we get a peek into Buckingham Palace, life in Charring Cross, local pubs, and other homes and landmarks of the time, some that still exist today. How were you able to write about these places with such authenticity?

Well, the Internet is an amazing thing. When I wrote THE FAERIE RING I had never been to London and really knew very little about the City. It was actually very fortuitous that I set Tiki living in Charing Cross, which is the true heart of London and the center point from which all distances are measured, even to this day. Aside from the Internet, I read books and used my imagination. It was all very clear in my head.

When Tiki stole the ring, I really felt as if I saw the palace through her eyes.

Thank you. I did do quite a bit of research as I work on editorial revisions and had a chance to visit London. While there, I walked in my character’s footsteps (which was so amazing and surreal!) from Charing Cross to St. James Park to Buckingham Palace, which added greatly to my ability to add details to the setting.

The romance is wonderfully done as is the pacing. Any suggestions for the rest of us on pacing?

Get a good editor. LOL (Editor Susan Chang at Tor Teen)

Well, really, I just try to make each chapter pertinent to the overreaching arc of the story and have each scene move the story forward. How did you figure out how much to reveal and when? That’s kind of a tough question to answer. A lot of it has to do with the way you choose to tell the story – who your main character is, who’s point of view the story is being told from etc. But I think most important is that every scene, every bit of dialogue needs to be there for a reason that is important to fully tell the story.

The ring is AWESOME!! I want one. Tell us a bit about the ring and how you came up with the idea and the visual?

So much of it just sort of fell out of my head and onto the page, it’s hard to remember now. I think Tiki had already stolen the Queen’s ring and I was trying to decide what happened next when I looked down at my wedding ring, which has diamonds in it, and they glittered like there was a fire burning in their depths and in a heartbeat I knew the true story of the Queen’s ring.

How many books are there in THE FAERIE RING series?

I’m not totally sure. The second is written and there will definitely be a third. From there, I’ll have to wait and see.

I like to close an interview with something fun so here's the last question. How do you think your fifteen year old daughter would describe you?

LOL, who knows? I’m going to go ask her…..*leaves the room*…. I’m back. Here’s what she said: *snort* “Insane.” *long pause* “No, no , no – understanding, lovable…..definitely unique. Funny.” *another snort* “Definitely smart and sarcastic. Easy to talk to and fun. How’s that?” *more snorting*


Thanks Kiki for coming by today and congrats!

To win your very own copy  of THE FAERIE RING, delivered to you by moi (a book I will buy for you with my own money because I love it that much) please leave a comment (be sure I have your email address in comment, please). For extra chances to win see below. (And let me know in your comment what you've done so I can give you points, points, and more points to win this AMAZING book).

Me buying a copy for you : )

+1 if you're a follower
+1 if you tweet about this post
+1 if you link this post to your facebook page
+2 if you blog about the giveaway, with a link to the post, on your own blog

Winner will be announced on October 4th.






33 comments:

  1. I'll tweet it too--I think I have a couple of readers for this in my house!
    kpwixted at me dot com

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  2. Great interview Paula! Wow there is so much that excites me about this book, first being the setting which is close to my heart, not to mention the mystery and intrigue.

    Tina

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  3. Thank you for featuring me and giving away a copy of TFR!!! I LOVE the pictures of you in the bookstore!!! and that book doesn't look bad either! hee hee xo

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  4. Paula, you have a great way with interviews--and I loved Kiki's answers about getting a good editor and also about how her daughter would describe her.

    I'm a follower, and am going to tweet this right now!

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  5. Hello there you two!! This is so cool, Paula. Kiki's book launch, on your blog :) Makes me happy just to be here. All things feel possible today. (And, yes please, I'd love a copy of TFR. Not that I don't already own a couple, but I can think a few more people to give it to!)

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  6. Kiki,

    Very fun interview. My daughter and I are going to have to arm wrestle over who reads The Faerie Ring first! Love the bookstore picture...how exciting!

    I'm a GFC follower and I tweeted about the giveaway. Link: http://twitter.com/#!/ReneeRearden/status/118838790549811201

    ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I'm very excited to read this, since I only saw drafts! Congrats to Kiki for the book, and Paula for the great interview.

    You inspire me to get back to writing...after I'm done with school :)

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  8. I'm so jealous that you got to walk your character's footsteps! Ah, someday... :) Count me in for the drawing, Paula! This sounds right up my alley! :)

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  9. Fantastic interview! Kiki is amazing. She's given me some heart-felt support, and I hope TFR has great success. Great job both of you! Thanks for the interview, Paula. Go Kiki! Congrats!

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  10. Count me in! :D

    angelidgcruz at gmail dot com

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  11. Great interview! I love the pictures of you buying The Faerie Ring, too, Paula--that is so exciting!
    I'm already halfway through my own copy and loving it, so I would feel a little guilty entering the giveaway...I hope whoever wins loves it as much as I am!

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  12. Terrific interview! I love learning more about authors and their books. I've been dying to read this book for so long, and if I'd had the money to pre-order it or buy it yesterday, I would have. So far, I've had to live vicariously through other people raving about it lol.

    I don't know if this is open to Canadians (sorry if you said and I missed it, I didn't see it), but if it is here's my info:

    GFC Follower: SweetMarie83
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/SweetMarie83/status/119057412874452992
    Email: irishstar_83(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Great Interview!
    I'd love to be entered if it's open internationally.

    Follower (GFC celebridal)
    FB link: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=277682708916710&id=100001614655718

    anniech85(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. So I went on a contest-blogging spree and blogged about it. :) {Hope the extra comment doesn't mess up your math!} :)

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  15. Awesome interview and thanks for the awesome giveaway!! I'm a new follower :)

    nicoleloveskyle2(at)aim(dot)com

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  16. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I've been following Kiki for a while and can't wait to read this book. She's a doll :) Loved the interview.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  17. Hi! I’ve been dying to read this book! I’ve heard so many great reviews, thanks for the chance to win it!

    +1 I’m GFC follower Kel
    +1 tweeted https://twitter.com/itzKelseyD/status/119124930410450945
    +1 posted on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1224852355

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com

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  18. O.M.GEE!!! So many comments!! Thanks, all of you, for stopping by and spreading the word.

    I enjoyed perusing and joining all of your blogs as well.

    Happy sigh, I love meeting new blogger peeps.

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  19. Just a follower. Thanks for this. :]

    peachandblue2 (at) aol (d0t) com

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  20. Fabulous interview! I'm so excited to read this book.

    GFC Follower: Aeicha @ Word Spelunking

    Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/WordSpelunker/status/119187399703138305

    Facebooked here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Word-Spelunking-Book-Blog/270938366255554#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=139223252842030&id=270938366255554

    Blogged here (bottom of post): http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/2011/09/giveaway-on-i-devour-books.html

    Aeicha
    wordspelunker at gmail dot com

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  21. Great interview. I love what Kiki said about her daughter. I can imagine what my daughter would say about me.

    I loved Kiki's book and am giving away an ARC at Literary Rambles so give your book to someone else.

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  22. Thanks for the chance to win Paula! Not sure if this is international, but if it is please count me in---if it's not.....not worries!

    I'm a follower and I tweeted :-D

    http://twitter.com/#!/RachyBee/status/119369412221472769

    rachybee101@live.com.au
    Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten

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  23. just a follower - and well bollocks you're pretty darn awesome for the whole giveaway, you know that?

    have a great (and bloody awesome) day! (:

    fena

    blahblah_boo(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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  24. Thank you for being so generous, Paula! I really enjoyed the interview, thanks for posting it!

    +1 I'm a follower

    +1 I tweeted about this post
    http://twitter.com/#!/aikchien/status/119402138672709632

    +1 I linked this post to my facebook page
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=237966359588636&id=1467072730

    +2 if you blog about the giveaway
    http://girlfromsitiawan.blogspot.com/2011/09/write-now-author-interview-and-book.html

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  25. Perfect interview, always interesting and fabulous to read!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway :-)

    I'm a big follower!

    Brittany Roshelle

    askbrittanyroshelle at gmail dot com

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  26. I also added this giveaway to my blog's facebook page, The Write Stuff!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Write-Stuff/142450315796532

    Thanks again!

    Brittany Roshelle

    askbrittanyroshelle at gmail dot com

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  27. I also tweeted it @BrittRoshelle

    Thanks again!

    Brittany Roshelle

    askbrittanyroshelle at gmail dot com

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  28. Great interview !!!
    I'm so excited to read this one.

    I'm a GFC follower.
    fb post : http://www.facebook.com/dindalestarini/posts/200651070003110

    dl(dot)love(dot)freedom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. i would love to be entered if it's open internationally ( fingers
    crossed)

    thanks for the opportunity

    gfc follower: isabelle frisch

    email: isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Aww your adorable! I love the pics :)

    Im a follower (Gabbie)

    And I tweeted (http://twitter.com/#!/Gabelle_M/status/120453925563408385)

    Thank you!

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway.
    klepard94(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. This sounds like an AMAZING book!!!

    HeatherK

    heatherkphoto@gmail.com

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  33. Great interview :) I've been wanting to read this since I first saw it.

    I'm a follower

    kiltgirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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