Kiki Hamilton

Award-winning Author of Young Adult Novels

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Prague - stepping back in time...


Welcome to Prague! The most beautiful city I've ever seen! And for a fantasy writer - it is a dream!  (The castle above was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Cinderella's castle.) Truly - it's like stepping back in time: winding, narrow, cobblestone streets, castles, bridges, ancient statues - the city is amazingly beautiful!  





The astronomical clock, below, was built in 1410.  It is the world's oldest astronomical clock that is still operating. It measures the day, the month, the zodiac, the lunar cycle, the solar cycle, the seasons - I can't even remember what all it does! It's crazy, when you think about when it was built!



The clock tower was the inspiration for the Berjerac clock tower in my book, THE MIDNIGHT SPY. It was so awesome to see it in person!


There are SO many gorgeous vistas in Prague, it's impossible to capture the ambiance with a single photo. The very famous Charles Bridge below:




The picture above is taken from the Castle District looking back toward the Vltava River and Old Town. 

Below is the gatehouse from the Charles Bridge to the Castle District (and my daughter, Carly.) For some reason, to me, it looks like the entrance to Diagon Alley. :-)





The streets are all cobblestones and the architecture is fascinating - why they call it the City of a Hundred Spires! St. Vitus Cathedral below.





Well, Friends, that's it for today. If you are planning to travel to Europe, Prague is a must-see destination. Fabulous! Perhaps my favorite city in the world (or what I've seen of it!)

Check back - more pictures coming soon! We're back to London tomorrow and then on to Edinburgh!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Destination: Prague


Hi Guys!

Exciting news in Kikiland - I'm headed to Prague next month! Yes, THAT Prague - the City of a Hundred Spires. Castles and cobblestones, baroque buildings and gothic churches - a faerie tale city! (Which you know I love! :-)




And the location of the fantastical, amazing, beautiful astronomical clock that was the inspiration for the Berjerac clock tower in THE MIDNIGHT SPY! I can't wait to see it in person!



My daughter is studying abroad in London so I am going to visit her. From there we are going to Prague and then to Edinburgh, where, as some of you might know, the Stone of Destiny is housed - (better known as the Stone of Tara in THE TORN WING.) The Stone of Destiny is the coronation stone used to crown the kings and queens of England since 1301.

So - check back next month and I'll be posting about my trip! Who knows? Maybe there will be a new story set in Prague or Scotland coming out next year.....

And don't forget about my GIVEAWAY over on Goodreads - I'm giving away signed copies of all my books - see below to enter.



More soon!
~Kiki


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Giveaway - ALL my books!



Hi Guys!

I'm giving away signed copies of ALL my books over on Goodreads! Check it out by clicking on the links below:



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The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

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Monday, January 2, 2017

My Thankful Thing for today

    *Puget Sound with the Olympics in the background. Photo by Kiki Hamilton 2017

Snow covered mountains are my thankful thing for today!

What's yours?

Kiki

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and my thankful thing for today!

    

       *January skiing at White Pass, Washington. Photo by Kiki Hamilton 2016

Happy New Year!!!
Wishing you happiness, health and joy in the upcoming year!

One of my goals / resolutions, (whatever you want to call them), is to be thankful every day this year - for the little things (like a sunny day) and the big things (like newly published books)! And I plan to be posting a lot of them here - to send them out into the Universe so they expand and multiply!

So for my thankful thing today - I took a hike through a park with a beautiful river and two waterfalls hidden in the very center of the town where I live. It was about 37 degrees out and my iphone quit working after a couple of pictures but here you go! 

I am thankful to go hiking in this beautiful space with my daughter and her college roommate, Emily, who is visiting from Pennsylvania, (but who I didn't get a picture of because my phone quit!) Nature's beauty makes me feel renewed and inspired! Enjoy!






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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ask the Author: THE MIDNIGHT SPY


As you know, I love to get notes from Readers - so if you have questions - send them to me!! I can be reached a multitude of ways - check out my Contact Page.

Recently, I received a note from Iris, who asked in part:

"Dear Kiki, I love your books. How did you create the world of the Midnight Spy? Where are the languages coming from? Or how did you develop them? Did you take Nostradamus quatrains and change them for the purpose of the story? Thank you very much!" Iris
Thanks for the questions Iris! THE MIDNIGHT SPY was actually the very first book I ever wrote. If you're a writer, you know first books often spend their lives hidden in the depths of your computer, regarded as part of the learning process and never meant to see the light of day.  Well, let me tell you - the first version of this book was exactly that!

Nica wasn't even the main character - she was a very small, side character in a very different story. But I kept writing and Nica kept whispering in my ear, insisting that her story be heard, so I re-wrote the story. And re-wrote the story. And re-wrote the story. AT LEAST seven times I completely re-wrote the entire story. Start to finish. Painful...but necessary. With each version, the story got clearer and I began to know the characters better and they started to reveal their secrets.

The world developed as I wrote - the countries of Jarisa, Sartis and Ajeratauk became real in my head and each had their own particular features.

The languages are made up, with characteristics for each so one can differentiate between countries. For instance, I wanted the language of the Narsgededon forest people to be very lyrical, so a lot of the words are sectioned and end on vowel sounds.

As for the quatrains, Nostradamus' work was my inspiration but each of those quatrains in THE MIDNIGHT SPY are original and written for the story.  Here's an example from the book:
“Beware a battle provoked by rage
     Unprotected by the golden cage
     A single blow through the eye
The serpent and bear both shall die.

This prophecy tells of the deaths of Montemier, known as the wild bear because of his temper, and his nephew, Pontfial, who was called the viper for the method in which he used his sword. 
Montemier’s nephew was involved in a dalliance with the ruler’s young wife.  Montemier was so angry when he found them out that rather than follow the typical protocol of a joust, where he would wear protective gear, including his famous gilded helmet, he attacked on the spot.  The young Pontfial defended himself and stabbed Montemier through the eye, killing him instantly.  The ruler’s ministers were so outraged they hung Pontfial without a trial.
And thus, the serpent and the bear both died.  In the story, the pages were written over five hundred years before the event.

Anyway, I hope that answers some of your questions! To learn more, click over to THE MIDNIGHT SPY website.  

Book Two, THE MIDNIGHT DECEPTION is coming soon so check back often!



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

What I'm Reading: A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter


Hello Witches, Wizards and mostly Muggles,

It's not often that I GUSH about a book. That I love a book so much I read it over and over.  (The only unfortunate part of becoming a writer is that I read like a writer now and it changes how you experience a book...) but THIS book is worth gushing about!

Are you a writer?  Are you a reader? If you are one or the other or both - you will also LOVE this book because it is fascinating. And incredibly insightful. And analytical and simply brilliant. The author, S.P. Sipal, shows you Harry's world in ways I guarantee you were completely oblivious to when you read the books.

A WRITER'S GUIDE TO HARRY POTTER (AWGHP) appeals to me on two levels: 

As a Reader:
I am a HUGE HP fan and absolutely loved the books and loved sharing the adventure with my daughter.  As with any Potterhead, we spent hours discussing the clues and who was good and who was bad and what was going to happen next.  It was so much fun.  AWGHP takes you, the reader, by the hand and walks you through the books, pointing out clues, diversions, red herrings - things we all saw and read but didn't put together until JK Rowling allowed the story to unfold - sometimes three and four (or six) books later!   AWGHP allows you to relive the HP story with new appreciation.

As a Writer:
The HP books are what inspired me to start writing. Until I read HP AND THE SORCERER'S STONE I had forgotten what it was like to be so completely immersed in a book that you were in another world, and believed in magic and could fly! What AWGHP does for me as a writer is to show me the incredible techniques and forethought that Jo Rowling put into her series in SO. MANY. WAYS. Ohmigosh - how can one person be so clever? Character development. Worldbuilding. and the Mysteries. So many mysteries that no one could figure out. Honestly, I've wondered many times how JKR learned to be such a master storyteller. BUT the amazing thing is that S.P. Sipal has identified these techniques; provided example after example to show us the brilliance of JK Rowling's writing with a brilliance of her own.  The analysis is truly amazing - and so much fun to read.

AWGHP is one of those books you can pick up, fan the pages, and start reading anywhere in the book - and it's fascinating. And incredible. And inspiring.


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Truly a Wonder of the World...

     * The Grand Canyon, Arizona, June 2016. Photo by Kiki Hamilton.

There's a reason we call them Wonders of the World  -  because they are amazing and wondrous! A summer-time visit to the Grand Canyon confirmed what I remembered - the Grand Canyon is just that - Grand!  I highly recommend a visit to anyone, whether you live in this country or another, because pictures cannot begin to do justice to this magnificent natural wonder. Honestly - it's breathtaking!

In other news, I just put the finishing touches on a new YA fantasy, which I shipped off to my agent to get her thoughts. With each book I always wonder if it will be my last - if maybe I've run out of ideas - so it's always fun (and a relief) to design and develop a new world and the characters who live in it. 

So now I'm back in that spot again - what's the next story I'm going to tell?  

Stay tuned! :-)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ask the Author



To continue on with questions re: THE FAERIE RING series, Iris says:

"Thank you very much, Kiki, for answering my question about the Faerie Ring series! I very much appreciated it. Looking forward to read your answer about the Midnight Spy! But I have one more question: could you recommend some books you have read about the faeries? Thanks again. iris"


Hi Iris! Thanks for your interest.  Here's a quick pix of some of the books I used in my research!


I'm not going to list all of the books pictured but a few that were extremely helpful about Victorian London were as follows:




For THE FAERIE QUEEN I had Dunvegan Castle send me their catalog. (But of course, you'll have to read the book to know why.... :-)

And after I wrote THE SEVEN YEAR KING I visited London and took a picture of the Cup of Edenhall in the Victoria and Albert Museum:

And then there were LOADS of books about Faeries that I read. Some of my favorites:
Faerie by Brian Froud

Good Faeries / Bad Faeries

The Idiot's Guide to Elves & Fairies

The Fairy Bible

The Ancient Art of Faery Magick

 And LOTS of online searches on a multitude of topics. Which was half the fun of writing the series...one question led to another and another. The history of fey is fascinating and so intriguing because it spans every continent and every culture.

Hope this helps, Iris!  

Coming up next:  I'll talk about writing  THE MIDNIGHT SPY! If you have questions leave them in the comments!



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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book News!



Hi Guys!  So here's some fun news - the entire FAERIE RING Series is now available as ONE BOOK on Kindle and Nook! You can read start to finish - all the way through. 

Immerse yourself in the dark, mysterious world of Victorian London as Tiki solves the mystery of the faerie ring! And if you like the stories - post a review online for me - that would be awesome!

Want to check it out? Go to Kindle here or Nook here.  Thank you for your support!
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