Thursday, December 1, 2011

Interview with Kersten Hamilton

I had been eagerly awaiting In the Forests of the Night since reading the first book in the Goblin Wars series, Tyger Tyger. Happily, the second book was great, and now I'm twitching waiting for the third! If you've never considered goblins a compelling paranormal element, give this series a try: the books are entertaining, engrossing, and feature one of my all-time favorite YA heroines ever. I'm so excited to share my interview with Kersten Hamilton, so read on to learn about her writing, In the Forests of the Night, and what she does when she's not writing. There's also another chance to enter to win a copy of her newest book.

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

My first book was called Forty Daggers. I wrote it when I was ten or eleven. It was about two young men who were sent out to fight a mysterious alien race. Each new space recruit was given a kitten, because cats adapt well to weightlessness and humans need the company of furry friends. In the far reaches of the universe, the young men learn the truth—the hostile aliens are cats themselves. They kittens take over the ship and go home to their own world. Yes, I was reading a great deal of science fiction at the time…

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

None. I can write anywhere, anytime. I am writing this at the base of a cliff at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, on Thanksgiving Day. My husband and son are doing a 5.8 technical climb on the sheer rock wall behind me. Pigeons roost on this cliff, and every now and then one of the climbers knocks some petrified pigeon…presents…down on me by accident. I just shake off the keyboard and keep writing. A late–flying wasp is sharing my water bottle. The view here is truly is something to be thankful for—every time I look up, I’m staring straight at a wintery Pike’s Peak against a clear blue sky!

Was In the Forests of the Night the original title of your book?

It was. All of the titles in the series come from Blake’s poem 'The Tyger'.

As you were writing In the Forests of the Night, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

My characters are always surprising me. They are some of my favorite people in the world, and I love spending time with them finding out what they are going to do next. I was driving along last night and realized the most fabulous thing about Teagan…but you’ll have to wait for book three or four to read about it. In Forests I was especially surprised and delighted by Gil, the phooka.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

I am pretty much always reading or writing. But I do love the outdoors, and I really enjoy searching for treasure and dinosaur bones.

Read any good books recently?

Lots. But mostly I delight in introducing readers to old books that they might never have heard of. Right now I am reading P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster stories. They are marvelous, and just the right length for bedtime story for sleepy grownups.

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Kersten Hamilton has generously offered a copy of In the Forests of the Night to one lucky reader! To enter, fill out this brief form. Open to US/CA readers, ends 12/9. Be sure to check out my review of In the Forests of the Night for another chance to win!


  1. The book sounds very interesting, and like one that I would probably love. It's also too bad that that cat book didn't make it into print. My daughter would have loved the stuffing out of that story! Great interview!

  2. That cat book sounds fun. I could totally relate to those kinds of stories. Garden of the Gods in Colorado is gorgeous! I knew that was from my favorite Blake poem! How wonderful that it inspired all her book titles. Can't wait to see what line she pulls for the next book's title.

  3. The idea of fighting aliens with cats and then the aliens *being* cats is fantastic! What a fun interview, great to learn about a new (to me) author and series.

  4. I'm not sure if I filled out the form already so I hate to do it twice but I really want to read book 2! :--) I think Finn, Teagan and Aiden are all just great characters!