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Midnight, at the lost and found

by on May 9, 2014

Today I’d like to welcome to the blog my good friend Kate Jack, the most senior (I didn’t mean her age! Shut up, she’ll kill me. At least twice.) member of The Alliance of Worldbuilders. Blogger, multi published author and Liverpudlian author of some seriously good dystopian fiction.

Hi Kate, it’s nice to see you here on my blog. It’s a bit like speed dating, isn’t it? Not that I’d know anything about that, of course. Not me. But go on, tell me a little about yourself.

Hi Will, thanks for inviting me. Not sure about the speed dating, but hey, it takes all kinds. Anyway, I was born in Liverpool, and have been an avid reader all my life. I started writing when I was about fourteen, and this eventually led to me taking a writing Masters at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

And as you are here, I presume you have a book out?

I certainly do.

Genre: YA Urban fantasy.

Title: Land of Midnight Days.

Blurb: What would you do if your life was filled with fear: hide, run away – or would you fight back?
In a city at war with itself, Jeremiah Tully already knows how to survive, now he must learn how to live. Mute from birth, of mixed race heritage and his only possession a charmed flute, Jeremiah tries to discover where his remarkable talent as a musician will take him.

Sales link: Kindle US

Kindle UK

Hardback US

Hardback UK

Kate cover

Land of Midnight days is titled as your Silver Flute series: are there are more planned? Other books in the series? Yes, Through the Gloaming & Dawn Horizon. Through The Gloaming has just come out, and can be found from my Amazon author page.

Now, the third degree. Coming from Liverpool, you’ll be used to this. *Ducks*

What made you start writing?

It was when someone gave me a large green diary they didn’t want, so I started to write short stories in it. Before that, I’d sit and stare into our open coal fire, yes it was a long time ago, and make up stories in my head. The diary gave me the impetus to actually write them down.

What was your inspiration for this book/series?

Believe it or not, the Littlewoods building on Edge Lane in Liverpool, and the 70’s rock group Jethro Tull!

Tull I’m familiar with, and even own some of their music. The Littlewoods building is a famous landmark, though and I’m not surprised it inspired a dystopian fantasy.

Writing: are you a plotter or a pantser?

Bit of both really, although lately I’ve found it easier to sketch out the plot, and then work my way through it, writing everything down by hand, before transferring it to my computer.

How did you meet your characters?

Ah, well, bit embarrassed about that. I base them on people I either see on TV, in a film, or people I see when I’m out and about.

I think we all do that. You’d be surprised how many of my characters are walking about: actually, you probably wouldn’t be. Moving quickly on, Which of your characters would you most like to take to the pub?

Joe Ambrose.

One of your characters discovers that you plan to kill him/her. Does he/she get in first and kill you – and if so, how would they do the deed?

Probably beat me to death with a broken chair leg, given what I put them through.

Hahahahahhaha. Right. What would your characters say about you?

She’s a sadistic cow!

No smart replies from me there, Kate. How did you decide on the title for the first book?

Well originally Land of Midnight Days was simply called Midnight Days, until I discovered that Neil Gaiman had a book with the same title. Well, as he’s better known than me, by a million miles, and he also writes fantasy, I decided to beat a hasty retreat. I then settled on The Land of Midnight Days, until someone told me it sounded like a western. Determined to keep “Midnight” in the title, I knocked off the “The”, and there you have it.

There are so many books with the same titles, I think that was probably a good idea, Kate. What is your favourite line in the book?

Don’t look back, it’ll slow you down, just run! Story of my life really.

Confess, you were tempting me, weren’t you? Not falling for that one. What is your favourite book?

Terry Pratchett’s Thud.

What are you working on now?

The third book in The Silver Flute Trilogy, Dawn Horizon.

Do you have a favourite place to write? If so, where?

In bed, with the cat lying on my feet, and in between writing, stuffing my face with chocolate.

Actually, that sounds pretty good to me too. Although my cat always walks across the keyboard when I’m typing, which explains quite a lot, really. If you could go anywhere in the world to write your next book, where would you choose?

Right here in Liverpool.

When you are not writing, what do you like doing? And with whom?

I like sitting on my backside, watching telly, and eating copious amounts of chocolate, with just me and myself.

And, of course, the cat. If you had to be Lost on a desert island, who would be your dream companion?

Joe Ambrose.

Just time, before adding the picture to go with Kate’s bio, to thank her for being a victim here, and for putting up with years of my teasing her! All in the best possible taste…

Ladies and gentlemen, Kate Jack.

Kate pic


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  1. Reblogged this on KATE JACK'S BLOG and commented:
    My interview with fellow idiot… I mean author, Will MacMillan Jones

  2. Fine interview. I read diary as dairy at first and then when you mentioned taking it everywhere you go I thought, ‘lorks she must be fucking strong oh hang on…’



  3. I’m liking the idea of letting the cats walk across the keyboard. I reckon it could be a bestseller. Nice interview, Will and Kate. 🙂 xx

  4. You wouldn’t if it were your keyboard, Sheryl. Think what Snoops would do to your laptop! xx

  5. Great interview

  6. Thanks, Ch’kara!

  7. Brilliant, guys, as usual. 🙂

  8. Thanks, Kay. Glad you liked it.

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