Today as part the promotional tour for Kate Hinderer's newest release, The Emerald Isle, I'm turning the blog over to her to tell us a little bit about how the book came to be. Welcome to Supernatural Snark Kate!
Hi. I’m author Kate Hinderer and I’m pleased to be guest posting here as part of the book blog tour for The Emerald Isle. This book is part paranormal and part contemporary fiction.
To be honest, The Emerald Isle came about in a slightly different way than my usual stories. Nine times out of ten I’ll be walking down the street or listening to a story and suddenly I am making up an entire book based around a character or scenario. For instance I once heard a story about a firefighter getting someone into their locked apartment with a credit card. My mind took that real life event and turned it into a 25-page short story.
But The Emerald Isle didn’t start from a story or character. It started with an idea – a theme. I was just wrapping up my first book, Aurora Undefined, and trying to look at the market to determine what was selling. It wasn’t hard to pinpoint paranormal as a huge market. But at the same time, I hated the idea of writing a vampire story. I felt, even three years ago, that this topic had been done to death and there were too many copy-cat style books coming out. They lacked creativity and originality. I spent days wracking my brain to come up with a paranormal element that hadn’t been extensively covered. Harry Potter had the monopoly on witches and wizards. Twilight owned the vampire and werewolf market. That’s when I hit on the idea that suddenly became a character, Tristan, and then a book, The Emerald Isle, and finally a series, The Fascination Island series.
Still I didn’t jump in head first and just go with where ever my imagination took me. I did research on the folklore about my paranormal character. I took notes on the books, movies and TV shows that had this paranormal element as it’s major theme. And then I created my own idea of these beings.
One of the things I like about the Twilight series is how the books take the idea of vampires and really fleshes out what they are all about. Stephenie Meyer explains away some common misconceptions and gives them a spin of her own. I tried to do the same – starting with the grains of truth that every accepted about these beings and then gave them my own creative spin.
Hopefully, it paid off… You be the judge!
Thanks so much for being here Kate! More information on Kate and her books can be found here:
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THE EMERALD ISLE (from Goodreads)
To escape a bad break-up and fighting parents Audyn takes a job as a lifeguard at Fascination Island. The posh five-star resort lives up to its name in every way, including the strange rules the owner has about entering the water at night. Despite declaring it a boy-free summer, it isn’t long before the shy, endearing Levi and the mysterious, tattooed Tristan begin vying for her attention. When Levi tries to push his advantage and Tristan comes to the rescue, Audyn realizes there is more to both these boys and the island they inhabit. Suddenly, she’s forced to acknowledge a reality she’d never considered and to pick a side in the conflict that has been waging for decades.