Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Interview with Kate Murdoch author of Stone Circle

One thing I find when learning a new craft or polishing up on my writing skills, is talking to other writers about their journey. Kate was gracious enough to answer some questions that I think any aspiring author could benefit from! Don't forget to check out her book Stone Circle as well! 

Interview with Author Kate Murdoch 

What was that first idea that made you decide to put pen to paper?

Before I wrote Stone Circle, I wrote a supernatural thriller. Along with a character much like myself, it contained a homicidal misfit who I’d dreamt of and was inspired to write about. The book was just a practice run, but the process of redrafting it taught me a lot about the basics of structure and plot. 

Have you always wanted to write historical fantasy fiction? What draws you to it?

Not always. It found me, because my second idea for a novel also came to me in a dream, and I knew the period was long ago. So I pinpointed the Renaissance as the ideal time to set the book. There are many aspects of writing historical fiction that I love. The research takes me in many directions and gives me a sense of place and time. I enjoy immersing myself in different worlds with each book. It’s easier to do this with historical fiction, both as a reader and a writer, because everything is so removed and different from the present. At the same time, I learn about the challenges and way of life in different periods and cultures. In terms of writing fantasy, it seemed necessary for this particular book because I was writing about alchemy. 

How did you come up with the story idea of Stone Circle?

As I mentioned, I had a dream. In the dream, an old man rowed two young men on a tranquil stretch of water. He was imparting knowledge. That was all I had to go from, but research helped me flesh out the idea.

Was one character in Stone Circle more fun to write than another?

I loved writing my villain, Nichola. He’s spoilt, arrogant and entitled but has a tender side he’s never explored. To give him the balance of vulnerability along with harshness was a challenge, and I enjoyed playing with these two opposing sides of his personality.

What's one of the best resources you know of for new writers?

I would recommend joining writers’ Facebook groups, for whatever stage they are at. For me they’ve been indispensable when I needed an answer to a technical question, to vent, or to just take in others’ ideas and knowledge. As a general resource on writing https://writersedit.com/ has some interesting articles. 

What's your favorite part of the writing process?

The research because it feeds my imagination. Also when I’m full flow into a story and it comes to me as if it's channeled from somewhere else.

What other projects/books can readers look forward to from you?

I have written another novel, The Orange Grove, which will be released by Regal House Publishing in 2019. It’s a story about morality, obsession, madness and intrigue, set in an 18th century French chateau. I’m really looking forward to sharing it with readers. 

About Stone Circle

Is the ability to read minds a blessing or a curse?

When Antonius’s father dies, he must work to support his family. He finds employment as a servant in the Palazzo Ducal, home of Conte Valperga. Sixteenth-century Pesaro is a society governed by status, and Antonius has limited opportunities.

When a competition is announced, Antonius seizes his chance. The winner will be apprenticed to the town seer. Antonius shares first place with his employer’s son.

The two men compete for their mentor’s approval. As their knowledge of magic and alchemy grows, so does the rivalry and animosity between them. When the love of a beautiful woman is at stake, Antonius must find a way to follow his heart and navigate his future. 

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