Guest Post | Kathryn Troy
Curse of the Amber by Kathryn Troy ccame out yesterday! I was offered the chance to read and review it but I’m so behind with my current stack I had to do the smart thing and say no even though I’m really interested in the synopsis. (Full book and author information within the post)
But I also don’t know how to say no completely, so instead I have a wonderful guest post for you from Kathryn herself.
Keep reading to find out why bad books made Kathryn a better writer!
When asked about what inspires them, authors tend to name their favorite books, the ones that cemented their love of reading and became definite for them in their favorite genre. While I certainly have my favorites, and they are influential to my writing voice and style, they are only a piece of the puzzle in terms of what drives my creativity. I write the stories that I want to read. That is in large part shaped by books that have left me unsatisfied.
If I have a craving for something – a good vampire romance, or life-changing epic fantasy, and I can’t find what I’m looking for on a bookshelf, at some point I just accept that the story I want to read only exists inside my head. The process of writing a book is very much a process of falling in love with a story that I wish I had found in someone else’s book, but hadn’t. If I really hate a book, if it makes me so angry that I have to put it down because it makes no sense or I can’t relate to the characters, then I’m really itching to set the record straight.
That kind of thinking does allow for more originality and creativity on my part. It’s a different prospect than saying to myself, “I loved this book so much, I want to write it all over again, or something very very close to it.” That kind of mentality leads to genre writing to become stale, as we’re all just being derivative of each other. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, I say. But when you’re able to see a glaring hole or flaw in the body of genre work, either because a topic isn’t treated well, or isn’t treated at all, then I see that as an opportunity to push genre writing forward, to keep it fresh and innovative. I always have the hardest time answering people when they ask me, “what other book is your book most like?” because my answer is usually, “there are no other books like mine. That’s why I wrote it.” For my latest book, Curse of the Amber, I was thinking about how much I disliked a great deal of books about paranormal and time-travel romance, and the lighter side of romantic fantasy. The books I was reading just weren’t hitting the spot. So here we are.
Being original and unique is a huge part of my process, and it drives my reading habits as well. When I see a promising storyline I haven’t heard before, I’m more likely to pick that up than I am another iteration of the same plot beats that I’ve heard over and over again. I want to continue to be surprised by books, and if I can surprise my readers, then I’ll feel it’s a job well done.
Curse of the Amber by Kathryn Troy
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Length: 295 pages
Published on 28th May 2019 by City Owl Press
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Synopsis: A curse, a resurrection, and a centuries old witch hell bent on revenge.
Quintus is a dutiful son and soldier, sent to Britannia to improve his marriage prospects and ensure the Druids never rise again. Roman soldiers destroyed the last Druid stronghold in a battle of blood and fire. So, he never expects to be sacrificed to their sacred bog, trapped forever by the gods below.
Two thousand years later, Asenath Hayes discovers the most well-preserved body in history. And the last thing she needs is for him to wake up.
As the young archaeologist delves into Druidic rituals to grasp why Quintus was offered to a Welsh bog and then resurrected, she is forced to complete her research with the “missing” body, dodge her ex-lover and mentor with his own agenda, and keep her gorgeous new houseguest under wraps.
But, smitten with her as he seems, Quintus says he wants to go home.
Asenath is drawn to Quintus by the secrets they share, even if it scares her. As Asenath is pulled deeper into the mysteries of the bog, she must risk everything to keep him from hell’s cold grasp as she uncovers forbidden rites, awakened deities, and an attraction that transcends the ages.
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this. I’d love to do more content like this too because supporting authors like this is great when you’re over run with books and barely reading.