I’d like to thank I am a Reader Not a Writer and Murphy’s Library for hosting the Happily Ever After Giveaway Hop. Before you read my interview with Katharine (Cat) and enter the giveaway, check out the blurb of Urchin King:
For fourteen years, street-urchin Paul’s miserable existence has kept him safe from an ancient law that sentences all second-born twins to death. When he learns he is the younger twin of the mentally handicapped Crown Prince who’s in danger of being killed for his disability, he agrees to play the role of the miraculously healed royal heir. Paul struggles to learn how to act like a born ruler, but finds that his greatest skill, getting by unnoticed, is now his greatest liability. He knows if he is discovered, he will be executed like all second-born twins. (For readers of fantasy from 12-99 years)
Why did you write this book (as opposed to another)?
The idea of a land where second born twins were killed at birth wouldn’t let me go. Add to it my fascination with history, and I just couldn’t help writing what my Muse threw at me.
The concept of switching identities with a royal heir is not new, so what makes your book unique or interesting?
“Urchin King” is a very fast paced and enjoyable read (so I’ve been told) and you hardly notice the thoroughly researched historical background. But when they teach you about medieval Europe in school, you’ll suddenly remember all the bits and pieces.
History coming alive with a fantasy twist to it. What more could there be?
Oh, all right. I know you don’t like history (it comes with age, methinks), but how about knights in (not so) shiny armor, damsels in distress, no, make that boys in distress, a ragtag-group of urchins out to fight for their friend, and an evil sorcerer who learns how evil true Evil can be?
After reading Urchin King, I can tell you Cat is understating how different her book is from Prince and the Pauper. There’s magic involved. So what are Paul’s greatest hopes, biggest fears, or both?
Paul dreams of having a loving, caring family, something denied to him because he grew up in the streets. But when he gets back to his birth family, he has to pretend to be someone he isn’t, or he’ll get killed. Of course, he fears discovery.
No hint on his greatest hopes? Oh, well, for those readers who are romance fans, you’ll find love sneaks up on Paul. But on to the next question. Book trailers have become quite popular these days. Do you have one, Cat?
Of course I do. You can even listen to my voice (you won’t find many Germans with a Scottish accent). Look here:
Watch the booktrailer on youtube: http://youtu.be/Wj1j94uLY0U
Cute accent, if you ask me. So what other books have you written for children (or are writing)?
- already published:
- “Amadi and the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn” (A story about a strong girl in an Arabian Night setting)
- “Ann Angel’s Freedom” (YA, historical romance where a German family buys their freedom from serfdom which throws the daughter’s life into turmoil)
- soon to be published
- “Scottland’s Guardians” (a quest with loads of Scottish mythology)
- “Chasing the Grimm Reaper” (non-linear fairy tale murder mystery)
- “Beast Hunter” (a Halloween story about fraidy-cat Tom who has to fight a soul-sucking Beast to save his sister)
- “Swordplay” (YA, fantasy mystery with a girl who wants to join the magical police but can’t do magic herself who’s hunting a serial killer)
- “Victor’s Rage” (YA, historical romance with German setting)
Thanks so much, Cat! Now we have a little information to give readers an idea why the author is so uniquely qualified to make a historical fantasy feel like the real thing:
About the author
Katharina Gerlach was born in Germany in 1968. She and her three younger brothers grew up in the middle of a forest in the heart of the Luneburgian Heather. After romping through the forest with imagination as her guide, the tomboy learned to read and disappeared into magical adventures, past times or eerie fairytale woods. She didn’t stop at reading. During her training as a landscape gardener, she wrote her first novel, a manuscript full of a beginner’s mistakes. Fortunately, she found books on Creative Writing and soon her stories improved. For a while, reality interfered with her writing but after finishing a degree in forestry and a PhD in Science, she returned to her vocation. She enjoys writing Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Historical Novels for all age groups. At present, she is writing at her next project in a small house near Hildesheim, Germany, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a dog.
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Please come back to read my book review on Thursday, October 11th. I hope you’ll consider buying Urchin King. Then you can write your own review. Readers are the only advertisement for indie authors, so if you like a book, don’t be stingy with your praise. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!