Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the four hundred and sixth, is of children’s and adult fantasy novelist Katharine Hamilton. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Katharine E. Hamilton was born and raised in the state of Texas, where she currently resides on a ranch in the heart of brush country with her husband, Brad, and their two furry friends, Tulip and Cash. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in History, and she finds most of her stories share the love of the past combined with a twist of imagination.
Katharine’s journey as an author started in 2008 with a simple gift to her niece, Taylor. Creating Taylor a story all her own for a Christmas present, and seeing her reaction to a unique story made Katharine start thinking about diving into the writing world. How simple a spark that would then lead to her first published work, The Adventurous Life of Laura Bell. Each story has a story all its own, based on people she loves and special memories she shares with them.
Laura Bell hit the shelves in 2009 and Katharine quickly began work on her next book, Susie At Your Service. While working on this one though, she had several minor setbacks. Computers failing, an apartment flood that soaked her illustrations, you name it, it happened. So what she thought would take a few months ended up taking her a year and a half to rewrite and redraw the illustrations and another year to push the publication forward.
While working on Susie, Katharine had an idea for another book, Sissy and Kat. Let’s just say the year of 2012 was a busy year. Two books, changing jobs, moving to three different cities, and planning a wedding… really add up! 🙂 But perseverance paid off, and Susie hit the shelves, officially, in January of 2013 followed by Sissy and Kat in March 2013.
In August 2014, Katharine decided to make the transition into Adult Fiction, where she quite fittingly, landed within the Fantasy Fiction genre. Her new novel, The Unfading Lands, hit the shelves April 3, 2015.
The Unfading Lands is the first book in a series of three, and looks to be the crowning work in Katharine’s career so far.
And now from the author herself: