Monday, March 5, 2012

Stone Relics by Katy Walters : Interview: Nurture Tour Stop




“Amazon Kindle Top 100 Bestseller - High Tech Sci-Fi!”



Stone Relics (formally known as Phobic Dawn)
Author: Katy Walters
Genre: Fiction – Futuristic/High Tech Sci-Fi/Murder/Mystery
Published by: Oakwood House Publishing; 3rd Edition (February 12, 2012)
Age Recommendation: 18+ for sexuality and mature themes
Format: eBook & Paperback
ISBN13: 978-1469952833
Number of pages: 386

Stone Relics by Katy Walters


“Stone Relics is a high octane thriller packed with brilliant concepts – of genetics and mind-blowing technology — it shocks and inspires.”

Chief Superintendent Ben Tobin, a Super Cop is an enigma, working undercover for MI8, his true identity known only to the few. In a world of humans, clones, cyborgs, things can go wrong – mutations, psychosis and perversion. It is 2065; megalomaniac business men hold the mining rights to vast outlets on the Asteroid belt. The world’s resources are crumbling as these corrupt men hold the Earth to ransom. Police are faced with a spate of vicious murders and abductions. Young women are discovered with snakes draped over their bodies, a stone relic carved with a mysterious star system, left at their side. A cryptic message points to a sinister cult. To his horror, Ben experiences phobic attacks along with rage, human emotions alien to him. Desperate he turns to American psychologist, Dr Lucy Roberts, a psychologist/psycho neurologist and a rebel. Forced to reveal what and who he is, Ben has to trust she will not expose him. Lucy agrees to help only to be drawn into a relationship fraught with danger. Can she help Ben to experience love? Archaeologists advise the Stone Relics date back 2.5 million years, before the first Homo Erectus. Who carved the star system? How are these early Earth inhabitants linked to the cult? 

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INTERVIEW

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

One of my favourite characters is Eve Dallas from Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb ‘Death’ series.  I love her because she is feisty and strong, but suffers nightmares from a childhood of atrocious abuse and one from which she will never really get over.  Yet, Eve is one of the most caring characters I have ever read of.  She also has flaws, such as a filthy temper and a mouth that has visited the sewer. She is utterly devoted to her husband a fantastic Irish Man -  Roark, with looks for die for; a crook turned benefactor and multi-millionaire. Yet even though being married to such an incredible man she doesn’t give a damn about her looks. Roark has to superintend what she wears, as she would be happy wearing her favourite shabby leather jacket, jeans and boots.  She adores children but is petrified of having one, seeing them as fragile beings from another planet, breaking if she so much as breathed on one.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I would love to travel all over the world. I have travelled extensively anyway as very early on I was a singer and toured the British Isles and most of Europe. But I would love to travel across the world seeing exotic places and the outreaches of England as well. I think the reason for the wanderlust is I love change and am inquisitive about new places.  I so enjoy seeing the different cultures, tasting the foods, enjoying the fashions; evening strolls around foreign cities or walks along foreign beaches – preferably with silver sands of course. I also like to visit the art museums in the day and a night club or two at night.

Does travel play in the writing of your books?

Yes, I think for the reason as above. I travel in my imagination.  For instance in Stone Relics I researched the menus on Fifth Avenue by surfing the net. It was a delicious mouth watering menu which I would loved to have tasted.

Tell us about your current release.

Stone Relics is a high octane Sci-fi thriller. It has the latest technology which I combine with our prehistoric past.  Ben the chief protagonist is a super copy an enigma. His real identity known only to the few.  He is also an undercover agent for MI8 and overlooked by a sinister group deep in the bowels of Westminster.  Police are faced with a spate of vicious murders and abductions. Young women are discovered with snakes draped over their bodies, a stone relic carved with a mysterious star system, left at their side. A cryptic message points to a sinister cult.

 
To his horror, Ben experiences phobic attacks along with rage, human emotions alien to him. Desperate he turns to American psychologist, Dr Lucy Roberts, a psychologist/psycho neurologist and a rebel. Forced to reveal what and who he is, Ben has to trust she will not expose him. Lucy agrees to help only to be drawn into a relationship fraught with danger. Can she help Ben to experience love?

 
Archaeologists advise the Stone Relics date back 2.5 million years, before the first Homo Erectus. Who carved the star system? How are these early Earth inhabitants linked to the cult?

Tell us about your next release.
I  was inspired to write this story after visiting a Famine Museum and after uncovering the suffering of my own family in those times. So this is a tribute to my Irish family and all the hundreds and thousands of others who suffered appalling starvation and death. 
A story of a fictional family set in a portion of history that appalled the world.
A tempestuous love story of two couples that stretches across the centuries, from the Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s to the present day.


In 1846, the potato blight reaches Ireland, famine strikes; hundreds of thousands on the vast estates starve.


Muireann and Lord Donale heir to the Earl of Rhonan’s vast estates are lovers.  Yet, their love is damned as Muireann is the penniless ward of the aging Earl; to reveal their love would be to incur the Earl’s wrath and disinheritance, whilst Muireann would be scorned, an outcast from society. They plan to start a new life on Donale’s huge estates in Jamaica, bequeathed to him by his grandfather.  As the ‘Great Hunger’ rages, the Earl refuses to give aid or food to his peasants.  Muireann and Donale know they have no choice, but to remain and fight for the lives of the victims.


In the present, a young American, Dr. Jessica Mirren, owner of a chain of hotels stretching across America, visits Rhonan Manor Hotel.  She meets the present Earl of Rhonan, the brooding Lord Daragh, recognizing him as the man in her recurring dreams.


Deeply attracted to each other, their love is threatened by demonic forces haunting Rhonan Manor.  To save the Manor, they know they must unravel the disappearance of the doomed lovers of 1848; little realizing that Jessica’s life is in dire peril.

  

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I do like to write morning and early afternoon. However I often wake at three a.m. and find ideas and characters flooding my mind.  I let the ideas and visions flow for a while and then do relaxation exercises to get back to sleep. It is quite extraordinary especially experiencing it for the first time. I have since heard other writers experience the same and it is often termed an ‘epiphany.’


What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?

They were at first surprised and then they loved it.  I find my family to be so supportive, encouraging and interested.

 
Does your significant other read your stuff?

Yes, I didn’t let him see it until it was three quarters written.  I was hesitant at first to show him as it does have some gory content and a few erotic scenes. This is balanced with the latest scientific technology, medical advances, genetics and also some heartbreaking interludes.  He took it to his study and when he returned to the lounge hours later, I was watching his face.  I wondered if he would speak to me again. He was amazed really, shocked and grinning and very keen for me to write more. He did say it was like reading a stranger. Now he is so supportive and is my proof reader and critic. Not for the content however.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

The most surprising thing I learned was to trust we can trust our brains to work things out. I thought writing a novel would be a pen pushing, teeth clenching plotting experience. But I discovered there is information, ideas, characters all waiting to break out of my mind, once my fingers touch the keyboard. So if I might feel a little stuck or stale I just trust my brain – take the dog to the beach and then come back to the book after a few hours or the next day and find it all works out. So now I very rarely plot. I have a rough idea for the chapter or novel, but I know the characters are just waiting to have their say and drive the story forward to places I have never thought of.  They can be quite noisy at times, arguing over each other. At other times they can be charming, or sad.  It is such an interesting experience.
 

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

Yes, Katy Walters is a pen name, the first is my name, Kathleen, but the second is that of my g.g.g. grandmother. Who were Welsh as are the family on my mother’s side, my father’s side are Irish.


Thank you so much for such an exciting interview – really made me think.
  



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katy Walters started off as a singer, but touring England and Europe took her away too much from her family and her home. Katy returned to University and studied psychology. receiving a. B.A. Hons in Psychology and a B.A. in Eng. Lit & Creative Writing. Katy also attained an M.A. in Mysticism and Religious Experience and was later awarded an Hon.Dr.Sc. for research into pain control using altered states of consciousness and complementary healing techniques.

Katy Walters lives on the South Coast of England with her hubby and their golden retriever Lily. They have grown children that have and flown the nest, leaving Katy space to write full time.

Science fiction and paranormal romance has always fascinated her.

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NURTURE TOUR SCHEDULE

Stone Relics by Katy Walters – NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:
·                 February 27th – Jaidis S. @ Juniper Grove
Nurture Book Tour post with Author Interview, Book Giveaway & Book Review
·                 February 28th – Krystal L. @ Live To Read
Nurture Book Tour Guest Author post & Book Giveaway!
·                 March 1st – Beverly G. @ Everyone Loves A SiNner
Nurture Book Tour Guest Author Post
·                 March 1st – Grace L. @ Books Like Breathing
Nurture Book Tour post with Book Review
·                 March 2nd – April R. & Wendy @ My Book Addiction and More
Nurture Book Tour post with Author Interview, Book Giveaway & Book Review
·                 March 5th – Laurie J. @ Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
·                 March 5th – Shannon Pa. @ Cocktails and Books
·                 March 6th – Mason C. @ Thoughts in Progress
·                 March 7th – Miranda Wh. @ Ricochet Reviews
·                 March 8th – Hywela L. @ Hywela Lyn: Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’
·                 March 8th – Inga K. @ Me And Reading
·                 March 9th – Bobbie @ Nurture Virtual Book Tourz™ Blog

 

4 comments:

fuonlyknew said...

I enjoyed the interview Katy. I especially liked the part about your husbands expression. That is sweet, like a writing team now!
Thank you Katy and Laurie. this was cool and thanks for the giveaway.
laura thomas

fuonlyknew said...

I forgot my email
laurathomas61@att.net

Chaantii said...

Thanks :)

Laurie said...

The giveaway winner is Laura Thomas!