Monday, April 30, 2012

An Interview With Kiki Hamilton

You can find Kiki at the following places:

Why she's here:

Hi Sierra! Thank you so much for inviting me over to your blog and for your interest in THE FAERIE RING! 
Hi Kiki!  It's my pleasure to have you! :D
To start off, can you give us five fun facts about yourself?
1.  I eat cookies and peanut butter for breakfast every morning followed by M&M’s.
2.  Dog lover not a cat lover
3.  I used to have a motorcycle.
4.  I can’t carry a tune but I sing all the time
5.  I believe in ghosts.

How neat!  I agree with you - dogs are definitely my thing!
What are five books you think everyone should read?
There are so many good books out there – it’s hard to choose!
1.  Harry Potter (which means all 7 books)
2.  The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
3.  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
4.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
5.  Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Oh yes, Harry Potter is definitely a must read.  I loooove Hugo Cabret and I'm about to read The Night Circus!  I also own The Thief and look forward to reading it.  Looks like we have similar tastes. :)
How has writing and being published affected your life?
I love writing more than any other job I’ve had. I wish that I would have started writing as a career back in my 20’s, so I guess it’s affected my life because it takes lots and lots of time to write and then market a book, but I’m always excited to do it.

That's amazing!
Who is your favorite character that you have created and why?
Larkin is my favorite character in this series because she is unpredictable and enigmatic. There is so much depth to her that isn’t revealed, yet it makes her who she is today. I find that kind of character intriguing.

Ooooh Larkin!  I can't wait to get to know her character more - even though she definitely sent chills of fear down my spine more than once!
What triggered the idea to mix the faerie world with Victorian London?
When I first started writing THE FAERIE RING I knew my main character was a girl named Tiki and she lived in Victorian London. I knew she was a pickpocket but I didn’t know much else about her.  It was when she stole the Queen’s ring that whole story came pouring out, because I knew that there were secrets in the ring, and others wanted it, as well. Plus, I like the idea of not all the secrets of history being revealed – like if we knew the stories that had fallen through the cracks (or been kept hidden) it would change everything…

I totally love that idea too!  I've always wanted to write a story in which I reveal the secrets of the world... ;)
Which of your characters would you say is most like you?
I guess I would hope Tiki is most like me. I would like to think I have her loyalty to those she loves as well as have the courage to face danger or difficult situations.

Tiki really is a wonderful character!
I know that for me, The Faerie Ring reminded me of my favorite magical childhood reads.
Thank you so much!  When I wrote TFR I was writing what I wanted to read – a story that would stand the test of time and feel ‘magical’ when I visited that world.

Was there anything from your childhood that sparked your imagination for this story?
Well, I suppose it all adds up inside your head and you pull bits of this and that from your memory when you’re crafting a story. I can’t say there was any specific story that inspired TFR but I do love magic and the sense that anything is possible.

As a total girly girl who loves beautiful princesses, handsome princes, and fancy balls, I have to ask:  What was it like writing about a masked ball? :)
haha – I feel the same way (though I’m not a girly-girl at all.) I loved writing about the masked ball. In fact, Tiki’s moment with Prince Leopold and William Richmond is one of my favorite scenes in the book. It was so much fun – almost like being there, because you imagine it all in your head.

That was one of my favorite scenes too!!  Ohhhh William... *swoon*
I really like the dynamic that the scenes from Leo's perspective added to the story.  What did you do to ensure that Leo and Tiki's voices stayed so distinct throughout?
Thank you! Leo’s voice (and Arthurs’ dry wit) were so clear in my head, as was Tiki’s voice. They are such different characters, who come from such different worlds, it didn’t take a lot of conscious effort to make them sound different. I’m glad that it came across in the story!

You're welcome!
Can you tell us anything about The Torn Wing and what to expect?
Yes! THE TORN WING will be released on October 2nd and I’ll be giving away advanced copies and bookmarks in the next few months, so drop by my website at: or for information.
THE TORN WING is written from Tiki and Leo’s point of view again and introduces a few new characters. The tagline is this:  ‘A bloody escape, a deadly threat, a shocking revelation…’ and really, there’s more than one shocking revelation. Does that help? ;-)

OH MY GOSH!!  The fangirl in me is coming out!! :D  Thank you for that exciting news!!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Just thank you so much to you and all the wonderful readers who have supported me and my book.  It’s what allows me to keep writing.


I just love this review, don't you all?  Thank you SO MUCH Kiki for joining us here at Yearning to Read!  It's been awesome having you!  Thanks for your wonderful book! :D

Review of The Faerie Ring to come tomorrow, folks!  Get ready to hear about one flipping awesome book! :D


  1. Yes, we all love this interview too!! x) I actually have The Faerie Ring sitting on my shelf right now, waiting to be read, so your post just reminded my that I need to get on reading this! And I've officially developed an author crush on Kiki because 1) Her breakfast sounds so yummy! 2) She has SPUNK which I loved reading in her answers, and 3) Her characters sound fantastic! And any auther who can manage to write fantastic characters like Tiki and Leo deserves to be on my Authors I Love list! ;)

    Amazing interview, you two! <3 I'm definitely going to read this book soon, and I'm definitely going to read your review, Sierra! :)

  2. YAY!! :D  I'm so glad you love the interview! :D  And I know, Kiki is just the best.  She totally does deserve to be on that list and I can't believe you have the book and haven't read it!!! :0  You get on that, girly ;)

    Thanks for stopping by and reading and commenting, dear!