I am pleased to welcome Katrina Hart over at Literature Love today. Katrina’s latest novel The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing was published on 3rd March, which so happens to be Katrina’s 30th birthday.
Hello Katrina, thank you for joining me today. You must be so excited to see The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing in print. I can’t think of a better birthday present! Is it a coincidence publication has coincided with your big 30? Or did you have it in mind when you started writing?
Thank you for having me.
Good Question! I wrote The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing a good while ago. But when it came to publishing my boyfriend and I thought it would be a wonderful Idea to publish my book on my birthday to celebrate how far I’d come in my writing journey. I was honestly really touched how many people helped celebrate my birthday and book release.
That is a wonderful achievement. Is writing something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’ve always written diaries throughout my life. Writing about my days and happy and sad moments has always given me a sense of peace and cleared my mind. But a few years back, I decided to take an online writing course and put my creative mind to good use. The tutor teaching the course really inspired me to keep writing and before I knew it the short story I had written for that course turned into my first full-length novel called Finding Destiny.
Do you write full-time or do you fit it in around another career?
I fit my writing around family commitments and my beloved cats, but mostly I write during nights.
Epic Fantasy isn’t a genre I’m familiar with. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Fantasy is so much fun to write, for me, it’s about weaving magical worlds and pushing characters out of the ordinary and into a place where everything feels different, new and sometimes scary…
Suzy’s life takes a big leap into the unknown and she discovers that the rules in The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing are very different, even those who seem to have a moral vibe about them, also blur the lines between help, healing and painful sacrifice for the good of others…
I also love writing magic in my novel, mostly because magic comes from within and sparkles out on all of us in times when we need it. In this novel, I was able to show the inner magic of my characters and the physical power that strength gives them…
There is love in fantasy and characters travelling a journey with open hearts. I think some of those scenes can feel very emotional and really hammer home. What if you wake up one day to a world full of creatures, you’d never seen before and rules that if not followed could get you killed?
I think Fantasy is made for everyone who wants to travel to a magical place, see love, friendship, inner strength and the battle of life between right and wrong. Fantasy is a genre that everyone should give a read once in their lifetime just to feel what it’s like to see all kinds of different creature, pure love and turn that love into trying to counter darkness.
Wow thats sounds really intriguing. I agree everybody should give it a try: you’ve definitely convinced me! And that cover is just gorgeous! Who designed this and did you have much input?
The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing’s cover was designed by Bobooks who illustrate covers from your description. This was a very new process for me, but the right one for my creative and some might say an ambitious vision of how I wanted my cover to look. I had input at every stage with Bobooks which was amazing. Not only did they walk me through each step, but they also created the vision I wanted until I was completely happy with it… I would highly recommend them and their skills for designing even the tiny details on the cover…
It’s been lovely talking to you today Katrina. The Lost town of Man’s Crossing sounds very intriguing, and I wish you every success both with this book and your future writing career.
The Lost Town of Man’s Crossing
Would you cross a land of magic, dark creatures and hidden secrets to face your own deepest fear?
After being shot, Suzy and her friend, Bill, are offered a second chance at life in The Lost Town Of Man’s Crossing, a land to which the chosen few are transported by their personal Crossing Creatures. There, Suzy encounters the evil Cole, who is all-out to gain the highest power of the land.
But Suzy comes from a magical family: her grandmother, Miss Hollow, founded a coven called Hollow-Wings, and her grandfather left her a secret, life-changing pouch. Soon, Cole craves that secret pouch more than anything.
It’s Suzy versus Cole – and one of them has met their match.
About the Author
My name is Katrina Hart but my friends call me Katie. I live in the East of England with my family, my two cats–Holly and Smokey–and our dog, Jessie. They are a nutty bunch but I love them all the same.
I have always had a passion for reading. I could easily spend a whole lifetime engrossed in a good book. In my twenties I joined an online writing class where I fell in love with writing my own stories.
Since I started writing I have discovered a new love for quotes. A quote that really inspired me was from Toni Morrison. Toni said: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
I came across this quote whilst I was studying. It was one of the many things that inspired me to begin writing Finding Destiny, my first novel.
In addition to Finding Destiny, I’ve written a number of other stories.
Blog link http://katrinamarie25.wordpress.com.
Amazon Book Link UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07P5VP2R4