Monday, February 21, 2011

Interview with Kate O'Hegarty

Today I have the pleasure of being part of Kate O'Hegarty Blog Tour. 
She is the author of Mieradome.

To start off can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
I’m Kate O’Hegarty. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Folklore & Mythology. I live in the Central Valley of California. My favorite color is blue. I love to read, especially non-fiction. I have traveled internationally since I was 7 years old. I’m in love with the 1920’s era, and I love a good cheese pizza!

Mieradome is your latest release, can you tells us a little about it and the series?
Mieradome is ‘like a twisted Alice in Wonderland’, about a young faerie girl Amavia who is on a search of self-discovery. The book is essentially about good and evil and how that can sometimes over take us. It is also about the duality of our internal natures, the yin & yang. Mieradome will follow Amavia and her friends to see if Amavia can conquer this evil if she actually does become it.

What is your writing day like?
On most days I’ll get a cup of coffee from Starbucks and then sit and jot notes down for new chapters. Then later I’ll look through the notes and start typing on my very old laptop, getting a basic chapter set up. The next day I’ll probably add more to the chapter and try to make it more cohesive.

When you’re not writing what kind of books do you like to read?
I actually love to read non-fiction. I recently finished Trish Ryan’s memoir A Maze of Grace.

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a book?
   1. My laptop
   2. Tall Carmel Frappachino (no whipped cream) from Starbucks
   3. A notepad to write ideas down for chapters that I’ll work on later

Since Mieradome's release what has been your most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment is having readers say they have enjoyed reading my book! Spending years writing this and then hearing that people have really gotten into the story is the best I could ask for.

How did you come up with the idea for Mieradome? Were there any particular inspirations?
Most of my stories either come from dreams or my own life. For Mieradome, I had a dream about a girl in a bedroom looking out her window where a bright light zips past her ear and out into the dark of night. That little light ended up disappearing into a large oak tree. The dream made me wonder why that light would go in the tree, what the tree was hiding, and what the little light actually was. So in essence, I just expanded on the small idea I had and built a world around that. Mieradome was also inspired by my paternal family’s heritage and coat of arms. I have a video talking about that here.

In Mieradome there are a wide variety of characters. Is there one character you love the most?
As a baddie, I love Feig because he’s very sly and cunning. He is a changeling, so he can turn into anyone and everything. I like that idea that you’re not quite convinced Feig is up to any good.

Are there any real life people that have inspired the characters in your series?
Yes, there are characters based on people I know. My sister Shannon, who designed Mieradome’s cover, is Shannon Moana Hine in the book as a dog sled racer. An inside joke between my sister and I gave Ditto #3 (a postal bird) his name.

What is up next? Is Mieradome the beginning of a series or will you move on to another project?
I’m working on the sequel to Mieradome, which is called The Saskatoon Balloon! We even have a trailer for it already!

By: Kate O'Hegarty

Out Now!

Mieradome pulls the reader into a unique fantasy world of faeries and technology, a different take on the Alice in Wonderland concept. The story revolves around a young girl named Amavia who believes she is a human girl, but slowly comes to find she is a faery in the world of Mieradome. Slowly who Amavia was began to unravel to show the truth; the truth that she just may be the evil they need to destroy. This is the first novel in a series, and gives a glimpse of what is to come for the main character Amavia.

Where to Buy:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders | The Book Depository

1 comment:

  1. Well I certainly have to read this one and I enjoyed your interview.....B.



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