As seen in Issue 2 of Uncaged Book Reviews. To read an excerpt from Scrying for Summer and reviews of the series thus far, please see the issue, link below.
I had the pleasure of working with Katherine, at BTS Book Reviews where she had a column each issue. Her columns were favorites of mine, and I’m very happy and honored she wanted to be a part of Uncaged.
Thank you Katherine for the feature.
1) When did you come to the realization that you wanted to be an author?
You know when you’re in second grade or so and in school you’re asked what you want to be when you grow up? Most kids are like, fireman! Magical space unicorn! Unholy devourer of worlds! (Okay, maybe not that last one…) For me, I wanted to be a writer and an artist. While the artist thing tapered away over the years, it allowed the writing side to shine all the brighter. I created thousands of worlds as a kid, plotted thousands of stories, and the older I grow, the more stories brew within me, begging to be unleashed.
2) Who are some of your favorite authors now, and what genres do you tend to read the most?
My most recent favorite are queens of paranormal romance, JR Ward and Nalini Singh. I got sucked into the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Psy-Changeling series respectively, and I’ve been bingeing on them. Another favorite that I will always, always read is Ilona Andrews. I started reading the author duo with the Kate Daniels series, however, I really enjoy everything they write. The style just jives with me. As for the genres I read, while I occasionally pop out to try something different, my favorites are urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Probably unsurprising, since those are my favorite genres to write.
3) How long does it take you to write a full book? Do you write full time or part time?
I write part time, and with how fast I tend to write, I’m kind of terrified to wonder what my output would be if I wrote full time! Depending on how much I’m jiving with a story, it takes me a month to six months to write a 60-90,000 word novel. For 60k ones, it tends to be one to two months. Editing takes a little longer depending on the book, but I can keep a pretty steady pace with writing.
4) This series, The Philadelphia Coven, is already amazing, two books in. It’s fast becoming a “must read series” for me. You’ve done a superb job of with background, environment, and character development and still keep it from being tedious. Is this a series that you plan to continue with? Please say yes.
I have definite plans to continue the series—my goal is four books. I’m currently working on Rising for Autumn, the next book, which features Alanna Carrington, head witch of the Philadelphia Coven, and Samuel Karim, djinn and ex-Order crony as the leads! While the first book was action packed and the second book sizzled, so far this one has been the darkest one!
5) What are we going to be looking forward to in the future from you?
Rising for Autumn! However, for those that follow my steampunk Take to the Skies series, I recently released A Tale of Two Airships, the sequel to An Airship Named Desire! It’s akin to Firefly; a loud-mouthed, ragtag group of sky pirates with hearts of gold and a penchant for finding danger.
6) I about jumped up and down for joy, when I found that Scrying for Summer featured Jev. One of my favorite characters from Hunting for Spring. And though I didn’t like Liam much in the first book, I knew there was a lot more to his character, I’m glad you brought it out and he becomes a hero in his own right. What brought about this wonderful world?
I’m actually from Philadelphia area, though I live in the suburbs, so I’m quite familiar with the city. One of my favorite aspects of urban fantasy is combining the surreal with the real, and I’ve seen the glitz, the historical spots, and the seedy underbelly of the city, which is enough to inspire thoughts of magic and fae! As for the story inspiration, I actually use Celtic fairytales for inspiration. Connla and the Fairy Maiden was the inspiration for Hunting for Spring, and for Scrying for Summer the Gruagach tale!
7) What would you like to say to fans, and where can they follow you?
I would like to say a huge thank you to fans! Kind words and encouragement have been what fueled me past rejections, publisher closures, negative reviews, sales slumps and the countless other hurdles that an author faces on a regular basis. It warms my heart to be able to share the excitement for the worlds and characters I created. For those who’d like to chat, I constantly update my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kmcintyreauthor) with favorite lines from what I’m currently working on, and I update my author page (www.katherine-mcintyre.com) with my weekly word count as well as where projects are in the works! Don’t hesitate to reach out, even if you just want to chat!
Scrying for Summer
Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Blurb: Yeah, all right, Jev said she was looking for adventure, but she meant the garden variety, like stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. She didn’t mean handsome-as-sin Liam O'Reilly showing with word that the worst organization of fae they'd ever dealt with was on the rise again. She definitely didn’t mean anything to do with Liam O’Reilly--traitor, asshole, and the absolute last person she wanted to work with.
A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. She writes novels with snarky women, ragtag crews, and guys with bad attitudes. High chances for a passionate speech thrown into the mix.