Friday, June 12, 2015

Sophomore Spotlight on . . . Kate Ormand (giveaway)

In case you missed the intro with the description and main giveaway, this event is simply about checking in with 2014 debut authors who have at least one release in 2015 (AKA their sophomore year as an author).

Today, I'm turning the spotlight on Kate Ormand and her upcoming circus shapeshifter novel! (I'm so excited for this--it sounds so interesting!) Her debut was a dystopia titled Dark Days, which I liked reading.

Kate has written a guest post on writing a circus book! There's also a swag giveaway.☺

Kate Ormand is YA author of DARK DAYS and THE WANDERERS. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She graduated from university with a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also member and co-creator of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. Kate is represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website ( or on Twitter (@kateormand).

Writing a Circus Book – Kate Ormand, author of The Wanderers

The circus is a really intriguing setting, and it can be done in so many ways – with magic, or with glitter, glam, and gymnasts, or with a sinister twist, or all of that and more!

The circus in The Wanderers is an animal circus made up of orphaned children with secret shapeshifting abilities. The novel doesn’t have any actual animals – the characters are humans that can transform their shapes. So this twist paired with the circus setting was really fun to explore.

They’ll introduce me to the crowd and I’ll take my place in the ring. Not as a girl, though.
One of the aspects I enjoyed most about including shapeshifters was to learn about different animals and how they look, how they move, how they make the characters feel, and how they relate to the human character in some cases.

Great circus novels create a real atmosphere for the reader, something to really get wrapped up in. With an air of unusualness and quirky little details, I hope the circus in The Wanderers has just that for readers to experience.

I pass the bearded lady as I make my way around the circus tent.
A faded poster I saw, damaged by weather and time, originally inspired the story. This not only sparked the idea for the book, but had influence on how the circus would be, which is definitely not glamorous. Everything’s got to have sparkle, but it’s cheap sparkle. The cast play a role but behind the scenes looks much different.

The crowd explodes with applause. They whistle and cheer in their excitement, captivated by the experience of the circus. I’d probably be doing the same if I were one of them, seeing it for the first time, unaware of the secrets hidden behind the dusty curtains.
There’s an underlying darkness to Flo’s circus. The idea of the place is both desirable and uncomfortable. There are two sides – on stage and off stage – and I hope readers will love reading about it as much as I loved writing about it. Thanks for inviting me to talk about The Wanderers!

Did the guest post pique your interest? Here's the description on The Wanderers (releasing September 1st):

Goodreads Description: 
A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure and Mystery, and a Bit of Romance
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?
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Kate has offered to give away some swag to a lucky winner! This giveaway is international and ends on June 28th @ midnight PST. Please no entering with giveaway Twitter/other social media accounts and please be familiar with my giveaway policy before entering.

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