Worldbuilding with Kathryne Kennedy (& Win a Copy of Beneath the Thirteen Moons)

I’d like to welcome author Kathryne Kennedy today!  Kathryne’s the author of Beneath the Thirteen Moons, which came out through Sourcebooks on December 1. She’s known for her intricate fantasy worldbuilding (well, okay, and romance as well). Comment for a chance to win a print copy of Beneath the Thirteen Moons--we’ll be giving away two copies (sorry, this one is U.S. and Canada only). You know the drill: 1 entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or Retweet. 

Welcome, Kathryne!  You grew up as an Air Force kid. How has all that moving around and traveling influenced your writing and ability to build new worlds?
KK: Great question! Cause I do believe it has influenced my work. I lived in Okinawa for a few years, and developed an appreciation for other cultures and lifestyles. And I think my time in Guam influenced my love for the mysteries of the jungle and beach and ocean. I spent a lot of time swinging from palm trees on the beach, collecting hermit crabs, exploring tidal pools, and my imagination just added to the amazing discoveries I experienced.

 

Which comes first for you, the worldbuilding or the characters? What inspired the watery world you built in Beneath the Thirteen Moons?
KK: Most of the time it’s the world that comes first, and the characters develop naturally from the environment. But sometimes the characters come first, and the world develops from there. In Beneath the Thirteen Moons, the world came first, and it was inspired by my love of the ocean, the waterways of Venice, and believe it or not, Tarzan. I used to pretend I was a female version of him as a kid. I never wanted to be Jane, cause she didn’t seem to have the exciting adventures that Tarzan did. Maybe that’s why my heroine in Beneath the Thirteen Moons is the wild, adventurous one.
 You say on your blog that there’s a major theme that runs through all your books–that true love doesn’t only bring out the best in people but also allows remarkable acts of bravery and ultimately has the power to save the world. Do you start out consciously pursuing that theme? 
 KK: You ask such great questions! Yes, when I conceived of the idea for Beneath the Thirteen Moons, it was actually the first book in a planned series that involved humans colonizing other planets, and one great love changing the course of their history. I then started another series and never got back to the colonists series, but that theme still runs throughout the books I write.
 
I’m always fascinated by opening sentences. The first sentence of Beneath the Thirteen Moons is “Mahri poled her boat around the base of the sea tree, the bone staff she used as much an extension of her body as her own arms.” Did you originally begin with that sentence? Why did you choose that particular scene to open the book?
KK: Yes, I did originally begin with that sentence. It just felt like the natural place to start where the action begins, after Mahri has made the decision to kidnap a healer, and he turns out to be the prince of Sea Forest. I could reveal parts of the world a bit at a time as they meet one another, and their lives are changed from that moment on.
 What qualities do you admire most in your characters Mahri and in Prince Korl? What are their biggest issues to overcome?
KK: I love Mahri, because she’s wild and independent and totally a part of her world. And although she’s proud, there is an underlying layer of vulnerability to her that Prince Korl really makes her confront. And Korl, well, he’s a man who knows what he wants, and lets nothing get in his way in pursuit of it. And the fact that he wants Mahri with a passion makes him practically perfect. :}
What book or author most influenced your work?
KK: For Beneath the Thirteen Moons, I would have to say Andre Norton and Julie Garwood. Andre Norton for the amazing worlds she creates, and Julie Garwood for the romantic, and often tender humor in her love stories.
Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog, Suzanne, and asking such great questions. I look forward to meeting you and your readers today! 

ABOUT BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS:  He’s a ruler in a divided world…In a magical watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com’nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.  She’s an outcast, but at least she has her independence…Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn’t think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of Sea Forest, Mahri knows that she has a chance to change the fate of her people…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathryne Kennedy is a multi-published, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives in Arizona with her  family—which includes two very tiny Chihuahuas. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at: www.KathryneKennedy.com.
Leave a comment for your chance to win one of two copies of Kathryne’s book. Thanks for being here today, Kathryne!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

27 thoughts on “Worldbuilding with Kathryne Kennedy (& Win a Copy of Beneath the Thirteen Moons)

  1. I would never imagine a waterworld as a setting for a book, but now that I’ve heard of it, I can’t wait for this to come out! Adding it to my “wishlist” of new releases!

  2. I am a fan of Kathryne’s books. Her worldbuilding is so creative, it’s stunning. BTTM sounds so good!

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