Author Interview – Katharine Ann Melton

Author of Behind The Mirage

Fantasy author Katharine Ann Melton released her debut urban fantasy novel Behind The Mirage on October 12th, 2020, (the day after I released my first novel. Almost book twins! )Welcome Katharine, thank you for joining me to talk about your debut novel. Tell us about Behind The Mirage.

Katherine: My book is Urban Fantasy.  It is about an assassin that is given the most important job of her life: enter modern day Greece and assassinate Zeus to stop him from destroying mankind.  If that isn’t hard enough, she has to juggle an unwanted proposal from Oberon her king, the threat of war and the realization that Zeus was responsible for the death of her parents.  When she crosses into the human realm, she realizes that she isn’t the only one hunting Zeus.  She is quickly confronted with uneasy alliances, vengeful gods, unsolved murders and the occasional malevolent portal to another world. 

Helen: How did you come up with the name of your book?

Katharine: The title of my book ‘Behind the Mirage’ started out as a different name.  I started writing the book over 20 years ago and it went through so many changes.  Character names, traits, locations.  The original title is closely related to the final title, but I just didn’t like the original.  To me, it felt like I didn’t put to much thought into it.

Helen: I love the cover, how did you come up with the design?

Katharine: Since the book’s location is Greece, I wanted to make sure it was presented in the cover so the reader will be automatically transported there.  I wanted my main character on the cover, but I didn’t want her face to be shown because I want readers to create her features in their mind.  The cover turned out better then I had ever imagined.  I believe it really showcases what the book is about.

Helen: It truly is a lovely cover. What made you choose to write this novel?

Katharine: Writing has been a part of my life since I was very young.  I am not really sure what made me start, I just had so many stories to tell in my head that I needed to get them on paper.  I would start out by writing scenes, maybe write a sentence or two about just different things.  My mom has kept everything I have ever written since I could write.  It all started as a hobby, never thinking I would actually write a book.  I used to write screenplays, and then I wanted to turn one of them into a novel and that’s how the book started out.

Helen: Congratulations on finishing and publishing the book. Which character did you enjoy writing the most?

Katharine: I of course enjoyed writing my main character because I wanted a strong female lead that knew how to handle herself in different situations.  A personality that the readers could relate to.  I also enjoyed writing Hades; God of the Underworld.  He is very sarcastic, he only helps when it benefits him, self-assured, blunt.  I enjoyed writing his personality. 

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Helen: The Greek gods and myths are a great source of ideas and characters, how else do you find ideas to write about?

Katharine: This varies.  I have gotten ideas by just looking at an object and developing a story around it.  I have ideas from reading other books too, and even tv shows. 

Helen: Tell us a little about your working process, do you enjoy listening to music whilst you write?

Katharine: I do.  It is a mix from pop, to old school hip hop, to classic rock.  Sometimes I will listen to a song while I am writing a scene because it helps me to visualize the scene better.  There are most times that I write with the tv on too.

Helen: Thank you for chatting with me today, it’s been great learning about your novel. If you didn’t write urban fantasy what genre would like to try and write?

Katharine: If I didn’t write Urban Fantasy, I would like to try writing horror or sci-fi.  I have started working on other projects because I never run out of ideas for stories.  One story is horror/sci-fi that I write when I have writers block in my current project.  I also would like to write a thriller novel.  I believe you can write whatever genre you want; don’t limit yourself to one.

About the Author:

I grew up in Northern California and moved to the Washington DC metro area about 13 years ago. When I am not searching for new locations for my books, I am spending time with my friends and family. My book Behind the Mirage is the first book in a new series.

You can find more about Katharine via:

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Behind The Mirage

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Book Review Alert: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Reviewed: April 30th, 2021
Release Date: January 7th, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy

A lifetime ago, Lore Perseous left behind the brutal, opulent world of the Agon families – ancient Greek bloodlines that participate in a merciless game every seven years. A game that is about to begin again …

What an enjoyable read! A wonderful blend of modern-day New York and the gods of Olympia. Plenty of action, fighting, and plot twists to keep you entertained. Combine that with a strong heroine who is battling her own demons as she tries to live a normal life, and you have an exciting adventure. Read more…