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Katy Moran - Author

Katy Moran was born in Cambridge and studied for a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University. She worked in publishing for many years before writing her first historical novel, Bloodline which was published to critical acclaim. She has since written two more historical novels: Bloodline Rising and Spirit Hunter. Her fourth novel, Dangerous to Know was set in the present day. She lives in Ludlow, Shropshire with her husband and two sons.

Q&A with Katy Moran

1. Essa is a powerful and incredibly brave character who stays with you long after you’ve finished reading the novel – how easy was it to write this character?

2. Is there something of your character (you say you’re a bit of a tomboy) in Essa? He’s so well drawn that we feel some of him must be based on someone you know well.

3. The main characters in Bloodline are male. Do you think its appeal as a consequence is of more interest to males than females?

4. You say the inspiration for the story came from an antique broach given to you by your parents. Tell us more.

5. Which authors do you think your readers will also enjoy?

6. The historical context of the novel must have meant a huge amount of research prior to writing the book. What did this involve and how long did it take?

7. You’ve been writing for almost as long as you can remember but when did you first feel that one day you’d write a novel?

8. Did your time working in publishing give you the impetus to find a publisher and/or change your ideas on what to write?

9. With both your publisher and author hat on, what advice can you give would-be children’s authors in getting published?

More About Katy Moran

As a child
I grew up in the countryside, where I used to do stupid but fun things like jumping off the bridge into the river. I also watched a lot of telly, read a lot of books and ate a lot of crisps. I got bored easily so I was always making up stories when I was meant to be thinking about something else. I felt a strong connection with the landscape around me, and all the things that had happened there in the past, as if I were part of it. There was a dark pool down a lane where I was convinced they used to duck witches. I had an overactive imagination. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve - it was dreadful but I loved doing it.

As an adult
I went to university in Manchester where I read a lot, fell into a trench on a dig, jumped about in the hills, and started writing what became Bloodline. When I left I stopped writing for years and worked in publishing, which was brilliant, although I always felt something was missing, and I could never quite let go of Essa as a character. It wasn't till a friend read Bloodline and gave me the confidence to finish it that I really started writing again. I'm glad I did.

As an artist
I don't know why, but my main characters always seem to be boys. Maybe it's my masculine side coming out. I like to write early in the morning, and once I've got going, it can be hard to stop. I had a full-time job while I was finishing Bloodline and became quite hermit-like. I missed a lot of parties and didn't see some of my friends for months but I didn't care: I was having a massive adventure. I had a lot of catching up to do afterwards, though.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Katy Moran

1. I love fancy dress - especially being a pirate. They had such great clothes.
2. I hate maths because I'm so bad at it.
3. I am scared of spiders - still.
4. I went to school in Texas when I was five years old, and I still want to be a cowboy.
5. I want to sail around the world one day.
6. I wish I could travel back in time but wonder what I would do about my contact lenses.
7. I really should learn to ride a horse.
8. My husband is a drummer in a band, so I know how to take apart a drum-kit.
9. I love going to the countryside with my friends and sleeping outside in the middle of nowhere.
10. I am scared of heights - I wish I could jump off rocks into the sea but I just can't.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Katy Moran

Reader ReviewedThe Hidden Princess
Katy Moran
Katy Moran returns to the mystery of the Hidden which began with Hidden Among Us. It is six years on from when Lissy was stolen away from her human life by the King of the Hidden. All the while...
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Reader ReviewedHidden Among Us
Katy Moran
March 2013 Book of the Month A sophisticated and complex novel told in different voices, this interweaves a contemporary family story with a haunting story of another world – the place where the elven folk live. As a newly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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Bloodline Rising
Katy Moran
Richly imagined, this is a powerful historical fantasy in which a young man has to make big choices which will not only affect him but also those of his adopted clan. Moving from the gilded but corrupt world of Constantinople...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2009
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Katy Moran
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award Go back in time to Dark Age Britain for this powerful story about loyalty and survival in another time. Abandoned by his father, Essa makes a new life for...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2008
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