Today, for our first TRYA author spotlight, we’re excited to introduce Kate Ormand, author of the upcoming YA paranormal novel THE WANDERERS. Kate is a multi-published author in both young adult novels and children’s picture books (writing as Kate Louise) who lives in the UK. She’s also the co-creator of Author Allsorts, an online group of published authors and illustrators. In short, she’s one busy author, but she’s graciously agreed to answer some questions today about her latest release!
- Why did you choose the setting for your book? Did you draw from any real places to create your world?
There are places I’ve been and am familiar with that helped shape some of the locations in the book, but it’s kind of a mash up. The settings are all fictional.
- What was your inspiration for THE WANDERERS?
I saw a poster on my way to college one morning. It was bright yellow, faded and worn in places, advertising a circus. I remember catching sight of it as we drove by and saying, “What do you think about a circus book where all the animals are shapeshifters?” And then I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
- What was your favorite part about writing THE WANDERERS?
Getting to know both sides of the characters, how their transformations feel, and the way shifting works for them.
- What was the hardest part about writing this book?
It’s my first book set in the existing world, so I didn’t get to make the rules!
- Who is your favorite rogue character from a book, TV show, or movie?
My fave (loveable) rogue is Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead!
- Which character in THE WANDERERS do you identify with most, and why?
I think there’s a piece of me in most of them. Probably Flo, as the story is from her POV I naturally connected most with her.
- How did you decide which characters from the circus cast would accompany Flo on her journey (Jett, Pru, and the elephant triplets)?
Jett and the triplets were always coming along. The five of them make up a bit of a group. Pru wasn’t with them in the first few drafts, but I liked her so much, and thought she was a really interesting character, so I had to keep her! There were others I’d have loved to have had go with Flo, but they had other journeys to take.
- Name a song that makes you think of THE WANDERERS.
Shake it Out by Florence + the Machine. It’s hopeful and not at the same time, and fits Flo kind of perfectly.
- I love the idea of shapeshifters hiding their ability under the guise of the circus. What are some of the things that make your shifters unique?
Thank you! There are a lot of animals – horses, bears, elephants, tigers, monkeys, lions, parrots, etc. – which I don’t think we often get to see. I found their shifting to be really special and a big part of the novel so readers will (hopefully) connect with them as both human and animal.
- Describe the type of reader you hope picks up this book when it’s on the shelves.
Fans of DARK DAYS will hopefully enjoy this one as well. Readers who enjoy paranormal, romance, mystery, action. And fans of shows like the Vampire Diaries.
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 (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).