New worlds, new stories.

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

Since I retired, back in May, my writing productivity has increased way beyond my expectations. I’ve written and published two short story books, learned how to seek out and purchase covers for them, and am now currently working on my third volume of short stories, which will, hopefully, be  out in time for Christmas: A Pocketful of Stories (permanently free), A Hatful of Stories, and the current WIP, A Stocking full of Stories.

I realise, of course, how lucky I am to have the time to be able to do something I truly love, which is just as well, as my previously written books, The Silver Flute Trilogy, will also be undergoing a metamorphosis. They will soon no longer be available on Amazon, in their current form, as my publisher and I have parted company (amicably).

Instead, after some re-editing and new covers, I will be self-publishing them.

Added to which, I’ve decided to write a prequel to The Silver Flute Trilogy,  called: Midnight Tales. It will take the reader back to the beginning, outlining how, where, and when, the main protagonists came together. 

So, as you can see, I’m going to be fairly busy for the foreseeable future. Where on earth did I get the time to go to work? 😀


New review for Through the Gloaming.

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , on April 30, 2014 by Kate Jack

gloaming cover

Had a really long, dreary day at work, but soon bucked up when I saw this review on Goodreads, for book II in The Silver Flute Trilogy.

The second book in Katrina Jack’s ‘Silver Flute Trilogy’ finds Jeremiah Tully thrust back in a world he doesn’t want to return to, one where he has no voice and the truth of his past is catching up with him.

When he enters the Gloaming, a space between his world and his mother’s, the secrets start unraveling fast. Among them, what happened to his father and the truth behind his muteness.

The author did a fantastic job creating multi-layered worlds and characters that bend and stretch as they travel through them. Character-types that we’ve encountered in other types of fantasy have been given makeovers, reimagined and renamed, with faint echoes of their predecessors.

Jeremiah’s muteness is handled so well, it blends in with the rest of the story, making you forget anything is wrong with him until he encounters a new character. The mention of finger motions are a quick reminder without fixating on his disability.

There is a book prior to this one, which I read quite some time ago and did not have all the details fresh in my mind. It didn’t matter as this works as a standalone and can be enjoyed without having read the previous one.

So thanks to Emily McKeon for this sterling review of my book, and the four stars she awarded it. 😀

gloaming cover AMZN UK KATE AMZN US

Land of Midnight Days – YA Urban fantasy

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by Kate Jack


Do you have a writing routine?

Posted in Writing with tags on January 19, 2018 by Kate Jack

I do – of sorts. I’ve had the same writing routine for years, but now I’ve made some changes. See if you can spot them.

Early start. The alarm goes off at 5am and after a lot of swearing, I switch it off and lurch my way to the bathroom.

Feed the cat. The next, rather revolting task, is to feed the cat, as she refuses to stop trying to trip me up, until I do. The smell of cat food at that time of the day necessitates the holding of the breath, as it’s emptied into the dish. This invariably followed by…



Write. Once all that’s accomplished, out comes the laptop and once I’ve checked out Facebook, Twitter and my emails, it’s time to get on with writing my latest WIP.

This also includes that staple part of a writer’s diet – more coffee.

Work. 6am rolls around and it’s time to set off for work and spend the next few hours in mind numbing, boring routine, broken only by more cups of coffee.

Write. Then it’s home again, grab a bite to eat, fight off a maddened cat, who is acting as though she’s never been fed.


Once I’ve fought my way past the deranged feline, it’s back to the laptop and write, this time accompanied by a cup of…


And repeat, except for a few small differences – can you spot them? 🙂

Early start.




Feed the cat.


More coffee.


Go to bed.


Go to sleep and dream about writing.

Well, it’s been awhile…

Posted in General with tags on January 18, 2018 by Kate Jack

…but it’s happened again.

What? I hear you ask. Well, when I logged into twitter this morning I found I had four new followers, which came as a pleasant surprise, until I followed them back. Three out of the four appeared to be genuine followers. However, the fourth no sooner obtained my reciprocation than they unfollowed me, within the space of about three minutes. Why? My guess is that they’re trying to obtain more followers for their account, of which there weren’t many, by following other tweeters and then promptly withdrawing their follow, thus making them seem more popular than they really are. Unfortunately for them, I have an app that enables me to check for new followers and non-followbacks, etc. I therefore blocked this person; will they learn from this experience? Somehow I doubt it.

The second annoyance of the morning was a message from one of the aforementioned new followers, purporting to be interested in my book. Alarm bells should have rung straight away, as they didn’t mention the title and I tweet about several of my books, not just one. However, being a somewhat optimistic person, I decided they were referring to my pinned tweet and I thanked them for their enquiry, and proceeded to give them the lowdown on that particular novel. Guess what? They messaged me back and asked me to watch a YouTube video they’d made. Well, fair’s, fair, I thought, at least they’d asked about my book and not just demanded I watch their video. Accordingly I watched it, it was actually quite good, liked it and retweeted it. Now the thing about spammers like this is that they’re not only cheeky, but greedy too. They messaged me again, this all took place within about 5 minutes, asking me to read their book. My reply was a good deal politer than they deserved, but it boiled down to a refusal. Strange as it may seem, they’ve suddenly gone quiet. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and not block or unfollow them for the time being; that said I totally expect them to unfollow me at some point and I will then reciprocate. 


The thing is, what these gamers don’t seem to appreciate is that people soon cotton onto their shenanigans, and their reputation turns to crap. Since reputation is everything, especially on social media, all they’re doing is shooting themselves in the foot and it’s game over.

I will never understand why people can’t behave in a decent manner and use the likes of twitter and Facebook as they should be used, as a means of connecting and interacting with others who share similar interests. Ah well, maybe I’m being naive. 🙂


P.S Since posting this article, the spammer messaged me yet again about reading their book, despite my unequivocal refusal. So guess what I did – yes I blocked them 🙂

kate Jack @ twitter



And we’re off!

Posted in Writing with tags on January 17, 2018 by Kate Jack


Now that I’ve published the second edition of Land of Midnight Days, and had a short writing break, it’s time to take my feet off my desk and get stuck into book II, Through the Gloaming. 


As I said in my previous post, Press pause  it’s perfectly okay to take a break, in between writing projects, to refresh the mind, not to mention the eyes, before embarking on a new project.

The reason why I’m reiterating this point, is because after I’d posted about this sometimes thorny issue, I recalled a post I made some time ago on my  Facebook page stating that I was taking a break from writing due to personal problems. I got a reply to this, from someone I can’t recall the name of, making the rather black and white statement that there was no excuse for not writing every day. This is nonsense! Of course there’re things that get in the way of writing every day: family responsibilities, working, bereavement, and last, but not least, lack of inclination. 

My point is, dear friends, never, ever allow yourself to be intimidated by others. Follow your own rules and inclinations and remember, it’s quality that should come first and foremost, and if you’re able to produce quantity as well, that’s a bonus 😀

kate Jack @ twitter

Everyone likes freebies…

Posted in General with tags on January 14, 2018 by Kate Jack

…so here’s one for all you lovely readers out there 🙂

Land of Midnight Days, book of The Silver Flute Trilogy, will be free to download for the next five days: 15th of January to 19th of January.

And if you’d like another freebie, subscribe to my website and get A pocketful of Stories, a collection of short fantasy stories.

Happy reading 🙂

Press pause…

Posted in Writing with tags on January 12, 2018 by Kate Jack

…and breathe.

So, now that  Land of Midnight Days  is up and running again, it’s time to take a short break. I need to allow my brain cells to rejuvenate, before I embark on the second part of my journey and begin editing the second book, Through the Gloaming.

Now some writers would say that one should write every day, and for the most part I do, but sometimes it’s not a good idea to force yourself; I’ve found, from experience, that it can cause a sense of dread and thus make the creative process arduous and unfulfilling. It’s also a good idea to allow the brain to think of other things for awhile, so that when writing is resumed the imagination is refreshed and ready to plunge headlong into the character and world-building process.

At one time I allowed myself to be influenced by such mantras as: a writer writes, or you must write every day; but not anymore. I write when I have something to write about and, more importantly, if I feel the urge. In a nutshell, everyone is different: everyone works at their own pace, or they should do, and most of all, everyone should write because they want to.

It won’t be long before I resume work on my books, as soon as I can uncross my eyes from staring at a computer screen for hours on end, and feel refreshed and ready to create the very best stories I can. 🙂

Without hard work…

Posted in Book Club with tags on January 11, 2018 by Kate Jack

…talent is not enough, Henri Matisse

Never were truer words spoken. As I said in my previous post, Doing your very best…      I’ve worked very hard on the 2nd edition of Land of Midnight Days, and yes, I think it’s vastly improved, due to my talent as a writer. The book was originally written and published back in 2013, and it wasn’t until my publisher and I parted company, that I decided to rework it. And that’s exactly what I did, once I regained the book rights. I knew the story was great and I knew it deserved the very best efforts I could give it. So, without further ado, here it is, all shiny and knew, ready to download from an Amazon near you 🙂



Doing your very best…

Posted in Writing with tags on January 8, 2018 by Kate Jack

…is the least you can do.

I recently wrote about second chances, in my article: What if?  wondering what it would be like to start all over again, writing wise. Well that’s exactly what I’ve done, by re-editing, and to a certain extent, rewriting the first book in The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. I thought I’d worked hard on it the first time round, but it was nothing compared to how much time and effort I’ve put into it now. I’ve streamlined ruthlessly. I’ve corrected plot errors and wordiness and polished, until it gleams!

It is now one of the jewels in my writing crown and is only the first of many to come. To get it as near to perfection as I can is the very least my readers deserve. I want to engage people’s imaginations to such an extent, that they will live and breathe the story, and be swept along until they reach the final page. I want to leave them yearning for more. 

And this should surely be the aim of all writers, to provide their readers with a story that grabs them by the hand and pulls them into worlds that fascinate and enthral, and introduce them to characters that will engage and repulse in equal measure. The Land of Midnight Days does this and offers so much more besides.

So, watch out for the second edition of a book that will carry you beyond the mundane and introduce you to new places and faces. Coming very soon to an Amazon near you.


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