New review for Through the Gloaming.

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

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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. 😀

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Land of Midnight Days – YA Urban fantasy

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


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Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by Kate Jack


Without hard work, talent is not enough – Henri Matisse


Busy, busy, busy!

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by Kate Jack

These days, I seem to be busier than ever, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Take yesterday, for instance: I had to take the car in for its MOT, which it passed, attend a hospital appointment, squeeze in some writing, and finally tackle the next module of an online course in marketing, I’m doing.

All this was a little slowed down by having to take the bus to and from the garage to go home after delivering the car and then go pick it up. I don’t live far from the garage, but can’t walk it, because of my dodgy foot. I’d not used to getting the bus, as I normally drive everywhere. I’d forgotten what a pain in the rear public transport is. I explained to the peculiarly unhelpful bus driver that I’d not used my electronic pass before and he simply stared straight ahead, whilst I swiped the damn thing over the pad and it failed to respond. After the 3rd attempt it worked. Embarrassed and angry, I limped to a seat and swore continuously under my breath at the driver, cursing him and his descendants for decades to come.

That said, the rest of the day went really well. I got quite a lot of writing done and sailed through the course module with ease. I’ve found, these days, that it’s becoming increasingly easier to set goals and stick to them. I’ve discovered a newfound determination to succeed and hopefully I will. 😀

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Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2017 by Kate Jack

Since I retired, back in May, I have well and truly abdicated as the queen of procrastination. Since the day after I retired, I have written every day! Yes, you heard me – every day! 

What brought about this startling transformation? Peace and quiet and the ability to organise my day as I see fit. I still wake up at about 5 am, always been an early waker, and as my bed is next to the window, I get a spectacular view of the sunrise. I lie there and gaze at this awe inspiring sight, listening to the birds singing and I feel filled with inspiration, until Meg, my cat, starts demanding breakfast; there’s nothing like the smell of cat food first thing in the morning to set my stomach churning. 

Once she’s busy stuffing her face, I return to bed, fire up the computer, flex my fingers, and start working on the first book of my current wip, The Songstress Trilogy. I usually keep this up for approximately half an hour, then I take a break and make a cup of tea. The first brew of the day is always the best, but the feeling of contentment and sense of accomplishment is supreme.

The best bit, though, is that I no longer circle the keyboard with a feeling of dread; I’m actually enjoying this newfound work ethic 😀 Why? Because I want to do it. I’m no longer stultified by boredom, or sneaking out of work for a crafty fag – when I used to smoke. Now I have a sense of purpose and along with that, I feel fulfilled; something I haven’t felt in years. I even managed to get rid of an old wooden desk that’s been cluttering up the spare room for years. I got it downstairs, into the car, and deposited it at the council dump, all by myself; not bad for an old lady with a dodgy foot 😀

So, hopefully, I’ll keep this up and will soon be starting on book 2. So long spider solitaire, so long procrastination, hello writing! 😀 AMZN UK AMZN US

I will catch you if you fall…

Posted in poetry with tags , , , on June 13, 2017 by Kate Jack

…I’ll be there whenever you call.

I’ll write your name in the sky.

You memories will never die.




The flow of creativity

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on June 12, 2017 by Kate Jack

Following on from my post, A thought for the day, I now want to explore what it feels like when a writer is filled with inspiration. Positive inspiration can be a rare feeling for a writer, for reasons already stated in the previous article. However, when inspiration does strike, it’s almost like having a high 😀 One experiences a surge of well-being and contentment, as the words pour onto the page and the world and the characters being created, begin to take shape. 

There’s no better feeling than when a wordsmith fulfils their function and creates something to share with others. Supplying readers with doorways into other worlds, allowing them to meet new people and situations, must surely be the ultimate goal of an author.

Yes, there are days when a writer feels like giving up, feeling frustrated and unappreciated, but that’s the name of the game; it’s almost unavoidable. That said, you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off – and as dispiriting as it can be – start all over again. In the end, it’s worth it.  🙂


A thought for the day

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2017 by Kate Jack

Why is it, as writers, that we procrastinate? There’re times when we’d rather do anything other than write; and yet, at the same time, we can think of nothing else, other than writing. Nearly everything we see and hear is a prompt to compose and create; but we don’t. Not writing makes me unhappy and I’m constantly tormented by the mantra, I’ll do it later, or maybe tomorrow. The excuses pile up, until they become a potential avalanche that threatens our mental well-being.

Making resolutions, and even drawing up schedules are just as bad, because they’re rarely adhered to. The irony, of course, is that when we do start to write again, we immediately feel happy and fulfilled. There’s something inherently satisfying about creating new places and new faces.

Then again, there are genuine distractions and situations that stop us from fully focusing on our chosen occupation: work, family, politics, especially the recent general election just held here in the UK. I spent most of my time watching the news, or scrolling through Facebook, trying to keep track of which party was in the lead. As for work, I can no longer claim that as a distraction, since I took early retirement back in May 😀

That said, I have been writing more, focusing mainly on my current wip, the first book in The Songstress Trilogy and I’ve never felt happier. Now that my time’s my own, I have the inclination and energy to do what I really want and that is to write 😀 That said, I did manage to write and have three books published, whilst I was still working, so for all of you who are still employed, it’s not an excuse to put off creating until you retire 🙂

The Silver Flute Trilogy

For me, the pen writes on, albeit slightly faster now 🙂


What’s in a story?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by Kate Jack

When a writer begins a new book, what elements do they want to incorporate into their story: adventure, fantasy, romance? – the possibilities are almost endless. Of course it does depend on the genre, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll go with the genre I write in, which is YA urban fantasy.

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This is the genre I’m most comfortable with; I’ve always found writing in other genres extremely hard.When I tried, it became so onerous that I considered giving up writing. Rather foolishly I’d taken the advice of a well meaning friend and tried to write about “real” things. Well, for those who have the talent to write in a more realistic style, this is fine, but all I managed to do was bore myself. I also unwittingly copied the style of other writers and therefore had no voice of my own and readers recognised this and probably thought, “same old, same old.”

One of the essentials a writer needs, in order to write well and engage their readers, is to write what they themselves would enjoy reading. If you hate what you’re producing, how can you expect others to like it? This realisation came to me somewhat late, as I struggled to produce “realistic” stories and failed miserably. They were hackneyed, incoherent and quite frankly, crap! Why? Because I rushed through them as fast as I possibly could, diving for the finish line at the speed of light. Again, why? The answer is simple. I despised what I was doing, but the urge to write, even during this dark period, persisted.

I continued to love fantasy, but even that palled after awhile. They all seemed very much alike, with heroes fulfilling their destiny by fighting dragons, or dark lords, and so on. I hasten to add that there’s nothing wrong with these elements, there’re some great classic fantasy writers, such as Robin Hobb, who uses all these ingredients, really, really well. Her books, The Farseer Trilogy, whilst containing magic, dragons, swords and sorcery, are created in such a way as to make them standout in a sea of similar elements contained in myriad other novels. And that’s what I wanted to do. I still wanted to write fantasy, but I wanted to do it in a different way. 

I stumbled on for a few years, lurching from genre to genre, never really finding my writing life purpose, until I was introduced to YA urban fantasy. It was as though someone had switched on a light! At last I could see past the fog that had filled my head for years. There was a glimmer at the end of the tunnel and I ran towards it, arms outspread to embrace my destiny! Yes, I know, I’m being a bit dramatic, but it was a wonderful moment for me when I realised I’d finally found my niche 😀

So, to answer the question of “What’s in a story?” In my opinion it should be a writer’s heart, soul, and above all, their love. 🙂

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A journey through the desert

Posted in General with tags on June 4, 2017 by Kate Jack

Writers sometimes enter a period where the inspiration, even the desire to write, dries up. I’ve been going through this drought for nearly a year now, but am gradually returning to what I see as my purpose in life. But there’s no doubt about it – it’s hard – very hard. I can only compare it to the god Sisyphus, who was doomed to roll a boulder up the side of a mountain, only for it to roll to the bottom again.

The annoying part of going through this kind of thing, is that you find yourself going around in circles. You don’t want to write, because it’s too much effort, but you also do want to write and can’t think about anything else! It dominates every moment of every day, almost to the point of insanity. 

Writing, for me, is like a drug – a legal high – if you will. I always experience a glow of satisfaction and achievement when I’ve managed to get some words down on paper. So what’s the problem? I think it’s because, basically, I’m mentally lazy; I don’t like having to use my brain. Having to think up plots, characters, so on, fills me with dread, especially at the beginning of a new project. That said, once I do, my mind seems to pick up the pace and the story almost writes itself.

The fatal point, for me, is that once I’ve written a few thousand words, I feel as though I’ve earned a rest and I’m not talking about a coffee break here. Once I stop, it turns into a marathon and takes me ages to pick up the baton again. Even if I’m on a roll that little devil, perched on my shoulder, keeps muttering, “stop now. Put your feet up, you’ve earned it.” I wish the little sod would – well – just sod off!

Anyway, all this can be overcome, simply because if you’re a writer, in any genre, it’s your reason for being and to paraphrase: I write, therefore I am 🙂




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