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

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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. 😀

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


Why a great book…

Posted in General with tags , , , on March 22, 2018 by Kate Jack

…can really lift you up.

As an avid reader, I really appreciate the effect a well written novel can have. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, getting stuck into a brilliant read lifts me up. Discovering new writers and stories that I really enjoy, is like hitting the mother lode. 

I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to what genres I read, but my absolute favourite out of all of them, is speculative fiction; more specifically, urban fantasy. A few years ago, I was stuck in hospital with a viral infection and as I began to feel a bit better, bored off my head. A friend kindly loaned me a book by an author I’d never come across before, writing in a genre I’d never heard of; urban fantasy. The author’s name is Jim Butcher and the book was from his Harry Dresden series.

Initially, I was bit dubious as to whether I would take to it, with its mixture of dark magic, mythology and faerie; let alone that the main character was not only a private investigator, but a wizard to boot! That said, the minute I began to read I only stopped, when the consultant dared to interrupt me to discuss my prognosis – bloody cheek! 

I finished that book in one day – something I rarely do. I waited, with increasing impatience to be discharged and when I was, did I go home? No, not straight away. The hospital I was in wasn’t far from the city centre, so I jumped a taxi to the nearest book shop, this was before I had the internet, and had never heard of Amazon, and bought the next two books in the series, then I went home to start reading.

So why did these books engage me so much? Well, it was the freedom of choice the writer had. By that I mean, he had the freedom to craft his stories around the real and the speculative. The setting is Chicago, a Chicago imbued with the gritty realism of everyday life, but also coexisting alongside the world of Faerie. As a reader that really appealed to my imagination and I had no problem suspending my disbelief. The books possess a number of elements that appealed to me: mystery, detectives, murders to be resolved, the fantastical and so on. As I said, what made me dubious about the first book was what seemed to be a chaotic mixture of all the above, but boy was I wrong! The stories work – really work!

So, what’s your favourite reading matter and why? What floats your reading boat and carries you away into the realms of imagination and wonder? Whatever it is, carry on reading and never look back 🙂


The journey continues…

Posted in Writing with tags on March 6, 2018 by Kate Jack

… from the Land of Midnight Days

…to The Gloaming, Jeremiah Tully and his companions enter a whole new world.

2nd editions of Books I & II of The Silver Flute trilogy available now from

YA urban fantasy at its best. Miss it – miss out.


Posted in Writing with tags on March 1, 2018 by Kate Jack

As many writers out there will know, there’s no greater satisfaction than completing a book. That said, I found to my great surprise that rewriting a book can give the same sense of accomplishment. Since my publisher and I parted company, I have re-written and self-published book I of The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. I have derived not only satisfaction from doing so, but the opportunity to improve the story and polish it until it gleams.

I’m now in the process of revamping book II, Through the Gloaming and relishing every minute of it.

As I near the finish line, I am already thinking about the third and final book, Dawn Horizon and looking forward to the prospect of getting to work on it. 

So if for any reason all you writers out there find yourselves faced with the prospect of issuing 2nd editions, relish it; there’s always room for improvement 😀

Visit my website today and claim your free eBook, A Pocketful of Stories

Moronic spam

Posted in General with tags on February 21, 2018 by Kate Jack

In an article I recently posted, reconcilliation I mentioned the necessity to be persistent when going after what you want. There are, of course, different reasons for persistence, one of which is spamming. Recently, I have been receiving spam from a company called, I don’t know what they sell and I don’t want to know. Their technique is interesting. They pick out one of my articles to “comment” on and quote part of that self same article. For example, this particular piece of cretinous spam comes from my post called, I’m melting, I’m melting!

extraproxies.comx Malia Drozda

Being British, I naturally moan about the weather; most Brits do. We bemoan the fact it

As you will see, they’ve copied and pasted the opening lines of the post. Why? What is their intention? Is it to beguile me into visiting their site and purchasing whatever their product is? Great sales technique – not 😀 Is it intended to annoy? Possibly, but it again begs the question, why? Prior to them sending me moronic spams, I’d never heard of this so-called-company. If they do intend to annoy, well they can now reap the fruits of their labours.

So go for it,, I’m sure your unusual sales technique will send your profits soaring 😀


Posted in General, Uncategorized with tags on February 13, 2018 by Kate Jack

When I first entered the world of writing, I learned a lot and am still learning things today, amongst which are: persistence, optimism and reconciliation. When I first obtained a publishing contract for The Silver Flute Trilogy, I was filled with elation. However, that joy soon turned to ashes in my mouth. My enthusiasm for promoting my books was not matched by my publisher. Oh, promises were made, but rarely followed up on. Very soon the black dog of depression began to follow me around.

Fortunately, this state of affairs did not last for long and when my publisher began not answering mine and my fellow writers emails, I girded my loins for battle.

I began by joining the Society of Authors, a sterling organisation which I heartily recommend, and consulted them about my publishing contracts. Alas, it was to no avail, as they were watertight and it seemed I’d shackled myself to an anvil.

The black dog reared its ugly head again, that is until a friend advised me to forget about my books and move on. What the hell! Forget that! They were mine, my creations and there was no way I was letting all that work go to waste.

So all the writers concerned, grouped together and emailed the publisher over and over, until he finally capitulated and returned our book rights free of charge. See what I mean about persistence?

So now that my books and I are reconciled, I have the opportunity to revamp and republish them myself  and so turned  good reads, into great reads – ain’t life fab? 😀

2nd edition of Land of Midnight Days available from:

To review or not to review?

Posted in General with tags on February 10, 2018 by Kate Jack

As a reader, when you purchase a book, do you bother to leave a review when you’ve finished it? I do, as I think it’s important to share your opinion with others. Why? Well, if I’ve enjoyed the work, I want others to enjoy it too. If I haven’t, I must admit I chicken out and don’t say anything. I don’t want to hurt the author’s feelings, or project a negative image of myself. It’s a sad fact that some reviewers positively relish eviscerating writers, just out of pure nastiness. 

It’s possible to give honest criticism without the need to destroy someone’s confidence and maybe even help them out, so that they can take a fresh look at their work and improve it. I have one review, three stars, which gave me feedback that proved invaluable. 

So what else puts readers off posting a review? Well, it could be that they think they have to write reams and reams, and critique every aspect of the book they’ve just read; not true. A few words more than suffices, giving a brief outline of why they liked/disliked the work.

Not long ago, I published my free eBook, A Pocketful of Stories and a lovely lady messaged me on Facebook to tell me how much she enjoyed one of the stories, The Dreamer and the Realist. It made my day, I can tell you 😀 However, she didn’t, for whatever reason, post a review. Perhaps it didn’t occur to her, but at least she took the time to give me feedback and every little bit helps.

So, fellow readers, the next time you read a book, consider posting an honest review and always remember that there’s a person behind the writing, so be as positive as possible 🙂

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.


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