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The world of Jeremiah Tully, part II

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2012 by Kate Jack

Continuing our visual journey into Land of Midnight Days, here are some more images from around Liverpool that provided me with the necessary inspiration to create the world within the novel.

Bridge Street arches, home of the Bridge-street-Gangers, in chapter 20.

Liverpool Anglican cathedral, used in chapter 7.

Crack ‘o’ dawn pub, from chapter 2.

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Take a peek…

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by Kate Jack

…you know you want to. 😉

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Things that get in the way of writing, part II

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2012 by Kate Jack

Well I’ve got over the food poisoning, only to have wrenched my right shoulder to such an extent I’ve invented a few new swear words.

How did I do it? The embarrassing answer is I fell out of bed – and before you all pass judgement – no, I wasn’t drunk! 

Anyhoo it means I can’t use a keyboard properly or even, as I’m right handed, a pen. I’m on painkillers and anti-inflammatories, which gives me some relief, but then Mr Agony comes roaring back, turning me into an hysterical harridan of epic proportions. Stoicism? That’s for people with courage, fortitude and other equally irritating qualities.

Fooey to ’em all, I say.

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Obsessed – me – surely not?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2012 by Kate Jack

It’s Inspector Montalbano night, the last of the four episodes being shown on BBC4. That being the case, I intend to make the most of it. So, feet up, settle back, with a glass of something in one hand and a bar of chocolate in the other.

Self indulgent? maybe, but we have to take our pleasures where and when we can.

See ya.

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Sundays, love ’em or loathe ’em?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by Kate Jack

As a child I always detested Sundays – why? – because it meant wearing my “best clothes”, going to church and having spam salad for tea; that still makes me shudder. Oh yes and the Mike Psalm singers on radio 1.

There was nothing on TV, apart from “holy” programmes, the news and documentaries. That is, until the BBC began showing their Charles Dickens series. Wonderful, albeit black and white, adaptations of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, etc. The BBC were particularly excellent at producing such classics as these.

Nowadays I feel like I’ve come full circle, apart from the spam. Sunday TV seems to consist of quiz, cookery, antique and home buying programmes ad infinitum. Added to which, as the day drags its sorry self towards evening, I’m all too aware that Monday beckons and hence the start of a new working week. Ah well, as the song says: Ce sera, sera.

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A few of my favourite things.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by Kate Jack

As the song says, these are a few of my favourite things.

First and foremost, I love to read and write. Reading wise, I’m pretty eclectic. High fantasy and urban fantasy are amongst my top reads, but I also like Lisa Jewell’s chic lit. She has such biting wit and style.

I’ve always loved murder mysteries and detective novels and recently taken to reading Italian Author, Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series -superb.

I came across this writer’s work entirely by accident. My brother had recommended the TV series on BBC 4. It’s filmed in Sicily and subtitled. With stunning scenery, fantastic dialogue and acting, it’s magnificent, better, in my opinion, than any cop shows we’ve got here in the UK. The BBC have only shown a few episodes so far, but are due to air 4 new ones over the next few weeks. The first is on the 25th of August at 9pm. Do yourself a favour and watch it.

Luca Zingaretti (Inspector Montalbano)

What else? Oh, apart from the above, I love cats and I “own” one, called Meg. She’s the classic black and white “Tuxedo” cat, with the sweetest little face and the personality of a dragon with indigestion!

Then there’s my passion for clothes. Oh my God, I have a wardrobe big enough to supply a small country. This wonderful piece of furniture dates back to the 1950’s and used to be part of my parents’ bedroom suite. It has a shelf for hats – believe it or not.

It looms, dwarfing everything else with its forbidding, castle-like exterior. There are places in it I dare not go, for fear of stumbling into an alternative world and I think it’s eaten all my shoes.

At the end of the day, when all’s said and done, I’m not a hard gal to please.

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Five star treatment.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2012 by Kate Jack

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Five star reviews for Midnight Days:

This is a dystopian YA fiction, a genre which has been on the rise since the success of the The Hunger Games. The story here is original and there are plenty of interesting characters involved in an alternative world. Even if you wouldn’t normally read YA fiction, this is worth a go!
Powerful storytelling by a fresh new talent. There have been quite a few dystopian future-type books around but few deliver as well as this one. I think it is down to the characters and how believable Kate Jack makes them, which means you care what happens. Jeremiah is a very good main character and I think this book hits the mark for its target audience.
Really enjoyed this novel. With impressive characterisation and intriguing plot lines, I was really stunned how I so readily enjoyed a book written for young adults! The novel is easily read and yet has more than sufficient complexities to keep any age interested – and intrigued. An excellent book.
I had the pleasure of beta-reading this. YA fans will certainly enjoy Kate’s storytelling ability, attention to settings, and characters. I particularly enjoyed reading about the Street Gangers–who are a truly menacing force in the book, and Ezra, who becomes something of a… well… you’ll see. Epic in scope and the first book of a trilogy, I’ll be waiting for the next in the series.
Having read dozens of books in this genre, I can honestly say this is one of the best. The writing is lyrical, the setting depressingly believable, and the character of Jeremiah touching.
The story unfolds in a broken down world that could be any poverty-stricken neighbourhood where the police are afraid to set foot. Except this is the whole city, and there isn’t anywhere else to go. Unless of course you have an exceptional talent, or you are not quite human. Then escape is not only a faint possibility, it becomes imperative.
Jeremiah doesn’t speak, but he is a strong, capable boy and despite the odds against him, Kate Jack rallies the reader to his cause with exceptional skill. Great book, highly recommended for teens with a brain.
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