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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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Write what you love and love what you write.

Posted in General with tags , , , , on October 25, 2014 by Kate Jack


Can you love and hate something at the same time? Sure you can. For instance, I love writing, and yet I hate it. It’s so frustrating not being able to write all day, every day. For me this leads to lethargy, so that when I do have the time, I don’t have the inclination or the energy.


As for marketing my work… pfft!


The love affair between me and my writing has more than its fair shares of ups and downs. In spite of this, it’s a path I’ll stick to, until I’m either too senile to pick up a pen, or I’ve gone to that great writing group in the sky. 🙂

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A story fit for Kings, Queens, Demons and Angels!

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by Kate Jack


I’ve just this minute finished reading Jane Dougherty’s The Dark Citadel, and what a read it was! Filled with characters for the reader to love, hate and admire, this story carries such a wealth of tension and worry on behalf of the protagonists, I very nearly had a stroke! Primarily fantasy, there’s also a touch of mythology and the dystopian, making an eclectic, enthralling mix of the fantastical.

No matter how fast I read, I couldn’t stop until forced by tiredness and the need to eat, I unwillingly put the book down. When I reached the end, I felt elated, yet at the same time deflated that it was over, done. This writer has the enviable talent to draw the reader into the dystopian world she’s created, not only with the charisma of her characters, but her vivid descriptions too:

Here and there jagged splinters of rock rose, some straight, some leaning crazily. Chasms and fissures split the earth, and the sandy plain was pockmarked with craters, some small enough for a man to curl up in, others several times the size of the great square of Providence and as deep as the Parliament building. Quaking ponds popped and hissed as gas bubbles burst like boils at their viscous surface, the noxious fumes rasping Zachariah’s throat raw.

The images accelerated, a flickering film of towns spreading, shrinking, tumbling into ruins, of tall warehouses, cranes and aerials, roads, cars, cargo ships.

My only nitpick, and it’s a very minor one, is the slight overuse of adjectives in some places; that said, we’re all guilty of this at sometime or other, but other than that I can’t recommend highly enough the readability of this novel.


Voices from The Land of Midnight Days.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2012 by Kate Jack

If only people would see things my way, then everything would be fine. Why can’t they just do as they’re told? When they don’t, when they resist, I sometimes have to show them the error of their ways. (Thoughts of Zeb Tully)

Zeb Tully’s okay. You just gotta know how to handle him. He means well, it’s just that his head’s not always in the right place. We can all be like that sometimes…right? (Thoughts of Joe Ambrose)

I love Zeb, but I hate him too. Look at the way he treated Jeremiah. What kind of man would do that? (Thoughts of Helen Greycheck)



Out of the dark, into the light…

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on August 3, 2012 by Kate Jack

…maybe, maybe not.

Land of Midnight Days – fast paced action. Characters you can love or hate. This book has it all.

Coming soon, YA urban fantasy.

Miss it, miss out.



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