Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Guest Post & #Giveaway - The Wanderers by Kate Ormand!

The Wanderers by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal


A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?

THE WANDERERS is set in our world but the places within are fictional, though some are based on places I’ve been to, or at least details are. I like to pull from various locations rather than specify real settings.

When I first started writing I dived right into the circus itself, and didn’t really build up much around it to begin with. This was mostly down to excitement, great interest in the circus, and eagerness to create the characters’ home.

When it came to thinking more about what’s going on outside the circus the real world made me WORK. I asked myself endless questions about the human world and their view on the circus, their reaction to things that happen, how the circus runs, how shifters feel about humans, how they fit into our world. This is crucial for a realistic setting, especially when creating a world within our own, and fortunately I had a whole group of people who also asked me these questions to better strengthen the story. Examples: my agent suggested news reporters and my dad suggested protestors.

Now, when starting a new project, these questions tend to come first before I dive in. So my new method is to have fun with building the setting, but think hard and often about how things fit from the start (or I’ll regret it later when I’m working back through it all!).

THE WANDERERS was a dream to write. Like every project, it had its ups and downs, hard moments and quick successes, but it’s a book I truly love and hope readers will enjoy being in this world as much as I do.

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KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website (www.kateormand.wordpress.com) or on Twitter (@kateormand).



erin said...

this looks and sounds awesome!! Congrats to Kate on her new release! Thanks for sharing!

Olivia-Savannah said...

I am so interested in reading this one! I have heard brilliant things about it. And come on, shape shifters hiding away in a circus? Doesn't get more unique than that. I don't think I have read anything like this one before, so it's on my TBR now.

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