I'm very pleased to welcome Karen Latimer and Rachel Ridley today as they stop in to visit us while on their virtual book tour. Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Latimer: When I’d complain that I had too much work to do, or that I was worried about starting the work, my Dad used to say, ‘how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!’ Everything looks hard and insurmountable until you take the first bite; after that, it’s one bite at a time, until you eat the whole thing!
Ridley:‘Reach for the stars, they’re all yours.’ My favourite English teacher wished me luck for the future with that line as I was leaving primary school. I’ve never forgotten it.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
Latimer: At the moment it has to be a Korean restaurant in
called Kimchi/Hophouse. Korean food is
so yummy! It’s run by native Koreans, so, I think it must have a proper taste
to it (I don’t know yet!)! I love
going there! Sometimes I think me and Ridley are like frequent-flyers there! In
fact…I’m getting a hankering to go again! Korea
Ridley: Excellent, when would you like to go Lat? Thursday? :D I always get the same spicy chicken, it burns and burns, but I keep eating it as it’s so tasty! Last time we were there, the Korean song, Gangnam Style (it’s so popular, you surely have heard of it!!) came on, which I thought was absolutely brilliant; to be eating, listening and trying to sing in Korean, in the middle of Dublin, that’s the closest we’ll get to Seoul for the time being!
Latimer: I have a few; I like The Vampire Diaries, I think they’ve done a great job on that show. I’m a long-time fan of Supernatural; Sam and Dean’s relationship is just brilliant to watch. I really enjoy watching Sons of Anarchy; there are so many twists and turns in that show and I love that it’s from the point of view of people who aren’t good. It’s so well-written. I also enjoy Game of Thrones; I think it’s full of excellent actors and the design of the show is so gritty and dirty. It really has an epic fantasy feel to it. I adore Tyrion Lannister and those White Walkers… wow, looking forward to seeing more of them!
Ridley: I watch Grimm, I love to see how they twist and modernise each of the different Grimm fairy tales. I started watching Community as well, Latimer turned me in the direction of that show. I think it’s hilarious. Also, Idiot Abroad has started back, which I really enjoy watching! I could go on and on, but you’d get bored!!
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Latimer: At the moment I would love to go to
(see ‘favourite restaurant’ J
yummy!). I’ve watched a few too many Korean Dramas; they always leave me
wanting to go and explore Korean culture! And, I want to go back to Korea … again! I
can’t seem to get Japan
out of my system; I’m obsessed! And some day, I want to go back to the South
Island of New Zealand, it was one of the most beautiful places I have seen! Just
thinking about travelling makes me want to be like Bilbo Baggins, off on an
adventure to distant lands… There and Back Again a Latimer’s tale, by Latimer!
Ridley: Oh to be able to wander the earth and meet all the different walks of life on it, now that would be spectacular! To see the gorillas in the forests of central Africa, the northern lights on the tundra of
. I’d love to hang out again
on the bustling streets of Iceland Tokyo, eat kimichi in
Seoul, dance the night away in colourful costume
in Rio and trek across the desert in as dawn approaches; the great
pyramids rising up through a simmering haze out of the sands in front of me.
There’s so much to see, so much to do! Egypt
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
Latimer: Usually I set aside weekend hours for writing, because the week is a little taken up at the moment. I procrastinate a bit then I write for many hours until the natural wind-down. I’m a night-writer (I just had a flashback to Night rider then!). I’ve realized that over the last few years. I’m definitely a more productive writer at night time, which means I go to bed pretty late sometimes!
Ridley: I’m the exact same! I love to write when the world around me starts to settle down and everything goes quiet! I’ve always been a night owl; I’m so much more awake at 11pm than I ever am at 11am!
Latimer: We are working on the follow-up to Legend Unleashed. We’re having fun working on the last of Temperance’s story. We aim for a release next year. Hopefully, fingers crossed, we will be back in the editing box early next year!
Ridley: And toes crossed!!
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
Latimer: Oh a name is everything. I think it’s a very important part of a character. I have found that for us, sometimes a name comes first and that inspires the character. The name places a character somewhere in time, or in a particular way of life, it gives you a feel for the person. Just by reading a name, before I even know anything about a character, I start forming opinions.
Ridley: It’s funny, we have a ‘feel’ for names I think. As Latimer says, sometimes the name comes first and then the character. But if the character is already fleshed out, it can take a while longer for us to find a name to ‘fit’ him or her. It’s like hearing a wrong note being played when a name doesn’t suit a character, where something is ever so slightly off.
What do you think makes a good story?
Latimer: Characters are important. I love characters with interesting backstories and quirky personalities. Love and the development of relationships are also very important to me; it can’t be too fast or easy J I love reading and writing about budding romances, in the midst of magic, mayhem and adventure!
Ridley: Latimer has pretty much summed it up there, though, moments also make a good story. You got to have some brilliant, really stand out moments. These are the scenes you take away from the book when you’re finished, sometimes they’re the little things too; his expression as he looked at her, the brush of her hand against his, the cheeky smile. It all matters!!
Thank you so much for having us here on your blog Laurie! It was so much fun and we love getting out and visiting our blogging neighbours J
Latimer (Karen) and Ridley (Rachel) are two eccentric best friends with far too many obsessions and a frightening addiction to tea. When they aren't reading stories filled with magic, passion and adventure, they're writing them.
A writing duo for the last nine years, they've always dreamed of sharing their imaginary worlds and quirky characters with others.
While they live in
Title: Legend Unleashed
Author: M. Latimer-Ridley
Date Published: 10/26/12
When an infamous criminal is unleashed from his prison, it has consequences for everyone in Carwick. Temperance Levinthal in particular…
Temperance is satisfied with her ordinary life. Dealing with her eccentric, childlike parents is all the excitement she needs. That changes when Alastair Byron returns home.
They are forced together though, when they are implicated in a grisly murder. Their search for the truth leads them to a secret world beneath Carwick, filled with werewolves, wizards and other magical faey.
However, uncovering the truth is far more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.
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Amazon UK paperback (Paperback out in 2 weeks)
I enjoyed this book mainly for its originality and strong characters – particularly Temperance, a young woman who must struggle to fit in. She is vigilant about taking her medications and suppressing certain odd characteristics. Her peculiar parents keep her busy, as well. When Alastair, an attractive young man, moves into town, her well-intentioned father plays matchmaker.
fly between the pair, as they tend to
disagree often and loudly. An escaped prisoner and a murder put the whole town
in danger and on alert. Temperance
befriends a sordid looking, smelly fellow, and soon the three become embroiled
in a deadly quest for answers. Sparks
This fast-paced tale easily captured my imagination, and I read quickly in order to find out what would happen next. There are plenty of humorous scenes to break up the tension and keep this book from becoming morose. I loved the strange cast of characters. They grew on me as they navigated their world and interacted with each other. The structure, plotting, and characterizations are tightly woven throughout. Written particularly for the young adult reader, it should also appeal to a much broader demographic, as well.
A complimentary copy of this book was given to me in return for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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