Slumber Blog Tour: Author Guest Post With Kathleen Bolton


Kathleen Bolton has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Slumber, which was written under the pen name of Tamara Blake.

About The Author:


Kathleen Bolton is a professional writer and editor. Currently, she is a contracted writer to Working Partners, Ltd. Her current project, Slumber, under the pen name Tamara Blake, is a dark suspense fantasy novel for teens. Her projects also include Confessions of a First Daughter, a YA series about the misadventures of the U.S. President’s teen-aged daughter, and Secrets of a First Daughter, both published by HarperCollins Teen, under the pen name Cassidy Calloway. She is the co-founder of Writer Unboxed, one of the foremost online communities for writers of fiction.

Kathleen lives with her husband and daughter in upstate New York.
Visit her AuthorTracker webpage at HarperCollins Publishing, or Goodreads for more.

AUTHOR on the Web:
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Guest Post:
It must have been the voices in my head. They never seemed to shut up.

From an early age, I was making up stuff and putting together words so the story would “sound good”. If I read a book where I didn’t like the ending, I’d make up my own. In my (admittedly crazy-ass) mind, Cathy never dumped Heathcliff, Jane never ran away from Rochester, and the Prince was never stupid enough to let the Little Mermaid turn into foam (yes, that is how the original fairy tale ends).

I was too young to realize that suffering is the engine that drives a good story to a satisfying conclusion, but hey, I was just a kid then.

I believe storytelling is an ingrained human trait. Like love, envy, or addiction to sugary products, love of stories is in the DNA of everyone. Whether we love reading, or watching movies, or glomming onto celebrity gossip websites, people want to be told a story. Some of us want to tell stories, and that’s where the insanity part comes in.

Because writing is hard work. Really, really hard work. You have to love it to keep doing it. Fortunately I do love it. There’s no higher high than getting in the zone and nailing a juicy scene. There’s no lower low than staring at a blank screen and the words won’t come. It’s incredibly gratifying when readers love your work and want more. It’s corny, but stories connect all of us together in the cosmos.

Writers are also a bit schizophrenic in that there are many characters competing to have their voices heard in a writer’s imagination. Giving voice and life to those characters is incredibly fun. Especially when they seem to want to do their own thing. Then a writer is like an Ouija board and the character is simply channeling itself through the writer’s fingertips. When that happens, I usually let the character do its thing and trust that it’s going to get me safely to The End.

I was particularly drawn to Slumber because it was a dark, twisted take on traditional fairy tale tropes. Since I’d been rewriting stories in my head for years now, the project was perfect for me. A beautiful but poor girl meets a handsome “prince” and is whisked away to an enchanted kingdom of luxury where her every wish is seemingly granted. But all is not as it seems. The heroine, Ruby, must make terrible choices every step of the way. Magic comes at a price, and Ruby has to decide if she’s willing to pay it to save everyone she loves, including herself.

As the story progresses, Ruby’s moral compass is severely tested again and again. But it’s this moral compass that both attracts the hero, Tam, to her while also frustrating him. Their relationship is complicated and bittersweet. They bring out both the best and the worst in each other, and this tension was really fun to explore.

I loved putting Ruby and Tam through the wringer. I hope you enjoy reading their story.

Thank you for having me on as a guest, I greatly appreciate it!

About The Book:




Tamara Blake

Publication Date:

July 16, 2013


Diversion Books

Once upon a time, Ruby believed in magic…

When Ruby volunteers to take her mother’s housecleaning shift at the gothic Cottingley Heights mansion, she thinks it’s going to be business as usual. Clean out the fridge, scrub toilets, nothing too unusual. But nothing could prepare her for the decadent squalor she finds within. Rich people with more money than sense trashing their beautiful clothes and home just because they can. After the handsome Tam discovers her cleaning up after him and his rich friends, Ruby has never felt more like a character from her sister’s book of fairy tales.

Tam sees beyond Ruby’s job and ratty clothes, and sweeps her off her feet, treating her like a real princess, but Ruby is sure this beautiful boy is too good to be true. And as one tragedy after another befalls Ruby and her family, Ruby painfully learns that magic is all too real, and it always comes with a price.


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