Congratulations to Katie on finishing her trilogy! I was really looking forward to asking her about world-building her ancient Egyptian setting, because it's so very different from our current society. Don't miss the Rafflecopter giveaway, either!
I love research, so I have to ask how much research on Egypt you did in preparation for writing KIYA. Books? Videos? What were your sources?
A ton of research had to go into the story. I had to build a timeline of events and figure out where each of the historical figures fit with their age and where they appeared and disappeared in history. To do this I hit the library and also museum and university websites and journals. I have a list of sites I used for each book, as well as several books on my personal shelf.
What's the oddest thing you learned about Egypt in the process?
The oddest thing? The Egyptians in general were odd; incest, mummification... But I think in general I found myself impressed by them. They were clever and resourceful, understanding things like medicine that other civilizations didn't discover until the 1700/1800's.
I'm familiar with how much mental adjustment is needed to think about living in a medieval-style society... how difficult was it to feel comfortable describing life in an ancient world like Egypt? Were there any resources that were particularly helpful?
The Egyptian culture is very different from our own. Things like incest and polygamy that aren't acceptable in our society, were normal every day things. Also, writing the period in a woman's perspective meant understanding the role a woman was expected to play in those times; mother, housewife, property of her husband. These are things that the women would have accepted and not questioned because that's just how it was. It was difficult to dig up information about these things because men wrote history and more often than not, the day to day activities of a woman didn't register as worth recording.
What's one of your favorite aspects of KIYA's world?
All the people. That's my favorite thing about all history. The people who lived in their times shaped their world and as a consequence, ours. I believe these long dead voices still have lessons to teach us with the stories they left behind.
What's the next project in your pipeline?
I have another 2 book series signed with Curiosity Quills due for release later this year, and am currently querying the first book in a sci fi/fantasy series. I'm working on the other books right now, and plan on having seven books total for that series.
Tut has grown into his position as Pharaoh, but he is a wild young man. Naomi fears for him, not only because of his recklessness, but because he has put his trust in Ay–the man determined to destroy Naomi—despite her and Horemheb advising against it.
Meanwhile, death and slavery hang over Naomi and her family. With fear of the booming Hebrew numbers causing talk of enslaving them, conscription is reinstated and Naomi fears
for the lives of her other children. Especially since Ay's children are now adults, and just as dangerous as their father. They threaten to take Itani, conspire against Tut, and pushing for power.
But Tut is in trouble. While Ay's daughter draws Horemheb's attention, and Naomi deals with the struggles of her family, everyone's distraction could spell death for the young Pharaoh.