Sunday, 30 August 2015

Blog Tour + Interview + 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

Synopsis:


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?













When did you start writing?

About 4 years ago during my third year of university, which is when I started really getting into reading YA.

 
What makes you want to write?

Reading! Before I discovered YA books I had no idea what I liked to read, which meant I didn’t read very much at all. I started really connecting with books and I wanted to experiment with a new creative outlet and start writing.
 

 
Who is your favourite character in The Wanderers?

My main character, Flo. She’s a horse shifter and I liked exploring both sides of her and how they fed into each other. I enjoyed that unlike some of the other characters, Flo is powerful in a less obvious way. 


How did you get the idea for The Wanderers?

I saw a circus poster on my way to university one day. It was bright yellow, all torn and weathered, and I said, “What if I wrote a circus book where all the animals were shape-shifters?” And then . . . I did!


What are your hobbies? 

I like scrapbooking, walking, and reading. I really enjoy baking too, but I only do so for occasions. 
 

What is your favourite film?

Can I cheat and say all eight Harry Potter films?!
 
 
What is your favourite TV show?

Can I cheat again and say three…?! Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, and The Walking Dead!







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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).









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