Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Blog Tour: Kersten Hamilton Interview & Giveaway!

1. In the sea of paranormal species (unicorns, werewolves, etc) how did you decide to write about goblins?

When I was a child, a goblin crept out of the dark and slipped her paw into my hand. The creature’s name was Lina, and I met her in a book by George MacDonald.

Lina was a dog–like creature with green eyes lit by amber fire, and a huge mouth with icicle–like teeth. Curdie, the hero of the story, could feel the real hand of any creature inside its flesh glove, and when Lina put her paw in his hand: “a shudder, as of terrified delight, ran through him… instead of the paw of a dog, such as it seemed to his eyes, he clasped in his great mining fist the soft, neat little hand of a child! The green eyes stared at him with their yellow light, and the mouth was turned up toward him with its constant half grin; but here was the child's hand!”

When I read those lines I felt it. Lina was a small part of George MacDonald’s book. After I met her, I knew that when I grew up I wanted to write a book full of that kind of goblin creature. So I did.

But Tyger Tyger isn’t just a goblin book. That would have been easy. No, Tyger Tyger is a sexy, scary, romantic goblin book. Because I love a challenge!

2. How did you come up with your character names? (Teagan, Finn, Abby, etc)

Finn is named after a great Irish hero, so he was easy. Teagan is Teagan because I loved the nickname, Tea. (And Tea and Finn just sound like they should be together, don’t they?) Abby is the best friend in the world, and I’ve always thought that Abby is a very friendly sounding name. I’d like Abby for my friend!

3. Who is your favorite character to write in the Goblin Wars series?

It changes everyday. Today it was John Paul Wylltson, because he smells of new books and old magic and is not afraid to give a good Tarzan yell at the dinner table when needed.

4. If you could have any magical power what would it be?

I’m not sure it’s a magical power, actually—but I would want to be able to mend broken people, and give them courage and strength. To me, that would be better than flying, better than traveling in time. Better than anything.

5. What is one place in the world you are dying to travel to?

Do I have to limit it to this world? If I could travel anywhere I would travel to Mag Mell. The creatures there fascinate me. I dream myself into Mag Mell almost every night.


Blog Tour Details:

Links: Full Tour Schedule here and Kindle Giveaway here.

  • This is the first stop on a blog tour sponsored by The Teen {Book} Scene.
  • Each stop will be posting a letter that, when unscrambled, will form a word related to Kersten Hamilton.
  • At the end of the tour please visit the link above and enter your name, email address, and the unscrambled word for a chance to win a KINDLE!
  • My letter is...




I also have a pre order of Tyger Tyger to giveaway to one lucky winner!


Open Internationally!

Ends October 31

Fill out THIS FORM to enter!


  1. Wonderful interview!
    Thanks for hosting it and for the giveaway, of course!

    to be able to mend broken people, and give them courage and strength.
    That would indeed be a most previous ability/superpower and I think it is needed in our world today!

    Kelly/ yvantis@hotmail.com
    I have to say that I have never thought about Goblins before... But I am very intrigued now, so I would love to read the book! XD

  2. Oh! Your initial spark came from MacDonald. :) I shall have to read this when it comes out!

  3. This book looks great, and judging by the author's inspiration it's sure to be amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this interview! :D

  4. thanks for the chance of win the Hamilton's book. I'll see also if the kindle giveaway is international :)

  5. I loved this interview! Your questions were interesting and so were the answers.

  6. Great interview, Kersten! And a Kindle - wowza!!! I love your photo, too - gorgeous! (I like your hair down.)

  7. I had the chance of reading this through NetGalley and I loved it! Amazing story :)

  8. Thank you again for interviewing me, Kelsey! I loved your questions.

    Kim - my hair drives me crazy. :)

    Sharli and .Ambur. - I'm so glad you liked Tyger Tyger! Hurray!


  9. Wonderful interview! Thanks for the contest1

  10. Thanks so much for making this international! :)

  11. Aww this is such a nice interview. :) I like the magical power question.

    Thanks for the contest!

  12. Never thought about the nickname Tea, but it does sound great!
    Great interview!

  13. Yeah, my favourites changes frequently too... I'm fickle that way :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  14. Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-tyger-tyger-at-book-scout.html

  15. I loved your inspired answers to Kelsey's great questions, Kersten.

  16. I always liked the name Teagan too. It has a nicering to it.
    I don't recall ever reading any novels mainly about goblins, so I'm really looking forwad to it.

  17. Wow interesting interview!!! Never thought much about goblins to be honest lol Can't wait to read this book, seems great!!!

  18. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!
    Kersten's answers are so wonderful--especially the one about having the power to mend broken people! She sounds like a sweet person. :)

  19. LOL, Finn and Tea. Not bad. :D

    and thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Oh! I want to be nicknamed Tea also! Can I? Can I?xD

    lovely interview

  21. Wow..you would choose the power to mend broken people than any onther..That's sweet,and kind.

  22. Thanks for a great interview and giveaway. I love the idea of goblins as main characters and can't wait to introduce this book to my class!

  23. Great questions and I really liked the thoughtful answers that Kersten gave. This book is on my wishlist so thanks for making the giveaway international.

  24. I love SCARY and SEXY, throw in a few goblins and what more could you want...I love unexplored subject.

  25. LOL. I love their names, too! Tea and Finn do sound good together :))

  26. Thank you for sharing the interview and giving us the chance to win this book! I'm so excited!

  27. First person who didn't say "my power would be invisibility" or something like that! =o

  28. Great interview. Love the question.

  29. Cool article. This book looks interesting.

  30. I think her answer to the super power question shows how awesome Hamilton is :)

  31. Great Interview!! I really enjoyed it. Never heard of this author until now and this looks like a great read!

    My Bloody Fairy Tale

  32. Kersten Hamilton gave good answers to your questions, I enjoyed reading your interview and thanks for hosting the giveaway.


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