Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stone Relics Blog Tour by Katy Walters - guest post and giveaway!

Welcome to my stop at Stone Relics Blog tour. this tour is organized by NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz and by the author Katy Walters. My stop includes information about the book, about the author, a guest post from the author Katy Walters and a giveaway.

Title: Stone Relics
Author: Katy Walters
Genre: Fiction - Science Fiction
Published by: Dam Good Publishing
Publication Date: 1st November 2011
Age Restriction: 19+, Erotic/Adult Content
Content Warning: Contains Erotic and mild violence elements
Recommended Age: 19+
Format(s): eBook, mass-market paperback
ISBN 13: 978-0615536644
Number of pages: 350

Summary of Stone Relics:

Hiding his true identity, Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Tobin leads an investigation into a spate of horrific killings in the south of England. Similar atrocities are occurring in New York, Paris and Dusseldorf. Forensic evidence reveals young women raped, bitten to death by vipers. The only clue is a Stone Relic of a Snake-Bird Goddess left with the body.

The investigation is threatened as Ben develops a crippling phobia of snakes. Desperate, he turns to American psychologist, Dr Lucy Roberts. Can she help him fight the phobia? If she discovers who and what he is, will she report him?

Deeply attracted but also repelled by him Lucy agrees to profile the killers. Can Lucy get into the mind of these venomous murderers? Archaeologists suspect a sinister cult. Is this conjecture or the terrifying truth?

Time is running out. More victims are dying. Can Ben save the victims from these cold-blooded killers – can he save Lucy?
Author Bio:
I live on the South Coast with hubby and my golden retriever Lily. The children have grown and flown leaving me space to write full time. Science fiction and paranormal romance have always fascinated me.

I started off as a singer but touring England and Europe, took me away so much from my husband and home. I went back to University and studied psychology. I have a. B.A. Hons in Psychology and another B.A. in Eng. Lit and Creative Writing. I also attained an M.A. in Mysticism and Religious Experience. Later I was awarded an Hon.Dr.Sc. for research into pain control using altered states of consciousness and complementary healing techniques.

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And now, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the author Katy Walters!

Character Creation

By Katy Walters

Creating a character can be approached two ways, first, the writer wants to fit the character into the plot, or second, the writer wants to fit the story around d the character. I think at times in a novel, both things can happen. It seems a bit cold to say that you fit the character into the plot, like a cardboard cut-out. Even that is okay if the writer, then sits back and thinks about the character, why are they in the story? But then, the real questions begin, how does the character feel about being in that particular part in the story, what emotions rise to the surface? As this is happening so gradually the physical features appear.

When I first studied character building I had a list of about thirty questions starting with, work position, age, appearance, build, personality, habits, hobbies, likes, dislikes, mean or pleasant and so on. But as I wrote more and more, so I realized the character takes time to happen. For example, I had one character; I wanted her to be a contrast to the heroine, so I had her blonde, plump and pleasant, but this character gradually changed, she just didn’t suit blonde hair, for some reason; it had to be ebony, then she was whiplash thin as she suffered from a mild form of anorexia totally different from my first ideas of a plump little angel. Where did that information come from? I didn‘t question it; I just let her form before my eyes over time. So it is good to start with a character list but as the writer progresses than reflection, and musing should go before casting the character in stone.

Some writers just write out the features, hair colour and so on to the formula but more sensitive writers muse on the character, giving it time, days sometimes before the character begins to develop; and take form. The writer has not only to think about the feelings of the character but feel them, laugh with them, cry with them. Appearance can also take time; the vision can appear vividly or is in shadow, or they pop up in a dream or at odd moments when the writer is doing something completely different like filling up the washing machine.

The characters and the story never leave you once it starts happening. Now when I begin to build the character, I see flashes of the appearance, get the odd feelings, sometimes fleeting sometimes overwhelming, and then I know the character is talking, is coming alive. Of course, the writer does have to have some kind of plan, but it must be done with feeling if you’re going to have a story that lives.

Some people build a character from people they know. But often a writer will have bits of people all sewn up together. That is a better way but the best is to find someone original, someone you have never seen before, someone who comes alive through the imagination. That’s the character that will talk to you help you build the story, tell you where they want to go in the story. This way you have a passionate, original story through which the writer bonds with the reader.


Thank you for the guest post, Katy!

Katy Walters has agreed to give away 1 ebook copy of Stone Relics. To enter, please leave a comment with your name and email address. this giveaway is international and runs until 15th of March.

Good luck!
The next stop at the tour is: March 9th – Bobbie @ Nurture Virtual Book Tourz™ Blog

Happy reading!


  1. Thanks for posting about character building. It's the best post I've read on the subject. I particularyly liked how you explained that characters grow or change with time in your imagination, or as your muse whispers to you.

  2. Sara Kovach

  3. thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

  4. I liked the fact that you said that the author could start with a listing of the characters but that their looks, likes, habits, had to develop over time. The author needs to " live" with them for awhile!

  5. On my first post I neglected to include my name and email address: Mary Ann Woods,