Welcome to another magical day on our blog tour. Today I am visiting Melissa Barker-Simpson on her blog. Do go and check it out!
In the meantime I’d like to welcome KJ Hawkins to Paws 4 Thought.
KJ is a young fantasy author making her way into print. She has had a strong love for fantasy since she was nine years old.
As an adult the magic stayed with her inspiring her to write stories of adventure and magic. Hawkins, at her best, brings personality to every word she writes, exciting her readers with every page.
KJ shared this fun fact with us:
KJ Hawkins is actually a pen name taken from the initials of her real first and last name. Hawkins came from her favorite childhood film, Treasure Planet, the lead character is James Hawkins!
KJ has a story, Half-Blood Academy: Trisha’s Escape, in this anthology – The Magical Muse.
In it Trisha finds herself in the clutches of a monster like no other. She has to fight her way to freedom only to find herself looking at deaths door. Will she survive the fight or will a secret hidden from her be her saving grace?
The Magical Muse contains stories of fantasy ranging from dark, to light and inspiring, bring life to this anthology. The creatures featured throughout, both good and evil, display the devastating or wonderful personalities they were given by the authors who created them for your enjoyment.
KJ came by to discuss the balance of power in her household and her stories and shared some pics of the fur persons in her life:
The Balance of Power
In my house there is a tipping balance. Things are tricky with having four pets that have vast differences in personality. First comes Trixie, the oldest, she is laid back and scary at times. She is the defender in the group. Then there is Muffin, Trixie’s daughter. Muffin is more like an alarm system that never shuts up. The fact that she is a mix of three yapping breeds, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, and Terrier, is probably the main reason. No wonder she drives me nuts.
They are the dog crew that helped me create the Kyres, who are featured in the world of Tarzinëa. I just recently wrote a short story, featuring DarkDeath, I hope to publish in the next couple of months (the date isn’t finalized yet). The tale is about the bond between a father and son. DarkDeath goes to Digger’s rescue when he gets in over his head after crossing the border into the Twin-Tailed Foxes’ territory. The emotion that pulls him to act on his pup’s behalf was influenced by Trixie’s behavior. I have seen her take down dogs twice her size all because Muffin was scared.
Then there are my two cats, Zoë and Joey. I wish I could have foxes, however it’s kind of hard to have exotic pets in my city. Ironically Zoë is the youngest, but she has been part of the family longer. She is skittish and extremely territorial. In other words, Joey gets his butt kicked a lot by her. Her behavior actually helped me write the Twin-Tailed Foxes part for the short story. SilverHide is cunning and deadly just like Zoë, and they share the same sleek body. Joey isn’t represented in this particular story, but I plan to later incorporate him somehow into the creatures in my worlds. For now he will just have to laze around and just be my fat boy.
The working title for this story is A Father’s Protection. There will be an epic battle scene between DarkDeath and SilverHide inspired by a battle for territory and placement in the pecking order in my own home. And like always Fat Boy (Joey) and I will sit back and enjoy the show.
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