Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ask the Author

I fancy a bit of an impromptu Q&A today. Yesterday I was at Victoria Library, talking about The Untied Kingdom (it's hard to get me to stop), but it was quite a small audience and I thought I might open it up a bit. So...

If you're on Twitter, ask @K8JohnsonAuthor anything you like about The Untied Kingdom, using #theuntiedkingdom hashtag if you wish.

When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it's not the London or England she's used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England's a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve's a spy.

Including Major Harker who has his own problems. His sworn enemy is looking for a promotion. The general wants him to undertake some ridiculous mission to capture a computer, which Harker vaguely envisions running wild somewhere in Yorkshire.

Turns out the best person to help him is Eve. She claims to be a popstar. Harker doesn't know what a popstar is, although he suspects it's a fancy foreign word for 'spy'. Eve knows all about computers, and electricity. Eve is dangerous. There's every possibility she's mad.

And Harker is falling in love with her.

You can of course ask me about my other books, including the upcoming Run Rabbit Run. Oh heck, let's have a hashtag for that too: #runrabbitrun.

A string of violent murders puts ex-spy Sophie Green on the scent of a serial killer. Only trouble is, the main suspect is herself...

Forced out of the country, away from the people she loves, Sophie finds herself the reluctant partner of a mysterious man who has been framed by the same person as herself. Or has he?

Before long, Sophie can't tell who are her friends and who are her enemies. Wanted by the police and government for crimes she didn't commit—and by her new partner for crimes she doesn't want to—Sophie soon finds that MI5 is not the worst thing stalking her.

Can she escape her pursuers and clear her name? Avoid temptation and return to the arms of the man who loves her? And can she find the killer, before the killer finds her?

If you're on Facebook, pop over to my fan page and leave a comment there with your question.

Not a social networker? Then ask your question in a comment on this post!



  1. What a great idea, Kate! I'm just in the midst of the first Sophie Green(e?) novel now and really enjoying it.

  2. Abby from Wisconsin, US9:03 pm

    I LOVE your Sophie Green books! I discovered them recently, devoured all four, and I'm now re-reading them. (I've never been good about really savoring a delicious dessert. I tend to wolf it down like I'll never eat again. It seems I have the same problem with really good books!). I'm so excited to see that the fifth book will be published next year! Congrats! Next on my reading list is The Untied Kingdom... I can't wait!

    Okay, stop rambling... Here's my question: In your Sophie Green books, Harvey has a "wholesome, all-American" thing going on. Have you ever visited the US, specifically the midwest, and is Harvey based on someone you know? (Sorry, that's two questions.). Being from Wisconsin, I have a special fondness for Harvey. :)

    Thanks for the great books!

  3. Hi Abby!

    I'd really love to say Harvey is based on someone I know but...well, let's just say a gal is allowed her flights of fancy. If he was real I wouldn't let him out!

    I have visited the US and absolutely loved it, although I've never specifically been to the Midwest. Although there was that one flight that appeared to be routed through so many cities I think I saw Gotham along the way... I've been to New York, Atlanta, Washington DC, Austin, Reno and Las Vegas, which sounds more comprehensive than it is, I suppose. Technically speaking I've been to Ohio, but it really is a technicality as I never left the airport.

    One day I'd love to see the Rockies, and indeed keep trying to persuade various friends and family to come skiing with me there. O'course, first I need to advance my skiing beyond the level of a small, especially clumsy child...

  4. Abby from Wisconsin, US4:17 pm

    Hi Kate!

    Thank you for your reply! You're absolutely right, what does a girl have if not allowed flights of fancy? You have some quite spectacular ones - thanks for sharing! :) Between Luke and Harvey, I nearly drool as I read your books!

    I hope you have the chance to visit the Rockies some day. There are so many gorgeous places in the US. I live here and haven't even seen a fraction of those on my "wish list". If you ever have the chance to visit the Midwest, I promise you will find some of the nicest people anywhere. (Not that I'm biased or anything.) Wisconsin is beautiful, and I really think you'd enjoy Madison, our state capitol. It's a university town set on two lakes (stunning!), and you can't beat the atmosphere of the town - so fun! Try to attend a UW Badgers (American) football game sometime. Great fun and quite an education!

    Enough of my US travel brochure... I really just wanted to thank you for the reply to my question! Keep the great books coming!