‘The Last Gatekeeper’ by Katy Haye was published on 28th November 2014. Katy has written a guest post about her new book for my blog.
THE LAST GATEKEEPER
Zan knows she’s different. Today she discovers why …
Zanzibar MacKenzie knows she’s a freak. She has EHS – electrical hypersensitivity – which leaves her trying to live a Stone Age life in the twenty-first century: no internet, no phone, no point really. Then Thanriel knocks on her door and the dull summer holiday becomes maybe too exciting. Zan discovers fairies and angels are real beings from other planets, she herself is half alien, and the future of life on Earth rests on her shoulders.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Last Gatekeeper relates the story of Zanzibar, a teenager discovering what she’s capable of and the responsibility that comes with that power. It’s full of action and drama and in writing it I’ve stuck firmly with the notion that you should write the book you want to read. I grew up in the house Zan lives in (although, sadly, it was close to a railway line rather than the sea, and instead of a millpond we had a vegetable patch, but the apple tree in the corner of the garden and the general isolation are the same). The book is really written for my 15 year old self who longed for a life full of drama and would have loved the ability to travel to other worlds in order to escape mundane reality.
It’s hard to say where the idea for this story came from apart from that. All my ideas start with a character in my head talking to me about what’s happening to them. That was Zan and really the story just grew from there. I’m sure the ideas in The Last Gatekeeper were also shaped by the bizarre weather we’ve been having (and still are) – what if it’s not global warming but something more sinister behind freak floods, wildfires and droughts?
There’s a big thread of romance through the novel as Zan falls in love and experiences the highs and lows that come with trusting your heart to someone else. All my novels feature a love story in some form, because I truly believe love is the most important human emotion and the strongest motivator – whether positive or negative. In The Last Gatekeeper we see the positive as Zan falls in love with Thanriel, but we also see the negative in both the Fane queen who is willing to destroy the Earth for the sake of her people, and in Zan’s parents who try to protect her from the truth about her origins and only succeed in making things harder for her.
I write YA because it’s what I love to read. Favourite YA writers such as Imogen Howson, Kim Curran and Rachel Ward are writing some of the most exciting, dramatic and intelligent fiction currently available and that’s exactly what I want to write myself.
With the help of the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writers’ Scheme (a fabulous organisation which provides the opportunity for unpublished writers to submit a manuscript each year for a romantic novel and receive professional-quality feedback on it), beta readers the Paisley Piranhas and super editor Rachel Daven-Skinner, not to mention a stunning cover by JD Smith Design I’ve created a book I hope my 15 year old self would love reading.
Katy Haye spends as much time as possible in either her own or someone else’s imaginary worlds. She has a fearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.
When not lost in a good book, Katy may be found on her allotment growing veg and keeping hens in order to maximise her chances of survival in the event of a zombie apocalypse or similar catastrophe (you never know).
Find out more at: www.katyhaye.com
Or chat with Katy on twitter: @katyhaye