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Good morning, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today.
Hello and thank you so much for inviting me.
MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?
KATY: I live on the South Coast of England with my husband and golden retriever Lily. Her pedigree name is Fairey Magic, the breeder’s choice, and she has turned out to be sheer magic. The family has grown and flown leaving us times to pursue our various interests. I set out as a singer, first in opera and then pop. But then on meeting my husband I found my career took me away so much and I missed him, besides we wanted a family. I had always been interested in psychology so with his support, I studied and gained degrees in that. I was a psychologist for years and then changed direction after taking a degree in Eng. Lit and Creative Writing. It took a while as I missed the clients. But now I spend my time writing and dreaming up plots for more books.
For relaxation, I paint – pop art style or impressionist, or take Lily for long walks along the beach. I often take my Notepad and thermos flask to the beach hut to gain inspiration, and then find myself writing for hours. Lily loves it as she is either chasing seagulls or playing with other dogs or children on the beach.
MBA&M: What was the appeal of writing a Sci-fi story “Stone Relics”?
KATY: Part of my degree in psychology was in Artificial Intelligence. Since then, I have always been fascinated with androids and robotics. I do often read New Scientist just out of curiosity as to where we as a race are headed in the technological age. . To me it is fascinating where the latest technology and medical advances will take us as humans. How will we evolve and adapt to the organ transplants, cloning, and computer implants? What will it feel like to live in intelligent houses who respond to a gesture of a hand, increasing heat in the house, or summoning an android to prepare dinner or even the kitchen itself to prepare the food and cook it? How will women respond, physically mentally or spiritually to the advances of a male hybrid, man and computer combined – a cyborg? So Stone Relics gave me a chance to explore these issues more fully. It took so much research to write the book and again was fascinating.
MBA&M: What are some of the challenges in writing “Stone Relics”?
KATY: The challenge was to make it credible. After all the story is set only fifty-three years in the future. So judging from say the 1960’s to now, I asked myself how far have we advanced in our living habits, interests, hobbies, medicine, and so on since then. There were so many things not around at that time, computers yes, ones housed in extensive buildings. The PC and the Internet did not exist neither did cell phones. Deep Space research as we know it today was indeed science fiction. Cloning and genetics and IVF were fantasy at least in the public arena. So the challenge was to make the things happening in 2065 believable. I thought the best way to achieve a realistic near future story was to adapt the latest researches of today – take them further into science fiction.
MBA&M: Katy, have you always wanted to be an author or what made you want to become an author?
KATY: No, I have never thought of being an author although I have always written. I wrote fairy stories for my sister hospitalized for most of her young life. Later on, I wrote reams of poetry and children’s short stories but never thought of publishing them. I would just type them up and put them into files. They were mainly part of what I considered to be a spiritual journey. Then for a change I did the course on Eng. Lit and CW and that as I said above changed my life.
MBA&M: If you could become one of the characters in “Stone Relics”, who would it be and why?
KATY: I would choose Lucy as she does all that I love doing. More so, as she has access to the latest technology in healing the human brain and mind. She also lives in a dream of a cottage in the countryside and only minutes from the sea. My own house is great but I’ve always been fascinated with thatch cottages from the sixteenth century.
MBA&M: Where did the idea of “Stone Relics” come from?
KATY: It came from a course of Artificial Intelligence which was part of the psychology degree. I have always since then been fascinated with computers, robotics and the latest medical technological advances. I would often muse as I said above, on how would men and women react to each other in an age of complete human transplants, cloning and cyborgs. How would say a woman react to the sexual advances of a man part human part machine. Where would love fit into the equation.
MBA&M: Which character do you most identify with in “Stone Relics”?
KATY: Again it would be Lucy, but also there are parts of Ben in there, parts of their life stories which reflect mine.
MBA&M: What is on the horizon for Katy Walters?
KATY: I have just finished one and a half books of a trilogy. This is a tempestuous romance of two couples set against the Great Irish Famine of 1845-49 and the present.
MBA&M: Katy, tell our readers where to find you and where they can find “Stone Relics”?
KATY: Reader s can find me and Stone Relics on
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Stone Relics by Katy Walters(from Nurture Virtual Tours)
“Stone Relics is a high octane thriller packed with brilliant concepts – of genetics and mind-blowing technology — it shocks and inspires.”
Chief Superintendent Ben Tobin, a Super Cop is an enigma, working undercover for MI8, his true identity known only to the few. In a world of humans, clones, cyborgs, things can go wrong – mutations, psychosis and perversion. It is 2065; megalomaniac business men hold the mining rights to vast outlets on the Asteroid belt. The world’s resources are crumbling as these corrupt men hold the Earth to ransom. Police are faced with a spate of vicious murders and abductions. Young women are discovered with snakes draped over their bodies, a stone relic carved with a mysterious star system, left at their side. A cryptic message points to a sinister cult. To his horror, Ben experiences phobic attacks along with rage, human emotions alien to him. Desperate he turns to American psychologist, Dr Lucy Roberts, a psychologist/psycho neurologist and a rebel. Forced to reveal what and who he is, Ben has to trust she will not expose him. Lucy agrees to help only to be drawn into a relationship fraught with danger. Can she help Ben to experience love? Archaeologists advise the Stone Relics date back 2.5 million years, before the first Homo Erectus. Who carved the star system? How are these early Earth inhabitants linked to the cult?
Excerpt from Stone Relics by Katy Walters:
Death grinned as Ben opened the tent flap to snakes decaying over the tender young body. An angel, her beauty devoured by evil, but not her essence, a seraphic core that withstood evil even in death. His legs trembled slightly, as he knelt to her, angels do die – angels with violet eyes. He bit down on his lower lip, tasting blood and salt from the sea, his face now only centimeters away from the decaying reptiles. Phobic fear pounded his body like an iron fist, punching away his breath. God, the tranx weren’t holding. ‘Get on it with it man’ he muttered, ‘get on with it.’ Wiping the perspiration from his forehead, Ben glanced at the closed flap of the tent; at least no one could see him shaking. His hand hovered over her black curls flowing through the dark green fronds of seaweed, his fingers brushing away the petals of a sea anemone suckling on the pallid skin of her chest. He shivered at her mouth a purple shriek of dried blood, felt his muscles tighten at the puncture-like wounds spread across her exquisite face, naked breasts, belly and legs. Someone had loved this girl – held her in his arms. He focused on the row of neat stitches across her flat stomach. His breath felt like ice on his tongue, his body paralyzed almost, as he glimpsed a shadow rising from the sand, a darkness hovering. So, this is what evil felt like. He glanced over his shoulder, there was nothing; just the watery light glowing through the tent walls. He smelt the fetid odor of death – nothing – no demons gibbering. Detective Mistral Dunwood, known by all as Misty, paced outside the tent, eyes squinting in the morning light. As the Scene of Crime Officers trudged towards her, she called out, ‘Chief, SOCO are here, shall I bring them in?’ Ben felt his muscles loosening, his breath easier, his time with the snakes nearly over. He shouted, ‘No, I need to process the body first, keep everyone away until I call.’ As he placed the magnetic I.D. screen card to the victim’s pale wrist, her details embedded in her skin appeared. Melanie Wordsworth, Secretary to Dr. Naomi Pearson. Resides with Dr. Naomi Pearson. Apartment 8, 11 Marine Parade, Brighton, Area West Sussex, BSX 890. Date of birth, 21.10.2040. He whispered, ‘I’m here for you, angel, we’ll find the bastard, he’ll know your pain.’ A stone relic lay wedged under Melanie’s foot: the carved body of a woman, half-human half snake.
Stone Relics (formally known as Phobic Dawn)
Author: Katy Walters
Genre: Fiction – Futuristic/High Tech Sci-Fi/Murder/Mystery
Published by: Oakwood House Publishing; 3rd Edition
(February 12, 2012)
Age Recommendation: 18+ for sexuality and mature themes
Format: eBook & Paperback
Number of pages: 386
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