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Kate Elliott

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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. She currently lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes and spoils her schnauzer.




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Kate Elliott I'm currently working on a novella for the Court of Fives universe, set between books 2 and 3. I'm also working on Black Wolves 2, the second of that …moreI'm currently working on a novella for the Court of Fives universe, set between books 2 and 3. I'm also working on Black Wolves 2, the second of that epic fantasy series.(less)
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The instigation for Crossroads was an online comment made years ago by a person who stated that no polytheistic religion could be moral. Of course the…more

The instigation for Crossroads was an online comment made years ago by a person who stated that no polytheistic religion could be moral. Of course then I had to write one. I ended up getting interested in how justice is conceptualized, which inevitably meant that the story-line was destined to spend most of its time dealing with injustice. 

Add the eagle reeves, courtesy of my spouse, a former police officer. 

Toss in the nine cloaked guardians who are out-takes from my first completed (never published) novel, written when I was 19; all that is really left from the original conception is the different colored cloaks. I have no idea why I then found or still find this bit of business (cloaks of many colors) appealing. 

Stir with the law code of medieval Danish king Vladimir II, in whose reign was promulgated the Jyske Lov (Jutland Code), whose first statement can be translated as “with law shall the land be built.” 

Construct an Asia-Pacific inspired setting courtesy of my exposure to the Asia-Pacific culture of Hawaii, where I now live. 

Place in a sub-tropical physical landscape because I didn’t want to have to write about snow. 

Finally, In the largest sense Crossroads is about the stories we tell ourselves, both as individuals and as societies, to make sense of the world but also to justify the way the we think the world is and our place in it. The thread of “story”—of how the tales we tell build the architecture of any society—is built into the trilogy at all levels.

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UNCONQUERABLE SUN: Discussion Zone

If you’ve read UNCONQUERABLE SUN and want to discuss any or all aspects of the story and universe, ask questions, or make easter egg guesses, this is the blog place to do so. SPOILERS ALLOWED. SPOILERS BEWARE.





There is also a Discord server for those who prefer that, which you can find at this link.





I’m using both venues because some people don’t use Discord at all or prefer comments on a blog.





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“I will either find a way, or make one.”
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“A kiss can be like the world turning over. It can be like the tide of a dragon's dream washing through the unseen world that is hidden to mortal eyes but that nevertheless permeates our being. It can be hot and cold together, as vast as the heavens and yet specific to the pressure of hands and the parting of lips. It raised more intense feelings than I had expected, like being engulfed in a storm of lightning.”
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“...because when beauty awes you, you must halt and try to catch your breath and your staggered heart.”
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Kate Elliott Lucinda wrote: "Dear Kate,
As a huge admirer & fan of your work (inc. the crown of stars series & crossroads) i am hence honored to know you on Goodreads, which is a fantastic site where one is able to converse ..."


Lucinda,

thank you so much for the kind words! I don't do a lot on goodreads except mirror my blog posts here, because I know there are people reading such things here who may not be on Twitter or reading blogs. I am always eager to find places where I can say "thank you" to my wonderful readers!

Kate Elliott


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