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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. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures in dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling.




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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…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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For Thanksgiving I’d like to thank librarians and teachers for their hard work by giving away several dozen copies of my books to teachers and librarians.


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An intense, beautiful, brutal journey written with an eye for the stunning, vivid detail and the cruel demands of duty, loyalty, and leadership. Its portrait of a ruined Paris ruled by fallen angels is one I won’t soon forget.
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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


Lucinda 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 with likeminded people both readers and authors. Thank you so much once again and i shall continue to read and enjoy your increadible work.
Lucinda Xx


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