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Interview with Kathy Stewart, author of Chameleon

The past few years have been full of high profile reads — 50 Shades of Gray, Twilight, and more. Love them or hate them, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.

As independent authors, authors with small press publishers, or mid-list authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it, you never know …

With that thought I jumped on this Hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s an authors’ game of tag.

One author posts, and then tags up to five other authors, who each link back to them. It has the potential to reach different audiences, and you, dear reader, have hopefully just increased your “to read” list, finding new and exciting authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are published, some still writing, others are just being released.

Either way, for you fiction lovers a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow author Sandy Curtis for tagging me to participate.

Click the links to find out about Sandy Curtis’s books.

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In this particular hop, I, and my fellow authors in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it.

If this or any other item piques your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.


1: What is the working title of your book?

My newly released book is Chameleon, but I have a number of others in the pipeline: The Mark of the Leopard, Race Against Time and Clear Island Murder.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for Chameleon came to me when I was researching my family history and I began to ask What if? Chameleon is pure fiction but it’s based on events that could have occurred and is set against a backdrop of what did occur, that is, the Herero Rebellion and the First and Second World Wars.

3: What genre does your book come under?

It would come under African saga, but it could equally be classed as historical fiction, crime and mystery.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would choose Morgan Freeman to play Ntando, Anne Hathaway to play Catherine, Keira Knightley to play Eve and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to play Richard. David Oyelowo would be perfect for Mandla and Octavia Spencer or maybe LaChanze would be ideal as Zukisa. I’d have to give the others more thought.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Against a backdrop of the impending Great War, Richard, the Moss family’s sometimes-guest, leaves the remote Transkei to enlist, taking fifteen-year-old Fred Moss with him, thereby catapulting the Moss family into turmoil and fourteen-year-old Eve into crisis.

6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Chameleon has been self-published. I’m not sure if I’ll do the same for The Mark of the Leopard.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About eight months, but it’s taken years and many iterations to achieve the final product.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

At the risk of sounding pretentious, Chameleon is probably most like Bryce Courtenay’s earlier African works, such as The Power of One; Wilbur Smith’s African works; Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; or sagas written by Australia’s Peter Watt.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always wanted to write – ever since I can first remember, but the inspiration for Chameleon came from researching my family history, and then the opening scene when Mandla is running through the veld covered in blood came to me as if in a vision and the story was born from there.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Chameleon entailed vast amounts of research, particularly into little-known conflicts such as the bloody Herero Rebellion. The story is set in a part of the world which is beautiful but also remote, which means very few will have been privileged to visit it. I hope that my book will give readers a chance to explore the wilds of the Transkei and discover how life was for Africans, both black and white, in the time before Apartheid but when prejudice was still ingrained. I have tried to portray how this bias affected the lives of everyday people and how this could lead to tragic and unexpected consequences.

Kathy Stewart

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Chameleon can be bought via Amazon

as a paperback or ebook.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog next Wednesday (28th). Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and new releases! Happy writing and reading!

Daniel Prokop

Find out about Daniel and his books at:

David Byerlee


London’s Falling can be bought at and

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Chameleon is about to be be released!

Exciting news is that Chameleon, my African saga set between 1914 and 1946, is about to be published on Amazon within the next few days. It’s been a long time in coming and it’s so exciting to finally be on the cusp of having it released.

Based on The Chameleon Factor, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in 2010, this story is about the Moss family whose fourteen-year-old daughter Eve is madly in love with Richard, a stranger who has lately come into the midst. It is 1914, and as troops mass for war in Europe, even at their remote trading store in Transkei, South Africa, the Moss family and their sometimes-guest Richard feel the impact on their lives. Then Richard enlists, taking fifteen-year-old Fred with him. Albert and Martha are furious and afraid for Fred, but fourteen-year-old Eve is shattered, her hopes of eloping with Richard dashed. All she has to remember him by is a strange wooden mannikin …



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