Katie Hanrahan

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Growing up in a family of storytellers, I was surrounded by tales. I started writing my own at a young age and found that writing merged nicely with my love of reading. My early efforts were consigned to the dust bin, but I kept at it because I had to. Almost a compulsion to write, I suppose, with so many words in my head needing to be set free.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As a writer of historical fiction, I like to explore the struggle for independence from the female perspective, largely because women fought for freedom but did not really get much of it. I wrote THE LIBERTY FLOWER with that in mind, using the character of Sarah Mahon to explore the notion of independence from the view of an immigrant's daughter. In part I was inspired by the letters of Abigail Adams, who was negotiating with her husband for a little female emancipation at a time when the government of the United States was being organized. It was a time of great turmoil, both socially and economically, and I found it to be a fascinating period of history.
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Mercy First And Last
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,000. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016 by Newcastlewest Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The youngest daughter of a prominent radical politician, Sarah Curran has long known Robert Emmet, but not until she is caught up in the fevered calls for Irish independence does she fall in love with the budding revolutionary leader---even as Emmet's plans fall apart with deadly consequences.
The Second War of Rebellion
Price: Free! Words: 88,140. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014 by Newcastlewest Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
American orphan Maddie Beauchamp rebels against her British stepfather, a battle that will play out against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and smolder through the War of 1812. Maddie engages Jack in a battle over her right to self-determination, one she intends to win at any cost.
The Liberty Flower
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 97,100. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014 by Newcastlewest Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sarah Mahon has found success as a spy for the partisan militia, until Jack Ashford comes ashore. She leans that the enemy cannot be judged by the color of his coat because a man can change his colors, a notion her father denies. A sabotaged courtship ends with a rash act of rebellion and a face-saving marriage, but the war is not over and Jack is determined to win Sarah at any cost.
A Terrible Beauty
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 115,830. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011 by Newcastlewest Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The penal colony in Western Australia is escape-proof...but that is about to change. Sentenced to seven years transportation, Mary Claire O'Dwyer is determined to free the Fenian rebels whose support has landed her on a prison ship bound for the end of the earth. She will find allies in a foreign land where a Royal Marine's scarlet coat can be another deception.
The Leaven Of The Pharisees
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 96,250. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011 by Newcastlewest Books. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Molly knows nothing about her late father's past but when she steps off the plane in Dublin Airport, she steps into another world---a world where children were taken from parents and locked away by the State and the Catholic Church. Her journey to bury her father's ashes will take her far from her destination.

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