Hi everyone and welcome to my interview series Saturday Night Author Fever, where I interview authors with a bit of a 70s music and diversity theme. I personally love 70s music, especially disco music, and sometimes on Friday nights when no one is looking you can find me dancing to classic 70s songs such as September, Bennie and the Jets and We Are Family. However, books are my true passion and because of this, I thought it would be a great idea to mix my two loves and start this interview series. The questions will be similar every week, but with a new author every time, and I hope you’ll enjoy the answers as much as I have. Now let’s get this party started!
This Saturday Night we welcome Charlotte Hamilton. Thank you so much for sitting down with me today in my galaxy of books.
Charlotte, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your books? What do you think about 70s music?
Well, I’m 21, Scottish, part unicorn, mermaid and firebender. As for my books they can be summed up with one phrase: queer, magic ladies. Sometimes I step away from SFF but most of the time, there’s an element of magic in my stories. LAMBS CAN ALWAYS BECOME LIONS is a f/f Robin Hood retelling novella that I’m super proud of! And I love 70s music, even if I am more of an 80s gal.
When did you feel like this is it, I’m an author whose words are going to be read by, and have an impact on, others?
I think I’ve always felt that? Mostly because I got into writing through fanfiction, so people were already reading and being affected by my words. I’ve never really had a startling realisation as such, sometimes it just hits me omg, my writing is out in the world and people like it?!?!
What do you want your readers to take with them after having read your books?
That it is okay to be who you are. Your process is your process, you can’t measure it against anyone else. No matter what it is about you, you deserve a place on this world and you deserve respect. Also that queer girls are the Best.
What does the future look like for you, Charlotte? Future projects, releases etc.?
Well right now I’m taking a mini break to do some reading mostly because I’ve been in the editing trenches with LCABL. That comes out 15th May! I’ll jump back in with Camp NaNoWriMo (though with what project, I have no idea!) I also have a wee poem collection I’m working on and I have a fantasy novel out with agents right now, so fingers crossed something comes from that!
If one (or several) of your characters got invited to a disco, what would be the most unforgettable part of their night and why?
This is pretty much an AU because hey, LCABL takes part in the 12th century and discos weren’t really a thing then. Let’s just say the entire merry gang gets invited to the disco, they’d all get drunk and dance and Robin’s most unforgettable moment would be when she stumbles to the karaoke and drunkenly serenades Marian – she forgets it in the morning but the others don’t and make sure she remembers.
You can easily look back at the 70s and see how the times have changed. If you look at the book community and publishing world today, what changes would you like to see for the future?
More PoC – especially WoC – in every stages of publishing to stop racist, problematic and harmful books from being published. I’d also love to see more books with queer protagonists – especially bisexual/ace-spectrum characters. And just more #ownvoices in general to be honest!
Charlotte, can you recommend two already published diverse books you’ve read and loved and one you can’t wait to read?
I recently just finished QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde which I ADORED & also WE ARE OKAY by Nina Lacour which was just so powerful and emotional? Everyone needs to read these books. As for my most anticipated release… hmm… I’d go with 27 HOURS by Tristina Wright!
Lastly, to end this interview, do you have a favorite 70s song to recommend your readers?
I have got to go for Trampled Under Foot by Led Zeppelin. That song is one of my absolute favourites!
Thank you so much, Charlotte, for answering my questions. I hope you readers enjoyed this interview, I know I did! Eager to find out more about Charlotte Hamilton? All information about her and her books can be found on her website. You can also find her on Twitter, WordPress, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, and Goodreads and buy her books on Amazon.
About The Author
Charlotte Anne Hamilton is a twenty-one-year-old Scottish author with two fur-children. She is an avid reader and gamer, as well as a dabbler of art. When not writing like she’s running out of time, she can be found listening to music which inspires more stories.
She currently lives in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Since I promised a very 70s music-themed interview series, I have one last surprise, a favorite 70s song of mine (and there will be a new one every week yay). Now let’s get those dance moves on, here’s Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
Do you want to listen to all of the songs from my Saturday Night Author Fever interview series?
To make things easier I have created a Spotify playlist that features all of the songs mentioned in my Saturday Night Author Fever posts. You can check out the playlist below or go here. Every time a new interview is published new songs will be added to it.