It’s always a pleasure to find new to me authors, especially when they are writing in a genre I really rather like, and I’m delighted to welcome K.T. Findlay to Linda’s Book Bag today to tell me about one of his books.
Staying in with K.T. Findlay
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Keith and thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Hi Linda, it’s lovely to be here.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought along my time travel story In Two Minds because it gives us so many things we could talk about over dinner. It’s one of those books where you can just get swept along by the story, or you can slow down a bit to enjoy all the little underpinnings that bring its Anglo Saxon world to life.
Oo. I like a book that can be read on different levels. So, what can we expect from an evening in with In Two Minds?
Well, we might expect a long night by the fire! I got the most wonderful email from a new fan in Sweden who’d selected In Two Minds basically by chance, just to kill time while his girlfriend studied for an exam. He read it right through the night, finishing at 6 AM when he fired off his email to me and a review to Amazon before showering and heading straight to work. If I never sell another copy, it was worth writing the book just to get that email!
What a wonderful reaction to your writing. You must be delighted to hear how much he loved In Two Minds.
While it was the fantasy aspects of the story that first attracted my Swedish fan, the time travel and the idea of two souls sharing the same body, there’s another side to In Two Minds. Look past the fantasy and it’s a thoroughly researched Dark Ages historical novel. Everything’s true to the time and the place. There are real people, real events, real places, and our time traveller’s new ideas really could have worked back then.
But above all you should expect a swashbuckling tale full of fun and adventure as a team of incredible women set out to become the finest blades in the land.
I think that sounds very persuasive. I don’t usually read fantasy but I do like well researched historical fiction. I may just have to fit in In Two Minds to my towering TBR pile!
What else have you brought along and why?
We should of course be drinking Anglo Saxon beer, but as it’s an acquired taste, I’ve brought along a bottle of Fickle Mistress pinot noir from Central Otago to go with the Beef Wellington.
I can fully relate to the name of that wine!
The Anglo Saxon upper crust liked their meat, but a Beef Wellington’s a lot easier to cook than a stuffed goose!
It is the way I cook things. The simpler the better!
To start with though, I’ve got us a bottle of Dom Perignon and the box set of James Burke’s Connections TV series, not to watch, but to toast.
James Burke takes me back, but why him?
I got terribly ill a while back, and as well as helping me to retrain my brain, Connections inspired me with the knowledge that a single new idea could change the world as long as it had the right person behind it, and that was the inspiration for In Two Minds. So once the bubbles die down a little, I’d like you to join me in raising your glass to say “Thank you James!”, and to celebrate the astonishing fact that Connections is still for sale, more than forty years after it was made.
Then after dinner, I thought it might be nice for us to sit by the fire and I can read you the first couple of chapters while we finish our wine. How does that sound?
That sounds perfect. Thanks for staying in with me. You pour another glass of Dom Perignon and I’ll tell everyone a bit more about In Two Minds.
In Two Minds
Hurled twelve hundred years into the past, into someone else’s body, things could hardly be worse. And then the body’s owner wanted it back…
Museum curator Thomas and ten year old Anglo Saxon Wulfstan have to cope with a fifty year age gap, a huge culture clash and never knowing from one moment to the next who’s going to be in control. They also face almost certain death in a year’s time because Wulfstan’s father King Offa of Mercia has challenged him to find a team of untrained women who can beat his champions in battle.
Out there somewhere are ten amazing women, women with vision, women with courage, women willing to take on the impossible and show the world just what they can do. But where are they, and can Thomas use his knowledge to find some kind of edge within the confines of eighth century Britain with all its colour, violence, ignorance, and a disturbingly cavalier attitude to hygiene?
In Two Minds is available for purchase here.
About K.T. Findlay
K.T. Findlay lives on a small farm where he dovetails his writing with fighting the blackberry, and trying to convince the quadbike that killing its rider isn’t a core part of its job description. He also enjoys travel and has worked in over a dozen different countries around the world
He’s the author of In Two Minds, and A Thoughtful Woman.