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The Wingham Advance-Times September 4, 2013 (Click the picture to see the full article)




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From the Goderich Signal Star

Gorrie-area woman pens first novel





By Dave Flaherty, Goderich Signal-Star

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:49:14 EDT PM




A Gorrie-area woman has entered the authoring world with the recent publication of her first book.

Katie Thornton recently released Bloodline, a fantasy novel that is the first story in a continuing saga.

According to Thornton, the original idea for Bloodline came to her in a creative writing class in high school.

As time went on, she developed the plot and characters before completing the story late last year.

In Bloodline, the fictional Lands of Ayrenia were once a place that flourished with magic until a great mage eradicated it.

Three hundred years pass, and the lands are in catastrophe – the gods seek a way to bring magic back.

They choose a descendant of the great mage to perform this task.

Thornton said she believes the book will appeal to young adult females.

Personal inspirations for Thornton have been authors such as Tamora Pierce and Patricia C. Wrede, who penned the Enchanted Forest Chronicles saga.

She said their influences led her to write a story that features a “strong female heroine” character.

Citing a lack of literary agents and publishing companies that accept unsolicited manuscripts in Canada, Thornton decided to take the self-publishing route, which many authors have done in recent years.

Thornton said she used a website called createspace.com for all her publishing needs and an artist created the book cover for her.

“It was basically free for me to publish it,” she said.

Asked her initial reaction to seeing her longtime project completely finished, Thornton called  it, ”a great feeling.”

“I put it on my bookshelf between Tamora Pierce and J.R. Tolkien. It was wonderful to see my name beside those two authors,” she said.

Thornton said she is currently working on the follow up to Bloodline and hopes to have it completed by the end of this year.

Bloodline is available locally at Fincher’s in Goderich and online via Barnes and Noble (barnesandnoble.com) and Amazon (amazon.ca).

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