Today I have a special treat. I’ve joined part of Katie Hamstead’s blog tour for her recently released Kiya-Hope of the Pharoah. Katie has graciously allowed me to interview Queen Nefertiti from her book, but before we do that, let me give you the blurb on this story:
When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…
The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.
Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.
And now…on to the interview.
I am the Great Queen Nefertiti, first wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten.
Of course. I love my husband. We’ve been married since we were children.
That little harlot. She thinks she is so clever and so powerful just because she has the Commander backing her. Well, she is still nothing more than a slave. She will get what’s coming to her if she doesn’t pull her head in. I will find her weakness and expose her deceitful nature to our husband.
Friends? Since that wretched Kiya came all the wives have turned against me. Even my husband listens to her more than me. But I still have my daughters for consolation, and my father keeps a close watch on the court. I guess my only friends are my family.
I am the great and wondrous Queen of all Egypt, more beautiful than any other. My bloodline is pure, and I am chosen by the great Aten as wife and mother for the Pharaoh. None shall be placed above me.
I do. I have six daughters, the younger three are still small, but the older three fulfill their roles perfectly. They are pure blooded, and obediently accept their roles as wife and queens to the pharaoh. They will one day inherit the crown. Most likely Meritaten whom I see myself reflected in. She is clever and cunning. Mekitaten is quieter and best serves as an offspring barer, and Ankhespaaten has a fierce loyalty to her father and loves him dearly, which I can use to my advantage.