EVERYONE! This author interview is AMAZING! About to start reading her first book Updrift! Look for a review in the future!
Title of Book(s): Updrift (released), Breakwater (submitted), Outrush (drafting, drafting…)
A short description of book(s)/series: What if joining your lover’s world meant leaving your own? Kate will have to look hard at her man to learn what about him is real, what is illusion, and how – if ever – she can get back home.
What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book? I’m not sure I have an exact inception point for Updrift. I remember pretty much always wanting to write… I think I attempted my first story when I was nine and it was so bad even young childish me knew it. I literally burned it. I read fiction then and now like I breathe, which is to say constantly; and it was more than just a pastime, has always felt more visceral and necessary to me than that.
I think incessant reading wired me up strangely too, so I constructed a kind of narrative filter through which I apprehend my experiences. And view reality. I’m always working on how I would express in words what I see happening around me. But I didn’t give myself permission to take a serious run at story-telling until five years ago. I think I was able to write Updrift because I loved the story, and because the genre felt approachable to me.
What is the last book you read? Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Loved it!
What is/are your favorite books, and who is/are your favorite author(s)? I’m a fiction addict of course, which started with Laura Ingalls Wilder followed by Louisa May Alcott when I was a girl, and then a mishmash of authors I was probably too young to read when I did. My favorites have included Julia Glass, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ian McEwan (“Sweet Tooth!” Go read it this very second!) for voice; J.K. Rowling, Anne Lamott and Pat Conroy for stories… and there are too many others to list. I’m currently gaga over Glen Duncan’s “The Last Werewolf,” which is this brilliant blend of introspection and a little comedy with a heavy dose of James Bond added in. And it works but good. On the more commercial side, I’ve been delighted by Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood because the dialogue is so quippy, so fun. And because I’ve decided I want to be a Valkyrie someday.
After all of your hard work, what does it feel like to be a published author? It’s validating to be allowed to do this, I won't lie. But it’s also a heckuvalotta work after the fact too, as I’m sure you all know. I have nothing new to add to the sentiments expressed by all the others who do this, but the answers everyone gives apply to me too: I’m grateful for the opportunity, I could never have done it without the support of my husband, and there were many times I badly wished I could give up.
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