YOOOO! Hey, friends! Got another fun one here today and of course, a double bonus – her book just dropped recently!
Let’s welcome……….. drum roll………
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try to write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Katie: I organize my writing time to be at the same time each day, at least in principle. I write in the mornings as that’s when I’m at my best. My energy levels only go down as the day goes on. Plus, it always helps to start the day off doing something I enjoy.
I try to write each day, expect Sundays, as that’s my day off.
I tend not to set myself word count targets, that kind of pressure does me no favours. Instead, I set myself less distinct targets, like a chapter a day, or a draft of a short story a day, etc.
Steve: If you could write a story for another author’s fictional world/series, which would it be and why?
Katie: I’d love to write something set in Stephen King’s Maine, Derry in particular. I love the multi-layer horror he puts into his work, how the setting itself takes on a life of its own and becomes an intrinsic part of the story. Derry is a seriously messed up town and I’d love to pop some characters there and see what happens.
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it?
Katie: My newest release is my novella A Man in Winter, which tells the story of Arthur, whose life was devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, must come to terms with his diagnosis of dementia. He moves into a new home at a retirement community, and shortly after, has his life turned upside down again when his wife’s ghost visits him and sends him on a quest to find her killer so her spirit can move on. With his family and his doctor concerned that his dementia is advancing, will he be able to solve the murder before his independence is permanently restricted?
A Man in Winter examines the horrors of isolation, dementia, loss, and the ghosts that come back to haunt us.
Steve: Bonus Question! Do you have a cherished book?
Katie: It’s so difficult to pick just one! There are so many that I hold dear for a variety of reasons.
But at a push, I would probably say The Thief of Always by Clive Barker.
This was a book my mum read to me when I was small. She loved reading and would always do the character voices when reading to me. Her reading this to me is where I can pinpoint my love of horror and reading coming from.
Fantastic! Excellent choice!
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