Today I have the lovely and talented Katie John stopping by! Please enjoy the interview and comment below for a chance to win a signed ARC of her book! ~winner EJ has been contacted! Thanks for playing everyone!~
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live on the outskirts of London with my wonderful husband and two foot mud-puddle fairy, Rossetti who is 3years old. I love writing, painting, cooking and music. My friends would say I’m a little eccentric – I think I’m the only balanced one amongst them. LOL
What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have a day job as well?
Yes. I have a ‘proper’ day job too. I teach English at a London Comprehensive school, teaching English Language and Literature.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing ‘The Knight Trilogy’ #1 ‘The Forest of Adventures’ whilst I was on maternity leave with my daughter. It was the first time since I had left university that I actually had time to stop and take stock. I was lucky, I had an idyllic early motherhood – my daughter was a very good baby and so I had a lot of time to write.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
The genre kind of chose me. (LOL) Ever since being small, I’ve been away with the fairies. At heart I am a complete goth, I love all the beauty and exquisite feeling that comes with gothic writing – fairytales to me are part of this. I love symbolism and the idea of writing as part of a much bigger symbolic structure.
Where do you get your ideas? Do you ever experience writer’s block? Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I’m very lucky, I seem to have the opposite of writer’s block – more like writer’s flood. It can be quite exhausting trying to manage all the ideas and creative inspiration that I have; I just wish I had more time in the day to be able to sit and write more.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
The first book that really punched me in the gut was George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’. When I read it, it suddenly opened up a whole new world of understanding to me. Three weeks later, I read Lord of The Flies and this had a profound effect on me – it made me realise how a book can work emotion – really get inside somebody’s head. I teach it to my GCSE students alongside Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’; they make a powerful combination.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favourite scene in the whole book is when Mina and Blake meet in the woods after they have been avoiding each other. It’s intense and beautiful. Explores the whole issues of power in a relationship and is incredibly hot. Also, I love the scene with the snow and the butterfly. It’s based on a real life incident.
How did you come up with the title?
It is a phrase from Mallory’s Morte de Arthur; this was a massive influence on the work.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Dreams take an awful lot of hard work; they don’t just happen. Don’t give up and I can not stress enough the importance of understanding the importance of branding. In this day and age, the author is as much part of the brand as the work.
The other advice that I wish I had understood before I started this journey, was how important it is to build yourself a portfolio of work and testimonials – to build a readership before approaching publishers.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Yes, a MASSIVE thank you for all your wonderful letters, comments and reviews. You have helped me to finally accept that maybe, just maybe I’m a writer.
The light side or the dark side?
In the day – the light side, at night – the dark side! I can be both very light and very dark all at once; think shadows on a bright sunny day.
What does your main character think about you? Are you best buds or have you tortured them so much you’d run if you actually ever met?
We’d irritate the hell out of each other – we’re too much alike.
What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would you order? Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?
Full fat latte, two brown sugars.
Is there any food you refuse to eat? Drink of choice?
I’m a massive foodie, pretty much eat most things but the one thing I won’t eat is Macaroni cheese. (very bad experience LOL!)
What pets have graced your life? Which was your least favorite? What do you think the coolest pet to have would be?
I had a cockatiel that thought he was human; his name was George. I was fifteen and he was in love with me. He would scream until I got him out and he spent his life on my shoulder; pegging out the washing outside, in the shower in the morning, at my desk doing homework. I couldn’t go anywhere without him following me. I also had a parrot, Charlie, who was just bonkers and saved my life when he sadly passed of Carbon Monoxide poisoning whilst residing in my student pad. If he hadn’t passed, I wouldn’t have woken up the next day.
We know have a house rabbit called Jeff who thinks he is a cat.
If you could visit any world ever written about, where would you go?
Most definitely it would have to be Wonderland, followed closely by The Realm.
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