This week I’d like to welcome A. Katie Rose to the Thursday Throng hotseat. Apparently she is a self confessed workaholic who writes in what little remains of her spare time after she’s worked, rescued cats, drunk wine and beer and ridden her horses. The sequel to In a Wolf’s Eye’s, Catch a Wolf, was released in July this year.
This novel has it all, love, anger, betrayal, jealousy and hatred. Sit all that on top of a fantasy novel and you have something quite unusual in your hands. It’s rare to find a fantasy novel which could sit almost as easily in the romance or crime fiction genres (without the unusual ‘characters’ of course) but this is one where it’s just possible that those who love those other genres would genuinely get something out of this read too. It’s a great start to what promises to be a grand trilogy, all we need now is the second book to go with it and tell us what happened after the massive cliffhanger Katy left behind with this one.
The A. Katie Rose Interview
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
That I’m a writer. Once I thought to join a local writer’s group. I arrive a shade early, so I sat in my car until closer to the start time. I watched a lady walk past and I thought to myself, “That’s a writer.” Sure enough, she was a member of the group. When I first let a colleague/friend of mine read my book after my publisher accepted it for publication, she told me: “If you stood up five people and asked me to pick the writer, I’d never have considered you.”
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
A young man named Michael gave me not just a five-star review, but wrote at great length about it. Why he liked it, in detail, with nothing about the book he didn’t like. Yes, it was my first review and I floated on air for weeks. I’ve had a few more since, but as Michael was my first, he’s special.
What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?
<laughing> I was in California with my sister and in a used television store. I saw a Sony reader there for sale, and started poking through it, looking for my book. It was in there, all right, and an irate lady reviewer screamed that she hadn’t received the full download as the book ended in a trap. Uh – my book ends on a cliffhanger. She gave it one star.
Have you ever written naked?
Um, sorry, I haven’t. Though that’s an interesting notion. I might have to try it, but I think the leather of my chair might feel weird on my bare butt.
How do you remain sane while working?
I write. I still work a full time job, and my writing is my therapy. That and my horses. I don’t need a shrink – I have horses. I escape into my writing. I lose myself in my writing every evening, escape into the characters I’ve created, revel in the plots I stick them in, and laugh and weep and despair as they do. I almost – almost – wish for the days before I was published. When I could come home to my computer, eat my dinner while rereading last night’s work, begin afresh and write another 10, 12 pages before collapsing in my bed. Now, I still work my day job, but have to market my name, my books, sell myself (does that make me a hooker?), and get readers interested in me and my creations.
What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?
I’ll have to say an event that took place almost six years ago. I rode my horse over 130 miles in one week with a local trail riding group to celebrate the start of the rodeo. As I was half-scared of my horse at the time, riding him through city streets, under highway overpasses, expecting I don’t know what – it gave me some much needed self-respect. John Wayne was reputed to have said, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
Are you jealous of other writers?
Unfortunately, yes. I won’t name names, but to see someone gain overnight success with books that I know were written badly – that bites. I work my ass off to write well, to rewrite and improve and edit and nitpick to make my book as perfect as possible. Yet, some lucky schmoe writes crap and makes millions. Damn straight I’m jealous.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Sad, but true: exercise. If I’m stuck over a scene, or have writer’s block, I go for a walk. I can usually sort it out while walking a couple miles. As my day job entails lots of walking about taking pictures, it leaves my mind free to plot. Literally. I can think about the general plot of the book as a whole, or individual scene or character issues. If I’m really on a roll, I carry a pen and some paper in my pocket and jot notes that I don’t want to forget.
What is the strangest thing you have ever had to do to promote a book?
I don’t think it’s what I have done, but what I will do. Video myself reading excerpts, answering an interview like this one – only on my webcam. Create a video of myself promoting my books and sharing them on YouTube. Does Stephen King do YouTube videos? I never thought I would either. But I will. As soon as someone puts a gun to my head. Any volunteers?
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
Oh, wine, most definitely. A beer after a long hot day in the South Texas sun, then wine as I sit down to write throughout my evening. I blush to admit this, but I’ve continued writing long after I should have halted for the night – and when I reread what I wrote? I’ll admit some of it was pretty damn good and my readers will read them. I’ll never admit which parts they are, however. You’ll have to guess. Some of it, well, I reread it and think to myself “Just what the hell was I doing last night?”
Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?
Diet coke. Everyone is happy to tell me how bad it is for you, but no one wants to admit how damn good it tastes. One day I’ll kick the coke addiction, but I’ll probably just find something else just as unhealthy to fill my desperate need for a habit. Like adopting homeless cats. Oh, wait – I already have that one.
Where can I find out more about Katie and buy her book?
Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.
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