Kate Answers Questions about her Writing

Mary Borsellino has some questions for me.

1) What am I working on?

I am currently working on a novel about a young widow who flees the turmoil of NY’s food riots during the Great Depression to find shelter with her husband’s family in the swamplands of Louisianna. She finds herself and her young son in a frightening world where the only explanations for the strange goings on is shapeshifting and black magic.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

While I’m not the only one who can make this claim, I feel it is very important that every character be well rounded. To a fault, perhaps, I try to make each character unlike any other I’ve read or seen in movies. I can’t stand a stock character even though I know many readers find them comforting. My stories tend to be unsettling. In part this is because the characters do not always act according to expectation.

Candy House my Bram Stoker nominated novel is a good example of this.

 3) Why do I write what I do?

It’s selfish, I suppose. I want people to listen to me. I want them to see things my way. I want them to agree that my views of beauty and horror are compelling.

4) How does my writing process work?

I write a sentence, then check my email. I write another, then check what’s happening on Twitter. When get disgusted with myself for behaving like this I disable the internet and begin the slow and arduous process of stringing words together. 

Thank you to Mary for inviting me to participate in this blog hop. Mary Borsellino is an indie punk writer from Australia. She has a bunch of tattoos and a tendency to get passionately involved with things she believes in and loves. Her latest book, Ruby Coral Carnelian, is a rich, engrossing fairy tale following three students on the run from cruel sorcerers. You can find her blog here.

I Don’t Understand Why This is Advice

I know, I know, everyone works differently. Writers have  to struggle through until they forge their own way. The writing advice I hear in the month of November especially drives me crazy. Is there some sort of event or something?

  • Don’t think, just write
  • Get the words down
  • Edit later
  • And so on


Why would anyone continue to build something that’s broken?

Fix mistakes when you find them!

Imagine if houses were built this way. “Yep, I knew that foundation was crooked but can’t fix it until I get the roof done. “


5 Existentialist Tips for Writers


1. Existence is absurd. Life has no meaning. Write accordingly.

2. Only freedom of choice can allow one to escape nausea. By all means necessary, avoid writing that causes nausea.

3.  Humanity alone exists; objects simply are.  Verbs should reflect this no matter what others say.

4. Others will judge you or deny your existence. Don’t take it personally.

4. Take a stand.  Incite readers to action.

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