Kate’s 2014 Predictions


1. Pope Francis will allow dogs into heaven. Except the yappy ones.

2. People will continue to consume coffee and talk about it on Facebook and Twitter as though their enjoyment of this beverage in some way makes them special. They will continue to do this even though it annoys me.

3. There will be weather. I will complain about it unless the temperature is exactly 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Hover cars


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. “


Inspirational Quotes


If I haven’t mentioned it before (or enough), I’m the chief editor of Omnium Gatherum / Odium Media. We’ve got a brand new group on Goodreads. Today we’re discussing quotes that inspire us. To join us, click here

This is what I said:

I love a good quote. A well turned phrase that encompasses more than at first it appears to is such a pleasure. This quote sums up a theme I return to often in my writing. What are your favorite quotes?

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.–Kafka

In The Trial Josef K. finds himself accused of a crime. He never finds out what it is. This quote refers to the point when authority and society in general decides to reject an individual. It seems like a plea to just get it over with because the fact that society ever accepted Josef K. was a lie all along. That’s an interesting thought, but the reason I love this quote is because of the way Paul Bowles used it to introduce The Sheltering Sky. In the context of Bowles’ story it refers to the thought, word or action from which there is no turning back. I’m fascinated by those crucial moments that change the present into the unchangeable past.

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.

Benjamin Kane Ethridge Says:

“With CANDY HOUSE, Kate Jonez has created a mesmerizing and downright diabolical spectacle. There are enough luscious, disturbing images and wild ideas to send your mind reeling for days after finishing. Highly recommended!”

— Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of BLACK & ORANGE


S.P. Miskowski Says:


“Science and magic dance a sly tango in this sublime debut novel by Kate Jonez. Hesperia is charged with preventing her neighbor, a young genius named Roland, from proving a theory with the potential to destroy the influence of witchcraft on humanity. From this premise Jonez has created a world of sensual and supernatural wonders. Her characters, both human and magical, are remarkably sympathetic. They hold our attention from the first to the last page, and linger in the imagination for a long time after, thanks to the descriptive beauty of her prose.”

— S.P. Miskowski, Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of Knock Knock and Delphine Dodd 

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