Today, I’m starting a series of author interviews for “From Now On: The Last Words Anthology.” It’s a set of awesome dystopian stories all taking place in different worlds and characters. You can preorder the anthology here and it will arrive on your Kindle June 10th! All proceeds go to help JDRF and kids with diabetes. Our first author is the founder of the anthology, KT Webb!
How did you become a writer? Any people, books, or movies inspire you to fulfill your dream?
I was born one. Honestly, I was always a storyteller and had a big imagination. I ended up writing my first story in third grade, it was a murder mystery that got me sent to the principal’s office (I wrote about a student poisoning the teacher’s Diet Coke).
How did you become involved in The Last Words anthology?
My sister made a crazy suggestion that it would be cool to do an anthology like this. I reached out to my friends and BOOM we were working on The Last Words Anthology.
What is your story about? How did you come up with this idea?
In my story, we see a snippet of the events that will lead to a dystopian society. A biologist is given the tools he needs to perform great work and doesn’t think twice when he’s asked to genetically engineered a virus that could wipe out humanity. When he tries to fix what he’s done, he ends up making matters worse by created a mutated version of the virus with some gruesome side effects.
What do you feel draws people to reading dystopian stories?
Redemption. I think people like the dystopian genre because they get to imagine what the world could become if we let the worst in humanity reign supreme. The protagonist is who we hope we would be if faced with living in that world. It gives us hope that we can change the world even if those before us screw it up royally.
If you could choose any book world to live in for one week, which would you choose and why?
Harry Potter. I don’t think that needs an explanation. 🙂
What else are you working on? Any hints?
I have a new YA paranormal series starting with the release of book one on June 21st. The Last Coven Series will follow four girls who discover they are the last coven of true witches. The story features Druids, fairies, sprites, gods/goddesses and even the Loch Ness Monster. It’s an exciting adventure and I can’t wait to share Awakening and the three subsequent installments in the series.
Are you a plotter or a panster? Or a hybrid of the two?
Hybrid. I generally have a rough plot figured out but the characters often have their own ideas about what should happen. If I get stuck, I return to the rough plot for inspiration.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
My hobbies include inappropriate humor, making snarky comments, binge-watching Netflix and sleep. I like to hang out with kiddos because they’re pretty awesome (I made them).
Do you have any advice for new writers?
If you have a story to tell, tell it. Don’t focus on whether or not it’s perfect or worry about not being a bestselling author. People are looking for fresh stories, they’re not going to avoid your book because it isn’t a bestseller. Just make sure you invest in your art; get a good editor, find a professional cover designer. If it was worth the time you put into writing it, it’s worth the money to help get it noticed.
KT Webb is an avid reader of all things YA Paranormal. She runs on sarcasm and random nerdiness between her day job as a Deputy Clerk of Courts and her life as a writer. She has never met a line she wouldn’t cross (or at least nudge a little). KT lets her quirky and dark sense of humor shine through in her stories.
KT writes Young Adult fiction and Adult Contemporary Romance.
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