It’s release week! From Now On: The Last Words anthology will be unleashed on the world this Saturday, June 10th! Woo! Still more interviews to enjoy.
Confused? This anthology is 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. Check out the interviews from last week too!
Author Cathi Desurne joins me today to talk about writing and her short story in the Last Words Anthology!
How did you become a writer? Any people, books, or movies inspire you to fulfill your dream?
I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing but in high school I discovered Maya Angelou’s books and they gave me a passion for writing. First poems and then stories.
How did you become involved in The Last Words anthology?
My friend Tara Benham who is also an author told me they were looking for more people to be included and she thought one of my stories would be a great fit.
What is your story about? How did you come up with this idea?
My story is about a girl named Grace who is part of a group of people who call themselves the Pack. They rebel against the government and the plans made to “make a better society.” Most of my characters just come into my mind and won’t leave until I tell their story.
What do you feel draws people to reading dystopian stories?
I think it’s the mystery of the unknown that pulls people in. There are no gray areas, any possibility can be explored.
If you could choose any book world to live in for one week, which would you choose and why?
Harry Potter because who wouldn’t want the chance to go to Hogwarts!
What else are you working on? Any hints?
Short stories are kind of my thing, and I enjoy retelling fairy tales with a twist. I have a Jack and Jill story that I’ve been writing for a while that’s close to being finished.
Are you a plotter or a panster? Or a hybrid of the two?
Probably both. I try to plot but sometimes the characters don’t need or want my input.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Reading or watching movies and shows.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Just write what’s in your heart and don’t compare yourself to others. You won’t always believe in yourself so find someone who will believe in you when you can’t.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A stay at home mom with a love for books, Cathi spends any free time she can find reading or writing. Cathi has always had an imagination that she now gets to share with her husband and daughters. With twin toddlers, and two older girls who love to learn, she gets her inspiration from a variety of sources. Her love of reading reinforces her love of writing. She has interests in poetry to fiction.