TOMORROW is the day! From Now On: The Last Words anthology will be unleashed on the world this Saturday, June 10th! Woo!
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!
Today, I interview myself and talk a little bit about our release party on Facebook. We hope you can make it! The party will be Saturday, June 10th from 5-6PM (PST) on the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans Facebook group. Not a member? Join here and enjoy some other dystopian discussions and awesomeness. <3
Now, on to the interview! If you have any other questions for me, put them in the comments.
How did you become a writer? Any people, books, or movies inspire you to fulfill your dream?
I’ve been writing since about 1st or 2nd grade. I submitted a few stories to Reading Rainbow (illustrated by me too) but was never accepted. I didn’t let these rejections get me down and kept at it. In high school, I wrote a lot of emo poetry but didn’t write short stories until later on. After many many years, I joined a local writing group with some friends where I began delving a little deeper into writing and short stories. It’s fun and a way to express myself!
How did you become involved in The Last Words anthology?
The founder of The Last Words anthology, Katy Webb, asked if I would be interested in joining up with her new project. It sounded awesome, so here I am!
What is your story about? How did you come up with this idea?
My story follows a guy in his mid-twenties who feels like a loser. He’s given up on life and feels like there’s no point in trying to become anything better. His world is changed when he learns that his reality isn’t real but instead lies somewhere through the mirror. I guess “Mirrors” could be described as Alice in Wonderland meets The Matrix. The idea came from looking in the mirror one day and wondering about what could be on the other side if my reflection wasn’t truly my own. I hope you enjoy!
What do you feel draws people to reading dystopian stories?
Personally, dystopian stories show us the hope behind the horror. No matter how awful things become, the main characters (usually) hold some glimmer of hope for what could be. I love that and feel it’s relatable to many topics in today’s world.
If you could choose any book world to live in for one week, which would you choose and why?
I want to say, Harry Potter, because it would be amazing to be a witch and be able to do magic. But I’ll mix it up a little and choose The Vagabond Circus series by Sarah Noffke. I would be a dream traveler and a performer while making people happy. Sounds amazing to me!
What else are you working on? Any hints?
Currently, I am working on my first novel called “Gray’s Shadow.” I first wrote the story as a 500-word flash fiction in the writing group I mentioned above. The story follows a boy who’s shadow comes to life in a dystopian/post-apoc setting. Since then, it’s been undergoing a bit of a process as I try to make it into the story I KNOW it can be (AKA, it’s a huge MESS).
When I take breaks from “Gray’s Shadow,” I have a few other ideas I’m attempting to plot that are in various genres. We’ll see what happens!
Are you a plotter or a panster? Or a hybrid of the two?
I am a panster attempting to become a plotter. For short stories, flying by the seat of my pants has worked fine, but for novels, I need some sort of outline to guide me!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I am a stay-at-home mom during the day to my two amazing boys. Both of them have Autism, so we are lucky enough to qualify for some in-home therapists to come by and help them out. While they are in therapy, I can get a little more writing done! Besides that, I’m also a blogger, assistant to the admins on the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans Facebook group, official blogger for the Ozarks Indie Book Fest, and a part-time Barista. My husband and I hang out too when we can!
Do you have any advice for new writers?
I would suggest figuring out some sort of organization system or something like Scrivener when you’re starting a large writing project. The thing holding me back from finishing my first novel is that I was just “winging it” in the beginning and now I can’t untangle it!
As for short stories, it works best for me to get the entire story on the paper and then go back and edit. Get it all out and don’t stop!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katy Walker is a self-proclaimed geek turned blogger turned author. She writes mainly Dystopian, often with a Paranormal or Science Fiction twist. While she is finishing up her first novel, she participates in anthologies like this one. When she isn’t writing, Katy is helping her two active boys grow up into amazing kids, playing board games with her husband, Luke, or reading something new! You can find Katy online either on her blog’s page facebook.com/thekatyblog or hanging out on Band of Dystopian Authors and Fan’s Facebook group where she’s an enthusiastic assistant.