I met Katherine after I read her book Forged Alliances. You can read my review here.
1. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?
I’ve always found psychology interesting. If writing hadn’t been my number one goal since my childhood years, I would’ve been interested in pursuing a career as a therapist.
2. Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from so many different sources. Sometimes, it’s a movie or book that fills my creative well with so many feelings that I need to write. Other times, it’s issues near and dear to my heart that drive that zeal. The adventures I go on, the people I spend time with, the personal stories I hear all fuel my story machine.
3. What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers?
I’ve received a lot of fantastic advice from dozens of authors, but one of my favorite phrases that stuck out from this past year was my friend and fellow author Landra Graf reminding me that this business is a marathon, not a sprint. There is a LOT of writing advice floating out there, but so much changes from person to person. This quote resonated, because it’s a good reminder regarding the industry.
4. Tell us all the genres you write.
While I love genre hopping, I gravitate most towards young adult, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. They also happen to be my favorite genres to read, so I think there’s some symmetry there. While I adore a good romance, I am too much of a mythology and fantasy addict to not weave some sort of paranormal plot into the mix.
5. Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter?
Hands down, I’m a pantser. I’ve seen the magnificent pages and pages of plots that plotters come up with and my shoestring, couple bullet points before I plunge in would make them cry.
6. Describe your dream vacation.
My favorite vacation I’ve taken was my honeymoon where we went to Ireland. It combined all of my favorite aspects of a trip: lots of hiking, unique architecture and history, and delicious food. Next places on my list are Italy, France, and Iceland, though there are plenty of other places I would love to visit. Whenever I travel, I love soaking in what makes each area unique—I feel like each time I expand my horizon like that I have so much more fodder for my own stories.
7. How do you decide on names for your characters?
It’s a toss-up. Lineage is a huge factor, though I have to admit, I have a penchant for Irish names. Since I’m from a big Irish family, it’s not that surprising. I’ve definitely spent time perusing names on the baby websites to find the perfect ones for my characters.
8. Describe any writing rituals you use.
My main writing ritual before I set down on to write my manuscript is a piping hot cup of coffee (or tea!) and I cue up my Spotify playlist—I make a different one for each manuscript to capture the vibe of the book.
9. What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind?
I don’t usually snack while I write because I usually break for food if I happen to be writing through a mealtime. Those breaks are important, otherwise I’d go crazy! I always, always listen to music though. My most recent playlists included a fun alternative western playlist for Outlier Heir, a YA space opera, and a rockabilly one for Captured Memories which just came out in October. My taste is wildly all over the place, and I switch from top 40 to industrial in a heartbeat.
10. What is the last book you read and why did you choose it?
The last book I read was Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews. I have a couple must-read authors that I’m always in the mood for, and I had been wanting to start the Innkeeper Chronicles for awhile now! Of course, it’s urban fantasy veering into paranormal romance, which is some of my favorite stuff!
11. What was the first book you remember reading?
I forget what my first book was, but one of my earliest was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I still see that one on the shelves, and it warms my heart.
12. You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why?
Oh god, that’s so tough. I change up what I read so often that it’s really difficult to choose. Though, there are a couple ones I’ve reread in the past couple years that I could reread over and over again. Currently, I’d say Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, Lover Awakened by JR Ward, Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh, and Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. All of those are wildly re-readable for me and all for different reasons. I loved A Court of Mist and Fury so much I have a quote from it tattooed on my back.
13. What attracts you to steampunk?
The versatility of the genre. I love how open-ended it is, a big playground to stomp around in. I adore the aesthetic as well and having worked at events like Steampunk World’s Fair for years now, I’ve seen so many unique inventions and costumes that it’s hard not to fall in love with steampunk.
14. Why do you call yourself an “eternal geek”?
I’ve been a geek as long as I can remember. When I fall in love with something—whether it’s a TV show, a book series, or a movie franchise, I fall hard. I’ve dabbled in almost anything labeled geek over the years, whether it be Magic the Gathering, live action role playing (White Wolf games were always my favorite), Dungeons and Dragons, Bioware games, and DC comics. I’m always jumping to some new hobby or interest, so I doubt my geekiness is going to die out any time soon.
15. How much of you is in your characters?
While I don’t actively try to model characters after myself, I leave aspects in with each lead that I write. Some protagonists have my sense of humor, others my honesty and impatience. I’ve written some that I thought were incredibly different from me, only to realize we shared the same sense of responsibility and duty. A lot of my characters have traits from different friends as well, not anything I consciously try for, but a lot of times they just work their way in.
16. You use your hometown, Philadelphia, in your stories. Have you ever had a fan from Philly talk about your books with you?
One of my favorite things with my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles series is the actual landmarks I use in the book, some of which have turned into something magical. I’ve had a lot of comments from Philly readers who have loved seeing the places from their hometown in fiction, especially twisted into something fae and magic. I know as a reader, that’s something I adore with urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
17. Tell us about the writer services you offer.
For editing, I offer beta reading services as well as content editing for those looking to polish their manuscript into shape!
I also offer editing services for board game rulebooks, as I’m an avid board gamer and my husband and I are working on our own board game company.