Thursday, May 17, 2018

Katherine Bogle Author Interview and a Linky


I've been having a blast these past few weeks with the variety of authors who have been sending me answers to my interview questions. The authors get to pick which questions and how many to answer. This keeps the interview fun and interesting. I'm not expecting to have one for every week, but I'll keep sharing them whenever they come rolling in.

I met Katherine Bogle through her science-fiction series, Dominion Rising. She writes young adult and new adult books. Another series of hers that I still have to read is her Chronicles of Warshard fantasy series. I'm including my reviews of her sci-fi books below the interview.

One of the questions she answers is, "What is your favorite childhood book?" I'd love to hear your answer to that question too! Please share in the comments below.



Author Interview:
Katherine Bogle


1. Where do you normally write or where is your favorite place to write?
9/10 times I write at my desk, either the one in my bedroom or the computer room. I love having a ‘work environment’ to go to. Since I work from home, it really helps break up the day into work, and non-work.

2. When do you find time to read and what do you usually like to read?
I read a lot in the evenings and late at night. I’m a big night owl so books often keep me up until the wee hours of the morning! Right now I’m very into high fantasy, and reverse harem.

3. What was the first book that you wrote and did you publish it?
Oh god! The first book I ever wrote was called “Love Game” initially, and later changed to “Freakshow”. It was an urban fantasy about a half vampire, half werewolf, and it was a bloody mess! I did not publish it, and never will, though I will be recycling some of the characters for a series in late 2019/2020.

4. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think a lot of aspiring writers get bogged down in edits, and making sure their work is ‘perfect’, when there really is no such thing as perfect, and some times that desire for perfection simply holds the writer back from finishing the book.

5. What other authors are you friends with, and how have they inspired you?
My best writerly friends are Kellie Sheridan and Michelle Kampmeier! We talk nearly every day in our Slack App group, and I love how it’s kind of like waking up and going to the office with your friends every day. We constantly share what we’re doing, do writing sprints together, talk about our lives, and though we can get off track sometimes, these two women inspire me to not only be a better writer, but to always work hard and really reach for the stars!

6. What would you like readers to know about your latest book or book project?
I have quite a few projects in the works right now, but the biggest project I’m working on is QUEEN OF THIEVES. I’m SO excited to share Narra’s story with the world, and write the next couple of books in the coming months. I don’t want to give too much away, but I do want readers to know that QUEEN OF THIEVES is high fantasy, set in a world of my creation in a pre-industrial age with some steampunk working its way into the mix. It has a Thieves Guild, a mysterious princess, sexy pirates, political intrigue, and as usual, a whole heaping pile of action! You will not want to miss this one!

7. How many books to you plan to write for this series (if you’re writing a series)?
My current plan is to have the Queen of Thieves series at five books long, with a prequel short story as a lead magnet/bonus for readers. I have the series briefly planned out, so I know where everything is going, but in the end the story might take over and become longer than I expect. Plus, the series WILL 100% have some spin-offs. One of which is already partially outlined, and another which is in plotting.

8. If you didn’t write full-time, what would you do for work, or if you write part-time, what other job/jobs do you have?
I currently write part time, but am also a part time graphic designer specializing in book cover design. I love both jobs, and I love how they work together very well to allow me to spend half the day on one, and half on the other.

9. How do you select the names of your characters?
Oh boy. Some names just kind of come to you, jumping out of the recesses of your brain… while others… not so much! I’ve used everything from random name generators, to huge lists of baby names!

10. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Oh heck yes! That is one of my favorite things to do! I have a few hidden tidbits in my YA fantasy series that only someone who’s read them all would understand as they go through, but in my scifi series, I have hidden easter eggs in the main books for readers who’ve read the short stories. I will never not do this because it is too fun to do!

11. What is your favorite childhood book?
The book I find myself coming back to again and again is Watership Down. I love that book SO much it is unbelievable, but I also loved the Chronicles of Narnia when I was little as well.

12. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
The actual writing, surprisingly! I can be my own worst enemy and suck at starting up some days, while others I can write 5k like it’s nothing. Every day is different, but while plotting and outlining is the most fun part for me, and editing the quickest, the actual writing is definitely the most arduous.

13. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, my family is very supportive, and my dad is actually my last proofreader for all of my books! I’m so lucky to have a family who supports me, and I appreciate them so much!



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