Before you lies my very sophisticated intro to author
OMG I love this girl like chocolate, you have no idea! I found her book blog forever ago and immediately knew I’d found my long-lost sister. Fortunately, she was tolerant of my stalker behavior, and we’ve been buds ever since.
brave lovely enough to answer a few questions about her novel, Miss Mabel’s School For Girls. Don’t worry, the interview is silly and sweet, like Katie. And short. Not Katie, the interview. Actually I don’t know her height. This is taking a weird turn. Like Katie. She’s weird in the absolute best of ways, which is why I love her. Have I made that clear? LURVE.
Me: Do you have any writing quirks? (certain music has to be playing, or you have to clean the room first?)
Katie: Chaos works best. Whirling sharknados. Flying bats. My neighbor with an impressive bouffant trying to peg her traumatized cat on my totally innocent canines. Basic stuff.
Me: Which of your characters is most like you?
Katie: I’d like to say the High Priestess ‘cuz she’s got the powah. But I’m going with the disorganized sixteen year old that hates shoes and loves magic.
Me: What sparked the idea for particular story?
Katie: A SUPER CREEPY forest. As in looking-over-my-shoulder-because-something-is-watching. Yet I continued to go back there. All the time. Makes sense? Totally.
Me: How do you come up with the names of your characters?
Katie: Bianca came from a street sign, which seems pretty classy.
Me: What are you wearing, right now?
Katie: Nothing. Just kidding. Kinda. Maybe. You’ll never know the truth.
Me: If you had to spend a month on a deserted island with one of your characters, which would you choose and why?
Katie: Leda because she’s a book-loving snot. I love snots. Books too. And snarks. I love a good snark. Wait, what was the original question?
Me: How many drafts did the novel go through? Did it change much from where you started in the beginning?
Katie: I’m going to round the number of drafts down to 8,000,000,000,000,000. <— Is that an actual number? 5 candy bars to the person who knows. Beth is buying.
(only if they’re Kit Kats. Because Kit Kats)
Blurb for Miss Mabel’s School For Girls:
Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home for the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s school for girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse. Committed to breaking free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.
Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, and lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, Or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?
Miss Mabel’s school for girls is the first novel in The Network Series, and exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the will to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave.
If you’d like to get to know Katie better (you NEED to!) here’s her bio and SM links:
Katie Cross grew up in the mountains of Idaho, where she still loves to play when she gets a chance. If she’s not writing, you can find her travelling, working as a pediatric nurse, trail running with her husband and two dogs, or curled up with a book and a cup of chai.
Blog (what I adore about her blog is that she has taken her readers along the entire journey to publish, generously sharing her triumphs, mistakes, advice, and knowledge)