A popular word for describing Kat Thomas is Renaissance Woman (which just means Kat’s lucky enough to be blessed with the belief she can do anything that she puts her mind to).
A Storyteller: she’s written an existential vampire novel and multiple comedy screenplays. A burlesque dancer (Miss Kitty Kat DeMille, The Brainy Ballerina) with the Dollface Dames; she the co-founder of Workin' The Tease, a burlesque based YouTube channel. An artist: with an art blog inspired by her cat (picsofpeps.com). A Reporter: having written for the Santa Monica Observer, Whole Life Times, and Verge Magazine along with her food blog EdibleSkinny.com. A Filmmaker: having directed 3 short films (including one featuring a Sex Talk about Subprime Mortgage Loans).
on May 17, 2014 :
Just finished this book and was very impressed with it. First off, the description of Twilight for Smart People is probably a bit of a misnomer. There isn't a love triangle or any of the other cliches the Twilight series or its offspring indulge in. Its more like a smart person looks at Twilight and the Vampire myth and dissects it.
The reason for this is that the story is told by a very jaded vampire, Mr. Glass. He is as far from the angst ridden Edward Cullen as one can get. He's an unrepentant villain in every sense of the word. The fact that Ms. Thomas does not choose to redeem him is one of the book's strengths.
His views on the various cliches are pointed and very accurate. Its through his yes that we see the world & the vampire myth and that makes the book unique. This is not to say that some of the vampire cliches are not in the book, they are just interpreted differently. One notable example is how the book portrays the standard vampire as an irresistable lover trope. The way it's presented is both brutal and strangely inviting.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in vampires, philosophy and just good writing in general.
(review of free book)
on July 14, 2013 :
Sfumato is a uniquely bold story about the existential struggle between light and dark and how unexpected experiences and emotions illuminate the deepest corners of the soul. Thomas’ quick-witted intellectualism and brutal honesty have created charismatically flawed characters that hold you tight in their wrestle with identity. Mr. Glass’ unapologetic and keen observations of what time does to a soul, act as a mirror for the reader, showing us all that life is a sea saw of pain and beauty. Sfumato is a courageous literary conquest, that challenges form and philosophy and thematically begs the question: why are we here and what are we fighting for. – Kelly Grace Thomas, author of The Travis Bannister Conflict
(review of free book)