Interview with Janet Kitto

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the southern end of Vancouver Island. I didn't appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest until I moved away and started writing about characters living on an island. I'm happy to share that I moved back in 2012. I'm at home in the forest, at peace when the wind moves the trees, and connected when I'm out on the ocean. I think that connection to the rain forest and the sea make my fictional settings a natural world readers can relate to.
How do you approach cover design?
It's a collaborative process, definitely, between author and artist. I work with Devon Kitto of Kitto Concepts. She has a distinct style that takes my vision in directions I can't imagine when the discussion starts about a cover. Devon has a great eye for design. I bring her my ideas, but in the end the finished work represents the talent she has for creating artwork that tells my story.
Describe your desk
My desk is pretty much a built-in. It's actually two long desks that span the wall, and I have cupboards that span the wall above the desks. With all that space to be organized, I still can't keep my office tidy. I have an antique horse lamp, old books, lots of office supplies, and some toys too. When I sit at my desk I know it's a place where I have to focus and work. Do I? I think the work is done throughout the day while my body is active and my mind wanders, and the desk is the place I sit when I gather all my thoughts and organize them electronically for sharing. That makes my desk a rather important tool that gives life to the characters from Circle Island.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love using my iPad for reading. I like to be able to switch between apps while I read because that's how my brain works. I just let my thoughts go wherever they need to when I read because those scattered thoughts sometimes take me to some great places that end up in my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write for readers. Knowing that a reader has connected with my story, that my words have educated or entertained, that's why I write. There is joy in that, in having that relationship, having that purpose.
Published 2014-12-05.
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