Interview with Katrina Sisowath

What is your writing process?
I research beforehand the topics I think I'm going to put in my books. In 'Serpent Priestess of the Annunaki', it was everything I could find on the Annunaki--the good, bad and ugly, the Serpent Cult found throughout the world and the Dragon Court itself. Once I feel I have most of what I need a story starts to form in my head and I have a rough outline, then I start writing. Rather than a nice long country drive on endless roads it's more like a drive through a city during rush hour---lots of starts and stops, some brief periods of being able to rush from one traffic stop to the next, but mostly crawling. I even find myself moving in circles occasionally as I'll be in the middle of chapter 21 and realize there is something I don't like and must change in chapter 10. Eventually it gets written and I can take a break before editing it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I either will look up a book someone who I know has similar tastes to mine recommends, or I type Fantasy/Mythology books into a search engine and see what comes up. I love to scroll through Amazon for new books and am often found at my local libraries perusing the bookshelfs. If I find a book in a series I have not read, I will borrow it, and if I like it, I will then download the series onto my kindle.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy, can't get enough of it. Mythology and Historical Fiction comes a close second. I do find reading non-fiction books such as 'Genesis of the Grail Kings' both informative and pleasurable --but then I am a geek when it come to the topic of Alternate History when there's a good dose of serpent and dragon lore thrown in
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle
Describe your desk
It's white and fairly small. A computer has pride of place on it surrounded by one smart phone, one not so smart but very useful to make calls phone, two reference books and one large notebook containing all my notes in the order I thought of them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Reading about Sumerian Mythology and their accounts of our creation which closely paralleled the account in Genesis but with some pertinent differences. The story of Enki and Nin-khursag, the Annunaki husband and wife charged with creating humans to serve the Annunaki fascinated me and I thought "There's a story in there". I found myself imagining who they were, their personalities, what they faced in acclimatizing to Earth's conditions, whether they had reservations about conducting their experiments and lastly why they pursued a course of action that led to war with their fellow Annunaki, led by Enki's brother, Enlil.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching the characters come alive, they reveal themselves slowly.
What are you working on next?
The second book in the Dragon Court series. This one is about Atlantis, in particular one of its Kings: Cronus. A very interesting person found in Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology and yet an enigma. He is known for heinous crimes against his own family and so the question arises: Why? It has been a fascinating journey for me to reconstruct his life story.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R.Tolkein
Raymond E. Feist
Ursula K. Le Guin
Katherine Kerr
Robert Jordan
Brandon Sanderson
Published 2014-06-30.
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