Interview with Katie Roman

Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett - There's just something about Discworld. Funny, touching, full of wit and adventure. More than any author I have ever read before Pratchett's characters are the most real (no matter the fanstasical adventures they have). They are sometimes self-serving or cowardly, but they're still likable.
JRR Tolkien - I was writing long before delving into Middle-Earth, but I feel that Tolkien's world gave me the drive to finish works and to move to longer works where I created the world and made the rules.
Tamora Pierce - Ever since a high school friend had me read The Lionness quartet I have been hooked on Tortall. Pierce's books are easy to read and fun and her heroines have given me great inspiration.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I spend a lot of time on the Chicago Public Library ebook section looking for books to borrow. Though, I also enjoy looking through sites such as deviantart and Smashwords to find new authors.
What is your writing process?
Plow through. I get an idea, start making a few notes as to character personality, plot, setting, do some research, etc, but when it comes time to write that's what I do. I just start and don't stop until I am done. Then I put it away for a while, let a friend or my mom read that first draft. Then when I'm ready I go back into it to revamp, edit, and in some cases gut.
When did you first start writing?
Between fourth and fifth grade (1997/98). I just started to write one day, inspired by the Dear America books. I just started writing long books that went nowhere. I would start one project, decide I didn't like it and dump it, but I never stopped writing. It wasn't until high school I finally finished something. It was a novel about a girl destined to save her kingdom. It was filled with dragons, knights, unicorns, all sorts of high fantasy hallmarks. I occassionally go back to that story and rework it, but as of now it is sitting in an old journal in my closet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing video games, watching movies, walking my dog, or having adventures with friends.
Published 2014-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Rage and Ruin
Series: Tales from the Otherside. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,190. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Bridget O'Malley's temper has very nearly ruined her, now it may be the only thing to save her.
Series: The Death Dealer. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 92,040. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The Death Dealer takes on her hardest foe yet, the king of the realm.
Grace of the Goddess
Series: The Death Dealer. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,650. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Having fled her old life Glenbard, Grace now finds herself in the midst of treasonous plot against the crown.
By Grace Alone
Series: The Death Dealer. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,300. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Fallen noblewoman Grace realizes the path she set out on is not the one she wants.
Fallen Grace
Series: The Death Dealer. Price: Free! Words: 65,380. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Exiled and shamed Grace rises above her new station in life to become a hero.
Mere Mortal
Series: Tales from the Otherside. Price: Free! Words: 57,090. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Samantha Dunmore would be thrilled to live quietly with her dog. However, working as a social worker for vampires makes life anything but. When an ancient vampire brings trouble right to Samantha's doorstep she must step out of her quiet life and into a world of villainous vampires, werewolves with hero complexes, and witches out to make mischief.