Interview with Katherine Silva

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little town in Maine where everyone knows every one else's name. The quiet and tranquility that comes with living in a small town left me lots of time to explore my imagination and write numerous stories. A lot of this was due to our town library where I spent much of my time, either reading or working as a volunteer librarian when I was younger. This town also supported me with my writing by having me as a guest at this same library.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a comedy about two strangers who are complete opposites who have decided to take a road-trip across the country together. The two characters were actually main characters in a thriller that I was writing five years ago. I abandoned the book idea but the characters never really left me. They kept begging me for their own story and in the end, I felt I owed it to them and their chemistry they generated on the first project by trying another book with them. Road-trips are a pretty universal experience. Everyone has had one that didn't go quite the way they had intended. I thought this was the best avenue to show these two characters interacting with one another.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Opportunity, mostly. I published my first book through a company that helps authors to publish their own books. It was a rough experience but I learned a lot of dos and don'ts in self-publishing. I left that group to publish my second book and my knowledge on doing everything myself grew exponentially. Not only was I grateful that I was able to do it and prove to others that I could, I was happy that I'd learned all of those difficult steps for myself. They are all valuable skills to have. I'll be better prepared with each book that I release and will continue to learn more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escaping. The real world can be wonderful and exciting, but there are also times that it knocks you down and kicks the ever-loving crap out of you. I find it helps to have a place, a story, a character...something to escape into, some kind of milieu that is the product of your imagination. I love being lost in those stories, especially getting lost in a specific character.
What are you working on next?
I've got four books in the works at the moment, although I haven't decided which one to place on the front burner. Three are dark fiction ranging from action/adventure to apocalyptic to a fairytale. The last is a comedy. My hope is to finish the action/adventure and the apocalyptic book next year (2014) and publish both. Granted both are big projects so it might be a stretch for me. Still, wouldn't it be something if I could?
Who are your favorite authors?
Michael Crichton will forever and always be my favorite. It's because of "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" that I became interested in writing adventure/fantasy. Arthur Conan-Doyle and Caleb Carr made me fall in love with mystery, and I owe my love of vampires to Joss Whedon, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Anne Rice, and Richard Matheson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The hope that all of my hard work and perseverance will pay off. And the thought of the empty word-processing page just calling my name.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play with my crazy cat, Lemon Jelly...and try to survive his assassination attempts. I love listening to and discovering new music. I've become quite the cook and enjoy blogging about my experiences in the kitchen; some good and some disastrous. I binge on television and movies, always picking up useful storytelling hints from them. And...I sell shoes to adventurous wanderlusters! Got to pay the bills, yes?
What is your writing process?
I'll try to commit myself to writing on designated days where I have lots of time to sit down and write. It's a discipline that I have trouble with. I'll often abandon a draft of a story and start the whole thing over if I don't like the direction its going. This tends to turn certain projects into soul-crushing abominations. Plus, I have a cat. For anyone who has a cat, you know that it's nearly impossible to sit down and work on something when you've got one yowling at you for food or trying to eat your writing magazines like mine is now. My philosophy: write when you can and as often as you can. Otherwise, it never gets done.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - I have had an obsession with Oz ever since I was young. This was my introduction to fantasy as a child, to an entirely different world created from one person's mind. I fell in love immediately with all of the characters, the plot, and the landscape of Oz.

Rising Sun by Michael Crichton - Though I love Crichton's techno-thrillers to pieces, this one will always be my favorite of his. I was ensnared by the mystery in this, his brilliant use of language, and the character of Captain John Connor.

Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes - My introduction to vampires as well-rounded characters and not just cardboard cut-out villains. I've read it several times and every time, I'm enthralled with Rhodes's story-telling ability and the unique implementation of her characters in the dark world she created.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain - While I wouldn't necessarily describe myself as a "foodie", this book detailing renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain's, rise to fame is one of the most colorfully written and diverse books and easily one of my favorites. The book explores his growth as a chef, as a traveler, and even as a writer. As a book that is rich in language and is as comedic as it is informative, I easily put this in my top five.

The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle - My love of mysteries was born with the stories of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. One of the father's of writing mystery in such an artful way, this was one of the first books of Doyle's that I read and it will always stay with me.
Published 2014-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Acquolina: A Short Story From The Monstrum Chronicles
Price: Free! Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Sibyl, a fledgling lilitu (vampire), must choose between escaping from her sheltered life with a mysterious outsider or trying to heal her hometown from rising civil tensions with the help of the Ghost. But, do they want to help her...or to use her for their own schemes?