Interview with Katie George

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was seven-years-old. My first story was about two members of the cleaning crew at my school whom I coined "Toast" and "Toasterita." Reading it now as a young adult, I realize how much I have changed. The story about Toast and his adventures in a foreign land is actually quite cute. :)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letting others read my stories and hearing their reactions does it for me. I'm very protective about whom I let read my stories in person, but my favorite part about writing is dealing with my characters, whom, in a way, I count as friends.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. I write for you and always love your feedback!
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to Roses in December and Breezes in April. Book 1 was a pleasure to write. I chugged Diet Coke and published it within two months of its original conception. However, with Breezes, a lot more thought and character delivery caused me to panic. I experienced writer's block for the first time ever! With that being said, I am eagerly working on Book 3.

I have already begun work on it. Reesey is an easy character to write—she's funny, beautiful, charismatic, and loyal. I am going to dive into Reesey's personal life to finish The Portrait of Friendship saga.

No worries. I already have a thousand spinoff ideas for minor characters from the books. Greta, Stan, Shelby, Kip, Ali, Tristan, Lola, Cassidy, Jean, Genevieve, etc. I can't stand the idea of parting with any of these awesome people!
Who are your favorite authors?
Fyodor Dostoevsky & Bram Stoker wrote my favorite books, Crime and Punishment and Dracula, respectively. However, I adore Alan Paton and his popular book Cry, the Beloved Country.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play piano and volunteer. I am a big music person. I love aviation and airplanes, and I want to be a pilot.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords through iBooks! Some of my favorites have come through Smashwords. That is actually how I found out about Smashwords. No regrets!
What is your writing process?
Write, write, write. Edit, edit, edit. Rewrite. Fix formatting issues, which takes DAYS and still leads to more mistakes. Then I publish, but still, like you guys, I reread my books to check for more typos. (Which reminds me, Whatley desperately needs more proofreading.)
Who is your biggest fan?
Everyone is my biggest fan. My biggest enemy is myself. I always have feelings of self-doubt and insecurity, but I remind myself everyone feels this way! If you do anything, you're rocking it.
My fans mean the world to me, and even if we haven't met, I consider you my allies and friends!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. My, oh my. Once I started this book, it became my first taste of a drug. There was no stopping! Raskolnikov was a hero in many ways, even if he is also a criminal, proving one of the main themes: We all mess up, and the truth always comes out. Sonya and Raskolnikov's best friend were my favorite characters easily. Superb book, nothing compares.

2) Dracula by Bram Stoker. When I first read this one, I was heavily into the old-school science fiction genre. I loved how vampires, in this novel, were hunted and killed because they were symbols of evil, where as now, people want to become them?! Dracula is wonderfully written, and it gave a perfect, adrenaline rush story. Mina Harker really made me feel connected to the story as well.

3) Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. While I did indeed have to read this one for school a while ago, it became one of my instant favorites. I am a sucker for stories about forgiveness, and the connection between the black Reverend Kumalo and the white Jarvis really impacted me and reinforced my opinions of friendship.

4) 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. I just finished this one only a week ago, but from the moment I opened the cover, I couldn't stop! Solomon, though a jack of all trades, was a prolific writer and an intelligent man, one I would very much love to meet in heaven. Despite his whole ordeal as a slave when he was a freeman, Solomon kept his faith and thanked God even in his hardest times. Go Solomon!

5) I am Legend by Richard Matheson. I read this one around the same time as Dracula. I loved this one so much too, though it was depressing at times. I loved the central theme of the story: this is what I once was, and now I am the Legend.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. Right now, my interests range from classy (and I mean good, old-fashioned love stories, not the junk of today) romance to drama, back to horror and science fiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Getting back in the bed late at night. No, I'm kidding about that one. I think our days are limited on this Earth, and we should be thankful for the sunlight we are provided. I have little things that help motivate me, like movies every Friday or candles (yes, candles) or seeing an old friend. Find the thing that helps motivate you, and you won't regret it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Breezes in April, my latest baby, definitely took the longest to write out of any of my other stories. Its precursor, Roses in December, was the easiest story I've ever written. Candice, who was Roses's protagonist, was simple and clear to write about. Meanwhile, Breezes's heroine, Stacey, is definitely deeper and more complex.

I wanted to write about her desperately, but I found the connection hard to portray. Maybe it is because I took a chance and wrote about many things I have not personally experienced—I'll try not to give anything away—but it was very important to give a new story directly to what Stacey has gone through. Not everyone has a wonderful or easy life growing up.

Stacey, in many ways, seemed to have nothing in common with me as her writer. However, I discovered we really do. I admire Stacey's courage and bravado.

More importantly, I created her story through much thought. While there was an instant moment of plot-thought for Roses, Breezes took a lot of pre-planning. There were weeks where I had no idea what to write about. Weeks passed after I had finished a semi-pivotal scene and didn't know how to keep writing.

I believe Stacey is a great lady, somebody I wish were real, because many people could look up to her as a role model. I believe that is one of my main goals in writing: to create someone whom we admire.
Describe your desk
A complete disaster! It looks like a tsunami rushed over it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South, and since I have moved away, I am told that I am very Southern (I doubt this, y'all). Anyway, over the course of my writing career, I have discovered that the South is where I love to write about most.
Published 2018-02-25.
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