Interview with Kate Dockeray

What do you read for pleasure?
I'm mostly stuck on fiction. I'll read anything by Stephen King, Chuck Palanhiuk, Anne Rice, Jeff Lindsey. Those are the heavy hitters for me. I've also taken an interest in non-fiction, specifically anything by Mary Roach.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I currently own a Nook. I haven't picked the thing up in at least two years however. I think e-readers are amazing. The technology! Having an entire book on a lightweight, thin little device is truly awesome. On the other hand, there's just something about holding an actual book in your hands, turning the pages, smelling it, feeling the ink. I just can't get over it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and still live in Southeast Michigan. To be honest, this hasn't influenced my writing much. In some of my stories, I'll think of some of the small towns I've visited on the west side of the State on Lake Michigan and I'll let those images guide me in the setting of my stories, but mostly, my stories could really be taking place any where.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in first grade, six years old. Being a kid, my stories were ridiculous of course, but full of imagination and color, since they were illustrated by Crayolas as well. I mostly stuck to short stories through elementary, middle, and high school, and went after full length novels in college.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is, there is no story. This will be a book of short stories. Nothing is planned out as of yet, I don't know what will happen to the characters, but they will all be entwined with each other in some fashion. It will be shocking, it will take you to the darkest, scariest parts of your mind.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After reading so many articles about how much you have to give to your agent, your publisher when you're the one selling yourself, I thought, why would I pay a third party when I can plug my book myself and get paid more. I'm not downplaying the work agents and publishers do, but thought it would be worthwhile to try it on my own. So far, I'm happy with the results.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It would have to be just getting my thoughts out of my head. Sometimes there is just so much going on that I feel like my skull might fracture if I don't have an outlet. Writing has been that outlet. I don't have to directly write about what's on my mind, that's where the stories come from. My feelings and thoughts can be loosely tied into a story, possibly entertaining someone else.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans, while they are a small group are everything. Writing is first and foremost done for the writer, but having someone read and actually enjoy your work, that's just incredible. If I can make someone smile, laugh, feel shock, or just feel something, then my job is done.
Published 2015-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Stress Test
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,900. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Sara Malloy lives an average life in an average neighborhood. Her quiet, content life is interrupted when she allows a friend of a friend to rent a room. Her well meaning favor backfires when she realizes she's got the roommate from Hell. Her luck goes from bad to worse when the lunatic ex of her recently reunited boyfriend suddenly resurfaces.