Interview with Kat Folland

Published 2014-05-26.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in grade-school and dabbled at it all my life, until finally cancer provided the kick in the arse I needed to actually finish a draft. I've been totally hooked ever since.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I get to a point in the story that I've failed to outline in any detail and the story just pours out of me. There is nothing quite like it. Awesome.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me! Without them, there wouldn't be a Daganu series, just the first book. My fans have supported me with help in beta-reading and even proofing, but best of all they encourage me.
What are you working on next?
That's a tough question. I'm currently working on some updates to already published works (formatting, primarily), and have two drafts that still have to be polished. In addition to that, a plot-bunny for another Daganu book has started nibbling at my toes, and I will probably succumb to its wiles for NaNoWriMo 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are many authors I adore. I re-read JK Rowling at least once a year, but then, I'm a re-reader. I love Connie Willis for her frantic pacing and magnificent use of her background in history. I love Christopher Moore for being able to be goofy as well as thought provoking. I love Jasper Fforde for his incredibly rich creativity, and the Thursday Next series is something every fiction writer should read: hilarious, intricate, and with a humorous take on the writing process. He also identified grammasites, which plague me with some regularity. Jacquiline Carey writes gorgeous complex adventure love stories. When I'm tired, I'll often re-read Heinlein, as I've been reading him longer than any of the others above. I appreciate Asimov's clarity of tone. Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett give me that British humor I so love. I've even been known to read my own novels for pleasure - even before they're finished!
What do you read for pleasure?
See my answer about my favorite authors, but in addition to all that great stuff, I also like to read non-fiction of many sorts. I've read most of Alison Weir's stuff, but I've also read books on anthropology, philosophy, psychology and health. Fiction is my primary area for pleasure reading, though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was reading before I got to Kindergarten, so no, I don't remember the first story I ever read. I remember the first story I ever RE-read, though. In third grade, my friend Karen and I had a competition to see how many times we could read Watership Down, by Richard Adams. I read it twenty times that year. I've probably read it at least twenty times since then, including very recently when I got my first e-copy of it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Of course, there are the little details of daily life - dishes, laundry, grocery shopping... But for fun and leisure, I read (a LOT) and also dabble in photography. At least the latter gets me off my butt!
What's the story behind your latest book?
At the end of The Long Dark (itself yet to be published, due out this summer) we meet a new character, Ko. There is a language barrier, so while we know a little bit about what she did, we don't know how or why. The Spell Builders gives Ko a chance to tell her story, the story of how the human world and the world of the fairies became separated. When I started working on it, I intended it to be a short story, but Ko had other ideas. Once she had control of the author, she wasn't going to give it up for a bare-bones account of her life. Helpless, I let her story come out through my fingers and found it deep, powerful and moving. While it is a change of tone from the other Daganu books, I hope my Daganu fans will love it as much as I do. The Spell Builders is due to be published Spring 2015.
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Books by This Author

The Long Dark
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,100. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Joe returns to Yannik in order to fulfill the terms of his vow, only to be sucked into another visit to Bistami Stulba.
The Portal Project: Daganu Ombibus 1
Price: $9.97 USD. Words: 219,330. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Now in one volume, The Sunshine Line, The Mirror's Image, The Animal Place and The Unchanging Heavens.
The Unchanging Heavens
Series: Daganu, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,160. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Joe and Kristy must chase after Emily again, this time trying to salvage her happiness, rather than her freedom.
The Mirror's Image
Series: Daganu, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,440. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Joe and Kristy start their work for the fairies on the Portal Project.
The Animal Place
Series: Daganu, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Bart takes Joe and Kristy on an unauthorized jaunt in the world of the fairies.
The Sunshine Line
Series: Daganu, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,700. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Joe Kane's life left him unprepared for the existence of fairies.
Help Wanted
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,590. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Road to Hell... Based on a true story of generosity repaid with abuse.
Silver Linings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,600. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Married for less than two months, Kat Folland is diagnosed with Stage IIb Breast Cancer. Silver Linings takes you with Kat through the journey of her treatment and recovery. Though the "real time" read is raw and emotional, Kat's spirit, strength and humor shine through. Cancer patients, caregivers, friends and loved ones can find something valuable in this account.