Interview with Katt Garcia

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was in elementary school, the first book I consciously remember seeking out is "The Boxcar Children". Once I got through the first one I flew through the rest of the series. It's still one of my fondest memories and I've been trying to encourage my kids to read them. Unfortunately, I think I'm still a bigger fan than they are. But that was when I first discovered how much I love a good story and from that point on I always had a book in my hand.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not a designer myself. I seriously lack visual artistic ability. My talent begins and ends with creating my stories. I tend to seek out others for my designs who have great artistic talent and can convert my story into the proper picture.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a big romance fan. I love a struggle for love and a happy ending. I'm also pretty into fantasy and the impossible. It's nice to be able to imagine another world or unfamiliar settings. It's like taking a break from real life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my nook. But the others will certainly work as well.
Describe your desk
Right now my desk consists of my dining room table, which I have taken over. The laptop sits slightly to the right of my chair and all my notes and ideas are scattered everywhere else. Honestly it's sort of organized chaos. I know where everything is but I don't think anyone else would think there was really any order to it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. But I've lived in rural, urban, and suburban areas. It gives me different types of inspiration and gave me a familiarity that lets me build diverse lifestyles for my characters.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing in elementary school. In fifth grade I won my first essay writing contest and that was really the catalyst that encouraged me to write on a regular basis.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book features a young woman named Anna who has recently lost both of her parents. She's trying so hard to create a life for herself. But the bombshell is dropped on her that the people in her life are not who she thinks they are. So she finds herself in a life or death situation and she just doesn't know who she can trust or even if she can trust herself. She also has this crazy stubborn streak that makes it even more difficult for her to navigate through the dangerous situations she's put in.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't like to be tied down to a publisher. I did that with my first book, "Ready to Run". It was a good experience but it didn't allow me the creative freedom that being an indie author allows. The whole indie world is still new to me but I really am enjoying the creative freedom. Really I think that's what we want as authors, to be able to tell the story that floats around in our mind.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to tell stories. I think it's because immersing myself in a story is like taking a break from life and work. It also allows us to exercise our minds in a really creative fashion, even only as a reader. Imagining a scene based on words from a book is much more creative than simply watching a movie. It's exercise for the mind and great for the creative process for anyone.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. Authors can't have any success at all without fans. I don't write for me, I write for whoever chooses to read one of my books. I consider it a privilege to cater to my audience. I also like to have open dialogue with my fans so I know how they react to my work and what they might like to read from me in the future.
What are you working on next?
I'm playing around with a sequel to my novel "Cross to Bear". But I'm also working on another novel that I have not titled yet and I'm not far enough in the process to provide any specific details.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham and Evangeline Anderson. Totally opposite ends of the spectrum, I know. But I'm a very eclectic reader!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I cook, clean, and care for my family. My favorite thing to do besides writing is definitely cooking.
Published 2014-11-18.
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Books by This Author

Cross to Bear
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,530. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Every now and then, life throws a curveball that you just don't see coming. Anna is thrown the curveball of a lifetime when she is unknowingly placed in the middle of a power struggle within Philadelphia's most elusive crime family. Can she discern the trustworthy from the untrustworthy and make it out alive? Like it or not, someone else's fight has become her cross to bear.