Interview with Katie M John

What do your readers and fans mean to you?
Readers are everything, which sounds obsequies but it's true. Without readers, the stories I write are nothing but an emission. Readers transform the story into something magical. There's a transaction that happens between the author, the characters, and the readers that is pure alchemy.

Authoring can be very lonely and it's riddled with fears and insecurities. Fans quieten those demons; they validate the huge expense of energy, life force and time that goes into writing.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on three projects, each very different. I am about a third of the way through Book 3 of The Meadowsweet Chronicles, called 'Devilry', I am writing the closing chapters of 'I Defy You, Stars!' which is part of the Shakespeare Collection - a series of standalone contemporary romance novels, and I am about two thirds through my adult horror novel called 'The Crow Man' which I am going to be publishing under the name John Kay.

As well as writing, I run a micro-publishing house and we are really proud to be working alongside the folks of UTOPiA, and its founder Janet Wallace, on a very exciting anthology.

2016 is seriously busy. I am also working on establishing one of the very first YA and NA Reader, Author and Blogger Cons in the UK called Chapter.Con, which is a huge time gobbler, but very, very exciting.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've spent years studying and teaching literature so this is a REALLY hard question for me to answer. If you pinned me down and tickled me into submission, I'd have to say I really love those early modernist dystopian writers, Huxley, Goldiing and of course Orwell.

In the classics, I am a Gothic Romance girl. Stoker, Poe, Lovecraft, Shelley, Stoker, Lewis, and I also love the Brontes and Hardy (I can't stand Austen LOL)

In contemporary fiction, I love the transgressive movement - you know, the really dark stuff, Palahnuick, Ellis and Ballad, but I also LOVE the whole American Gothic of King and Koontz.

In YA, I have to read everything by John Green, who I think is one of the best writers of our generation. I am a die-hard Twilight fan and am not ashamed to say it. I am really digging the works of my indie sisters too, particularly Starla Hutchin, Carlyle Labuschange, KD Woods, Rachel Higgingson, Amanda Jason, Cameo Renae, Jo Michaels and Susan Burdorf all write with soul and write fab YA novels.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children, my family and food. Quite frankly I am a total bed-bug. I think most of life's pleasures are to be found in the comfort of bed LOL.
When I do get out of my pit, it's to hang out with the kids doing simple things - and occasionally I glam out and head into London City, which always fills me with the most inspiring, creative energy. Walking in London is magical.
When it's not city, it's camping in our clapped out rust-bucked of a camper van, called Ruby. She is my third child and camping is my passion.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking - I love cooking, and when I'm not cooking I'm doing photography, crafting, making swag; to be honest I indulge my family relationships because writing is very emotionally consuming and I have to be careful not to be absent from them; I enjoy turning on the whole domestic goddess thing every now and then, and seeing them looked after and loved makes me happy.
Published 2016-01-10.
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Books by This Author

Beautiful Freaks Season 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 120,220. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
The year is 1899 and both the century and the Queen are dying. As the London populace is gripped by a terrifying series of paranormal murders, eighteen-year-old Kaspian Blackthorne finds himself on a decadent and dangerous journey of self discovery through the Bohemian nightlife of Soho and the Haymarket.
Devilry (Book 3 of The Meadowsweet Chronicles)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,450. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Reports of rampaging poltergeists, murderous ghostly huntsmen, and even the sight of an angel, in Heargton village, cause ancient suspicions to emerge, and for the Meadowsweet sisters to come under increasing suspicion of reigniting the ancient curse of the Heargton Witches.
The Crow Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,120. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Grace Waters lost a baby and now stands amidst the ruins of her marriage. Trapped in grief, her perfect and beautiful life as a GP’s wife begins to quickly unravel around her. With her husband increasingly concerned about the state of her mind, she begins to doubt her own sanity – especially when she begins to see the terrifying figure of The Crow Man.
Wandering Weeds: Tales of Rabid Vegetation
Price: Free! Words: 74,510. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Twenty-five tales of evil weeds to entertain, enthrall and change the way you look at the unwelcome invaders in your lawn. From feral tumbleweeds to ravenous seaweed, from alien life forms to migrating asteroid fields, in these pages you will find fairy tales and weird westerns, space romps and chilling horror stories. Scary or silly, wicked or wily, these plants are here to stay.
Star Fire (Book 3 of The Knight Trilogy)
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 107,770. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Book 3 of the bestselling Knight Trilogy. A YA Contemporary Arthurian Romance series. A Paranormal Romance.
Immortal Beloved (Book 2 of The Knight Trilogy)
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 68,710. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Book 2 of the bestselling Knight Trilogy: A Young Adult Contemporary Arthurian Romance. A Modern Love Story, an Ancient Legend.
Vengeance (Book 2 of The Meadowsweet Chronicles)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,440. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A YA Paranormal Occult Contemporary Witchcraft series. Paranormal Romance. Ancient folklore and urban legends.
When Sorrows Come
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 52,860. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
An Upper YA Contemporary Romance that explores mental health, grief and love. A Coming of Age Novel. 15+ More mature themes
Witchcraft (Book 1 of The Meadowsweet Chronicles)
Price: Free! Words: 118,810. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A tale of witchcraft, demons and ghosts, blending traditional English folklore with the American Gothic.
Song of The Moth
Price: Free! Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
A haunting fairytale set in the Edwardian era. Everybody knows that to look on a goblin means the loss of your sanity. Francis' rather tedious visit to St.Paul's cathedral results in her taking a journey into the fairytale land of insanity; a place where goblins roam and fairies tremble.
The Emergence of Julia Gray
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Julia Gray has been caught in the iron grip of her mother's disappointment for forty years but with her Mother's death, Julia sets out on a journey to discover who she really is, discovering love along the way.
The Venus Club (Winner of the Indie Horror Spring Writing contest 2011)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Suitable for readers 15+ years (mild horror and mild sexual reference) A dark & haunting Gothic novel, set amongst the abattoirs & Gentleman's clubs of Victorian London. Born into the cruel world of Victorian London, Eleanor learns that the world is purely a choice between fear or control. And, when Eleanor meets the mysterious Kate, Eleanor is introduced to an entirely new appetite for both.
Inverse Fall
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In a world where the human race is withering to extinction, an alternative has to be found - But at what cost? In The Sphere, the line between A.R.T and Nature is blurring and the consequences are terrifying. This is the future and love is dead. Trust no one and what ever you do...don't believe your eyes.
The Ice Princess
You set the price! Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A medieval land ravaged by bandits, plague and a sadistic warlord is home to an unlikely hero. Caught by the corruption of the tyrannous Bandit King, Sebastian is a young man who finds himself on a mythical quest to restore his lands to peace and fertility. A reworking of the Sleeping Beauty myth set against the grim and gritty backdrop of Medieval tyranny.