Interview with Katarina Dessan

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my everything. They are part of the reason that I come up with such glorious pieces of work. They give me such positive feedback and they come up with so many good ideas for my stories and when I combine them together, I love seeing the smiles on their faces when they see I used their idea. They love it when I dedicate things to them too. My fans are my support system. Without them, I'd be pretty lost.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was Tattoo actually. I was nine and well lets just say back then I wrote whatever I felt like and that's what made me the Novelist I am today. Writing what I wanted made me realize that life is about taking what you want and working for the success that come with it.
What do you read for pleasure?
As of now I'm reading the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I love his novels and eh is a big inspiration for me. If you ever see me you will find me with my head buried in Mark of Athena. I cant wait for Blood of Olympus.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. iPad. Tablet. Phone. Whatever is near me when its time to read is what I read on. I really do prefer the kindle fire though. Its beautiful when it come to reading a great book that's worth getting lost in.
Who are your favorite authors?
Rick Riordan, P.C and Kristen Cast, Meg Cabot, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Sarah Dessen. John Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Gordan Korman. All great authors and even better storytellers.
What are you currently working on.?
I'm working on a novel called Chessboard. It's about two sisters who are faced with the country this mother once ruled and the science their father created.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach cover design by using the theme of the story. I feel as if that's the best way to tie in visually what my story means to me and the people who have helped make it a story that others will enjoy.
What are you working on next?
Next I'm working on editing the finished version of Tattoo and hopefully writing the second book in the a Chessboard series. I have a lot of plans that are just ideas but this is the year that I'll make a few of them happen.
What is your writing process?
I literally start with the last paragraph of a story or novel and work backwards. I just feel like if I know how something ends , them getting to the beginning should be easier. Some call it weird but being tradition just isn't me.
Describe your desk
My desk is literally notebooks and sticky notes that surround my laptop and iPad. It's very unorganized but then I write, I can't have neatness. Every author has their thing and being unorganized when writing is mine.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was six. I wrote a lot and soon it became my escape from the real world and the things that the environment around me held. Eventually I wanted to give other people that same feeling when they open a book of mine.
Published 2016-01-05.
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