KatYa Mills


I love to write books. Literary fiction. Urban fantasy. Contemporary fantasy. 'Low' fantasy.
My work is often character-driven.
My lead characters are often antihero and antiheroines. 'me-against-the-world' mentality. underdogs.
My environments are often cityscapes. dystopian. subculture. counter-culture. punk.
My style is sometimes lyrical or poetic. Streaming.
Dialogue is often spare.
People usually love or hate my work, with little in between.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
This novella is the first in an urban fantasy series I am writing. It was not intentional. A couple of years ago I moved away from the Bay Area in Northern California, and got swallowed up in a perfect storm of memories and feelings. I had lived there for a decade. So I found an apartment and got situated, broke out my laptop and spent my mornings drinking coffee and getting this big emotional monster out in front of me. It cast a big shadow! I knew if I wanted to have a fighting chance at a fresh start, I was gonna have to write myself out from under it and back into the light. I was unemployed, so I had plenty of time and few distractions. I had also been thinking a lot about origins. The female lead in the story is kind of a rootless wonder. Well, she has roots, she just doesn't know where they go. The reader gets to walk hand in hand with her to uncover her origins. Not only was she adopted at birth, but she has preternatural abilities without explanation. There are many more questions than answers. How many of us feel this way, and do not know where we come from? My aunt met with an acquaintance of many years, who inadvertently told her one day that they were distant cousins. He had done his homework and published quite a large volume tracing his family genealogy, and our family was in there! She gave me this book at the precise moment I came to her asking questions about our origins. Which was just after I had drafted this story about a strange girl with unknown origins, seeking her truth. None of this was by accident! And yet it all starts off so random, lending itself to a tapestry of synchronicities. All I had to do was take the time, sit down, and weave. And that's the story behind my book 'Grand Theft Life'.
I did not decide to write a series. I simply have to continue, for there is so much more to be said.
What is your writing process?
Coffee. I like to get closer to a place where my mind is free-associating. Sometimes just after waking up. I usually write without much of an outline, but ideas which have some sorta emotional connect. My work is character-driven, meaning whatever happens is colored by the POV (point of view: thoughts, feelings, biases, dreams, wishes, desires, interest, sensations, internal experience, intuition) of the main character(s) in relation to their world. I use visual mapping applications and sometimes Scrivener to help see the various parts of the whole. I usually do a little freewriting before I know where I wanna locate myself in the narrative for the day. By freewriting, my heart is given a chance to tell me where in the story I can make the most impact. Because I come into the experience of writing with whatever thoughts and feelings the day has inspired, I hope to use the immediacy of my own life to come to bear on my story. Of course, the process does not always play out this way! That is a best case scenario. I try and stay as flexible as possible with scenes from a first draft, often cutting and pasting chapters relentlessly in my edits until the puzzle comes together the way that feels right. This keeps the editing process fun and sometimes magical!
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Where to find KatYa Mills online


Daughter of Darkness
The tales of an unusual girl with exceptional abilities, one of a strange tribe of people not of human kind, coming of age in a modern American city.
Grand Theft Life
Price: Free!


Grand Theft Life
Series: Daughter of Darkness. Price: Free! Words: 26,540. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
An urban fantasy fiction. A gripping tale told by a young woman who is absconded to a city inhabitated by strange people, different from us in ways we cannot see. They are connected telepathically and they feed off the fear that regular humans feel. She quickly realizes she is one of them. She will have various strange encounters and experiences, toward discovering who she is and what she can do.

Smashwords book reviews by KatYa Mills

  • She Talks To Ghosts on July 02, 2015

    This story is a human story but also a spirit story, or a transpersonal story about 'getting bigger than' your circumstances, or seeing the whole when you have stepped out of balance somehow in your life. I was amazed by how many different feelings I tapped into, while reading this story. The writing is very good, and the characters (some of whom are spirits) were of such depth for such a short story. The only reason I did not fill all the stars was because I felt the length of the story maybe did not do it justice. The author has longer works to her name, which I plan to read, because this sweet little story captured my heart in a quarter of an hour close to a full moon! If you have any recent losses you may be grieving, I especially recommend this to you, for it can help offer some understanding of sacred matters.
  • The Confessional on July 05, 2015

    A dark and psychological tale. Quite suspenseful in the telling.
  • The Poems Choose Me on July 05, 2015

    spare and honest I believe this young poet has much potential, for the way she puts words together is spare and powerful. I did not like every poem in this collection, but some stood out and had a great impact on me, made me think, made me feel. There is remarkable honesty in the poet's pen. The way she uses words is creative and caught me often by surprise. I also felt some universal forces at work, for I felt reassured about certain situations in my life which I have been confused about; she gave me clarity.