Katrina Convey is a writer based just 45 minutes north of the Tampa Metropolitan area in Florida. An online student at Full Sail University and a part time employee at her local McDonald’s, she spends much of her free time working on one of her many script and novel side projects, as well as writes reviews for Chibi Parade Photography and Convention Coverage.
When did you first start writing?
I sort of want to cheese this question and say that "I've been writing for as long as I can remember" because it's true, mostly. I remember in second grade...our teacher always had us writing, and I always looked forward to it when most of my classmates did not. The first piece I recall writing was actually a story about the characters from the board game Candy Land. I wish I remembered the story itself, because at the time I thought it was gold, haha! I also remember having to write a story about a made up bug, and my mom had helped me paint a small styrofoam ball a really, bright, obnoxious hot pink, and then we stuck these silver, glittery pipe cleaners in it for legs and then taped him to my paper. Oh, and we gave him (or her) big googly eyes.
I started to take writing more seriously when I was about 14. I had just been introduced to the world of "fandom" and "fan fiction". My mind was blown. It had never occurred to me that I could use characters and settings from books or movies and other media to start crafting my own work. Of course, stealing is frowned up. DON'T STEAL. Still, it was an immersive, competitive way to start out planning, plotting, and crafting my own story lines and eventually, my own characters and settings. It gave me time to develop research skills and really analyze and get down to the root of the story, and not just what we read and saw on the surface.
Who are your favorite authors?
Admittedly, I should read more. I don't read nearly enough to give an enthralling or inspiring answer.
Still, an answer is an answer. I was inspired from a young age by J.K. Rowling and the world of Harry Potter. I think that if I hadn't read this series, I wouldn't be where I am today. The way she paints the magical world leaves me in awe.
Quinn and Serra Calder, young, orphaned twins growing up in a small New Jersey suburb, learn the value of their relationship through the struggles of understanding one another despite their extreme differences.