Hello! I had the pleasure in speaking to KateMarie Collins about her book Guarding Charon and more.
K.A. Meng (KAM): Thank you KateMarie for being a part of my blog. Let's jump right into this interview. What can we expect from you in the future?
KateMarie Collins (KMC): More books! I’ve got an idea for another series now, but I want to get The Waystation Guardians to a place where I feel most of the story has been told. For now. LOL. The setting and characters have a lot of room for additional books, but I’m not going to force myself to write a story before it’s ready to be told.
KAM: What genre(s) do you write?
KMC: I’ve always loved fantasy and scifi, being able to create worlds that don’t always line up to the one we live in. With The Waystation Guardians, I went with a modern setting. It took more research, as details are important, but that makes it believable. Is this happening now? We don’t know. But it’s plausible.
KAM: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definite pantser! I start with an idea of a start, and where it will end. Then I let the characters and plot evolve as I write. I love the moments where I think, 'what if' and can take the story into a new area I hadn't thought of.
KAM: I am also a pantser, and I start with an idea and an editing too. I sometimes need to plot a little because the story went off course. That's why I truly believe authors get ideas from any aspect of their life. Speaking of ideas, I love to hear where other writers get their ideas from. Where did you get your idea for Guarding Charon?
KMC: I was working on another book (Emile’s Blade), when I woke up one morning. I had the entire first chapter for ‘Guarding Charon’ in my head, including dialogue. When the muse talks THAT loud, I listen. I put the other one aside and started working on this story.
KAM: Chuckles. I know those muses well. My own force me to write a few chapters on a new work and let me be for a bit on the project I am supposed to write. Have your muses been depending a third book in The Waystation Guardians? I mean. Will there be a third book in The Waystation Guardians?
KMC: Yes! I’m working on ‘Guarding William’ now. If you’ve finished ‘Guarding Amber’, you know who that is!
KAM: How do you find the time to write with a husband, two kids, and three cats?
It’s hard, believe me! LOL. But my family’s supportive. If I get a good writing binge going, they go order pizza instead of interrupting me. LOL. The cats are not as understanding, but mostly leave me alone after a brief interruption to give them attention.
KAM: I need to learn that trick. My son is always like "What's for supper?" when I am in the middle of writing. We have two cats. What are the names of your cats?
KMC: Depending on the cat, and what they’re doing….LOL
Caspar – aka The Mighty Hunter or His Royal Fluffiness
Muse – aka The Purrbot or Mama Kitty
Toothless – aka The Night Fury, 10 Cats, or Bear Cub
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Born in the late 60's, KateMarie has lived most of her life in the Pacific NW. While she's always been creative, she didn't turn towards writing until 2008. She found a love for the craft. With the encouragement of her husband and two children, she started submitting her work to publishers.
When she's not taking care of her family, KateMarie enjoys attending events for the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA has allowed her to combine both a creative nature and love of history. She currently resides with her family and three cats in what she likes to refer to as "Seattle Suburbia".
You can find KateMarie at the following sites:
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/KateMarie-Collins/e/B008I67BBE
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you KateMarie for stopping by. And thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Until next time.