Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Author Interview: Katrina Nicholson

Katrina Nicholson
Q: What sparked the idea for your story in Unearthed? Can you remember?

A: There were two things that contributed to “One Word.” The first was that I'd written a story about some stealth fighter pilots who go up against a moon liberation army and I wanted to write some more stories in the same universe featuring different characters that could all go together to tell one big story. “One Word” is the prequel story about how they found out about the liberation army. It was inspired by the books I was reading about the Holocaust.

Q: What's the title of your story in Unearthed? In general, do you get the title first, or do you write the story first? Do you remember what prompted this particular title?

A: The title of my story is “One Word.” Usually I think of the title first and then the story that fits it – that's the easy way. But sometimes I write stories and the title stops being relevant halfway through or it's not catchy enough or I just don't have one to start with – that's when it's hard. Then I have to sit down and brainstorm all the story elements until one of them suggests a title. That's what I had to do with this one. After I thought of it I had to go back and make sure the main character only spoke one word in the whole story.

Q: Please tell us: one book you've read recently, one book you're reading now, and one book on your to-read list.

A: Recently I (finally) got my hands on a copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth – a dystopian YA novel about a society where sixteen year olds have to chose their whole life path according to just one personality trait. I just finished it and it was awesome. Right now I'm reading a graphic novel about WW2 called War Stories: Volume 1 by Garth Ennis, and after that I'll move on to Cambodia Calling by Richard Heinzl.

Q: What's the best/worst writing advice you've ever been given?

A: My film school instructors were always telling us that it wasn't necessarily the most talented people who made it in the writing business – it was the ones who were the most persistent, because almost nobody gets their big lucky break right away. That advice has gotten me through a lot of rejections.

Q: What are you working on now, or what's your next planned writing project?

A: Right now I'm finishing up a graphic novel script I started during Script Frenzy called 178 Seconds. It's about a pair of starfighter pilots struggling to survive after all their bases get wiped out in a big attack. After that I'll probably just be tweaking film scripts until November, when I plan to start a new novel for Nanowrimo about an archaeologist working in Cambodia who can see dead people.

You can visit Kat at her website: www.refrigeratorbox.org.

Thanks, Kat!